Isaiah 15:1-18:7, Galatians 1:1-24, Psalm 58:1-11, Proverbs 23:12
Today is the 14th day of September, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible, I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today and today and every day. Every day is a new day, every day is another step forward together, every day is a chance to come around the Global Campfire and be together as we take that next step forward so it’s great to be here with you today and every day. We are working our way through the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. So, that’s where we’ll be today. When we get to the New Testament, we’ll be moving into some new territory. Paul’s letter to the Galatians and we’ll talk about that when we get there, but first Isaiah chapters 15 through 18.
Introduction to the Book of Galatians:
Okay, that brings us to the beginning of the letter to the Galatians and Galatians, as with all of Paul’s letters, is well known. Galatia was a province in the Roman Empire where Paul did his ministry all over the Roman Empire. Now Galatia’s in the modern country of Turkey back in Paul’s time and in previous times, the Galatians were known as Galls or Celts. This is kind of the lay of the land. Galatia isn’t a city it’s a region and in this region of Galatia, there are at least five churches named in the New Testament that we know about from the first missionary journey of Paul. So, churches in Posidea, Antioch, Acconium, Lystra and Derby, and since the letter to the Galatians is addressed to the churches in Galatia then that’s how we would safely assume that at least those five communities were recipients of this letter, there may have been, we don’t know, there may have been more communities of faith that were established. But this is what we know and so we can assume that those five churches received the letter to the Galatians. And we’ll see as we get into this why it is honored in the study of New Testament theology, but were also gonna see similarities because this same kind of thing Paul was dealing with in his letter to the Corinthians is happening in the church at Galatia. So, people had come to the churches in Galatia after Paul had established them and they taught what Paul thought was a nuanced or a different gospel and in specific, the Galatians were being taught that they needed essentially to convert to Judaism and then follow the Jewish law, the Mosaic law and the Jewish customs, including circumcision and the law and all that goes along with it, in order to follow Jesus and we’ve seen this before, and we’ve talked about this before. We talked about it quite a bit when we were reading second Corinthians about the super apostles. So, the same kind of things going on in the region of Galatia and Paul wants nothing to do with it. He’s completely against it, because Paul’s understanding of Jesus is that Christ fulfilled the law and established a new covenant through Jesus and His ministry and His coming, the world, everything had changed. Now when we…we will remember here that we’ve already read through the book of Acts and we did see that this issue was in the early church and we did see a council, the first council known as the Jerusalem Council to work through the issue of whether or not Gentiles were able to be included in…in following Jesus, and if so how. And we remember that it was decided that Gentiles did not have to obey the Mosaic law. Even Jewish people were not able to adhere to it and so they were going to burden people who had no background with the Mosaic law to learn this a whole new system. So, we’re not, I mean, it’s a matter of long-running debate among scholars whether Galatians was written before or after the Jerusalem Council. So, if…if Galatians was written before the Jerusalem Council, then we have people coming from the Jerusalem church or thereabouts, visiting these churches that Paul is establishing and undermining the message, trying to set the record straight that no, in fact, you do have to become Jewish, convert to Judaism and then you can follow Jesus. Of course, Paul finds out about this and he’s not happy. And it will be these kinds of things that inspire the Jerusalem Council. If that’s the case with the Galatians then, Galatians is one of the earliest Christian writings that there are and Paul’s writings are the earliest Christian writings that we have but Galatians would be one of the earliest of the early writings that exist. If the Jerusalem Council had already happened then Paul is using the letter to the Galatians just to simply reiterate what it already been decided at the Jerusalem Council. Although it seems like maybe be there would be some sort of reference to that document or that counsel in the letter. So, this is why we don’t know. The bottom line though, that they were wrestling with that we see in these letters is this kind of Jew/Gentile rub where Judaism is an exclusive religion for the Jews and Gentiles weren’t part of that. So, if we have this faith in Jesus who was a Jewish rabbi in a Hebrew context and Gentiles can…can be included, all they have to do is believe, then it’s not an exclusive thing anymore. It’s a incredibly inconclusive thing that everyone in the whole world is invited to so, we can understand why there’s the tension. And we’ll see some of this unpacked in the letter to the Galatians, things like the gospel of freedom, justification by faith, the doctrine of grace. Some of this is unpacked in Galatians, in the context of this kind of rift or this tension going on in the early church. So, we begin Galatians chapter 1.
Thank You father for Your word and thank You for the Council of the Proverbs; apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. So, we open ourselves asking Your Holy Spirit to plant what we’ve read today in our lives and to give us a heart that is open to instruction and ears that are open to words that bring us knowledge. As we continue our journey forward into this letter to the Galatians in the coming days. Come, Holy Spirit, we pray, lead us into all truth. We ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Prayer and Encouragements:
Hello family this is Anne calling from Arizona, this is September the 9th and I’m praying for Lisa. Lord, I pray that you would heal Lisa. Lisa who called in feels that she’s a burden to her family. She has medical bills that her family are paying for and that she’s concerned about. She’s also very concerned about her illness Lord, and she is feeling desperate. Father, I pray Lord, that you would comfort. First and foremost, I pray Lord, that your Holy Spirit will be a Spirit of comfort and that You would heal her Lord. We believe Lord, that You are able to heal so Father we ask for that healing upon her body. I also ask Lord that you would reassure her of Your Love. That Father, through her family that she would know that she is loved, that she’s not a burden, that’s she’s a precious child of God. And that Lord, You’re with her in this situation Lord. You’re with her through this illness Lord, so, I pray Lord, that this be a miracle that we may be able to rejoice and praise you Lord and exalt Your name as we see her being healed. Lord, so Father, I reassure her Lord today that all is well and that You are with her. In Jesus name. Amen.
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Hello from beautiful Cincinnati, Ohio. This is your brother Daniel Johnson Junior, God bless you. Hey, I wanted to share something specifically for you today. I want you to know that whatever it is that you are dealing with right now that you are highly loved, highly favored and cherished. I want you to know that God holds you in his everlasting arms and that you are so loved. Yes, so loved even in fact that long before you were even created or even thought of, God thought of you. And He said, I want to make a way for you to be a part of my family and so what God did is He came down in the flesh and lived among us, and died just for the very hope that one day you would respond and listen to what He has done so that you could have eternal life in Him, and even though whatever it is that you’re going through right now is intense. Every day is filled with its own struggles, but every day, even right now it is brand-new. We have turned a blank page. Everything is clear. Everything is brand-new. There is new mercy for you. That is why every day, it is called the present a special divine gift for you and so from beautiful Cincinnati, Ohio, it is your brother Daniel Johnson Junior, I do love you make it a great day.
Hi, this is Victorious Soldier just calling to pray for some of the DABers. My heart really went out to my precious sister named Lisa. She said she was going through some desperate times and I wanted to pray for her because she said she was feeling like she was a burden to her family. And it seems like the enemy is trying to steal her joy and I say Lisa, I pray for you my sister because God has a blessing for you and you are the blessing by just your appearance just your being there is a blessing. And I want to let you know that you are somebody special. That you are a child of the King. You have, we all have the same Father who loves us very much and He loves You with all His heart. And Lord, I pray for my sister Lisa, I ask You to let her begin to praise You and begin to thank You for the victory, Lord. The victory is already hers. Lord, let her begin to praise and pray and pray and praise You and let You know that You come in the midst Father. Let her see you in the midst and know that You are God that can do anything but fail. That You are a God of joy. That You are a God of peace. That You are a God of victory. Oh Lord, let her begin to pray for the victory and I pray right now for the victory in her life and the life of our DABers, Lord. In the name of Jesus, oh Lord, this is Your precious, precious victory Father we have victory in the name of Jesus. Lord, You bless her, You strengthen her, You guide her, oh Father in the name of Jesus, You take away the wicked, You take away the, she draws nigh to You. Lord, we ask You to bless her in a mighty and special way. You lift her Lord, You lift those who are going through Father, You lift those who are feeling like they’re not important. But You also important that while we were yet sinners You died for us. Oh Lord, and I thank You.
Good morning family it is 426 on October 10th 2021. I’m sitting here watching the dry lightning. I live in Northern California. Over a year ago, on August 18th we had to evacuate from our home for 10 days due to the fires. They came within two miles of our home. The smell, the air, you’ll never smell anything like it again unless you live around here. And I just ask for your prayers, I beg you for your prayers. I’ve been praying to our Father, every single day, to bless His earth with rain. To bless the United Western United States with rain. We desperately need it. The trees are dying, we live amongst the Sequoias, the Redwoods around here. The most…the oldest trees on earth. We don’t want it to disappear. In the mighty name of Jesus, please pray for rain for the Western United States. And please pray that the dry lightning that is going on right now, that it will not start any new fires. I know our prayers are heard. I know this is a powerful family, I love you all. And God bless you all for your prayers. Please pray for rain. This is Kim in California. May you all be blessed.