Isaiah 25:1-28:13, Galatians 3:10-22, Psalms 61:1-8, Proverbs 23:17-18
Today is the 17th day of September welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today. Another day together. Another step forward together through the Scriptures. That will lead us back into Isaiah. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. Isaiah 25:1 through 28:13 today.
Okay. So, the letter to the Galatians is taking us through some of the…some familiar territory because we encountered this theology and what Paul is teaching laid out in the book of Romans. It’s not surprising that we would be reminded of different portions of Paul’s doctrine in any of these letters, because there Paul’s letters to do exactly that. And, so, we get reminded along the way, but this is a highly theological thing that’s going on here today. So, I quote. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law.” So, we could…we could…let’s let that sink in. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. He did that by becoming a curse for us.” In other words, on our behalf He took the curse and freed us from what we deserved. “For it is written”, and I’m quoting again, “cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree, so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.” So, this is justification by faith. “Christ Jesus took the curse through faith we believe that and through Christ we are redeemed and free from the curse.” Pretty core Christian doctrine laid out there. And we have to understand that Paul died over this stuff, over this message, the message that he had received directly from Jesus and then when all throughout the Roman Empire, preaching and teaching. He ended up being martyred. So, we…we can safely assume that Paul believed this fully, even though it was…it flew in the face of his pharisaical training. Let’s remember that Paul was very violently against the people following “the way”, people following Jesus. He was doing everything he could to stamp that out because his theological understanding was this is utter blasphemy, complete heresy. And, so, yes, he’s gonna work hard to stamp it out. Then he met Jesus. And, so, you have to imagine the re-think that would’ve had to happen in Paul’s mind for starters. Like all of the sudden everything that you think that you know about God is different than you thought because of new revelation that you’ve received from Jesus. Like that’s gonna create cognitive dissonance that’s going to have to be worked through and then Paul has to work through that. And the way that he works through that is really impressive actually. It’s kind of not reverse engineer everything that he’s been taught but just to go back to the beginning at Abraham and not start at Moses and start at the Mosaic law, but to ask the question, “what was going on before that.” And going back into the story of Abraham and seeing that it was faith that moved God. And he alludes to that in today’s reading by simply pointing out the fact that the law didn’t come for 430 more years after God made a promise to Abraham. Abraham couldn’t obey a law that didn’t exist. And yet he was the father of many nations. And all of the world was to be blessed through his seed or through his line, through his family, which are the Hebrew people. So, Paul trying to put all this together, going back to the origin story knowing that all the nations of the world are to be blessed and that means people that aren’t Jewish. So, that means Gentiles. And, so, he incorporates that, and he sees that Abraham was made righteous before God without any Mosaic law, just through faith. So, this is revolutionary thought coming from the lips of a trained Pharisee who had to go through a process of revelation and understanding because it reconnected dots in ways that weren’t connected before. It changed the script. It modified the story, or I quote Paul, “is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if the law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” Following the same formula of Abraham. Central to Paul’s teaching. Justification by faith. Redemption by simply believing in the promise of God and then living into it.
Father, we thank you for your word. We invite your Holy Spirit to continue to reveal the truth through your word into our hearts and lives modifying our story changing the way we live revealing things a we are still trying to grasp. And yet all we have to do is believe. And we believe you. We trust you. Come Holy Spirit and lead us deeper into the story of our salvation, we pray. In the name of Jesus’ we ask. Amen.
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This is Drew from __ and I shared word some of my story with you all about being beaten as a child, five…four back surgeries since 2015, cancer on my nose and…and all. And I’ve lived…I’ve had a pretty rough life. And me and my wife, we’ve always kind of struggled. And I’ve worked really hard my whole life but I never really slowed down to…to look at anything until…until now. I always thought I want this, and I want that, and you know, I need to get that. But I never really stopped to look at the blessings that I have until now. I’m blessed with two daughters that are in good health. I’m blessed with three grandchildren that are in good health that I love greatly. And I think that’s what some of the problem is with the world today is…is we just don’t slow down and look what God has given us. We just think about what we want. And that’s just the human aspect of us. We just always want more but I think if we could just slow down a little bit and…and just look at what he’s given us it would just be great. I mean I just think it’s the greatest thing ever. And I pray for all the people on here with…with problems and I just enjoy being a part of the Daily Audio Bible family. It's…it's…it’s just been great. And I pray for all y'all. But I just wanted to share a little bit of my story and I love all y'all.
This is Vicki from Northern California. A couple weeks ago August 18th my son died. He took his life. I knew he had been struggling with some things and just the day before he…we prayed together on the phone and talked and I told him I’m leaving, at 5:30 in the morning I’m going to be there. And all the way I was asking God, please hold him, please be with him. But even as it took the nine hours, he lived in Southern California I felt God was preparing me for what the answer would be. And when I got there Shane had left the door open and my whole world changed. And I’ve learned to…what it is to be tested in your faith and to say God you’re good, you’re good, you’re sovereign, and your plan is good. Shane was an emergency room nurse. He was kind, he was thoughtful. He was always thinking of others and that was part of it. It was just…the burden had gotten so big and with this second COVID surge he said mom it was like a war zone. So, my prayer to…my request for the family is please as a united family bring…pray for our nurses and doctors through this and give them strength and encouragement to face the days and know that God is in control. Satan thinks he’s won but our Father is good and He…He has the last and final say. And that's…that is our hope and prayer and I…I just thank you family.
Hi this is Giovanni Cortez. My whole family’s been attacked by COVID. And I just asked that we pray for healing, and we all get better. And please pray for me to get better. I feel like I’m getting better and then I don’t. So, I just ask that you just keep me in prayer. Yeah. But yeah, please pray for me. Thank you.
Hi Daily Audio Bible family this is Tammy from the Adirondacks and I’m calling to ask for prayer, for love my brothers and sisters out there. OK so you all know last year I went through chemo for ovarian cancer and by the grace of God he healed me and I’m in remission and I thank Him for that. And I became born again last year and I asked the Lord into my heart, and I just still struggle. I don’t even like to give it a name, but I still struggle with anxiety and overthinking stuff. And I’m so blessed and so grateful. I didn’t even sick during my chemo, that’s how much grace God showed me. But I’m just…I know that the peace of the Lord and the Holy Spirit is in me but I just…I always question if I’m doing the right thing, if I’m reading my Bible enough, if I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing in this walk with the Lord. So, I guess I’m just asking you all to just pray that I can have His peace and truly feel it. And I know it’s in there, but I want to feel it and the joy that He gives us so over abundantly. I pray for you all and I love you all and my heart goes out to all of you. And I thank you for praying for me. And I take care of my husband who has MS. Please pray for him. He’s such an inspiration. Time’s running out. I love you all. Thank you.
Good morning Daily Audio Bible family this is Alfio calling from Central Valley CA. I hope that everyone __. This is the 10th of September. I’m a little behind but what a timely message today that played for Righteously Ransomed. My brother, your message was a big relief to me and to my soul. Knowing what God did for you, knowing what a wonderful whisper just helped lift the weight of your heart, of your soul was an encouragement to me. Sometimes our daily struggles or the weight of our sins or the weight of our hearts, I know this for true because I have been in that situation where sometimes I’m full of regret for the things I’ve done. And God spoke to me through your message and encouraged me and said exactly the same thing he said to you. The weight is lifted. And what I believe to know, that our sins known and unknown have been cleansed by the precious blood of our son Jesus…of God’s son Jesus Christ, that we do not need to rehash our sins, live in our sins, continue repeating the cycle as the devil will have us believe. So, thank you my brother for your timely message. God bless you.