11/13/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 27:1-28:26, Hebrews 11:17-31, Psalms 111:1-10, Proverbs 27:15-16

Today is the 13th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor, like always, to be here with you and take these next steps forward in the old and new Testaments, in the Psalms, and Proverbs. Those all equal one step forward in our adventure through the Scriptures this year. So, let’s go ahead and take that next step forward. We’re reading from the Voice Translation this week. Ezekiel chapter 27 verse 1 through 28 verse 26 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, yesterday in our reading from the book of Hebrews we started walking down what we often refer to as the hall of faith, which, I guess is a little cheesy, but the point and the content are anything but. The writer of Hebrews started in the book of Genesis. So, at the beginning of the story and then began to point out instances in the Hebrew Scriptures where faith was required for the story to be told at all. And, so, in our reading today we spent the whole time walking down the hall of faith and walking through further examples of faith from the Old Testament. And, so, what the writer of Hebrews is trying to do here is to point out what had always been obvious, but hadn’t been seen from this perspective before, especially as it had anything to do in Jesus. So, we walked down this hall of faith, right? It’s by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him or it was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future of his sons or it was by faith that Jacob, when he was dying blessed Joseph’s sons. And then we had the example of Joseph and then Moses and his parents and his family and then Moses leaving Egypt and not fearing Pharaoh. And that was through faith. And it was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and begin these traditions. And it was by faith that the people of Israel went smack through the Red Sea on dry ground. And it was by faith that the Israelites marched around Jericho and the walls crashed down. And it was by faith that Rahab the prostitute wasn’t destroyed in all of that because she put her faith in God and aided the spies as they were spying out Jericho. So, the intention here for the writer of Hebrews in making a list like this and chronicling the faith of their ancestors, this wasn’t just like a random thing, right? And, so, it was by faith is repeated over and over as we walk down the hall of faith for a reason, to lock in the understanding that faith was always the essential component for any of these stories to work. And that’s correct as we can see in the examples from the book of Hebrews. We’ve worked our way through the Hebrew story from Genesis to Joshua and without faith that story couldn’t have been told. So, I mean, imagine what the Bible would look like if all of those people didn’t have faith, right? We would be reading, like, a completely different Bible than the Bible that we have. If faith hadn’t been exercised in each of these people’s lives, they would’ve lead to radically different outcomes and it would be a completely different story, which is the writer’s point. Faith has always been and will always be the essential and necessary component to a life with God. Without faith, we can’t please God. And in each of the examples that we’re working our way through in the hall of faith, God responded to them, but His response didn’t always meet their expectations. It didn’t always mean that hardship was going to be removed. And we’ll see that as we conclude the hall of faith tomorrow. God…God responds to our faith. He responds to our faith in the same way He has always responded to faith. It’s always been this way, which is so deeply ingrained in the writer of Hebrews and in the apostle Paul’s writings. And, as we kind of talked about yesterday, we are a people of faith. Like we believe in all kinds of…like we put our faith in all kinds of things. So, we can get all cross eyed and go like…why can’t I just see God? God why can’t I just see, why can’t I just hear you? Like, why this faith bridge? Why do I gotta access you through faith. It has always been this way. And we can place our faith in whatever we want to. And whatever that is, it’s our God. And as we’ve seen in Hebrews, faith in God alone is what has propelled this story forward. And it is the only thing that can propel our story forward. Anytime this changed…and we’re so far in the Bible we have to be able to see the rhythm of this…anytime this changed disaster was soon to follow. So…so let’s think about it again because this is the intention of the writer of Hebrews. What, exactly, in whom or in what have we put our faith?

Prayer:

Father, we invite Your Holy Spirit once again into this question. Seems like a simple question. Seems easy enough to say, well, my faith is in Christ alone or my faith is in God. And these things would be true but often…often there’s other things going on. And when we feel the anxiety beginning to well up inside of us or the depression beginning to flatten us or any other number of emotions or experiences that we have in life, we can stop when those things start and begin to consider exactly where it is that our faith is at, exactly what it is that we have put our faith in. This isn’t a magic elixir thing. You’re not gonna take all our problems away, but it is the invitation to reconsider the trajectory that we are headed in and where that is going to go and reconnect with You Father and put our hope and our faith in You alone. So, come Holy Spirit. Thank You for these examples that we were given in the book of Hebrews in what we call the hall of faith. All of these examples of people who went through a whole lot of very, very difficult things, but by faith…by faith You showed up, by faith the story was told. And this is exactly what’s happening with us. So, come Holy Spirit increase our faith. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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11/12/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 24:1-26:21, Hebrews 11:1-16, Psalms 110:1-7, Proverbs 27:14

Today is the 12th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor and a joy to be here in your presence and all of us together in the presence of God to take the next step forward as we hear from His word. This week we’re reading from the Voice Translation. And we’ll go back into the book of Ezekiel, which is what we’re working our way through right now. Ezekiel chapter 24 verse 1 through 26 verse 21 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we continue our journey through the book of Hebrews we came to a very famous passage of Scripture today but also very, very important territory because we began to discuss what is necessary to enter into and continue to be engaged in a personal relationship with God. And that component is faith. So, like, not to be anti-climatic because we’ve been talking about…like this is not the first time that we’ve encountered this concept in the New Testament or in the Bible, right? We’ve examined it from all kinds of directions as we move through the writings of the apostle Paul. But Hebrews gave us this really succinct and, like I said, famous definition of exactly what we’re talking about when we’re talking about faith in the Bible. Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you have never seen. So, in other words, faith is what allows us to see a reality and begin to live into that reality even though it is not reached its fullness or completion. It gives substance to what is still incomplete or unseen. And if this is faith, which it is, then we have to admit that, as human beings, we’re equipped for this. We all have faith in things we cannot see. Like love. We can’t see love but who among us would deny that it exists? Or tomorrow. Like suns gonna come up tomorrow. Like, we can’t see that yet. We wouldn’t be able to say for a fact that’s gonna happen, but we don’t question whether that daylight will come to the earth in the morning. So, we’re a people of faith. Like, we’re constantly practicing faith every single day one way or another. So, but the point the writer of Hebrews was trying to make wasn’t whether or not faith existed. Then or now, few people would argue that there is a thing called faith. The point was that faith had always been part of the Hebrew story. It had always been the essential piece. It was something that preceded any law, rule, or ritual, or behavior. And, so, because of that, it must be a foundational thing to our existence with God. And that was a very important point for the writer of Hebrews. So, we began to be led down a corridor and we’ll continue down that corridor for a bit, like going into tomorrow and beyond. We just started walking down it today and it’s been lovingly named the hall of faith, right? So, it was by faith that Able brought a more acceptable offering to God. It was by faith that Enoch was taken to heaven without dying. It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. It was my faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go somewhere that was promised but somewhere that he’d never been before. It was by faith that even Sarah, who was too old to have children, had a child who was Isaac, the son of promise. So, the hall of faith is gonna continue, and that’s what we’ll be reading tomorrow when we get to the New Testament, but we can already see that the writer of Hebrews was starting at the beginning of Genesis, like was starting at the beginning of the story and started working forward through the stories that are found in Hebrew scriptures. And the point was to reveal that faith had always been the activator. Like it was always the essential piece. And, so, why is this point being brought up? Because it will take faith…it would take faith to enter into a new covenantal relationship with God through Jesus. And it would take faith to hold onto that relationship because people were suffering a lot of marginalization and persecution. And, so, it was gonna take faith. And the point was, this isn’t something new. It had always…faith was always required. So, the hall of faith that we’re walking down, this isn’t like the superhero list, right? We’re not just renaming people that did amazing things that we’ve already encountered in the Bible. These are not people who were exceptions. They’re people who are examples for all of us. Faith was the activator in their stories and we’re not going to get anywhere without faith in our story. Or to quote the writer of Hebrews, “without faith no one can please God, because the one coming to God has to believe that He exists and that He rewards those who come seeking.” So, you know, this is like foundational stuff to the Christian faith to the point that we just kind of gloss over or very easily take for granted something that seems bedrock, has always been a part of what we’ve understood our faith to be. But let’s take some time today to think about what exactly we have put our faith in because, like we said at the beginning of just talking today, we are a people of faith. We put our faith in all kinds of stuff, but slowing down enough to really ask ourselves functionally, what am I really putting my faith in? I mean, maybe you feel like your faith is just, you know, like paper thin, like you can see right through. Usually that’s because we put our faith in an outcome, like we’re expecting. Like, we have faith in God but we’re expecting Him to do something on our behalf and it’s something specific. And that’s not wrong. Like, we’re all forever going to be in need of God’s involvement in our lives. But when our faith is in an expectation, right? When it’s in a specific outcome, then it’s not in God, it’s in the outcome and what we expect God to do. And like, real, true, deep, abiding, honest, authentic faith, it will always take the long view that extends beyond what we may ever see in this lifetime. Like it hopes beyond our time that we get to reside on earth, beyond our mortality and it reaches for God alone. So, let’s invite the Holy Spirit as we consider the purpose of our faith, but also what it is we’ve put our faith in, where it is that our hope actually lies.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that. It seems trivial even, maybe simple at the outset. We’re here every day. We’re hearing from Your word. You’re speaking to us. So, it’s sort of like, our faith is in You and You alone. And we declare this in our prayers all the time. However, giving us the invitation to really consider all of the different components and compartments of our lives, all of the different places that we’ve put our faith in a person, in an outcome, in a thing, in an eventuality, we need to be able to see and name those things because we want to please You. And without faith in You we will not be able to. And if that is disconnected, then all of the other things that we put our faith in, they are going to vanish and disappear from us. It is only our faith in You and You alone that will give us hope forever. So, come Holy Spirit we pray. Lead us into all truth. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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11/11/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 23:1-49, Hebrews 10:19-39, Psalms 109:1-31, Proverbs 27:13

Today is the 11th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it is an honor to be here with you at the beginning of another week. We’ll walk through the threshold together and enter step-by-step through this week like we’ve been doing all year. And it’s all fresh. Nothing’s happened yet, and we can make wise decisions, and one of the wise decisions is to continue to immerse ourselves day by day in God’s word. So, brand-new week. We’ll read from the Voice Translation this week. Ezekiel chapter 23 verses 1 through 49 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word. And here we are. We bring attention to it a lot because as we move into each new week we realize that we have gone through seven days and that there is a rhythm here, and that your word is a part of that rhythm. And we’ve been acknowledging lately that there are not that many weeks left. And we acknowledge that we’re moving into the busy season. And, so, we invite your Holy Spirit. As we step through this threshold into a new week we don’t have to be sideswiped, we don’t have to be washed away, rather, we can stand firm and allow your word wash over us. So, come Holy Spirit into this week, we pray. We look forward with longing to all that you will speak to us. Lead us into all truth by the power of your Holy Spirit we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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11/10/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 21:1-22:31, Hebrews 10:1-18, Psalms 108:1-13, Proverbs 27:12

Today is the 10th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s a pleasure to be here with you at the close of another week. And, yup, this happens every seven days but they start adding up after a while and pretty soon you’re closer to the end of the year than you were at the beginning and that’s certainly where we find ourselves. So, we’ve been reading from the names of God Bible this week and we’ll close our week out together reading from this translation. Ezekiel chapter 21 verse 1 through 22 verse 31 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for another week in Your word. And we kind of make a joke out of it but the truth is there aren’t too many more of these weeks left in this year. And we acknowledge, it’s about to get busy for us. We are turning into the busiest time of the year - a lot of hustle and bustle, a lot of joy - and it’s all centered around…it’s all centered around Your arrival, Jesus. But its disruptive and before we go into all of that, here we are, understanding and making acknowledgment that there aren’t too many weeks left and we want to finish strong because You have spoken powerfully into our lives this year. And, so, come Holy Spirit. As we continue to take the steps forward, plant the Scriptures, the word of God in our hearts and may it be planted in good soil and may yield the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Good evening everyone at DAB. Asia, really, really sorry to hear about your loss and praying for your family and I really hope everyone is mourning and grieving well with you. And so, be blessed and be strong in God. And please family, can you pray for me and my family? This is Charlotte in England and my family has been through a lot in this year, a lot of trouble, and there’s been really good friends trying to help me through it. And, so, please can you pray for my parents and their strength, their peace, rest, and sanity because they’ve been helping me a really great deal. And my mental health as well, because it can get a little bit overwhelming in my own head sometimes. And not being able to verbalize it properly kind of gives it a bit of an outburst. And also, for me to be a little bit less selfish, but more to reach out to others in a way that’s actually tangible. And, so, could you place for those things? I hope GG, you’re okay. Haven’t heard from you in a while. God bless everyone. Bye.

Hello everybody. Hey, this is Annette Allison. Man, I just had a great talk with one of our sisters today. Today is November 5th and I’m just out riding the motorcycle and enjoying the evening here and I’m sitting down by a lake and it’s really pretty and nice and almost warm and the sun is going down and it’s just a great big beautiful clear sky and the sun is going down and its orange and it’s so bright. I almost can’t even see to drive ahead. It’s just blinding and it’s almost devastating and painful. And I’m thinking to myself that‘s probably how a lot of people are feeling right now. But, I understand pain. Pain is…it’s blinding and it’s just devastating and we can’t look out in front of us, but the one thing about the sun going down is that we get time to rest and to think and to dream and to gather our thoughts that hope is coming, hope is coming. And, just like it says, you know, there might be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning. Joy, just the same way that the sun goes down in the evening and it rises in the morning with a great big beautiful sky. And we can take hope that when the sun comes up God is telling us, try again, this is another day don’t worry about yesterday, drive on, I’m making all things new, right? I love you guys.

Hi DABbers, it’s Dependent on You calling. Just wanted to call in for two reasons, to say I just love this community. I just feel so blessed to be a part of it and that I love that we are all praying for each other and I’m praying for you. And reaching out today for continued prayer for my marriage please. I am still standing for this marriage and still fighting for it, but the road continues to be very painful. And although I see the Lord at work, I see Him at work, it doesn’t always…you know…in the natural it doesn’t always…you know…seem every day like it’s going in the right direction. But I know the Lord is working and He just keeps impressing it upon my heart to stay the course, to stay this course, to persevere and __ after prayer for me to be able to persevere in this. I ask for prayer that my husband returns to his relationship with the Lord as he is still running the opposite direction. I ask for a reconciliation in his relationship with Christ. I pray for restoration of my marriage and the healing of my family, strength for me, and just healing on everybody’s heart. It’s just that…I hope that the Lord get all the glory for all of this, through every step of this journey, through every pain, and through the final outcome that the Lord just gets the glory and that this marriage can be used as a testimony. And thank you, I love…

Hi Daily Audio Bible family. This is Christine from Washington state. I need prayer and I feel like my prayers are trivial compared to the ones that are for help or children that are having issues, but I don’t know where to turn and my husband has just been terrible for years. I’ve called to pray for his salvation for __. But today I went out to work and this employee that has caused trouble in our marriage snapped at me, brought him into it, and I feel so humiliated and __. He literally threw me out of our office in front of everyone. And I just don’t know what to do. I don’t know, I just hate __ who she is. She is so, so evil and so bad. And I just pray for protection from her over me and over my husband and my children. I don’t know what to do. I am completely and totally staying in my car and I am __ and humiliated and I just need your prayers. Thank you.

11/09/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 20:1-49, Hebrews 9:11-28, Psalms 107:1-43, Proverbs 27:11

Today is the 9th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and always an honor to be here with you and take the next step forward as we continue our journey through the Scriptures this year and through this month, the month of November. So, we’ve been reading from the Names of God Bible this week, which is what we will continue to do all the way through the end of the week. And back out into Ezekiel we go. Chapter 20 verses 1 through 49 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we go through the book of Hebrews and as we’ve come this far in the book of Hebrews we’ve pointed out many times the Jewish context because, well, I mean, the book of Hebrews, its title says it all. It’s Hebrews. So, the Jewish context is irreplaceable in the book of Hebrews. And there are times that we’ll read passages that may seem highly theological, but they were written in a context that was understood and that context would have been the Jewish religion, Judaism. So, it’s within this context that Hebrews presented the good news of the gospel. But we if we don’t understand the context, we don’t really find ourselves finding what’s being said so revolutionary when, in fact, this message was unbelievably revolutionary. So, in Hebrews today we read, with His own blood, not the blood of goats and calves, He entered the most holy place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. And we can all go, you know, Amen to that. But if we were to go back through that again and pretend that we don’t have any knowledge of Jewish worship from the Old Testament then it’s all kind of strange, right? The references to the blood of goats and calves and the most holy place? They wouldn’t make any sense. And, so, even having the knowledge that we do, we still can miss the magnitude of what’s being said here. This sacrificial system had been in place with the Hebrew culture for centuries. This system of worship included a temple, a most holy place, a high priest, and sacrifices, among other things. The writer of Hebrews was announcing that the final sacrifice had been made. So, what had been baked into the culture for century after century after century, the announcement here is that the final sacrifice has been made, a new covenant has begun, and once for all time redemption has been secured through Jesus. So, again, we can go, Amen to that. But this would’ve been incredibly good but very disruptive news, the kind that would’ve been hard to believe because it was a proclamation that the law had been fulfilled. So, another one of these things that had been baked into the culture, it had been fulfilled and it reached its conclusion, it had been accomplished, it was finished, which is exactly what Jesus announced moments before his death. So for a first century Hebrew who was devout, this message invited a fundamental paradigm shift, one that had been foretold, but one that challenged entire understandings of God. So, skepticism and fear would’ve been a part of any person considering this because the entire system of worship had been built to atone for sin. And through that being focused to devotion on being faithful to God. So, it would have been difficult to recalibrate and just accept the idea that the final sacrifice had been made. Sacrifice was no longer necessary because all sin for all time had been removed for those who accepted this new covenant. So, all of the rituals and all of the way that society was ordered could be set aside in favor of an actual relationship, like a first-hand first-person relationship with God through Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, something along these lines and was expected. They had been hoping for a Redeemer and it had been foretold. So, to think that the final sacrifice might have been made, and through that sacrifice sin could be eliminated once and for all meant that righteousness before God was possible. And the writer of Hebrews said it like this, Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again not to deal with our sins but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. So, what a relief this message would’ve been for those who embraced it. What a relief it is to us, I mean, such a relief that we can often take it for granted. And, so, even though we understand, like, that thus is fundamental truth for Christians, looking and the Good News through Hebrew eyes should make us all the more awestruck that God not only grafted us into his family but that God invited us to come close. We’re not required to make sacrifices anymore. We’re to become the living sacrifice. So, looking through these I should rejuvenate our faith. Let’s not forget what a relief the Good News of the gospel is.

Prayer:

Father, we invite you into that. We thank you. We thank you Jesus for coming for us. We thank you for your work on this earth to redeem us. We thank you that we are able to enter into that work and be your hands and feet in this world. We thank you that you have invited us to come close and that you have removed the stain of sin from our lives. Come, Holy Spirit, help us to live into that because we are still focusing quite a bit in our sin and you are saying, it’s not about that anymore, you’re a new person, you can walk out of that, that does not have any control in your life anymore. So come Holy Spirit and show us how to live this out and how to walk into the freedom that you are offering. Come Jesus, we pray. In your name we ask. Amen.

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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. Thank you profoundly and with all humility for those of you who have pressed that link. 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’s 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 Saved in Albuquerque. I am calling on behalf of Christine with the bumpy dog and you are trapped in the hospital right through Thanksgiving I believe. I’ve heard your calls a few times and you’re just always just have a such beautiful voice and beautiful thoughts for everyone and I’m just lifting you up along with our entire community and we are praying for your healing, for your complete healing actually and we are with you. I can’t even imagine being trapped in a hotel for this long, but you seem to have such a beautiful attitude and we know it’s because of Christ. And I just wanted you to know that we’re all living you and I wanted to pray for you right now. Heavenly Father, please lift up Christine with with a bumpy dog. I’d love to hear where that name came from, but we want to give her hope. We’re asking for her hope for her complete healing and restoration so that she can be with her family and join them for the holidays and be relieved from the hospital very, very soon. We know that she would be more comfortable at home and we’re just all lifting you up Christine and we’re there for you. God bless you. Amen.

Hi Brian, __ here. DAB family. Thank you for your kind prayers and thoughts regarding __ my wife and myself through Jesus. My testimony, I thank the Jesus for an employer giving his life to Christ this morning on the phone. Please pray for him to walk true in our Savior. His name’s Jason. My wife and I we __ would continue to __ grace. I’ve just been offered a job to fill an urgent need at a special needs school for a year/six  based for 10 to 11-year old boys, which I haven’t had extensive training in. __ issues as well as me not being able to concentrate on doing a music job earning at least 1000 pounds in order to start paying back my university fees. Please pray that God’s will is done and that I’m in the right spirit, __, and character, that I get on well with my next employer’s, whoever they are, and that everything dovetails with my involvement with my own church __ temple as the job, special needs or come whatever __ God. I’ve been asked to do a trial tomorrow at school and I’m willing to help out but that may mean working after school from Thursday until Monday, the son of a friend of my wife and I staying in our home. At times I have to be with him constantly while our friends are abroad. So, that will limit how I can work on those days. But Brian, your comments on Hebrews 5 about Melchizedek. Wonderful. I __ … we’re grateful for every answered prayer. Thank you for all you do and for your prayers and for your __. Bless. Greg from the UK.

Hi, this is Victoria from Arizona. I am calling in for my daughter-in-law who just had a baby yesterday. And I’m just praying for her to be completely and totally healed from the top of her head to the soles of her feet, that God would just so minister to her. Her blood pressure bottomed out and she really had a rough go of it. And I’m just praying for physical, naturally, spiritually, and emotionally that she would just rebound and really quickly. And if you get just read agree with me. Her name is Danielle, that God would just wrap His loving arms around her and just encourage her today, and that the baby would be doing okay. I’m so excited to have another little grandson. It’s been a rough year. I don’t know if you remember me, but I lost my son a December and I lost my husband in May. So, this little grand-baby is just gonna bring so much joy, I know, to our family. And I’m praying for healing and restoration for our family as we…as we’re going to the holidays it’s gonna be a little tough. And I’m praying for God’s grace for my family and God’s mercy and __ encouragement. And I just covered all your prayers. My name is Vicki. And I just thank you and I thank you Brian and Jill. And I thank you for this ministry. I thank you for all the prayer warriors. I thank you that God is…God is so connected. It’s just amazing to me that I can call in, people from around the world are praying for my little sweet daughter-in-law that I just love so much. I appreciate all and have a great day.

Hello, my name’s Bill, I’m a first-time caller. I’m calling to request that my Daily Audio Bible colleagues pray for my father’s recovery tomorrow from cancer surgery. He served his country and his family for many years. I’m hoping that through your intervention, through your intercession and God’s intervention he’ll have a complete recovery. Thank you and God bless you, goodbye.

11/08/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 18:1-19:14, Hebrews 9:1-10, Psalms 106:32-48, Proverbs 27:10

Today is November 8th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor, as always, to be in your presence. And it’s quite an honor that together no matter where we are in the world, as separated by geography as we might be, we are all in the presence of the Lord. So, what’s not to look forward to about that. It is a great to be here with you today as we take the next step forward in our journey through the Scriptures. And we’re reading from the Names of God Bible this week. Ezekiel chapter 18 verse 1 through 19, verse 14 today.

Commentary:

Okay. As we continue to move through books of prophecy like Jeremiah, like Ezekiel that we’re reading right now, we can find ourselves…we can find ourselves like bogged down in page after page of like impending destruction. And after a while we might notice that this is subtly shifting our focus toward the heart of God. We might begin to unfairly consider Him furious, like and vengeful toward people, which is where this idea of an angry God comes from. But we need to remember something. The prophets were foretelling an outcome that hadn’t happened. And although very difficult times were experienced, they could’ve been avoided. And God spoke about this in Ezekiel today. God said, I don’t want we could people to die. I want them to turn from their evil ways and live. That’s different than a God who will smite the earth and everyone upon it. So, the prophets weren’t sent by God and their writings weren’t preserved simply to reveal that God woke up on the wrong side of the bed and decided to destroy people. Instead God explained carefully why things were going sideways, why things were spinning out of control, why things were headed in a spiral downward. And this usually boiled down to covenant breaking. And, so, we were talking about a covenant yesterday when we talked about the book of Hebrews. So, the idea of covenant is in no way a foreign concept in the Bible. In fact, it’s like ubiquitous, but it’s not so different for us now. Well you think…that's…that’s way back then…but we still enter into covenants today. We may call them agreements. We might call them a contract, but when we sign them we warrant and covenant about what we’re agreeing to, right? And when we sign it, it’s binding. But an actual true covenant goes deeper than the paper that was printed on. Like, if we were to break the covenant of marriage by committing adultery the onslaught of pain and destruction and scorched-earth that would follow would not be God’s fault. Like, no matter how we try to frame Him for it, it would not be God’s fault. We will reap what we sow. And the prophets spoke to people who had some wickedness, like wickedness that God says they were doing things that never even entered His mind. So, they had sown wickedness for generations. And, so, they were about to reap the results. So, I mean, as we’ve seen so many times as we move through the Bible this year, the people of God continually broke the covenant and the prophets served as an advanced warning. Like instead of like announcers of doom. Like these dark, mysterious, weird, long-haired, dirty robed figures who come in out of the desert saying bad things are going to happen. Instead of that, they were actually God being long-suffering. Like, He didn’t have to warn anybody about anything. The covenant was entered into. And if the covenant was broken then the curses of the covenant were to come upon the person who broke the covenant. That’s how covenants work. Just like the example we used about adultery, like, that’s how it works. I didn’t have to send any prophets to say, hey, this isn’t gonna work out, you’re going in the wrong direction. So, fundamentally, the messages that the prophets came with has an arc to it. It’s basically God saying, listen we had an agreement and we entered into a covenant and you’re breaking the covenant. And, so, the curses of the covenant are coming upon you and because you’re breaking the covenant your separating yourself from me. And that’s going to lead you into all kinds of trouble if you keep going in that direction. But even if that’s what you choose to do, even if that’s what happens, and we are estranged, I will not forget you. There will be another side to this and on the other side of this I’ll still be waiting for you to come back to me and there will come a day and all will be restored again. But, I mean, rather than me putting this into my own words, we can hear the words from God Himself. And I quote from Ezekiel 18. Change the way you think and act. Turn away from all the rebellious things that you have done so that you will not fall into sin. Stop all the rebellious things that you are doing. Get yourselves new hearts and new spirits. Why do you want to die? I don’t want anyone to die declares Adonai Yahweh. Change the way you think and act. So, it should be crystal clear. It wasn’t people God wanted to destroy, it was wickedness that he wanted to eradicate. And anything that would seduce God’s people into wickedness and deception was also going to be something that was going to entice them to break the covenant. And, so, the passage that we’re reading clearly gives us language for God’s heart in the prophetic books as well as his posture toward humanity. So, we talked about this lots of times as we’ve made this journey this year. The choices we make are going to eventually add up to our destiny. That’s how it works friends. And we’re gonna either remain in a covenantal relationship with God or we’re not. God’s heart toward us is that we will live, and He has certainly remained faithful to us. And if we want the benefits of the covenant, which pretty much encompasses everything we believe as Christians, then we’re also going to have to be faithful. It just doesn’t work any other way, right? I mean you can’t just step out on your spouse anytime you want and it’s all good. Even if you were to make that kind of agreement with your spouse, even if you were to agree that this was okay it will deteriorate, it is going to fall apart, the bonds of the covenant are broken. And, so, whatever it is that you end up having, it will be something substandard something sub what God intended for marriage, right? We know this, and yet we seem to ignore this with God. If we’re not going to be faithful, then it’s not going to work. There are terms and we have to respond. We can navigate our lives into a full-blown mess. We can certainly walk directly into destruction, but we cannot blame God for it. But as God invited us from the book of Ezekiel, we certainly can repent. We certainly can change our minds. We certainly can get new hearts and new spirits in us, we can come running home. The choice is ours.

11/07/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 16:43-17:24, Hebrews 8:1-13, Psalms 106:13-31, Proverbs 27:7-9

Today is the 7th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and its a pleasure and brings much joy to be here with you today and I hope the same is true for you because we’ve come together to take the next step forward and continue our journey through the Scriptures and continue our journey through the 11th month of the year. So we’re reading from the Names of God Bible this week and back out into the book of Ezekiel…I almost said Isaiah…Ezekiel we go, chapter 16 verse 42 through chapter 17 verse 24 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we spend our time in the book of Hebrews today we were also spending a bunch of our time in the book of Jeremiah. And, as odd as that sounds, it’s actually totally true. The longest quotation from the Old Testament found in the New Testament is found in Hebrews chapter 8, which we read today and it’s a quote from Jeremiah chapter 31, which we read just recently. So why? Why such a long quotation from Jeremiah 31 in the book of Hebrews? What’s this all about? Ok. We have to state what we’ve been stating since we began the book of Hebrews. Hebrews was written by Hebrews for Hebrews, right? So, the Hebrew or the Jewish context is absolutely foundational. And to see this all we have to do is imagine, like we did yesterday, what reading the book of Hebrews would be like if there was nothing called the Old Testament, right? If there’s nothing called the Old Testament and we’re reading the book of Hebrews, it would make no sense whatsoever. And that’s not even like pointing out the cultural nuances in the book. So, understanding that this is the entire premise and it’s from a Hebrew perspective helps us understand why the systematic evidence being laid out about the new covenant and a new high priest matters, right? We just take this stuff kind of for granted because it’s part of our faith and it’s always been around us, this terminology, but if we had no Old Testament or had no experience whatsoever with the Old Testament then we would have no context whatsoever for a new covenant or a new high priest. So, the writer of Hebrews quoted at length from Jeremiah because Jeremiah’s prophecy foretold a coming new covenant. So, I ,mean, when Hebrews was written Jeremiah’s prophecy was 700 years old but it wasn’t forgotten and wasn’t unknown. And devout Hebrew people knew what was being talked about. The writer of Hebrews was revealing that the new covenant established by God through the work of Christ had been something that was foretold long, long ago and shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s what they’d been waiting for. So, Hebrews is explaining that the people who follow Jesus weren’t trying to make up a new religion that they just kind of created out of whole cloth and fabricated. Rather, they were announcing the inauguration of this new covenant because, and I’m quoting from Hebrews here, if nothing had been wrong with the first promise no one would look for another one. So, in terms of the covenant, priests…and we read all this in the Mosaic law as it was being laid out…priests served on behalf of the people in order to fulfill what they understood the obligations of the covenant to require. But according Hebrews, they serve…and we’re quoting here…they serve at a place that is a pattern, a shadow of what is in heaven. So, if a new covenant were in fact being instituted or inaugurated by God himself, then it would need to be presided over by a new high priest. So again, quoting from Hebrews, we do have this kind of chief priest. This chief priest has received the highest position, the throne of Majesty in heaven. He serves as priest of the holy place and of the true tent set up by the Lord and not by any human. So, as modern believers living 2000 years removed from this and who are predominantly Gentile, we can look at these intricate arguments and formulas being made in Hebrews as just like something very tedious and highly theological. But for a devout first century Jew these teachings were so revolutionary that most of them simply could not get their minds around it and embrace the idea that God was doing something new in the world through a suffering Messiah. So, the point of the book of Hebrews or this letter to the Hebrews wasn’t to be persuasive in talking Hebrew people out of their faith. I mean, it’s absolutely the opposite of that. It was to reveal Jesus to Jewish people as the foretold next step in their faith. So, Hebrews reveals the ongoing Hebrew story within the context of what God was in inviting his people into. The copy or shadow of the old promise or covenant was being replaced by an unbroken and unblemished new covenant or promise that was to be presided over by a sinless high priest in heaven and that is Jesus. So, in the Hebrew context this would have been almost too good to be true. To be told that sin was no longer an issue and that the law that permeated society and continually made everyone feel like they were failing, that had been fulfilled. So, like, to get their minds around this is to monumental for most of them, but it had been foretold. And other things are foretold as well. And, so, we’ll end our talk about this today with Hebrews quoting from Jeremiah about the implications, about the future that we are all longing to see. No longer will each person teach his neighbors or his relatives by saying know the Lord. All of them from the least important of the most important will all know Me because I will forgive their wickedness and I will no longer hold their sins against them.

Prayer:

Father, we look back through time and see that this was revolutionary, and we can very easily take this for granted, but it is no less revolutionary today. To think that our sins are forgiven, that we have been washed clean, that we have been grafted into Your family and adopted, that we are part of the family of God, that we are children of the most-high. Yes Lord, that’s almost too good to be true. And yet it quickens our Spirits. We come awake when we hear these words because something very deep and ancient inside of us knows that this is true. So, come Holy Spirit, continue to reveal all truth to us as we continue to walk forward into life with You. We ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello, this is Kim calling also from the rolling hills of Tennessee and I just wanted to call and state to Kat from Denver regarding your son Philip. Your message this morning, I believe it was played yesterday the 2nd, today’s the 3rd , just broke my heart, just broke my heart because I can relate. And Kat, I just want to pray over you and Phillip. And girl, I would love for us to pray for one another as moms. If you will keep my son Taylor in your prayers. I know what you’re going through and just want to lift you up girl. Dear heavenly Father, we just thank You Lord for giving us these sons that You have entrusted us with Lord. Father, I pray for Philip dear God. Lord, I pray that You would just envelop him with Your love and Your presence, Father. I pray that he would not doubt that You are right there with him God. Father, I pray for his protection while he is there Father. Lord, I pray against just the stigma that goes on in prison that I know undoubtedly that Kat has thought about, and I have thought about. And Lord, we just worry over our children, but we’re reminded just how much more You love them Father. Lord, I pray for Philip and he would be seen and be given the contacts that he needs to be able to see Father. And I pray more than anything that he sees how You love him. Father, please send ministers into this prison Father to speak truth and love in his life…

This is joyful J from the Everglades with everlasting gratitude for the everlasting love of Jesus. The first day of hearing Brian read the Scriptures was Christmas day of 2008. I just recently started listening to the prayer requests however. Hmmm. And my mamma’s heart has quickly been knitted to the mothers who have broken hearts for their children. This gives me hope that love prevails. Melody Faith, I was a prodigal child. Through the unconditional love of believers, I learned to receive the love of Jesus. They were the only Bible I was reading at the time. My prayer for your son is for him to remember the sweet taste of grace and to learn to receive the loving guidance of the Holy Spirit. I pray he will be put in a pinball machine of believers at every bump and every turn. My dear Melody Faith know that God runs for his lost children even when they are far off. To Sharee, I heard your prayer from October 27th. Your request for your oldest son. What a blessing you are to him. I know how hard it is to be on the sidelines as our children enter adulthood and find the journey full at times. It is incredibly encouraging that he shared his heart with you. Again, love always prevails. My prayer for your son Sharee is for his focus to change, for him to see the great opportunity before him, and for his eyes to open to the other lonely Christians on his campus. He is not alone. I pray that your son will receive the boldness, strength, and courage that is waiting for him as he learns to hear the Holy Spirit and to learn to follow his prompting. Lord, I lift up all the mothers whose hearts are broken for the children…

Daily Audio Bible family this is Sean from Texas and I’m calling because I am having open heart surgery to repair a valve and I covet your prayers for that. Longtime listener. This is my first time to call but I have been extremely blessed as has my family by this program for many things for years. And God bless this ministry, Brian, Jill, and everybody around our global campfire. It is truly a blessing to many. God bless.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family, this is Candace from Oregon. Ahhh…you are so beloved of the Lord Jesus. We are His bride and He loves us more than we can begin to understand. I want to share something I felt really prompted to say. And this is for people who have lost someone to death, which I, of course you all know, I did lose my husband in March 2017. And it was just only, oh I’m gonna say six weeks later, I was playing the piano for the entire worship service. And thank goodness that particular service it was fairly easy music to play and so I wasn’t overly involved technically, mentally. And it was a communion Sunday. And right before communion we did a prayer of confession. And there was a moment of silence to confess your own sins to the Lord. So, I’m sitting there at the piano bench and silently I said, Jesus, I confess that I am really angry. And the Lord Jesus, it was not audible, but it was as real as though it were an audible voice and He said to me, I don’t need to forgive you for that. I’m angry too. And just know that the Lord hates death. He hates it. When His friends who were really upset because Lazarus died, He cried too. He hates death. So, just know that He’s right there with you and He will heal your heart and He has conquered death.

11/05/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 14:12-16:42, Hebrews 7:18-28, Psalms 106:1-12, Proverbs 27:4-6

Today is the 6th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure, as it is every single day to be here with you as we take the next step forward. So, let’s dive in and take that next step forward. We’re reading from the Names of God Bible this week. And off we go back into the book of Ezekiel chapter 14 verse 12 and we’ll read all the way to chapter 16 verse 41 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the book of Ezekiel we came to one of the most riveting passages of Scripture that, at least to me, in the whole Bible. It’s one of the reasons Jill and I named our son Ezekiel. There’s a couple passages in this book that…yeah…that are just…some of the most powerful imagery in the Bible. And, so, what comes up today is the opportunity for us to consider the emotional life of God. And I’m even saying that, the emotional life of God. Right? That should be disruptive cause we don’t usually think of God in those terms. Like, does God have an emotional life? Does He even have emotions? Right? I mean when we cry out to God, we may pour out our heart with emotion and we may feel like He’s receiving that emotion and maybe offering comfort but most of the emotion in the relationship is our emotion, right? I mean, after all, God is God. He doesn’t feel things, right? He just forgives us and we just all move on because He’s too perfect to experience any kind of distress. But let’s pause on that thought for a second. I mean, even if we just look at it logically. We wouldn’t be reading the Bible if God were aloof, right? The Bible wouldn’t exist if He didn’t care. And we’ve come far enough into the Scriptures to know that God is not…he’s anything but dispassionate, right? He’s very passionate and passion is an emotional thing. So, we’ve been hearing warning prophecies for a while now. We’ve heard of the terrible struggle that’s out in front of the people who won’t return to the one that they entered into covenant with, which is God, of course. And, so, we read the 16th chapter of Ezekiel and the entire chapter reveals God’s emotional heart in such a distinct story that it’s hard not to pay attention because it gives us context from God’s perspective for what the prophets were foretelling. So, the story was of a newborn baby girl and she represents God’s people. And she was unloved from the moment she was born and without even being held by a parent or even wiped off. She was left out in a field to die. And God came by and saw this little baby girl wo hadn’t even had her umbilical cord cut. And she’s just laying there in the field helplessly kicking in her own blood. That image alone for me…for me…that image alone is powerful. I can’t read this passage of Scripture without, you know, without my heart going out. So, God comes by and sees her and according to the Scriptures, God came by and looked at her laying there and said live. And as that story continues then the infant baby girl grew to become a lovely young woman under God’s care. And then God entered into the covenant of marriage with her and he lavished the finest of all things upon her and her beauty was unparalleled. In God’s own words, you were very beautiful and eventually you became a queen, but her beauty began to get noticed and she liked…she liked the attention, she liked getting noticed. And before long, she not only committed adultery, she was prostituting herself. And to make matters worse, she was taking all of the lavish gifts that she’d been given and using those gifts to worship the gods of her lovers. And again, in God’s own word, such things shouldn’t happen, they shouldn’t occur. I mean this has become such a story of ungratefulness, right? But we’re not done. So, reading from Ezekiel 16 in God’s own words, you took your sons and daughters who belonged to me and you sacrificed them as food to idols. Wasn’t your prostitution enough? You slaughtered my children and presented them as burnt offerings to idols. With all the disgusting things that you did and all your acts of prostitution, you didn’t remember the time when you were young. You didn’t remember when you were naked and bare kicking around in your own blood. How horrible. How horrible it will be for you declares Adonay Yahweh. So, if you’ve ever wondered whether or not God feels anything at all, that should be put to rest. And from the perspective of God we can see why he would send the prophets, and why he would send them to say the things that they said, right? Rather than trying to bring doom, God was trying to call His people back and get them to remember and try to get them smacked awake, so they could see what they were doing. But they didn’t listen. And as we know, sorrow did come upon them. If we look at ourselves as the little baby girl in the story, we might find that our story is uncomfortably familiar, and it should be incredibly humbling because now…now we know how…now we know how God feels. And if that changes things then maybe it’s time for an honest conversation. There’s no doubt that God is listening and there is no doubt that he is inviting us to come back.

Song:

Ezekiel by Gungor - https://youtu.be/59xPDnsL4qw

Lyrics - http://www.lyricshall.com/lyrics/Gungor/Ezekiel

I found you naked 
I found you lying there in blood 
Your mother left you 
Your father threw you out unloved 

I clothed your body 
I washed the blood and earth from your hair 
I gave you jewelry 
I gave you everything I had 

I gave my heart 
My heart, my love 
I gave my heart 
My heart, my love 

You became mine 
You were a stunning bride 
The world they saw you and how you loved their eyes my bride 

You broke my heart 
My heart, my love 
You broke my heart 
My heart, my love 

You sold your body exposed yourself to all my love 
You slept with strangers; you gave them everything we had 

Come back my love 
My love come back 
Come back my love 
My love come back

11/05/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 12:1-14:11, Hebrews 7:1-17, Psalms 105:37-45, Proverbs 27:3

Today is the 5th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we launch into our work week together. So glad that we can spend a few moments orienting ourselves to God and allowing God’s word to speak to us as we head into this part of the week. So, we’re reading from the Names of God Bible this week. Ezekiel chapter 12 verse 1…I sound like I was calling my son. I hear myself in headphones. My son’s name is Ezekiel…so it’s like E-ze-kiel. Anyway, Ezekiel chapter 12 verse 1 through 14 verse 11 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the book of Hebrews today we read of a man named Melchizedek.  And I remember going into this last year, we spent several days on this. We won’t do that this year but we will try to figure out who Melchizedek is and why he’s important. And this brings up something else that’s important. Hebrews is written to Hebrews, right? And I have already said it a number of times and probably will continue to say that a number of times because, even though we can go like, dah, okay, got it, it is so important to this book. This is a Hebrew context of Jesus and His mission and what He has done. And, so, it’s brought in through a Hebrew religious context, right? I mean if we’re Gentiles, which most of us are Gentiles and we never knew anything whatsoever about Judaism, we never had any context for the Torah, we’ve never read the Old Testament, we’ve never read the New Testament for that matter, right? We just opened up the book and we start reading about some high priest name Melchizedek and how Jesus blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, right? We have no idea what’s going on. However, if you’re a first century Hebrew and these terms and terminology and discussions theologically are brought up, you do understand what’s going on. Your life has been shaped by these things. So, since the writer of Hebrews made a direct correlation between Melchizedek and Jesus, we should at least explore he was. The interesting thing is once you open up the cover of that book the myth and the lore around him would take hours…hours to begin to unpack. And since we don’t have a time for that let’s just look at what connects the dots between this obscure person who is mentioned twice in the Old Testament and then suddenly appears and materializes in Hebrews as a figure not unlike Jesus. So, Melchizedek first appears in the book of Genesis with Abram. And we read from Genesis chapter 14: And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God most high brought Abram some bread and wine. Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing. Blessed to be Abram by God most high Creator of heaven and earth and blessed be God most high, who has defeated your enemies for you. Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered. Okay. So, that’s from the book of Genesis. And the only other time Melchizedek is mentioned in the Old Testament is in Psalm 110, which was composed by David. And it reads: The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow. You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. Okay. So, we know that there was a significant span of time between Genesis and Psalms, right? Between Abraham and David. And then we also know that there’s a significant span of time between David and the first century book of Hebrews. So, we can deduce then that Melchizedek had longevity somehow. Like, he certainly captured the imagination of the Hebrew people over thousands of years, but this would have been extra biblically, which means it would’ve been traditions outside of what is captured in the Bible. And I say that because…because of the fact that outside of…what we are talking about now in the book of Hebrews…we just read everything there is to read in the Bible about Melchizedek. And, you know, even though he shows up with Abraham and even though David refers to him, which is no small thing. There’s not enough information there, right? Like to hold thousands of years of fascination. So, who Melchizedek was and why he’s important. This has been the topic of spectacular conjecture over the millennia and you literally…if you wanted to dive deep into…spend massive amounts of time following all the differing ideas. And you can do that that and it’s even interesting, but it will not bring us to the context of why Melchizedek shows up in Hebrews. So, let’s like stick to that thread. Melchizedek’s name, Melchizedek or Melchi Zedek means King of justice or righteousness. And he was the king of Salem according the book of Genesis or Salem, which means peace. So, he was the king of justice or righteousness and he was the king of peace according to Hebrews and he’s the very first priest of the most high God or El Elyon who shows up in the Bible. So, that fact alone would surely bring him notoriety, right? The very first priest of God that shows up in the Torah would be a person that was considered important. So, we could say then that Melchizedek was the first righteous priest of God most high, who was also the king of Salem or the king of peace. So, all of that can make perfect sense to us and we can even understand why people would be fascinated by Melchizedek, but how we connect these dots to Jesus. So, Melchizedek is fascinating because he’s a priest of the most high God. In fact, he’s the first priest of the most high God that we know about, but he was not a Levite. And the tribe of Levi was the tribe that God appointed under Moses to be set aside as his priests. Melchizedek couldn’t have been a Levite because Levi had not yet been born and his priesthood couldn’t have been contrary to Mosaic law because Moses had not yet been born. So, if we jump forward about a millennia from Genesis we come to King David’s reference in Psalm 110. And in David’s time the Mosaic law had certainly been given and priests were absolutely, and indeed only Levites; however, David was from the tribe of Judah. So, why did David get to be a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek? So, like we just said, Melchizedek was a priest of the most high God wo was also the king of Salem, which means that Melchizedek was a priestly king and David was king in Jerusalem. Jeru Salem, the same city. So, in Psalm 110 it appears that David was being set apart to be a priestly king like Melchizedek, regardless of his tribal affiliation or regardless of the Mosaic law. So, interpreting it like this, then the order of Melchizedek was a special exception. And Jesus came from the line of David. And according to the book of Hebrews, like to close that loop, Jesus is a priestly king in the order of Melchizedek, a king of peace or as the writer of Hebrews says it, that person is a priest, not because he met human requirements, but because he has power that comes from a life that cannot be destroyed. The Scriptures say the following about him: You are a priest forever in the way Melchizedek was a priest. So, I mean, you know, you can Google Melchizedek and you can go all day. So, there’s a lot more nuances to the story and the mythology surrounding Melchizedek, but this gives us like a basic context for what it is were reading in the book of Hebrews, why he shows up in the book of Hebrews and why it matters to our understanding of Jesus, especially as our great high priest, right? We can say Jesus is our great high priest all day long but if we do not understand that in a Hebrew perspective, which is what we‘re trying to do as we move through the Hebrew the book of Hebrews…I mean…then…it’s just kind of a lofty thing to say: Yes, Jesus is my great high priest. But we’ve never had any other kind of high priest so we don’t even really know what we’re talking about. And, so, this is why this…this is why we explore what we explore as we go through the Scriptures and this is why Melchizedek shows up in the book of Hebrews.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word. We thank you for the life that it brings to us, the awareness, the revelations, the aha moments, and the way that it completely does an end run around our intellect and we can’t even think straight because you’ve just invaded our hearts and spoke something true that is beyond words. Your word has the power to do that Your word has the power to reach as deep as soul and spirit. And, so, we welcome that. Come Holy Spirit we pray. Plant the words that we’ve read into our lives today. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.

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11/04/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 10:1-11:25, Hebrews 6:1-20, Psalms 105:16-36, Proverbs 27:1-2

Today is the 4th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you and we turn [that was me, clapping my hands and rubbing together] we’re turning the knob, we’re walking through the threshold into a brand-new, sparkly week. This will be our first full week in this brand-new month, the 11th month of the year, also known as November. And this week we’ll read from the Names of God Bible. And, so, those of you who have been around while, we’ve read from this translation before. Those of you are new, here’s how this will read. It will read in English like we do every day here; however, we have to acknowledge that the Bible in its original language was not English. The Old Testament in its original form would’ve been in Hebrew and the New Testament in its original manuscripts are largely Greek. So, since these are the original languages when we refer to God we’ll be saying it in its original pronunciation as the original readers would have. So, for example, we say the name Jesus and that’s common and we understand what we’re talking about and yet probably not unfamiliar with the fact that if we pronounce this in Hebrew would be saying Yeshua. In the Old Testament there are many names for God, things like Jehovah or like Yahweh. So, when we come to one of those names in this translation we’ll have it in its original pronunciation. Other than that, we’ll be picking up where we left off yesterday, Ezekiel chapter 10 verse 1 through 11 verse 25 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for the brand-new week that we’re walking into. And we look forward in this week to all that You will speak to us through Your word as You do every week. And in advance, we invite Your Holy Spirit into every aspect, not only of what we might read in the Scriptures, but every aspect of our lives, every thought and intent of our hearts, every word that will form from those intents and intentions that will be spoken into the world this week, every action that we will take because of the intents of our heart. May they be pleasing to You. May they be in alignment with Your will and Your ways in our lives and in the world. May we walk with You in perfect union this week. May this be a great week in our relationship, one that we’ll remember. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible then thank you humbly, thank you. There is a link on the homepage and 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’s it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Father, in Your perfect will, not our will we know all is well. I ask that this prayer reaches out to the hearts and minds of those in need of the simple choice to open the door to Your heart and let Your greatest sacrifice, the gift of salvation, You’re one and only son inside today. Thank You Father, for answering this prayer already in and through our brother in Christ, Brian Hardin, his family, and all of Your faithful children of the most high God. Thank You, Father that You have them exactly where they are at this moment and every moment You have made in the Daily Audio Bible campfire. Thank You, Father for the joy that bubbles up inside this body of Christ connected here. Thank You, Father that I am with this connection and I am thankful to You to be a part while listening to the living word of God, living and growing inside today, one step forward, again and again in Your perfect will not our will. Father, thank You for giving me the ability today to choose to receive Your blessing, to choose to listen Father as Your servant as the Daily Audio Bible family as we glorify Your name and further Your kingdom by the living word. I’ in awe daily. Father, thank You that we can and that we choose to lift up high into every area here on earth one another growing, blossoming and knowing the truth as a witness we are for all of Your creation to choose to believe. Strength of the living water flowing out like a little river here today all in the name of the most high God. Thank You, Father for Your mercy and for faith. In the name Your son Jesus Christ our Lord and our Savior. Amen.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family, this is Alfi calling from Delaware. It’s unbelievable that it’s already November. So, as a new month begins I have a prayer for everyone in this wonderful community. My prayer for each one of you is that, may the thoughts of doubt, the feelings of defeat, may all the entanglements of the evil one, and if there’s anything else that the devil puts in our hearts, may it be closed, may that chapter be closed. As we walk in the narrow path may we remember that God is a God of second chances. So, I pray the new doors of grace, many different opportunities for each one of you open up. May we believe in the faith of the __ that we are more than conquerors because we have Jesus on our side. May we also embrace the abilities and the talents that God has instilled in us because He has enabled us to live the life that He planned for us to live. May we embrace that. And it doesn’t matter how the year started or how the year has been for you. Yes, you may have failed along the way, made many mistakes, we all do. But I pray that we can finish strong this year and know that God still holds your hand no matter how you feel, no matter what circumstances that you face. Daily Audio Bible family, let us believe, let us walk in the light…

Hello Daily Audio Bible family. This is Cindy the Sinner from Seattle. I have that name because everybody remembers it. And I’ve been to a couple of Daily Audio Bible events this year. I went to the More conference and I went to the very first family reunion. And my praise report is that when you go your life will be so enriched by the people you meet. So, the praise is for all of those people I met. I am not going to rush down the list to say your name, but if you remember me, know that I have thought about you since I met you and you brought joy to my life at those events. So, thank you. I wanted to share with all of you a pervasive thought that I have had over the last few days. It’s whenever I’m looking at my phone I hear God’s voice telling me, please look up, you’re going to miss what I want to show you. So, I encourage all of you to take your eyes off your phone. I see people every day reading their phones everywhere. And I could argue that the phones for a lot of us have become an idol. And I also want to read this great quote from Role Doll, one of my favorite authors, which is, “and above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Role doll. So, every single day is a gift. And my new mantra is that every day God has new treasures in every day. And I get to find them and recollect them at the end of the day. And I wish all of you the best day and that you find many, many treasures. God, bless.

Hey everybody, this is Pelham from Birmingham right now because I live in Coleman but I work in Birmingham. I’m calling today because I need you all’s help. That’s why I always call but I don’t always say that. First though, I need to thank everybody out there that’s been praying for me. I always get into my call and I look at the clock, I’m like, nope, I’ve got eight seconds and I’m like, well I can’t think anybody because I’ve got about 237 people to thank I think. Melissa in Albertville I think it is, you’re in Alabama. I got to holler out to you girl. You’re awesome. You’re awesome. You make my days better. We’ve gone through this like a family, through Asia’s heart and walking with Asia through this and it’s been amazing to watch the community. And then to hear from Asia herself, how overwhelmed she is at the outpouring of support that she’s noticed and that we’ve all been a part of. It’s just a testimony right there to those of you who’ve been afraid a call and maybe you think your problem is too small or what you’re facing isn’t important or you’re not important. That right there, is your signal that you need to call that you need to reach out on Facebook, that you need to connect with the community because there’s something trying to keep you from doing it. So, I love you guys so much. My family needs your prayers. My wife needs your prayers, my son, I do, the pizza place needs  ya’lls prayers. We need Mr. Quick to make a move. That’s all I’m gonna say. My investor, I need a little bit more urgency, let’s put it that way because times going by and people need pizza. I serve the best pizza on earth and it’s a shame that I’m not open right now to do it. I need you all’s prayers. I covet them and I needed to tell you this stuff. Love you guys.