06/26/2019 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 9:14-10:31, Acts 17:1-34, Psalms 144:1-15, Proverbs 17:27-28

Today is the 26th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible, I am Brian and its great to be here with you as we move through the center of the week, which I guess is why it’s called hump day, we’re getting over the hump and moving to the back half of the week. But no matter what part of the week we’re in we’re always taking the next step forward through the Scriptures, which would take us back into the book of second Kings. We’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week. Second Kings Chapter 9 verse 14 through 10 verse 31 today.

Commentary:

Alright. So, in the book of Acts we’re continuing along with Paul on his second missionary journey and we should note the way that Paul adapts what he’s saying to who he’s saying it to. So, in Thessalonica Paul’s in the synagogue, he’s opening the Scriptures and he’s explaining how Jesus is a part of the Jewish story and a part of the Jewish heritage. And, so, many come to faith in Jesus and others are against him because they’re envious or jealous and angry mob kicks Paul and Silas out of town. So, they go to Berea. Paul’s in the synagogue again. The Berean’s are diligently searching the Scriptures. And, so, Paul’s right there to interpret. Many come to faith, many get jealous. The they’re out of town again. So, then Paul’s in Athens where spirituality is very diverse but very open and he’s talking about the unknown God because they worship many, many gods, including any unknown God that they may not have known about and Paul offers to them very concise, very simple explanation of how he sees the gospel. And, so, let’s look at that again. Let’s listen to what Paul says as if we’re in Athens and we don’t have any of the background of the Bible, we don’t know other than just sensing that there’s a God out there. This is how Paul explains to a person who worships an unknown God. The thing is, we’ll all agree with it, we’re reading it out of the Bible. But consider, do you functionally believe this? Do you live as if this were the truth? So, Paul says, “I want to tell you about this God that you’re worshiping that you don’t know. This God made the world and everything in it. “He’s the Lord of heaven and earth, and He doesn’t live in temples built by human hands. He doesn’t need help from anyone. He gives life, breath, and everything else to all people. From one person, God made all nations who live on the earth, and He decided when and where every nation would be. God has done all this so that we will look for Him and reach out and find Him. He isn’t far from any of us and He gives us the power to live to move and to be who we are. We are His children, just to some of your poets have said. And since we are God’s children must not think that He’s like an idle made out of gold or silver or stone. He isn’t like anything that humans have thought up and made. In the past God forgave all this because people did not know what they were doing but now He says that everyone everywhere must turn to Him. He has set a day when He will judge the world’s people with fairness and He has chosen the man Jesus to do the judging for Him. God has given proof of this to all of us by raising Jesus from death.” So, there you go. We should find great comfort in that, great encouragement in that, but also put ourselves in the position of somebody who’s never heard this before so that we understand the kinds of people that Paul is trying to reach and we should also notice that Paul adapts the way that he interacts with people based on who it is that he’s trying to talk to, which doesn’t mean he is trying to change his message, it means he’s trying to enter a person’s story from where they’re coming from instead of trying to force-feed where he’s coming from. A pretty invaluable lesson for us in this day and age.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for this simple concise truth of the gospel from the apostle Paul here in the book of Acts. It reminds us of the fact that we are Your children. We also acknowledge the fact that we don’t know all that we think that we do and a posture of humility in entering into each other’s stories is the way of Your kingdom. Come Holy Spirit we pray. And we ask in Jesus’ name expectantly as we surrender, as we allow You to have space and access to our hearts and our day and our actions. Come Holy Spirit we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

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Coming up in less than two weeks, the 7th of July, is our annual Daily Audio Bible long walk. It’s happening on a Sunday this year so it kind of makes it easier. And we do this every July 7th. It’s a day to give ourselves permission to say, “look, “I’m in the middle of the year, I have journeyed halfway through this year and come to this point with the rhythm of the Scriptures being in my life.” And by now we can see what the Bible does as we put it in our lives every day. So, it’s a day to regroup and go for a long walk with the God of the Bible who is revealing himself to us through the Scriptures. Yeah, just to spend the day saying all of the things that there just aren’t time to say. Like we’re just too overcommitted, too out of balance, we’re running too hard. So, we take this one day and go for a long walk, go somewhere beautiful whether near or far and go for a long walk and we can say everything that needs to be said and to allow space because the Lord has some things He’s been wanting but we’re just too busy to listen. So, what if we took a day and gave it to listening and just spending time with God and appreciating that life is happening all around us and we’re ignoring it. That’s the 7th of July and yeah, it’s a very individual thing, but it’s also a very communal thing that we’re doing as a community all over the world. And you just take your phone. You probably have your phone or something with you anyway. Snap a picture of wherever it is you go or take a little video of wherever it is you go and post it up to our Facebook page, facebook.com/dailyaudiobible and then we’ll post them up and they become these beautiful little moments that we get to share with each other, little windows into each other’s lives and where it is that we are on the planet and where it is that’s beautiful where we are and we get this wonderful picture of God’s beauty all over the world on one day. So, make plans for that the 7th of July.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible as we navigate the summer months, then thank you profoundly for your partnership. There’s a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253, is the number to dial.

And that is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

06/25/2019 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 8:1-9:13, Acts 16:16-40, Psalms 143:1-12, Proverbs 17:26

Today is the 25th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian, it’s wonderful to be here with you today, take the next step forward into our week and the next step forward through the Scriptures as we move our way through this week and month and year. We are currently in the book of second Kings as we read through the Old Testament portion of our reading and we are learning of the prophet Elisha. So, we’ll continue with that story. Second Kings chapter 8 verse 1 through 9:13 today.

Commentary:

Alright. So, in the book of Acts, we’ve now departed on Paul’s second missionary journey and we read of the falling out that he had with Barnabas over John Mark. And as we’re traveling on the second missionary journey we can see that like the first missionary journey its light and darkness colliding and Paul’s in the middle of everywhere he goes. But in spite of all this…just chaos that swirls around them sometimes and the struggles that they have to go through, we also have to notice that fascinating opportunities are happening. Like, Paul’s not thrown into jail and thinking, “God, get me out of jail so that I can continue this missionary journey.” Paul is on mission no matter where he ends up landing. So, in today’s reading Paul and Silas are in Philippi and they’re spending time in a common area and praying by the water and sharing the good news. But each day this slave girl who predicts the future, she would call them out, “these are men of God, they are servants of the most high God, they’ve come to tell you how to be saved.” And, so, eventually Paul’s exasperated with this and he looks at her and throws the demon out in the name of Jesus, which infuriates the girls owners because they’ve basically lost their way of making money. The girl was an attraction for this. So, the next thing you know, you’ve got a mob kind of rising up against Paul and Silas and then they’re severely beaten and thrown into prison. So, they’re sitting in prison around midnight, bruised from this beating, in chains and they’re singing hymns of worship to God, and the entire prison is silent as the other prisoners are listening to the gospel being shared with them in song. And then this earthquake happens, and the doors fly open and everybody can run but nobody does. And the jailer’s there about to kill himself because he just let everybody escape, even though he had nothing to do with it. And Paul’s like, “don’t kill yourself, we’re here, we’re all here, don’t worry, don't…don’t do anything to yourself”, which resulted in Paul and Silas being cared for by the jailer, their wounds being dressed, the gospel being shared, people coming to faith in Jesus. And if we back up in the story, if we just kind of look at how this story unfolds, had this girl who could foretell the future, had she not continued to call Paul and Silas out day after day, had Paul not thrown this evil spirit out of her, they would have never been thrown into jail. And we can look at it and go, “yeah, they would’ve never been thrown into jail.” But the thing is, had they not been thrown into prison, then this jailer and his entire household…Paul and Silas would’ve never laid eyes on this guy, like, they would’ve never crossed paths. And as we watch Paul’s ministry and later as we get into the writings of Paul we’ll see that this is the approach that he takes to life. Wherever he is at he is on mission. Yes. Sometimes they’re going on actual formal missionary journeys, but it doesn’t matter whether he’s in prison, whether he’s before Kings, whether he’s in sickness or whether he’s in health, he’s on mission and that is what’s deeply compelling about the apostle Paul. No matter where he lands he lands sharing the gospel of Jesus. And the opportunities that we have the spread light in the darkness, to bring good news in a sea of bad, those opportunities are limitless if we’re just simply paying attention. And it’s usually when we’re feeling opposition or hardship, like, when the darkness is pressing in on us that we usually isolate ourselves, but these are the times when we have the greatest opportunity

Prayer:

Father, we take this example. We look at what’s happening here in the early church when we look into the life of the apostle Paul and Silas who was accompanying him and into this story today and realize, had they just been angry because they were Roman citizens and had been beaten and they were just lamenting in the prison, just waiting for daybreak so that they could lower the boom none of this would’ve happened, and yet You used all of these things and worked them together for good, and the souls of an entire household were saved. So, help us to realize that what we do today matters and how we do it matters. It’s important that we stay paying attention. It’s so easy for us to find ourselves totally self-absorbed and what’s going on with us and whatever discomfort we may be trying to overcome while ignoring opportunities everywhere. Show us how to be awake, show us how to be aware and show us how to see Your kingdom at work in and among us, all around us. Come Holy Spirit we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, and its home base, it’s where you find out what’s going on around here.

And as I mentioned yesterday, just a little less than two weeks will be the 7th of July and the 7th of July is kind of a little Daily Audio Bible holiday that we have of our own. It’s the day that we do the Daily Audio Bible long walk. And the long walk is self-explanatory, honestly. It’s a day that we set aside on the calendar, happens to be on a Sunday this year, but it’s a day that we set aside on the calendar and give ourselves permission to go and waste the day with God, to go and just be with God like we’re in love with God as he is in love with us. Like, we know that when we fall in love with people we will waste incredible amounts of time just being together because it’s not a waste. It’s the bond of relationship that is forming. What if we took a day and did that with God in the middle of the year? That’s what the Daily Audio Bible long walk is about. As we cross through the middle of the year it’s a fantastic time to go out into nature and beauty and just realize in the silence that the silence is full of life happening everywhere and to just spend the day with God talking, saying everything that we need to say, and listening for everything that He wants to speak to us. It’s just a regroup and reset for the second half of the year. So, you just go somewhere beautiful, whether that’s five minutes away whether that’s five hours away. It’s up to you…just somewhere beautiful that you find compelling and go for a long walk. Spend the day just with God. And as in years gone by, this will be happening all over the world and it’s a very individual experience, but it is a community experience to know, “I’m not the only one doing this. Like, I am indeed on a long walk with God and I am pouring my heart out and I am being as honest and vulnerable as possible. I am with God, but I’m the only one doing this. This is happening all over the world.” And it’s a beautiful thing. Take a picture, take a little video, something that you’ll want to hold onto to commemorate your day, but you can share that at the Daily Audio Bible Facebook page facebook.com/dailyaudiobible and then we post those up and they become little windows into each other’s lives, just little windows into the beauty of the earth all around the earth. And it’s wonderful, a wonderful annual experience that we have here as a community. Like I said, as we move through the middle of the year, why not take a few hours. Why not take that day and regroup with God? I mean, He has poured into us through His word thus far. Imagine what the second half of the year can look like we’re focused and in lockstep with His will and His ways for us? But how will we know that if we spend no time? So, July 7th, Daily Audio Bible long walk. Put that on your calendar.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, I thank you. I don’t have enough words, like, I’ve used all the words of gratitude and humility and thankfulness because they’re all true. Thank you for your partnership as we move through the summer time, appreciate it very much. We wouldn’t be able to be here if we weren’t here together. That’s the beauty of us being here together as a community. So, there’s a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253, is the number to dial.

And that is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

06/24/2019 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 6:1-7:20, Acts 15:36-16:15, Psalms 142:1-7, Proverbs 17:24-25

Today is the 24th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and a joy to be here with you today as we dive in and move through this week together. And, of course, this is the final week of the month of June for this year. So, as we move through the days of this week we’re also preparing to enter a new month and that will come, that will come to us, it’s coming to us, but we are here now and we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week and we’re working our way through the book of second Kings and getting to know the prophet Elisha at this point. Second Kings chapters 6 and 7 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we take the Council that we see in second Kings today. A city was surrounded, You ran off the enemy, and four men with leprosy found the treasure that would save the city, the supplies that were necessary to save the people from utter horror and they began to hide it and hoard it until they realized, “we shouldn’t be doing this. Like, how can we keep this all for ourselves? We’ve got to go tell.” And we can see ourselves in that Lord. We feast on Your goodness continually and hide and hoard it. We ask that You will help us today and throughout this week to not do that. And this isn’t just about what we might say to somebody, this is how we will live this week, this how we will shine the light of the good news into a darkened world. Help us Father. We’re guilty of all these things. We find ourselves so many times at so many points, in so many of the stories in Your word and they expose us, and they force us to consider what Your Holy Spirit is speaking to us about things that shouldn’t be, about things that need to change. Come Holy Spirit into that we pray as we meditate on this story, meditate on Your word today. We pray these things expectantly in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, it’s where you find out what’s going on around here.

And we’re at the time of the year where a special date, kind of our Daily Audio Bible exclusive holiday is coming up on the 7th of July, which is two weeks from yesterday. And the 7th of July is a special day for us because it’s the day of the Daily Audio Bible long walk. So, if you’ve been around for several years, even one year, then you know…you know what’s going on here. If you’re new this year, I think this is the 11th Daily Audio Bible long walk. This tradition just formed because of a large stadium event that was happening in Nashville, which is where I live. There was this large prayer thing like 11 years ago, 12 years ago and at the time, right, you couldn’t just grab your phone and live stream stuff. Like that technology was just in formation. But this particular event was televised and so was there was this strange thing where a number of people are actually attending the event, but many many more are watching the event and like posting and emailing stuff and it was a moment where the community began to come together and people began to share their stories because we were all praying and it became the Daily Audio Bible long walk, an opportunity actually in the center of the year as we pass through the middle of the year to take a day and say, I’m giving this day to fellowship with God. Like, I’m gonna go for a long walk, literally go for a long walk with God. The kind of walk that I would go on was somebody I’ve fallen in love with where we would walk for hours and not even notice, right, in beauty and stop and talk walk and spend a day together saying everything you just haven’t had time to say and express your heart in ways that you just haven’t had time to think or feel, but also to give ample space for God to have an opportunity to speak back. Imagine the things that God is wanted to tell you, but you haven’t had time to listen. And imagine how freeing it will be to say everything you need to say, to actually really truly reconnect. That’s what the Daily Audio Bible long walk is about, and we do this every year now as we move through the center of the year. It’s a great opportunity to regroup and say, “Okay, you brought me this far, I’m halfway through the year now. What is the second part of this year supposed to look like? What direction am I to ahead in? How am I to navigate where we’re going together in the second half of this year? These things can only when we make space for them. And we’re just running, running, running. Ironically, the 7th of July this year happens on a Sunday. And, so, most of us will be off work and it makes it very easy to accomplish. Go somewhere beautiful. Whether that means you get in your car and you drive for hours or whether that means you get in your car and drive for minutes or whether that means you get on your bike and ride to a park. It doesn’t really matter, somewhere that comes to mind that is beautiful where you can actually be out in nature in silence, spending the day with God and realizing just how much life is happening around you every moment. And when we get out into nature it becomes very apparent, life is everywhere, life is bursting out. And Jesus said that He came that we might have life, but he also said the path of life is a narrow one. And, so, having these moments to reconnect, its rich and beautiful. And even though we’re experiencing our long walks all over the world individually in a solitary way, what makes it a community experience is that we just say wherever it is that you go, whatever it is that you do, maybe snap a picture on your phone or take a little video on your phone of where you are and post that at the Daily Audio Bible Facebook page, which is facebook.com/dailyaudiobible and what happens over the course of the day is that we open up windows into each other’s lives all over the world and we get this glimpse into the beauty of God’s creation all over the world. And it’s a fantastic experience. So, that’s coming up July 7th. Mark that on your calendar, the Daily Audio Bible long walk, a day to regroup, a day to a reconnect, a day to enjoy the beauty and go for a long walk with the lover of our souls. So, make plans for that.

If you want to partner with the daily Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link, it’s on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment there are a number of numbers that you can use. In the Americas, 877-942-4253. If you are in the UK or Europe, you can dial 44-20-3608-8078. And if you are in Australia or the lands down under 61-3-8820-5459 is the number to dial.

And that is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

06/23/2019 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 4:18-5:27, Acts 15:1-35, Psalms 141:1-10, Proverbs 17:23

Today is the 23rd day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is great to be here with you at the threshold of a brand-new week that we’re walking into together. And this will be the final full week of the month of June. I think one week from today will be the final day of the month of June, but that’s yet to come and here we are at the threshold of a sparkly, shiny new week that is fresh and waiting for us to live into like the gift that it is. This week we’ll be reading from the Contemporary English Version and will, of course, be picking up where we left off. We’re working our way through second Kings in the Old Testament, which is reviewing for us the life and times of the kings of Judah, which was the southern kingdom, and the life and times of the kings of Israel, which was the northern kingdom. In first Kings we got to know the prophet Elijah. Now that we’re in second Kings we’re getting to know the story of the prophet Elisha who came after Elijah. And, of course, in the book of Acts we are journeying with the apostle Paul. So, let’s dive in. Second Kings 4:18 through 5:27 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for bringing us safely into this brand-new week and we pray the words of the Psalms into this week and over this week. Help us to guard our words whenever we say something. Don’t let us want to do evil or waste our time doing wrong with wicked people. Don’t let us taste the good things they offer. We pray this Father over this week that is a brand-new gift waiting to be on wrapped moment by moment. We pray Father that we will listen and obey, that we will not only be hearers of the word, but doers of the word as we walk through this new week. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com as well. And we thank you, humbly and profoundly. We wouldn’t at all in any way be able to be here doing what we’re doing if we didn’t do this together. So, thank you for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is Lee from New Jersey calling from my home office today. Today is…I believe it is June 19th and I want to start a 30-day prayer against covetousness which is one of the seven deadly sins. So, this one is a little bit complicated and easy at the same time, which basically, my understanding is that you want something that somebody else has. So, the reason way I chose covetousness is I was gonna pray for finances for 30 days but then I thought maybe I’m committing a sin of coveting because I’m looking at other people and seeing maybe how they enjoy their money and maybe I’m not seeing the whole picture of that. So, I want to pray for covetousness and just to get an understanding for myself. And, of course, anyone else that’s out there that can pray with me, that would be wonderful. So, today is day one and I’m going to start, of course, with the explanation of commitments and a short prayer from my beginner’s book of prayer, which is a Catholic prayer book. Covetousness draws us to grasp things created and to despise the things of heaven. It makes us envy our neighbors and lust after what they possess, burn with desire for what passes away, and forget the treasures of heaven. Merciful God grant us the grace of detachment and prepare us for heaven by detaching us even from the good things of earth. Amen. Love you all. Love you Lord and I’ll be calling back soon.

Hey DABbers, this is Slave of Jesus in North Carolina. All right Holy Spirit let’s roll. This is kind of a new situation, not new, but uncommon for me, but we’ll call it a praise report. So, I’m having some trouble with somebody at work. Just spent a whole…multiple months working on a project got lots of feedback including this person’s section, you know, people, this is how we want it. Got it all done and ready to send it out it’s over 300 people. And at the last minute, at ten minutes to five yesterday it was, “yeah, you need to rewrite this whole thing and change this.” And, so it really put me off. I was in a bad mood heading home real mad, but you know what I did? I started praying for this person. I said, “oh…wait…I know they’re going through a tough situation, their spouse is getting ready to move away, they’re gonna be separated for a long time and everything like that.” So, they don’t work in my area but I just started praying for the person and I’m gonna…I prayed for the person on the way into work and it helped me stop my resentment. And, you know, I wanted to undermine them and try to go around them, and explain to my bosses, and my bosses, boss is added to the email at the end of this conversation late last night. And I was ready to go in this morning and explain it all to them and the Lord gave me my be still Scripture. The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still - Exodus 14:14. So, my supervisor knows all about it and why we can’t redo it. And, so, I’m just gonna let those people fight for me but the biggest thing is I’m gonna let God fight for me. But more importantly, I’m going to pray for the person that I’m having trouble with and we’ll see today at a 1 o’clock meeting how well that goes. And I need to keep praying for that person after, so I do not let this thing eat me up for sleep and on the way into work on my Bible time of the DAB. So, love you all, have a great day.

Hi, it’s Sherry from Odessa Kansas. I just want to say, first of all to Kelly from Australia, thanks for calling in. Still praying for you and believing God that freedom is what you’re going to be living in and walking in, freedom from addiction. And thank you for calling in like I said. Brian, it’s been amazing, the last few days in Kings and Acts. I feel like this enormous panoramic scene is parading in front of my eyes and I’m there watching all of this happened. And I’ve actually had chills and goosebumps as you’ve been reading, and I can explain but it’s just been incredible. Thank you so much for doing what you do. I know my life’s been transformed other peoples have been too. That is incredible. Thank you so much. Well, that’s all I want to say. Bye.

Hello DAB family this is Abiding in Him. I’d like to pray for Anne in Charlotte North Carolina. Heavenly Father, our sister has called in from a place of a broken heart. Her heart is broken because her son whom she raised has excluded her from his life to where she was not a part of the wedding and has never met her grandchild and doesn’t even know where that family lives. Heavenly Father I cannot imagine the pain that occurs in a mother’s heart to be separated from the one that they carried in the womb, but You don’t have to imagine it. It’s a pain that You endure every day as millions of the children who You love and created exclude You from their lives and turn their backs on You. So, heavenly Father I pray that You meet Anne in a deep and special way, that You pray for her heart can be restored heavenly Father. And that is what You do. Speak to her, show her in some way, shape, or form that You understand and that You’re there with her and that You will not let her fall away. And Lord if it be in Your will Lord, redeem this family, bring them back together, restore the union with her son and with his wife, and let her hold her grandchild and proclaim Your faithfulness. We thank You Lord that no matter what miseries we endure Lord that You are faithful and that You are true and that we are ultimately coming closer to You. So, we thank You Lord for Your faithfulness and give You praise honor and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

06/22/2019 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 3:1-4:17, Acts 14:8-28, Ps 140:1-13, Pr 17:22

Today’s the 22nd day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s good to be here with you as we’re gonna close a week down, complete another one of our weeks together, which really leaves us only one full week left in this sixth month of the year. So, we are definitely moving forward. We’ve been reading from the Amplified Bible this week and we’ll do that today. And we’ve been working our way through the life and times of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah. Today, second Kings chapter 3 verse 1 through 4:17

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for another week in Your word. We are grateful for the way that it speaks truth into our lives every day and the way that it is day by day transforming us changing the way we think and feel and act about everything. So, come Holy Spirit, seal all that we have read this week into our hearts as we prepare to move forward into the new week. And we ask Father for a happy heart and a joyful mind because these are good medicine and cause healing. And we acknowledge a broken spirit dries up the bones. We have experienced each in our lives and we know that this is true, and yet so often we are focused upon our brokenness and not the good medicine of a happy heart and a joyful mind that only Your Holy Spirit can lead us toward and into. So, come Holy Spirit, we embrace this proverb and ask for a happy heart and a joyful mind. And we acknowledge that we’ll have to collaborate. You not gonna just drop this on us. We’ll have to collaborate. We open ourselves, our hearts and our minds to You that You might bring joy and happiness to us despite what might be going on in our lives. We reach for You is children coming up into Your arms where it is safe, where we do find comfort, and where a happy heart and a joyful mind can be found. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus’, we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, and it’s where you find out what’s going on. So, be sure to stay tuned and connected.

The Daily Audio Bible shop lives at dailyaudiobible.com as well. There are a number of resources available for this journey.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com as well. There’s a link on the homepage and I thank you humbly for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for next week, which will be tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Well hello from beautiful Cincinnati Ohio, this is Daniel Johnson Junior. It is Tuesday, June 18th, 2019. Just finished listening to today’s reading and I wanted to call in and share some good news, praise report. Number one, was my wife’s and I, our anniversary, 24 years June 17th and that has been great. Let’s see. Happy belated Father’s Day to everybody. And then also, I’ve been riding the bus to get to work for the past two years and every day, every moment, you know there’s sometimes when I’m on the bus, it takes me into northern Kentucky from downtown Cincinnati, I am the only rider and I know that God has set this up for, you know, a great occasion, you know, and I get these incremental moments. We just finished reading through about the Ethiopian eunuch story. Well yesterday, my driver, she says, “can I ask you question about God.?” I said, “Okay, what’s that?” So, she says, “why is it that when people talk I get so filled up?” And, so, I was a just able to start from right there and just say, “you know, I think that everyone of us has this desire for God in our hearts to, you know, we’re thinking about eternity __.” And she says, “I don’t go to church, I don’t read the Bible, you know.” And I said, “I think it’s so important, you now, 85% of people in the United States who proclaim…profess to be Christians don’t spend time in the Word daily. And I want to tell you about the Daily Audio Bible. I listen to the Bible because my primary method of learning is through listening.” And she says, “mine too.” And I said, “so you should check out the Daily Audio Bible.” And she says, “you know what? I might have that app already on my phone.” So, pray for her, her name’s Vicki and we’ll see how things go. God bless you all from beautiful Cincinnati Ohio. This is Daniel Johnson Junior.

Good morning family, this is Laura Lee in Boynton Beach, a.k.a. Mrs. Valiant. Praying for you Much Afraid and you pray for me. I feel called to go to Bhutan somewhere in China for a long time. Pray for me, that He would tell me worthy to go. I feel called and I know I could never do each step without him. I’m reaching out to Susan Browning Shultz. Hey girl, I’m sure we’ve met. Went to the conference a couple of times and I lived in Savannah. I’m not on Facebook but please reach out to me at lordwilling@me.com and we’ll exchange phone numbers. Also…for…God bless you for reaching out…and letting me know you share my birthday. It is a funny thing. But my born-again birthday is 13th of June 2005, 11 AM in the morning. So, that is the real birthday. I’m reaching out to Julia or Julie…Julie who’s struggling with alcohol. Please reach out to me at that email address too Julie. Anytime you need a drink, want a drink, feel like a drink, call me. We’ll exchange phone numbers. I will be your church. I am available Lord. Use me today. He has delivered me from much more than just alcohol, so much more. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all. Lord, use us today. We are available. Like Elijah in the cave and what Brian said today, “if we are the only ones, let us be available for you to use us, giving our lives a living sacrifice, which is holy and presentable to God for you. You do not go by ability but…

Hi DAB family my name is Timothy, I’m calling from Asia in Taiwan. I just…I heard the broadcast on June 17th Daily Audio Bible about a prayer is needed for a four-month girl, Willow, who is going through a heart surgery. And my heart breaks for her and I want to pray for her right now at this moment. Dear heavenly father, I pray for Willow, that she’ll undergo a very smooth surgery, that the doctor will have the right skill and knowledge for the heart surgery and she will be healed completely. May our heavenly Father protect her. Let her heal in recover quickly. And no matter what, our prayer is with her. I know the Holy Spirit is with her and I know she will go through a very smooth and a very successful surgery and she will be healed completely. Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name we pray for her. Amen. I will continue to pray for Willow and her recovery after the surgery and I hope she will be doing well…I know she will be doing well because God is with her and the Holy Spirit is with her. And please keep us posted on her situation and we will continue to pray for her. Thank you DAB family. We love you. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tiffany from Arizona. I just heard Kelly from Australia on June 18th, 2019 and she was seven days sober and she said not to applaud. Kelly, I’m telling you, seven days of kicking an addiction is something to celebrate, something to applaud, and you are doing an amazing job. And I pray for you that the Lord will bless you with a lifetime of sobriety without withdrawals. Continue looking up. You’re gonna make it, you’re doing a great job, and it is something to celebrate. Thank you very much for calling in and I’m so glad that I heard your message and I’m praying for you. Love you. Bye.

06/21/2019 DAB Transcript

2 Kings 1:1-2:25, Acts 13:42-14:7, Ps 139:1-24, Pr 17:19-21

Today is the 21st day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s great to be here with you as we reach the exact three-week mark of this month, it’s the 21st. So, we’re crossing over the three-week mark of the sixth month of the year and that lands us at the threshold of the book of second Kings, which we’ll begin today. So, we concluded the book of first Kings yesterday, which brings us to the threshold of the book of second Kings, but we’ll just be picking up where we left off.

Introduction to the book of second Kings:

First and second Kings were one continuous document. Actually, first and second Samuel and first and second Kings were all one document at one point. These have been broken up over time and different eras for ease of use and ease of finding things. So, there’s nothing specifically that we need to go over as we move into second Kings as far as the territory. We’re simply picking up where we left off and moving forward. That’s always a good thing. It’s always a good thing to reach these little lines of demarcation, these little accomplishments. So, we’ve accomplished first Kings and here we go. We’ll launch into second Kings. We’ll be reading the first two chapters and we’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we began the book of second Kings, Elijah the prophet was taken into heaven by a whirlwind. And, so, most of our interaction with Elijah happened in first Kings, and now his successor Elisha is becoming the prominent prophetic voice throughout the land and we’ll follow that in the coming days.

Then in the book of Acts we are on a journey with the apostle Paul. So, the first part of the book of Acts really allowed us to get into the story of the apostle Peter and then we experienced Saul’s conversion and how he became the apostle Paul and know we’re accompanying him on his first missionary journey. And we’ll notice this, not only through the book of Acts, but also through the writings of the apostle Paul, that the gospel was a lightning rod and a lot of the animosity was focused upon Paul because he’s bringing the message, but it’s kind of like what we were talking about yesterday with the prophet Micaiah and Ahab and Jehoshaphat and how Micaiah came and delivered the truth, the King, Ahab, didn’t listen to it and he lost his life but he was warned. The truth causes a reaction, right? It can be rejected, or it can be accepted, but it causes a reaction and we’re seeing this lightning rod that the gospel has become and Paul continually facing angry mobs for one reason or another, but behind all of that, all of the animosity, all the jealousy, all the inciting, people against them, many hearts were being awakened. And those awakened hearts, they awakened other hearts and there were more and more followers of Jesus everywhere that Paul went and we’ll continue to see that.

And then in Psalms today…in Psalms today…one of my favorite passages of Scripture in the entire world. We’re basically asked to consider where is God not. So, to the Psalm says, “if I go up to heaven, you are there. If I go down to the grave you’re there. If I ride on the wings of the morning, if I’m on the other side of the ocean, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. And we could go on rereading that Psalm. Memorizing that Psalm is so orienting. Like, when you feel lost in the dark, nothing’s making sense, everything’s been tipped upside down, just reading this Psalm is reorienting. There is nowhere you can go to escape God’s presence. So, no matter what’s going on as we move through this week, remember, God will be present in every thought and conversation and action that you take no matter where you are, no matter what’s going on. We just must become aware of His presence. He’s not distant, He’s near. And absolutely, we should be comforted by that, but we should also be sobered by it because it invites the question, “if there is nowhere that I can flee from God’s presence what would I rather not God hear me say or see me do?” And that can be quite a check and that can stop us and we can thank God for that, because anything that we would rather God not witness, those are the things that are seducing us away from God, and those are the things that are clouding us from being aware of His presence in our lives.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite You into that. We invite You to begin to reveal these things. As we go through this day, help us to observe ourselves, help us to be aware, there is nowhere that we can flee from Your presence, and may we find comfort in that, but may it also be a catalyst to help us observe ourselves and the things that we would try to hide from You. Those are the things that are pulling us away from You. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, and of course, its home base, its where you find out what’s happen’.

And we have been sharing the good news of the global camp fire Family Reunion that’s coming up here in a couple months, August 31st through September 2nd. That’s Labor Day weekend here in the United States, which makes a long weekend and a great time to come to the rolling hills of Tennessee and come together and get to know each other by more than voice. We’ve been taking this journey together for so long now, all of these days that we’ve made it this far into the year and we have some territory to go before the Family Reunion, so it’ll be nice to just, you know, go somewhere where everything is held in common, like we’re all on the same page and we’re all moving in the same direction, and we know each other by heart. So, if that appeals to you, and I hope it does, come on out here to Nashville by the lake and we will have a splendid time together. There’s plenty to do, plenty to do for you and your family. So, you can get all the details at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section. Look for Family Reunion 2019 and we will look forward to seeing you here in Tennessee.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link, it lives on the homepage and I thank you, thank you for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or the mailing address, if you prefer the mail, is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And as always, if you have a prayer request or comment there are a number of numbers you can call depending on where you are in the world. If you’re in the Americas, 877-942-4253 is a number to call. If you’re in the UK or Europe, 44-20-3608-8078. And if you are in Australia or the lands down under, 61-3-8820-5459 is the number to dial.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, this is Natalie from Alabama. I’ve never called before but I enjoy listening to the Daily Audio Bible. I was actually thinking about calling in today because I have anxiety and depression and my anxiety is making me pretty much incapable of doing a lot of things. I can’t even serve at church because I couldn’t stop crying. But then I heard the prayer request line today, Doug called in and he had the exact same problem and he’s in Alabama and I was just so encouraged to know that I wasn’t alone in feeling this crazy. And I really hope that Doug gets the help he needs and that I get the help I need. And if you all could just pray for both of us because it’s…it’s a debilitating thing sometimes and I…I feel like I’m pushing away people that care for me and I need them, but I keep pushing them away. So, that’s not good. Satan’s trying to isolate me, and it sounds like he’s trying to isolate Doug too. So, thank you very much family for praying for us and I’ll pray for Doug and all of you and I hope God gives y’all a great week and thank you very much. I love you. Bye.

Hi this is Jane Ruth in Nebraska and I just wanted to say how totally grateful I am to the Daily Audio Bible and to the changes that are already happening in my life just because I’m being more consistent. First of all, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you so much to everyone that calls in, to everyone that prays, to everyone that answers a prayer, and everyone that answers a praise. I wanted to say something about addiction but a solution that I have found in my years of recovery is the five D’s. And this is something that I’ve learned. I have five fingers, praise God, and I use the is in every urge that I try to deal with. Distract, Delay, Discuss, Deep breathe, and Drink water. Distract, Delay, Discuss, Deep breathe, and Drink water. Whenever I have an urge, one of those things or more will help. I’ve been praying for every one of the requests that I hear and crocheting. And I’ve been crocheting shawls even though I have a tremor and I’ve been on disability for a long time. And praise God, I just keep making shawls and it’s just been an incredible gift. I can be reached at Jane Ruth…no…I can be reached at 4L247365@gmail.com.

Hey DAB brothers and sisters I just wanted you all to pray with me today for my pastor. He’s going through some stuff right now. He was planning a trip to go see his sick mom in Israel and he found out that his I was having some problems. So, he went to get it checked out. Turns out he’s got a detached retina which they won’t let him fly with. So, he’s getting surgery for that today and then overnight last night he found out that his mother actually passed away. So, just heavy for him right now. Yeah. Just pray for his healing physically. He is still planning to go. So, in addition to just, you know, him and his family as they’re trying to deal with the loss of his mother, I also want to pray for an opportunity for him to talk with his father about all of this. He’s got a bit of a tough relationship with him. And, so, I just pray for an opportunity there and for God to be in the situation for all of them. So, pray with me about him. We love him, he’s a great friend, he’s a great pastor, and a great man of God. So, thank you all for that. Appreciate it.

Hello, this is Zach calling in from North Carolina. I called for my wife Kelly and I to be able to have a child a few months ago. We’re doing the IVF for a few years. Our child was born on June 10th and his name is Orson Scott and he was born with multiple heart defects and is currently on a heart and lung machine at Duke Hospital in North Carolina. He was born at UNC Hospital and airlifted within 15 hours of birth to Duke. I’m asking for prayers for my son Orson, that he’s able to come off the heart and lung machine and then be able to come home and that the doctors and surgeons are able to repair everything. And also, pray for my wife Kelly and our two other children as they go through this and this stressful time with my son in the hospital, my baby boy Orson, just keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much. Amen.

06/20/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Kings 22:1-53, Acts 13:16-41, Psalms 138:1-8, Proverbs 17:17-18

Today is the 20th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today. How is your summer going or how is your winter going if you are in the southern hemisphere. Here in the South in the rolling hills of Tennessee we’re moving into the steamy hot, humid, but very fertile and green part of the year. Not sure we’re actually moving into it, we’ve kind of been in it for a while but I think I’m just starting to notice it’s getting pretty hot. And speaking of get pretty hot, our journey through the book of Acts is definitely taking us now into the life of the apostle Paul and his movements. And, yeah, we’ll see some of the heat that gets turned up on the early church as the gospel goes forth and as we continue through the book of Acts. But before we get to the book of Acts we need to go back into the book of first Kings which we’re working our way through. We’re reading the Amplified Bible this week. First Kings chapter 22.

Commentary:

Alright. So, in the book of first Kings we have a meeting or a summit or a get together between two Kings, the King of Israel, his name was Ahab, his capital city was in Samaria, this was the northern kingdom whereas Jehoshaphat the king of Judah was visiting and there was this conversation about how they should go to battle together and take back this city that had been conquered. So, Jehoshaphat is following in the ways of the Lord an he’s like, “are there prophets of God around here?” So, the prophets come and they’re like…all like, “you got this. God’s gonna demolish the enemy. Go and be victorious. It’s gonna be awesome.” But Jehoshaphat’s like, “is there anybody else? Is there any other prophet around here?” And, so, we come into contact very briefly with a relatively obscure prophet named Micaiah. And, so, Micaiah is sent for and when the envoys who are going to collect him, find him they’re like, “look, all the prophets are unanimous about this. It’s good news for the king. He should go into battle. Make sure your words are the same.” And Micaiah’s kinda like, “I mean…I’m only gonna say what I hear from God. So, I’m not sure what to tell you.” So, Micaiah goes before the Kings, the two Kings, and he’s, you know, “go into battle. It’s gonna be awesome. You’re gonna be amazing. You’re the greatest. Go destroy your enemies”, in sarcasm. But they both know it’s in sarcasm and then Micaiah gives the truth, essentially saying, “Ahab, you’re the king of Israel and if you go into this battle Israel will be a people without a shepherd. In other words, you’re gonna be killed.” Despite this, Ahab and Jehoshaphat went into battle and Ahab was killed. So, Micaiah had to stand before the two different Kings and their entourages and his fellow prophets and refute what they were saying with sobering news, but Micaiah wasn’t sent to appease those around him, which is what he was instructed to do. He was called for to tell the truth and to speak as the mouthpiece of God. And after he spoke it…well…then the ball was in the court of the hearers, right? After he spoke the truth then it was up to Ahab and Jehoshaphat to decide what to do. So, God through Micaiah gave King Ahab advance words from the Lord that would have saved his life if he would have listened. And sometimes we find ourselves maybe wearing the same shoes as Micaiah. It’s difficult to be the only one standing against the crowd and if we find ourselves in that position then we usually feel the pull, right, the seduction to appease, to go with the flow, or if we actually stand and try to speak the truth in love, then we may feel the mockery of people who disagree, dissenters or even the anger of authority. These are things that Micaiah would have been facing. But speaking the truth humbly is always going to be the best choice because we are invited to live true and the truth is we may be the only warning a person gets. And whether we’re listened to or not isn’t going to be the point, right? That would be bringing our own baggage into the whole mix, as if because of us we’re doing something great. The point isn’t that we are affirmed, the point is that we deliver the truth. So, may we consider that as we move through this day and heed this example and speak the truth in love, as we’re instructed in the book of Ephesians, which we will get to in due course.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for this story. It could’ve been a completely different story. A prophet was sent for, and You gave Your word and it was disobeyed and lives were lost. Holy Spirit allow us to know that wherever we go the kingdom is going with us and whatever we speak should be words of truth and we don’t always know who we’re speaking to or why. We just may be having a random conversation with somebody, but we need to be speaking the truth as opposed to trying to make ourselves look like we’re a big shot or something to get affirmation. Help us to be humble, help us to be honest, help us to speak the truth in love we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, and it’s home base, of course, and where you find out what’s going on around here.

And we’re excited by the day for the global campfire Family Reunion that’s coming up August 31st through September 2nd here in the rolling hills of Tennessee. We did this last year, we had a wonderful spectacular time, we just didn’t have enough room, but this year we’ve been able to expand and we found a nice camp out on a lake where we can stay and play. We’ll just get to know each other besides knowing each other by voice. So, come on out to the rolling hills of Tennessee, enjoy Nashville, enjoy some fellowship and some fun together. You can get all the details at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section, which is at the top. Just look for Family Reunion 2019 and you can get all the details. Space is filling up. We expect that this event will sell out just like last year. So, I hope that you can make your way here and we can see each other face-to-face.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible as we move through the summer time, I couldn’t possibly thank you enough. Gratitude all around. We are a family, we are community and…well…we’re in this together. So, thank you for your partnership. There’s a link on the homepage of dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello DAB family, just calling to remind everybody that for ministry this is the lean time of the year, these are the summer months where donations go down. And, so, I want to challenge everybody. If you haven’t given yet to the Daily Audio Bible, this is a great time of the year to start. You know, maybe about five years ago, six years ago the Lord prompted me to call in and ask 3000 people to give you $10 a month and that would…we would combine and join forces and provide $30,000 of resources to the Daily Audio Bible so that they can continue the mission of spreading the word of God to anyone who wants to listen anywhere in the world any time of day. And, so, I’m asking you to partner, to continue to sew into this ministry, that God would continue to share the goodness of the word of God throughout the earth. So, if you’ve been having that heart…that tug on your heart, do it right now, get online right now, go through the app, whatever you need to do and just set up a monthly withdrawal from your credit card or from your bank account for $10 a month and we’ll do it together. I want to give a shout out to Blind Tony, Annette Allison, Viola in Maryland, Pastor Gene, Slave of Jesus, Jerry who was once a letter carrier, he called in earlier this year, Tony the truck driver and hey Alia from Waxahachie are you still listening? Call in, give us an update. Anyway, so good to call in and just encourage everybody to be a part of this ministry and to partner with the Brian and the Hardin family and providing this great mission that God has. Thank you all for listening this is Delta Alpha Foxtrot calling from the southern Texas front.

Sins from the present tempting the mind’s eye
sins from the past reluctant to die
calling so softly don’t leave me my love
come back once again be a hand for my glove
I’ll cling to you tightly I’ll shield you from pain
I’ll fill you with gladness as they flow through your veins
but I remember lots wife you called to her too
she listened intently looked back and was through
my past is not your present and we will not renew
because stuck looking stupid is all you can do
I guess you could say I’m the one that got away
thank you dear Lord I most fervently pray
hold to my hand as you lead me away
hold my heart humble make me stronger every day
because I remember lots wife and the words that you said
never look back keep your eyes straight ahead

blindtony1016@gmail.com. Drew from the bay area, haven’t heard from you in a while brother and I miss the sound of your voice. And also, Lee from New Jersey, I’ve been missing your voice to. And I’d like to give a shout out to my brother down under, Mark Reif, hang in there. Know your all my prayer list every day. And once again Brian and the Hardin family, thank you for this wonderful podcast for God’s Holy Spirit to flow, keep it flowin’ y’all. All right. Bye-bye.

Hello Daily Audio Bible this is Stella from France. I praise the Lord and I think Brian and family for giving us this opportunity to sum to share prayers and praises to our Lord. I pray for all nursing students in Texas, all students undergoing GCSE’s in Europe and the UK, all those who are going to the ___ in France and my son as well. These are tough times but as some __ mother did Lord, I bring these students to You and I pray for wisdom, strength, understanding during lessons and Your guidance to apply all of these efficiently in their exams. I also pray Lord for all our DAB family and for Your guidance and protection in each person, Your blessings on China and her husband, and may God bless You Brian. Amen.

Hello, I don’t want to leave my name, I’d like to keep this anonymous. In January I’ll be married 27 years to a nonbeliever and the closer I feel like I’m getting to God through the Daily Audio Bible I feel like my husband’s slipping farther away. Seems like he’s getting angrier and angrier, not because of this but it just seems like there’s evil within him when I talk to him. I find myself, when I’m in the car with him or sitting across the table for him that I’m asking the Holy Spirit to protect me from whatever’s coming out of his mouth, as if I’m dealing with something other than him. And I have no children and I don’t have any family around. So, I’ve been praying for years that he would be saved. I have some Christian friends also praying that he would be saved. The other day I was trying to tell him about some things that Brian read, and I thought he was listening to me and understanding the stories. And he said, “no, I’m ridiculing you.” And that really hurt. So, I guess what I’m asking for is that, instead of just my friends and I praying that not only will I be protected from whatever is coming out of his mouth and that he would become a Christian eventually, but I would have the support of everybody there at the DAB to help me. The more that pray the more protection I could have. So, thank you.

06/19/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Kings 20:1-21:29, Acts 12:24-13:15, Psalms 137:1-9, Proverbs 17:16

Today is the 19th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today to take the next step forward on the adventure that we’re on, the epic adventure of a journey through the entire Bible in a year and we are definitely moving along. If you can believe it, about a week and a half and we will have reached the halfway point. I find that hard to believe but I do believe it, it happens every year, But, yeah, we’re nearing the halfway point. So, well done. But we’re not there yet, we’re here and we’ve been reading from the Amplified Bible this week, which is what we’ll continue to do. First Kings chapter 20 and 21 today.

Commentary:

Alright. So, today we read Psalm 137 and it’s, you know, it’s a dark lamenting song about people who have been carried away from their homeland and their homeland has been destroyed and assimilated. And, so, their captors are saying, “sing us some of your songs.” And they’re like, “how can…how can we do that? Like, we’re brokenhearted. How can we…how can we do that?” So, we’ve got a little bit of a time difference here. The ancient Israel we’re reading about in first Kings was divided into two kingdoms, right? We remember that, right, after Solomon’s reign, the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. Neither of those kingdoms endured. So, like that’s the thing. Often, it’s just kind of in our mindset, not understanding history. We think of Israel and a modern context, as if it’s been a contiguous constant populated place by the Hebrew people since the Bible. That’s not exactly how it how it went. The northern and the southern kingdoms that we’re reading about in the Bible, neither one of them survived. Eventually the northern kingdom of Israel was conquered by the Assyrian Empire and we’ve seen the Assyrian, right, Ben-hadad, right, coming and attacking and God pushing them back. But eventually Assyria will conquer the northern kingdom and then later the kingdom of Judah will fall to the Babylonian Empire. And these are all stories that we will encounter because the biblical narrative will take us through that territory. But before we get there just understanding just a few things will be helpful. When empires invaded and conquered new territory, they began a process of basically systematically destroying the underlying culture in these captured lands. So, when we see these captors asking the Hebrew people, “sing us songs of Zion” to amuse them, this is kind of one way of saying, you know, that was, “these are old songs…you are not there…just basically amuse us with your songs of worship for your God, who did not protect you from us.” So, one of the ways of assimilating conquered people into the Empire was exile, right? So, people who had been conquered will be taken from their homeland and resettled somewhere else in other conquered lands where those people had been sent somewhere else, right? Mixing it all up so nobody has anything native. Everyone’s in exile in some way after they’ve been conquered and then in future generations as the people assimilate, as they become a part of the Empire, then they forget over the generations. They’ll forget their history, they’ll forget their allegiances to anything other than the Empire because they won’t remember anything else. That’s the perspective of what we’re reading in Psalm 137, right? “Beside the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept as we thought of Jerusalem and we hung our harps on branches because our captors were demanding…demanding us to sing.” “Sing…sing one of those songs of Jerusalem.” How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a pagan land?” So, when we read the words of Psalm 137 through the lens of exile then they become profoundly meaningful because we know why they’re being said. The people had been displaced. They had been hauled out of their homes. They had been forcibly resettled in faraway lands. I mean families were torn apart, some going one place, some going another, like and maybe never to ever see each other again. And, of course, you know, most of the conquering happened through war so a lot of people had died and the land was pillaged. So, where there was once a homeland and life and laughter now there was lament. And it helps us just to understand this because this is territory we will go into but also just to consider, have you ever felt like this? Like, have you ever felt like you were in exile? Like the life that you used to have that was familiar to you somehow got tipped upside down and you don’t recognize the world anymore. We’ve all faced these season’s, whether it’s through the death of someone we loved or through the betrayal of someone that we loved or some other way that our soul has been crushed. Psalm 137 lets us know that we’re not alone. We’re not the only ones like Elijah thought when he was in the cave. We’re not the only ones to ever feel this way. And we have to appreciate that this Psalm doesn't…doesn’t end with some sort of nice little bow, like some frosting on top, as were so prone to do it. It just…it just sits there being honest. So, if you’re kinda feeling like I relate, I mean I haven’t been conquered and pulled into new land, but I relate to what exile might feel, then be honest, honest with yourself, honest with God. You may be closer to yourself and to God then you’ve ever been. You just don’t recognize it because it’s not what you’re familiar with, but believe me on this, God is not avoiding your honesty no matter what your honesty looks like. It’s your dishonesty that he would rather do without. That’s the problem. So, exile wasn’t the end of the story for these people. We’re just reading a Psalm from the time that they were in exile. And we’ll get all that. It’s not the end of your story either but hiding and denying what’s really going isn’t gonna help, honest. And feel the honest embrace of your Father.

Prayer:

Father, we come to You needing that embrace. We need that comfort as we consider the many disruptions that can happen on any given day or week or month. And sometimes we’re so disrupted that nothing looks familiar anymore. Its…life as we knew it has come to an end, and now we have to find a new way forward. And we feel so alone when we’re not alone. And, so, we come running to You and we’re honest before You about how bad this hurts. We just can’t put a bow on it right now. We just can’t spin it for the positive right now because it’s not, but You will lead us forward and something good will come from this and we believe that You are good and we believe, in hindsight, things will start making sense. And, so, we cling to You from this place, this place that we don’t really want to be in, this place that feels like exile. We cling to You. You are our only hope. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Song:

Sherri Youngward - Restore My Soul

Lead me beside the water so still

Let me catch my breath

Let me drink my fill

Let me lie in fields of green

Where only gentle breezes blow

I’ll reach out my empty hands

For the cup that over flows


Restore my soul, Restore my soul

Restore my soul, Restore my soul 

I’ve stood too long here in these shadows

These valley walls are all I see

I need the skilled eyes of my Shepherd

Now my vision’s failing me


Restore my soul, Restore my soul  

Restore my soul, Restore my soul


Then I will run and not be weary

I will walk and not faint

I will soar with wings of eagles

In God alone is my strength


Restore my soul, Restore my soul  

Restore my soul, Restore my soul


Surely goodness and mercy

Will find their way to me

And I will live with them forever

I will have no more need

The Lord is my Shepherd

He is my God

I will live with Him forever

I shall not want