1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81, Acts 26:1-32, Psalm 6:1-10, Proverbs 18:20-21
Today is the 8th day of July, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you today, day, after the…the Daily Audio Bible Long Walk, that we do each July 7th and it’s been such a joy. I love, I love being able to look through the windows of the different pictures that have been taken and so that’s been…that’s been a joy and I pray that those of you who participated in and went for a Long Walk and had a long talk with the Lord are feeling refreshed and beginning to regroup, as we continue forward on our journey through the Scriptures this year. And we come here every day for that reason, to take the next step forward in the Scriptures. And so, let’s get to that. We’re reading from the book of first Chronicles. Today, chapter 5 verse 18 through 6 verse 81 and we are also working through the book of Acts, where the apostle Paul has refused to go back to Jerusalem for a trial. He has appealed his case to the Emperor in Rome. And at this point, the Roman governor Festus, is trying to figure out what to say to the Emperor. And so, King Agrippa and his wife Bernice are there in Caesarea and they want to hear Paul. And so, Paul is about to share what he has to say in his defense, before he’s sent to the Emperor. And we’ll see that when we get to the book of Acts. But first, first Chronicles chapter 5 verse 18 through six verse 81.
Okay, a couple of things. First of all, what we just read in the book of Proverbs, death and life are in the power of the tongue, those who love it will eat its fruit. This sentiment is also quoted from the book of James, which we will get to a little bit later in the year but we see, this is from the Proverbs. This is ancient wisdom, wisdom that we all know to be true. In fact, the idea that the power of life and death is in the tongue is really widespread and very, very famous. It’s the kind of stuff that we say out loud it. It’s the kind of stuff that we should say out loud. It’s the kind of thing that we have to remember. It’s just that we have to remember it before we’ve said it and not after. Like, we have to remember it before we speak something that becomes death in this world or evil in this world and not do that, not let that escape into the world. Because if the power of life and death, is in the tongue then the power of the deepest, darkness and the power of the light of God is available, based on what we say. Where are we turning for the power? Are we turning toward the darkness, so that we can shred the person that we’re talking to and destroy them until they are on the floor, in tears because they deserve it? And when we bring the power of death that way through our mouths, do we walk away going that was awesome. I feel so good about myself. I flattened them like a pancake. They’re a puddle on the floor. Oh yeah, that’s my wife. Oh yeah, that’s my husband. Oh yeah, I gave birth to that person that I just leveled. These kinds of themes emerge in the Bible and they will continue to emerge in the Bible because they are very, very powerful things that are being said; it’s a powerful thing to have the power of life and death in your mouth. Maybe we should pay more attention to how powerful we are through what we say.
And we’re working backwards. Let’s go back into the book of Acts, just to understand what is going on here. Paul is in prison, he’s been there for a couple years, he’s moved through two Roman governors. The first one, Felix, left him in prison when he, when he was reassigned. And so, the new governor, Festus, wants to hear from Paul, but he wants Paul to be tried in Jerusalem and Paul appeals to the Emperor. Festus needs to know what to say to the Emperor, as he sends Paul to Rome. And he has visitors, King Herod Agrippa the second and his sister Bernice. And it’s widely speculated that King Herod Agrippa and Bernice, they were brother and sister, but likely had an incestuous relationship. But it’s even more interesting than that. So, Herod Agrippa and his sister Bernice obviously had a mom. They had the same mom; her name was Drusilla. She was the wife of the previous Roman governor, Felix. And Paul spent a lot of time with Felix; and Felix was waiting for a bride but he listened to Paul share the gospel. And so, now Paul is sharing the gospel with the next generation of royalty, King Herod Agrippa and the king sister Bernice, as well as the Roman governor Festus. That’s two Roman governors, who are governors over the province of Syria, which is…is the land that Paul is in, as well as a king. So, we followed along with Paul through his missionary journeys, we saw the lightning rod that the Gospel was, we saw mobs and Paul being beaten and stoned, we saw all this stuff going on. Then he goes back to Jerusalem, everyone warns him not to, but he goes back to Jerusalem and is arrested and he hasn’t been beaten up since, it seems. He’s actually being protected by the Roman government, as he’s doing basically a missionary journey to people that are listening to him and protecting him, but people that he could never meet with, any other way. He’s not going to be just able to get a meeting with Governor Felix or Governor Festus, and yet he has been able to spend ample time with both of them sharing the Good News of the Gospel. And so, it’s very, very counterintuitive, but it’s actually, although Paul is incarcerated would prefer freedom to move around, he’s still alive. He’s being protected and he is sharing the Good News with people that weren’t listening and wouldn’t have been listening any other way. So, interpreting the counterintuitive ways of the Lord in our own lives and as we are led to and fro, as his ambassadors into this world, we need to remember that we never know how things are going to play out. We simply know that they’re going to work together for good.
And so, Father, we thank You for that example that we see in the book of Acts today. And we also are humbled and deeply grateful for the reminder yet again, that when we speak, things get created. We are made in Your image and You have given the power of life and death and put it in our mouths, giving us a choice. May we choose life, may we choose to bring life into this world through what we say. As a solemn act of worship to You and reverence for You, as your ambassadors. May we be life giving and not life taking. We pray this, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Good morning, DAB family. This is Ina from London. Today, the fourth of July. I’m just so reflective today, thinking about the first time I came across the DAB family. The DAB app and how much this has changed my life. I was a Muslim and I’ve never been through the Bible, I’ve never read the Bible, page-to-page. But just listening, the whole year and this year, I have been blessed. And I have grown. I would probably say I have grown. And thanks to this DAB, DAB-C that I have been listening to every day. It’s seems as if I know everyone. Sometimes, it just, some callers just put a smile on my face. You know, and I have grown so much. I have grown so much. I can’t express that enough, how much I have grown. And thank you Brian, thank you Jill, thank you China. Oh, Ezekiel, you crack me every day. I listen to you every day. I am a little child as well, so I listen to you every day. I just want to, you know, testify, how much I have grown and how thankful I am. How blessed I have been. Coming close to God every day. Oh, I am so thankful and thank you again family, I love you, I love all of you, I know your voices. And you all crack me sometimes. And I pray with you, even though I don’t call to pray, but I do pray with you. Have a blessed, blessed Independence Day. I love you guys. Thank you.
Hey, Daily Audio Bible family, this is Janet from UK. I know I haven’t been calling in but I’ve been praying. I just, sometimes I get emotional, that’s why, I’m fine. I’m just having Travis. I was listening to you on my way to work. And, the thing that you’re talking about it just relates to me also. I am almost 50 years old. I started nursing back when I was 20 and I’m barely practicing now, all these years. And I started in America, now I’m in England and I’ve been trying to pass the in-pass since 2005. And even now, I’ve tried so many times, and I still haven’t passed. And now, I’m almost 50, back then I was just 27-year-old. Now, I’m almost 50. And I’m still trying to do it. Travis, God is good. And I have to take courage and that also. You need to lean on Him. He’s never to late. Remember, a thousand days for us is just one day for Him. And I thousand years for Him is just one day for us. So, we have to have patience and believe in God. And I’m taking the same advice, Travis. So, just believe in God. What God has for you is always good. His plans is good. So, lean on Him. Rely on Him. He’s taking you, He knows your age, He been knowing your age. So, He’s knows, He knows your capabilities. And so, don’t worry. Don’t worry about its Travis, you’ll do great. I do worry sometimes, cause I’m old now and I’ve taken this test so many times and I think I have good plans as to why, cause my mom is sick and lives in America, so that’s why I wanted to go. I want to go there. But I just have to take courage that God knows best. So, stay strong, Travis. God Bless.
Hi, everyone, it’s Kristy in Kentucky. Michelle, your niece so precious. Your story had me beaming from ear to ear because there is so much truth, Amen? So, much truth in what she said. There are some days that I am just not okay. And there are days that I’m scared. And then, they’re times, a lot, a lot more than not, day, where I am asking people, please, pray for me. So, I just wanted to thank you sister, for sharing that beautiful story. And Jackson, Kelly’s son, what he said, as well. This is just part two of Grandma’s life. Oh, my goodness. I love children, they are so honest and so pure and so innocent. Thank you, Lord, for these precious children, Father. Kelly, we are praying peace in your household as you walk through these most difficult of days. We are praying that this family will feel the love of the Lord and that they will be able to carry that home. Not only for this time but forever. Let this time change their lives. We pray, in the name of Jesus. And to Be a Blessing in California, I love your voice. Every time you come on; you make me smile. Sister, we are definitely praying for Sam. And we are thanking the Lord, in advance, for providing for him a place because we know he will be blessed because he is blessed the life of someone else. All right everyone, I love you guys. And I pray each of you are having a most blessed and lovely day.
Good morning, first I wanted to say how enamored I am at Brian for answering God’s call and starting this ministry from his music intentions, desires and dreams. So, thank you Brian and Jill. Love, the books that you write and the music you sing. Secondly, I would love to say how impressed I am with all the Daily Audio Bible listeners and prayer warriors and prayer soldiers that call in. Your faith is incredible and I sit in awe thinking, these people really believe and they share that and they have such confidence that their prayers will be answered. And one day I hope that I can be one of those prayers’ warriors and cheer leaders for God too. I have been a Christ follower for about 26/27 years. And I’m at a all-low faith right now and hopefully, maybe someday I’ll call in with a prayer request but right now I just want to tell you, wow, I hope I can join you and cheer lead with you in the near future. As I wait for God to connect with me, draw near to me as I’m trying to dray near to Him. Thank you, have a great day.
Hey DAB family, this is Cats Skill Mountain Aaron calling back in. I called last month that I had just been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and asking for prayer that it hasn’t spread through my body. I had three reasons for calling in this morning. First, I want to thank all of you like Victorious Soldier, Dear Heart in Tennessee and Michael Alverwater who had been calling in praying for me. Your prayers have brought tears of love and thanks to my eyes. And I also thank from the bottom of my heart, all of you who’ve prayed for me who’s names I’ll never know. Second, I want to share a praise report that the results from the PET scan shows only the one tumor and a small spot by my ribs, which looks like it might be pretty cancerous so they believe my assist in chemo will erase. And third, I’m asking for continue prayer. My chemo is continuing every other Friday and on the 29th of July, they’ll do another PET scan to determine whether this chemo regimen is shrinking the tumor, the way that we all hope. Please also keep my sons and especially my wife, who’s been such a blessing from God for me, in your prayers. And finally, through all of this, I’m praying that I have the wisdom to clearly see the path that God would have me walk in all of this and the strength of will to walk it. Thank you and I love you all.