01/12/2019 DAB Transcript

Genesis 26:17-27:46, Matthew 9:1-17, Psalms 10:16-18, Proverbs 3:9-10

Today is the 12th day of January. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it’s great to sit down here and take a deep breath and slowly exhale and take a sip of coffee and scooch up to the microphone and cozy around this global campfire that is the community here. And I see that some of you have thrown some logs on, we’ve got a nice warm fire going and we’re just kind of coming in out of the cold, coming in and out of the dark and warming ourselves and feeling each other’s presence. And, so, here we go, altogether, taking the next step forward. And we’re reading from the New International Version this week, which obviously ends today. We’ll read something else tomorrow, but we’ll pick up where we left off no matter what day it is, no matter what translation we’re reading from. And today we’ll read Genesis chapter 26 verse 17 through 27 verse 46. And once again what we’re following now, because Abraham passed away yesterday, we’re moving into the generation after Abraham and beginning to follow the story of Isaac. And Isaac has had some children, Jacob and Esau. And, so, we’re beginning to know their story and these particular names, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, we need to know these names and we need to know their origin because they will shape how the story unfolds as we continue through the rest of the year. So, Genesis chapter 26.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for bringing us this far into this new year. And as we release the first full week of this new year we feel like we’re starting to settle into the rhythm of this new year and we can see that this can be a very, very overwhelming year for us or there’s an alternative path, a narrow one that leads to life and we’re beginning to learn about that path and You are beginning to teach us of that path and we’re beginning to realize we may need…we may need to change some things. And You are so kind, and You are so gracious and gentle with us that You allow us to become aware and You gently lead us in the way that we should go. And, so, our part in this at this point is to remain open. And we have an open heart to You. Nothing is off-limits from You God. We trust You. There are many things we may be skeptical of in this world, but we trust You. You are our only hope. And, so, we declare this, we speak it out loud, we say it, it’s our reality. There is no other one. There is no other way. And, so, we put our hope in You and we trust You and by doing this, our heart begins to open to You. Come Holy Spirit, plant the word of God that we read today and all that we’ve read so far this year into our lives continuing to till the soil and plant the fruit of the Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, this is Victoria Soldier just calling tonight to pray for some of the DABbers. I just want to pray for some of the DAbbers who are going through, especially some of those who are affected by the government closure. I want to pray for those who are going through stress and who have a need in their lives. Lord, in the name of Jesus You have Your way. Lord You’re a God who can supply all our needs. You said that You are the way, the truth, and the light. You said that You would not hold any good thing from us. Oh Lord, somebody needs You tonight, somebody needs some strength, somebody needs some guidance, somebody needs some direction, somebody needs some protection. Oh Lord, You have Your way in the name of Jesus. Lord, You supply their every need. Oh Lord in abundance You come that we might have life and we might have it more abundant. You said You would never leave us nor forsake us. You said You are the way the truth and the light. You’re our Alpha and Omega. You’re our beginning and our end. Father we thank You, we thank You for Your presence, we thank You for Your spirit, we thank You for Your power, we thank You for the victory, we thank You Lord for You delivering power, we thank You for Your miracle working power. All those strongholds, every stronghold that comes to hold us down, every wicked sin from the enemy that comes to take away our joy, to come to take away every good thing that He has for us. Lord, You have Your way. Oh Lord, in the name of Jesus You continue to bless Brian and Jill and his daughter China and all the people of God. You continue to bless Blind Tony, Sharon, and the lady that lost her daughter. Lord __ for Joe the Protector, You pray for him and his daughter Lord. Oh Lord in the name of Jesus, Lord You touch Pastor Gene, You touch Your people Lord, You touch those who are going through, You touch those who lost everything Lord, You provide, You open doors no man…

My beautiful family, this is Pastor Gene from Bradenton Florida, and I am calling rejoicing for China’s engagement. Congratulations China, congratulations Ben, praise God for your engagement, congratulations Jill and Brian. You have done an extraordinary job with your little girl whom I met when she was 16, which is how old my daughter is today. So, I look at her and I just glorify the Lord for everything that she is and now an extra reason to thank God for his faithfulness towards her and toward you guys. Bless you, bless you, bless you. We are going to continue praying more than ever for you guys and now we have to __ of prayer. Praise the Lord. And my beautiful family, particular for the newcomers, one of the wonderful things about the DAB, particularly the prayer line, is that we came here only to listen to the word but we get to pray for one another and that is an excellent exercise. Sometimes, the Daily Audio Bible has been a life saver for me not only from the perspective of the word but because it forces me to look outside of myself into the needs of others. So, you will find that when you pray together with your brothers and sisters, whether on the line or later, that you are strengthened just because God intended for us to pray and intercede for one another. And now join me in prayer. Father, we pray for Sean from South Carolina. We ask for Your blessing for Your strength oh God. Oh Father we pray for our brother prodigal. We believe that he is gaining his strength and that he knows that You are with him and that he has heard Your words of love by just listening to this podcast. Father, I pray for Demarius and for Enesto, two individuals that we shared the word with and we are expecting and anticipated results…

Good morning DAB family, my name is Janet. I am calling __ year on the Daily Audio Bible. I enjoy every minute of it, in awe of the community and the prayer warriors out there. I myself am not very good at prayer but I am in desperate need of prayer for my son Jared who is 23 and he’s an alcoholic. I found out earlier last year that he was drinking. He was drinking for about two years and he kept it from me and my family kept it from me. I’ve done everything I can to get him help. I have had him in a 30-day program. He just got out and am getting ready to send him off to California for his next sobriety program because he had a drink on Saturday. I was away for him for three hours and he had a drink. I don’t have the money for these programs. So, to take the train system in there and no work and so the money is…it’s hard for me and __ for him and he is a wonderful loving person with a disease and I just want to know if you’d pray for Jared. Pray for me that I can get through this so that I know how to help him. And I pray the Lord for direction, I pray for strength, I pray for Jared __…

So, good morning my name is David and I live in in Indianapolis Indiana in the United States and I am carrying a burden, have been carrying it for a little over 2 ½ years. And what it is is my son is really going through a…a very nasty long separation from his wife and he’s living with us currently and I have…get to see the three grandkids occasionally. So, anyway that’s been very hard for us…my wife and I. We just especially appreciate prayer for that and then for my…I have a problem with anger. It wells up inside me. So, as a grandfather I feel helpless sometimes but…so anyway Daily Audio Bible family, I hadn’t been listening in a good solid two years, and now I’m back at it so please pray for me. Thank you. Goodbye.

Good morning, I am Peggy in Texas and for this moment I invite you to join me in prayer. Father, on this Monday morning I thank you for your word read so beautifully and strongly to us and for the commentary causing us to ponder the way you’re speaking to us this day. May we not forget the challenge. I thank you for that same Spirit heard in Rudolph’s strong and clear voice from Toronto as well as from Sherlock in New Jersey and from, I think it was, Denise in Cleveland. Their voices gave strength and brought gratefulness to my heart. Thank you, Father. At the same time, I recognize at times like these that is easy to become fearful and weary and restless, to have a soul that is lacking in joy, for problems are real and life is often hard. Father, remember with your healing touch all those who are in pain, pain due to illness or rejection, tragedy, loss, death, or hunger, or who cannot find place whatever that might mean. Have mercy on all of DABbers who are suffering at this hour. Please, meet needs. We often fail as it’s easy to identify with Easy in Georgia who spoke of failure and maintaining as well as Denise’s desire, not only to maintain but to obtain and to sustain in order to be good witnesses to your power. We identify there and ask that all of us will be faithful in our seeking, for you tell us if we seek we shall surely find. We praise your name this Monday morning. In the name of Jesus…

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday January 12, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 26:17-27:46

17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar,(A) where he settled. 18 Isaac reopened the wells(B) that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.

19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herders of Gerar quarreled(C) with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!”(D) So he named the well Esek,[a] because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled(E) over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.[b] 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,[c](F) saying, “Now the Lord has given us room(G) and we will flourish(H) in the land.”

23 From there he went up to Beersheba.(I) 24 That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham.(J) Do not be afraid,(K) for I am with you;(L) I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants(M) for the sake of my servant Abraham.”(N)

25 Isaac built an altar(O) there and called on the name of the Lord.(P) There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.(Q)

26 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.(R) 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?(S)

28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you;(T) so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty(U) with you 29 that you will do us no harm,(V) just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.”(W)

30 Isaac then made a feast(X) for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath(Y) to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.

32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well(Z) they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33 He called it Shibah,[d] and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.[e](AA)

Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing

34 When Esau was forty years old,(AB) he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite.(AC) 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.(AD)

27 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see,(AE) he called for Esau his older son(AF) and said to him, “My son.”

“Here I am,” he answered.

Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death.(AG) Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country(AH) to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like(AI) and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing(AJ) before I die.”(AK)

Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country(AL) to hunt game and bring it back, Rebekah said to her son Jacob,(AM) “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’(AN) Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:(AO) Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats,(AP) so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.(AQ) 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing(AR) before he dies.”

11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy man(AS) while I have smooth skin. 12 What if my father touches me?(AT) I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse(AU) on myself rather than a blessing.”

13 His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me.(AV) Just do what I say;(AW) go and get them for me.”

14 So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it.(AX) 15 Then Rebekah took the best clothes(AY) of Esau her older son,(AZ) which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.(BA) 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

18 He went to his father and said, “My father.”

“Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?”(BB)

19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn.(BC) I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game,(BD) so that you may give me your blessing.”(BE)

20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

“The Lord your God gave me success,(BF)” he replied.

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you,(BG) my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”

22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac,(BH) who touched(BI) him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau;(BJ) so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked.

“I am,” he replied.

25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”(BK)

Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”

27 So he went to him and kissed(BL) him(BM). When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes,(BN) he blessed him and said,

“Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field
that the Lord has blessed.(BO)
28 May God give you heaven’s dew(BP)
and earth’s richness(BQ)
an abundance of grain(BR) and new wine.(BS)
29 May nations serve you
and peoples bow down to you.(BT)
Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.(BU)
May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.(BV)

30 After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”(BW)

32 His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”(BX)

“I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.(BY)

33 Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me?(BZ) I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!(CA)

34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry(CB) and said to his father, “Bless(CC) me—me too, my father!”

35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully(CD) and took your blessing.”(CE)

36 Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob[f]?(CF) This is the second time he has taken advantage of(CG) me: He took my birthright,(CH) and now he’s taken my blessing!”(CI) Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”

37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine.(CJ) So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”

38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.(CK)

39 His father Isaac answered him,(CL)

“Your dwelling will be
away from the earth’s richness,
away from the dew(CM) of heaven above.(CN)
40 You will live by the sword
and you will serve(CO) your brother.(CP)
But when you grow restless,
you will throw his yoke
from off your neck.(CQ)

41 Esau held a grudge(CR) against Jacob(CS) because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning(CT) for my father are near; then I will kill(CU) my brother Jacob.”(CV)

42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau(CW) had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you.(CX) 43 Now then, my son, do what I say:(CY) Flee at once to my brother Laban(CZ) in Harran.(DA) 44 Stay with him for a while(DB) until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him,(DC) I’ll send word for you to come back from there.(DD) Why should I lose both of you in one day?”

46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite(DE) women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land,(DF) from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”(DG)

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 26:20 Esek means dispute.
  2. Genesis 26:21 Sitnah means opposition.
  3. Genesis 26:22 Rehoboth means room.
  4. Genesis 26:33 Shibah can mean oath or seven.
  5. Genesis 26:33 Beersheba can mean well of the oath and well of seven.
  6. Genesis 27:36 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he takes advantage of or he deceives.

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 26:17 : S Ge 20:1
  2. Genesis 26:18 : S Ge 21:30
  3. Genesis 26:20 : S Ge 13:7
  4. Genesis 26:20 : Ge 21:25
  5. Genesis 26:21 : S Ge 13:7
  6. Genesis 26:22 : Ge 36:37
  7. Genesis 26:22 : Ps 18:19; Isa 33:20; 54:2; Am 9:11
  8. Genesis 26:22 : S Ge 17:6
  9. Genesis 26:23 : S Ge 22:19
  10. Genesis 26:24 : S Ge 24:12
  11. Genesis 26:24 : S Ge 15:1; S Jos 8:1
  12. Genesis 26:24 : S Ge 21:20
  13. Genesis 26:24 : S ver 4
  14. Genesis 26:24 : ver 4; Ge 17:7; S 22:17; 28:14; 30:27; 39:5; Dt 13:17
  15. Genesis 26:25 : S Ge 8:20
  16. Genesis 26:25 : S Ge 4:26; S Ac 2:21
  17. Genesis 26:25 : S Ge 21:30
  18. Genesis 26:26 : S Ge 21:22
  19. Genesis 26:27 : S ver 16
  20. Genesis 26:28 : S Ge 21:22
  21. Genesis 26:28 : S Ge 21:27; Jos 9:6
  22. Genesis 26:29 : Ge 31:29, 52
  23. Genesis 26:29 : S Ge 24:31
  24. Genesis 26:30 : Ge 31:54; Ex 18:12; 24:11; 1Sa 20:27
  25. Genesis 26:31 : S Ge 21:23, 27
  26. Genesis 26:32 : S Ge 21:30
  27. Genesis 26:33 : S Ge 21:14
  28. Genesis 26:34 : S Ge 25:20
  29. Genesis 26:34 : S Ge 10:15; 28:9; 36:2; Jos 3:10; 1Sa 26:6; 1Ki 10:29
  30. Genesis 26:35 : Ge 27:46; 28:8; Job 7:16
  31. Genesis 27:1 : Ge 48:10; Dt 34:7; 1Sa 3:2
  32. Genesis 27:1 : S Ge 25:25
  33. Genesis 27:2 : Ge 47:29; 1Ki 2:1
  34. Genesis 27:3 : S Ge 25:27
  35. Genesis 27:4 : S Ge 25:28
  36. Genesis 27:4 : ver 10, 25, 31; S Ge 24:60; 49:28; Dt 33:1; Heb 11:20
  37. Genesis 27:4 : ver 7
  38. Genesis 27:5 : S Ge 25:27
  39. Genesis 27:6 : S Ge 25:28
  40. Genesis 27:7 : ver 4
  41. Genesis 27:8 : ver 13, 43
  42. Genesis 27:9 : 1Sa 16:20
  43. Genesis 27:9 : S Ge 25:28
  44. Genesis 27:10 : S ver 4
  45. Genesis 27:11 : Ge 25:25
  46. Genesis 27:12 : ver 22
  47. Genesis 27:12 : S Ge 9:25
  48. Genesis 27:13 : Mt 27:25
  49. Genesis 27:13 : S ver 8
  50. Genesis 27:14 : S Ge 25:28
  51. Genesis 27:15 : ver 27; SS 4:11
  52. Genesis 27:15 : S Ge 25:25
  53. Genesis 27:16 : ver 22-23
  54. Genesis 27:18 : ver 32
  55. Genesis 27:19 : ver 32
  56. Genesis 27:19 : S Ge 25:28
  57. Genesis 27:19 : S ver 4
  58. Genesis 27:20 : S Ge 24:12
  59. Genesis 27:21 : ver 12
  60. Genesis 27:22 : Ge 45:4
  61. Genesis 27:22 : ver 12
  62. Genesis 27:23 : ver 16
  63. Genesis 27:25 : S ver 4
  64. Genesis 27:27 : Ge 31:28, 55; 33:4; 48:10; Ex 4:27; 18:7; Ru 1:9; 1Sa 20:41; 2Sa 14:33; 19:39
  65. Genesis 27:27 : Heb 11:20
  66. Genesis 27:27 : S ver 15
  67. Genesis 27:27 : Ps 65:9-13
  68. Genesis 27:28 : Dt 33:13; 2Sa 1:21; Job 18:16; 29:19; Pr 3:20; Isa 26:19; Hos 14:5; Hag 1:10; Zec 8:12
  69. Genesis 27:28 : ver 39; Ge 49:25; Lev 26:20; Dt 33:13
  70. Genesis 27:28 : Ps 65:9; 72:16
  71. Genesis 27:28 : ver 37; Nu 18:12; Dt 7:13; 33:28; 2Ki 18:32; Ps 4:7; Isa 36:17; Jer 31:12; 40:10
  72. Genesis 27:29 : 2Sa 8:14; Ps 68:31; 72:11; Isa 19:21, 23; 27:13; 45:14, 23; 49:7, 23; 60:12, 14; 66:23; Jer 12:17; Da 2:44; Zec 14:17-18
  73. Genesis 27:29 : S Ge 9:25; S 25:23; S 37:7
  74. Genesis 27:29 : ver 33; Ge 12:3
  75. Genesis 27:31 : S ver 4
  76. Genesis 27:32 : ver 18
  77. Genesis 27:32 : ver 19
  78. Genesis 27:33 : ver 35
  79. Genesis 27:33 : S ver 29
  80. Genesis 27:34 : Heb 12:17
  81. Genesis 27:34 : Ex 12:32
  82. Genesis 27:35 : Jer 9:4; 12:6
  83. Genesis 27:35 : ver 19, 45
  84. Genesis 27:36 : S Ge 25:26
  85. Genesis 27:36 : Ge 29:25; 31:20, 26; 34:13; 1Sa 28:12
  86. Genesis 27:36 : S Ge 25:33
  87. Genesis 27:36 : Heb 12:16-17
  88. Genesis 27:37 : S ver 28; Dt 16:13; Ezr 6:9; Isa 16:10; Jer 40:12
  89. Genesis 27:38 : Ge 29:11; Nu 14:1; Jdg 2:4; 21:2; Ru 1:9; 1Sa 11:4; 30:4; Heb 12:17
  90. Genesis 27:39 : Heb 11:20
  91. Genesis 27:39 : ver 28
  92. Genesis 27:39 : Ge 36:6
  93. Genesis 27:40 : 2Sa 8:14
  94. Genesis 27:40 : S Ge 9:25
  95. Genesis 27:40 : 2Ki 8:20-22
  96. Genesis 27:41 : Ge 37:4; 49:23; 50:15; 1Sa 17:28
  97. Genesis 27:41 : Ge 31:17; 32:11; Hos 10:14
  98. Genesis 27:41 : Ge 50:4, 10; Nu 20:29
  99. Genesis 27:41 : ver 42
  100. Genesis 27:41 : Ob 1:10
  101. Genesis 27:42 : Ge 32:3, 11; 33:4
  102. Genesis 27:42 : ver 41
  103. Genesis 27:43 : S ver 8
  104. Genesis 27:43 : S Ge 24:29
  105. Genesis 27:43 : S Ge 11:31
  106. Genesis 27:44 : Ge 31:38, 41
  107. Genesis 27:45 : S ver 35
  108. Genesis 27:45 : S Ge 26:3
  109. Genesis 27:46 : S Ge 10:15
  110. Genesis 27:46 : S Ge 10:15-19
  111. Genesis 27:46 : S Ge 26:35; S Job 7:7
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Matthew 9:1-17

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man(A)

Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.(B) Some men brought to him a paralyzed man,(C) lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith,(D) he said to the man, “Take heart,(E) son; your sins are forgiven.”(F)

At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”(G)

Knowing their thoughts,(H) Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man(I) has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God,(J) who had given such authority to man.

The Calling of Matthew(K)

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,”(L) he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”(M)

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a](N) For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”(O)

Jesus Questioned About Fasting(P)

14 Then John’s(Q) disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often,(R) but your disciples do not fast?”

15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them?(S) The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.(T)

16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 9:13 Hosea 6:6
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Psalm 10:16-18

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;(A)
the nations(B) will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;(C)
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,(D)
18 defending the fatherless(E) and the oppressed,(F)
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.

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Proverbs 3:9-10

Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits(A) of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled(B) to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.(C)

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01/11/2019 DAB Transcript

Genesis 23:1-24:51, Matthew 8:1-17, Psalms 9:13-20, Proverbs 3:1-6

Today is the 11th day of January. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is always a joy to be here with you to take the next step forward on our journey through the Scriptures this year. An we’re coming to the end of our first full work week of this brand-new year. So, hopefully you’re feeling kind of moved into the new year. Hopefully the rhythm of the Daily Audio Bible is a part of that journey and I think we’re getting kind of getting moved into this rhythm of the year that will carry us to the center of our souls because the Bible has a way of doing that and will also influence the way that we conduct our exterior lives this year. So, well done for making it this far. We’ve been reading from the New International Version this week and we’ll take the next step forward in the book of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible. Today Genesis chapter 24 verse 52 through 26 verse 16. And by way of reminder, Abraham has sent his servant because Abraham is now in his old age and he’s lost his wife Sarah, he sent his servant to his own family to find a wife for the child of promise named Isaac. And that’s what happened and we’re in the middle of that story. And, so, we’ll pick up where we left off in Genesis chapter 24.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the book of Genesis today, we said goodbye to Abraham and, of course, we’ve been following the story of Abram who heard from God and followed him into a land that he had never been in and entered into covenant with God. His name was changed to Abraham and he influences the world until today. And so, we just read of his life in the book of Genesis. And now he has died and been buried in the cave of Makpella where he buried Sarah, but the isn’t the last we will hear of Abraham, we’ll hear of Abraham for the rest of the Bible and he influences the world until today. In fact, we could easily say Abraham is more influential as far as a patriarch as far as an ancient one over the world’s religions of today than anybody else and that would be true. So, we should take a moment to send and give honor where honor is due, we’re saying goodbye to Abraham, he’s laid his head down in death. Now, there were two sons, right, Ishmael and Isaac and we went through some of their family tree. So, Ishmael goes off and has his own…the generations that follow become their own people and we’re kind of tracking with the Isaac story. And that will be the story that we chase the rest of the Bible. So, Isaac has married Rebecca and we read of how Rebecca came to be Isaac’s life and they have had twin sons, Jacob and Esau. And it’s very easy, especially if is the first trip through the Bible to go, “these are very fascinating stories and interesting things and, yes, I can see that there’s a lot to think about but I don’t know how all the stories connected”. It’s all connected, which is why we kind of take time to pause and go, “let’s remember how we got here”, because all of these stories and all of these generations are going somewhere and we’ll be following that story throughout the Bible.

We get into the book of Matthew and we’re continuing to kind of observe and get to know Jesus and His personality and His ministry style and places that He went and things that He did. And certainly, there were miraculous things in today’s reading, but maybe more important is the fact that Jesus began to reveal that if you want to follow him it’s gonna cost you everything. And as we continue forward that will become more and more apparent to us not only as like a concept but also in practical ways. We’ll learn the faith that we have placed in Christ and this journey of faith that we are walking on will be the continual journey of ridding ourselves of all entanglements that would hold us back from union with God. And isn’t that ultimately the pursuit of our faith in Christ? Is it not to be transformed and become Christ like and operate in this world on this planet where mankind is no longer separated by a chasm of sin between God and man but that is been bridged and we are reunited with God, as was always intended for mankind? But we will find that the things that have attached themselves to us, the things that we bow down and worship to that aren’t God, I mean every single one of those things is going to be confronted and at every turn we will have the opportunity to make a choice and that choice will get to matter and if we will follow Jesus then we’ll find that we have to be willing to release and let go of plenty of things, but we will find that these are the very things that would make it impossible for us to become who we were created to be. And, so, we’ll be continuing to take that journey throughout the whole year but we’re still kind of here in the beginning and just reading these stories and maybe this is the first time that you’ve systematically gone through the Gospels and just really, really paid attention to the stories. Like, yeah, we have all the Sunday school stories and we know all of the different things, but maybe this is the first time just front to back going through. And, so, it’s important to just get to know Jesus in the stories that are found in the Gospels and then just simply ask ourselves, “does my life resemble in any way the life that Jesus lived”? And in some areas I we’ll be able to say, “yes, I think so, I think in this area I continue to grow forward and become more like my Savior” while in other areas we would have to say, “no man, there’s a lot of work to do here.” Once that is exposed though, a lot of times we’ll just cover it back over, don’t have time, can’t maintain all these responsibilities, just trying to get my spiritual fix and stay in touch with my heart. We’re gonna have to find out that some of the other things that are in our lives may have to go so that we can pay closer attention to the things that are going to absolutely deeply matter and can transform the way we live our lives.

It’s just like what we read in Proverbs today, “do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and shun evil.” So, that’s an instruction, and that is a trajectory or a direction to head in and we should, but the Proverbs goes on to tell us why. “This, if you do this, if you do not be wise in your own eyes and fear the Lord and shun evil, then it will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” So we’re seeing in Proverbs that if we pay attention to what’s going on within us it is absolutely going to affect the health of what is happening exterior. So, plenty to think about today as there is every day.

Prayer:

And father, we invite you into all of it. We can think about it all we want but without your Holy Spirit’s guidance we can’t plant these words in our hearts, we can’t cultivate and water them so that they become the fruit of the Spirit. We can just become fertile soil. And, so, we do and ask your Holy Spirit to come, plant the word of God in our lives and as we continue forward may we see new fruit of the Spirit sprouting up, a new way of thinking, a new way of being in the world, a transformed way where we are daily being sanctified, daily becoming set apart and made holy. These are things that only you can do but we come with a willing heart and surrender and ask you to do this work inside of us as we continue to sail deeper into the year and deeper into our adventure of life with you. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday January 11, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 24:52-26:16

52 When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the Lord.(A) 53 Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing(B) and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts(C) to her brother and to her mother. 54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there.

When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way(D) to my master.”

55 But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so;(E) then you[a] may go.”

56 But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted success(F) to my journey. Send me on my way(G) so I may go to my master.”

57 Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.”(H) 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,”(I) she said.

59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way,(J) along with her nurse(K) and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed(L) Rebekah and said to her,

“Our sister, may you increase
to thousands upon thousands;(M)
may your offspring possess
the cities of their enemies.”(N)

61 Then Rebekah and her attendants(O) got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.

62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi,(P) for he was living in the Negev.(Q) 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate,[b](R) and as he looked up,(S) he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel(T) 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”

“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil(U) and covered herself.

66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent(V) of his mother Sarah,(W) and he married Rebekah.(X) So she became his wife, and he loved her;(Y) and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.(Z)

The Death of Abraham(AA)

25 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran,(AB) Jokshan, Medan, Midian,(AC) Ishbak and Shuah.(AD) Jokshan was the father of Sheba(AE) and Dedan;(AF) the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah,(AG) Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac.(AH) But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines(AI) and sent them away from his son Isaac(AJ) to the land of the east.(AK)

Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years.(AL) Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age,(AM) an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.(AN) His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him(AO) in the cave of Machpelah(AP) near Mamre,(AQ) in the field of Ephron(AR) son of Zohar the Hittite,(AS) 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.[c](AT) There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac,(AU) who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.(AV)

Ishmael’s Sons(AW)

12 This is the account(AX) of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar(AY) the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.(AZ)

13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth(BA) the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar,(BB) Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah,(BC) Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema,(BD) Jetur,(BE) Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers(BF) according to their settlements and camps.(BG) 17 Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people.(BH) 18 His descendants(BI) settled in the area from Havilah to Shur,(BJ) near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward[d] all the tribes related to them.(BK)

Jacob and Esau

19 This is the account(BL) of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old(BM) when he married Rebekah(BN) daughter of Bethuel(BO) the Aramean from Paddan Aram[e](BP) and sister of Laban(BQ) the Aramean.(BR)

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless.(BS) The Lord answered his prayer,(BT) and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.(BU)

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations(BV) are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.(BW)

24 When the time came for her to give birth,(BX) there were twin boys in her womb.(BY) 25 The first to come out was red,(BZ) and his whole body was like a hairy garment;(CA) so they named him Esau.[f](CB) 26 After this, his brother came out,(CC) with his hand grasping Esau’s heel;(CD) so he was named Jacob.[g](CE) Isaac was sixty years old(CF) when Rebekah gave birth to them.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter,(CG) a man of the open country,(CH) while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game,(CI) loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.(CJ)

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew,(CK) Esau came in from the open country,(CL) famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew!(CM) I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[h])(CN)

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.(CO)

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear(CP) to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright(CQ) to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew.(CR) He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.

Isaac and Abimelek(CS)

26 Now there was a famine in the land(CT)—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines(CU) in Gerar.(CV) The Lord appeared(CW) to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt;(CX) live in the land where I tell you to live.(CY) Stay in this land for a while,(CZ) and I will be with you(DA) and will bless you.(DB) For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands(DC) and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.(DD) I will make your descendants(DE) as numerous as the stars in the sky(DF) and will give them all these lands,(DG) and through your offspring[i] all nations on earth will be blessed,[j](DH) because Abraham obeyed me(DI) and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees(DJ) and my instructions.(DK) So Isaac stayed in Gerar.(DL)

When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,(DM)” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”

When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines(DN) looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?(DO)

Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”

10 Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us?(DP) One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”

11 So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms(DQ) this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”(DR)

12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold,(DS) because the Lord blessed him.(DT) 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.(DU) 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants(DV) that the Philistines envied him.(DW) 15 So all the wells(DX) that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up,(DY) filling them with earth.

16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us;(DZ) you have become too powerful for us.(EA)

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 24:55 Or she
  2. Genesis 24:63 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  3. Genesis 25:10 Or the descendants of Heth
  4. Genesis 25:18 Or lived to the east of
  5. Genesis 25:20 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
  6. Genesis 25:25 Esau may mean hairy.
  7. Genesis 25:26 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives.
  8. Genesis 25:30 Edom means red.
  9. Genesis 26:4 Or seed
  10. Genesis 26:4 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 24:52 : S ver 26
  2. Genesis 24:53 : Ge 45:22; Ex 3:22; 12:35; 2Ki 5:5
  3. Genesis 24:53 : S ver 10, 22
  4. Genesis 24:54 : ver 56, 59; Ge 30:25
  5. Genesis 24:55 : Jdg 19:4
  6. Genesis 24:56 : S ver 12
  7. Genesis 24:56 : S ver 54
  8. Genesis 24:57 : Jdg 19:3
  9. Genesis 24:58 : Ru 1:16
  10. Genesis 24:59 : S ver 54
  11. Genesis 24:59 : Ge 35:8
  12. Genesis 24:60 : Ge 27:4, 19; 28:1; 31:55; 48:9, 15, 20; Jos 22:6
  13. Genesis 24:60 : S Ge 17:16
  14. Genesis 24:60 : Ge 22:17; Ps 127:5; Pr 27:11
  15. Genesis 24:61 : S Ge 16:1; 30:3; 46:25
  16. Genesis 24:62 : S Ge 16:14
  17. Genesis 24:62 : S Ge 12:9
  18. Genesis 24:63 : Jos 1:8; Ps 1:2; 77:12; 119:15, 27, 48, 97, 148; 143:5; 145:5
  19. Genesis 24:63 : Ge 18:2
  20. Genesis 24:64 : Ge 31:17, 34; 1Sa 30:17
  21. Genesis 24:65 : Ge 38:14; SS 1:7; 4:1, 3; 6:7; Isa 47:2
  22. Genesis 24:67 : Ge 31:33
  23. Genesis 24:67 : S Ge 18:9
  24. Genesis 24:67 : Ge 25:20; 49:31
  25. Genesis 24:67 : Ge 29:18, 20; 34:3; Jdg 16:4
  26. Genesis 24:67 : Ge 23:1-2
  27. Genesis 25:1 : 25:1-4pp — 1Ch 1:32-33
  28. Genesis 25:2 : Jer 25:25
  29. Genesis 25:2 : Ge 36:35; 37:28, 36; Ex 2:15; Nu 22:4; 25:6, 18; 31:2; Jos 13:21; Jdg 6:1, 3; 7:1; 8:1, 22, 24; 9:17; 1Ki 11:18; Ps 83:9; Isa 9:4; 10:26; 60:6; Hab 3:7
  30. Genesis 25:2 : Job 2:11; 8:1
  31. Genesis 25:3 : S Ge 10:7
  32. Genesis 25:3 : S Ge 10:7
  33. Genesis 25:4 : Isa 60:6
  34. Genesis 25:5 : S Ge 24:36
  35. Genesis 25:6 : S Ge 22:24
  36. Genesis 25:6 : S Ge 21:10, 14
  37. Genesis 25:6 : Ge 29:1; Jdg 6:3, 33; 1Ki 4:30; Job 1:3; Eze 25:4
  38. Genesis 25:7 : ver 26; Ge 12:4; 35:28; 47:9, 28; 50:22, 26; Job 42:16
  39. Genesis 25:8 : S Ge 15:15
  40. Genesis 25:8 : ver 17; Ge 35:29; 49:29, 33; Nu 20:24; 31:2; Dt 31:14; 32:50; 34:5
  41. Genesis 25:9 : Ge 35:29; 47:30; 49:31
  42. Genesis 25:9 : S Ge 23:9
  43. Genesis 25:9 : S Ge 13:18
  44. Genesis 25:9 : Ge 23:8
  45. Genesis 25:9 : Ge 49:29; 50:13
  46. Genesis 25:10 : S Ge 10:15
  47. Genesis 25:11 : S Ge 12:2
  48. Genesis 25:11 : S Ge 16:14
  49. Genesis 25:12 : 25:12-16pp — 1Ch 1:29-31
  50. Genesis 25:12 : S Ge 2:4
  51. Genesis 25:12 : S Ge 16:1
  52. Genesis 25:12 : S Ge 17:20; 21:18
  53. Genesis 25:13 : Ge 28:9; 36:3
  54. Genesis 25:13 : Ps 120:5; SS 1:5; Isa 21:16; 42:11; 60:7; Jer 2:10; 49:28; Eze 27:21
  55. Genesis 25:14 : Jos 15:52; Isa 21:11; Ob 1:1
  56. Genesis 25:15 : Job 6:19; Isa 21:14; Jer 25:23
  57. Genesis 25:15 : 1Ch 5:19
  58. Genesis 25:16 : Ge 17:20
  59. Genesis 25:16 : S Ge 13:16; Ps 83:6
  60. Genesis 25:17 : S ver 8
  61. Genesis 25:18 : S Ge 17:20; 21:18
  62. Genesis 25:18 : S Ge 16:7
  63. Genesis 25:18 : Ge 16:12
  64. Genesis 25:19 : S Ge 2:4
  65. Genesis 25:20 : ver 26; Ge 26:34; 35:28
  66. Genesis 25:20 : S Ge 24:67
  67. Genesis 25:20 : S Ge 22:22
  68. Genesis 25:20 : Ge 28:2, 5, 6; 30:20; 31:18; 33:18; 35:9, 26; 46:15; 48:7
  69. Genesis 25:20 : S Ge 24:29
  70. Genesis 25:20 : Ge 31:20, 24; Dt 26:5
  71. Genesis 25:21 : S Ge 11:30
  72. Genesis 25:21 : Ge 30:17, 22; 1Sa 1:17, 23; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 33:13; Ezr 8:23; Ps 127:3
  73. Genesis 25:22 : Ex 18:15; 28:30; 33:7; Lev 24:12; Nu 9:6-8; 27:5, 21; Dt 17:9; Jdg 18:5; 1Sa 9:9; 10:22; 14:36; 22:10; 1Ki 22:8; 2Ki 3:11; 22:13; Isa 30:2; Jer 21:2; 37:7, 17; Eze 14:7; 20:1, 3
  74. Genesis 25:23 : S Ge 17:4
  75. Genesis 25:23 : S Ge 9:25; 48:14, 19; Ro 9:11-12*
  76. Genesis 25:24 : Lk 1:57; 2:6
  77. Genesis 25:24 : Ge 38:27
  78. Genesis 25:25 : 1Sa 16:12
  79. Genesis 25:25 : Ge 27:11
  80. Genesis 25:25 : Ge 27:1, 15
  81. Genesis 25:26 : Ge 38:29
  82. Genesis 25:26 : Hos 12:3
  83. Genesis 25:26 : Ge 27:36; 32:27; Dt 23:7; Jos 24:4; Ob 1:10, 12
  84. Genesis 25:26 : S ver 7,S 20
  85. Genesis 25:27 : S Ge 10:9
  86. Genesis 25:27 : ver 29; Ge 27:3, 5
  87. Genesis 25:28 : Ge 27:3, 4, 9, 14, 19
  88. Genesis 25:28 : Ge 27:6; 37:3
  89. Genesis 25:29 : 2Ki 4:38-40
  90. Genesis 25:29 : S ver 27
  91. Genesis 25:30 : ver 34
  92. Genesis 25:30 : Ge 32:3; 36:1, 8, 8-9, 19; Nu 20:14; Dt 23:7; Ps 137:7; Jer 25:21; 40:11; 49:7
  93. Genesis 25:31 : Dt 21:16-17; 1Ch 5:1-2
  94. Genesis 25:33 : S Ge 21:23; S 47:31
  95. Genesis 25:33 : Ge 27:36; Heb 12:16
  96. Genesis 25:34 : ver 30
  97. Genesis 26:1 : 26:1-11Ref — Ge 12:10-20; 20:1-18
  98. Genesis 26:1 : S Ge 12:10; S Dt 32:24
  99. Genesis 26:1 : S Ge 10:14; Jdg 10:6
  100. Genesis 26:1 : S Ge 20:1
  101. Genesis 26:2 : S Ge 12:7
  102. Genesis 26:2 : Ge 46:3
  103. Genesis 26:2 : S Ge 12:1
  104. Genesis 26:3 : Ge 20:1
  105. Genesis 26:3 : S Ge 21:20; 27:45; 31:3, 5; 32:9; 35:3; 48:21; Ex 3:12; 33:14-16; Nu 23:21; Dt 31:23; Jos 1:5; Isa 43:2; Jer 1:8, 19; Hag 1:13
  106. Genesis 26:3 : ver 12; S Ge 12:2
  107. Genesis 26:3 : S Ge 12:7; Ac 7:5
  108. Genesis 26:3 : S Ge 17:19
  109. Genesis 26:4 : ver 24; Ge 48:4
  110. Genesis 26:4 : S Ge 12:2; S Nu 10:36
  111. Genesis 26:4 : S Ge 12:7
  112. Genesis 26:4 : S Ge 12:3; Ac 3:25*; Gal 3:8
  113. Genesis 26:5 : S Ge 18:19
  114. Genesis 26:5 : Ps 119:80, 112; Eze 18:21
  115. Genesis 26:5 : Lev 18:4, 5, 26; 19:19, 37; 20:8, 22; 25:18; 26:3; Nu 15:40; Dt 4:40; 6:2; 11:1; 1Ki 2:3
  116. Genesis 26:6 : S Ge 20:1
  117. Genesis 26:7 : S Ge 12:13
  118. Genesis 26:8 : S Ge 10:14
  119. Genesis 26:9 : S Ge 12:19
  120. Genesis 26:10 : S Ge 12:18
  121. Genesis 26:11 : 1Sa 24:6; 26:9; Ps 105:15
  122. Genesis 26:11 : S Ge 20:3
  123. Genesis 26:12 : Mt 13:8
  124. Genesis 26:12 : S ver 3
  125. Genesis 26:13 : S Ge 13:2; S Dt 8:18
  126. Genesis 26:14 : S Ge 12:16; S 24:36; 32:23
  127. Genesis 26:14 : Ge 37:11
  128. Genesis 26:15 : S Ge 21:30
  129. Genesis 26:15 : S Ge 21:25
  130. Genesis 26:16 : ver 27; Jdg 11:7
  131. Genesis 26:16 : Ex 1:9; Ps 105:24-25
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Matthew 8:18-34

The Cost of Following Jesus(A)

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.(B) 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man(C) has no place to lay his head.”

21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me,(D) and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms the Storm(E)(F)

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith,(G) why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.(H)

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men(I)

28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed(J) men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us,(K) Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”(L)

30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.(M)

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 8:28 Some manuscripts Gergesenes; other manuscripts Gerasenes
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Psalm 10:1-15

Psalm 10[a]

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?(A)
Why do you hide yourself(B) in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,(C)
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts(D) about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.(E)
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.(F)
His ways are always prosperous;
your laws are rejected by[b] him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”(G)

His mouth is full(H) of lies and threats;(I)
trouble and evil are under his tongue.(J)
He lies in wait(K) near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent.(L)
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;(M)
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.(N)
10 His victims are crushed,(O) they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;(P)
he covers his face and never sees.”(Q)

12 Arise,(R) Lord! Lift up your hand,(S) O God.
Do not forget the helpless.(T)
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?(U)
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?(V)
14 But you, God, see the trouble(W) of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;(X)
you are the helper(Y) of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;(Z)
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 10:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  2. Psalm 10:5 See Septuagint; Hebrew / they are haughty, and your laws are far from
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Proverbs 3:7-8

Do not be wise in your own eyes;(A)
fear the Lord(B) and shun evil.(C)
This will bring health to your body(D)
and nourishment to your bones.(E)

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01/10/2019 DAB Transcript

Genesis 23:1-24:51, Matthew 8:1-17, Psalms 9:13-20, Proverbs 3:1-6

Today is the 10th day of January. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian like every day and it’s great to be here with you like every day and got a nice steaming cup of Windfarm coffee to my left, which is pretty normal, very normal. And off we go forward for our next step forward through the Scriptures this year. This is, of course, our 10th step, so only 355 more steps and we’ll be completing the Bible but this is our 10th step. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. Today we’ll read Genesis chapter 23 verse 1 through 24:51.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the book of Genesis we’re saying goodbye now to a very, very important figure, Sarah, the wife of Abraham, who bore the son Isaac to Abraham in his old age. She passes away today. And, so, obviously, Abraham is morning and he goes to the Hittites and he needs a place, he wants to buy a place where, you know, he can have his own kind of a burial site for his family. And we get a little bit of a glimpse into the negotiations of the time, right? You know, Abraham’s like talking to all the leaders of the city in the city gate saying, “ask Ephron to sell me this”, right? Well Ephron’s sitting right there but this is more of a communal negotiation and Ephron’s like, “I’ll just give it to you, you can have it”, you know, and Abrahm’s like, “you know, just…just tell me the price.” And, so, we see this negotiation going on and Abraham buys Ephron’s field and cave, the cave of Machpelah near Mamery in the Valley of Eshkol. I wish that might all just like a bunch of biblical, you know, site names or something that have no relevance but remember this, remember this day, remember that Abraham bought this cave because as the story goes in a couple of months this particular site will become important. And incidentally this particular site, this burial ground is still in existence until today and can be visited in the city of Hebron, which, you know, at times can be a tense place. And this particular burial site for Abraham and his offspring is one of the most holy sites in the world to people who are Muslim, to people who are Jewish, and also to Christians and those groups of people don’t always see eye to eye on things. So, it can be a pretty tense place, which is kind of funny when you think about it. Some of the most holy places in the world are also some of the most contentious places in the world because everybody wants a piece. And as we continue our journey forward we’ll just have to decide whether that’s good, it’s a good thing or whether it’s not, but nevertheless the place actually does exist. The structure that is over the top of the cave was built by King Herod. So it’s very, very old. Of course, when Abraham bought it was much more old, it’s a very ancient place and you can see this place in the Promised Land films. I’ve mentioned the Promised Land films I think once this year. It’s a great resource in the Daily Audio Bible shop. It’s two DVDs and then you can also download all the content digitally. But it’s over four hours of content letting you zoom into these places. And they’re just short films, like two to five-minute films of the location where you can kind of come in, find out what happened there biblically, but also get a good 360° view, like a good understanding of what that place looks like. So, when we went and filmed we had to, you know, we went into the mosque and had to have permission to go in there and film. Then there’s a synagogue on the other side, we had go through some pretty high security to get in there and, you know, there’s lots of soldiers around that place. And as it turns out, we got permission from the military to do some aerial flights over it. And, so, you know, we’re flying a drone and filming and everything but we’ve got guys with machine-guns standing around watching what we’re doing, but we got that footage and it’s some of the only aerial footage from there. So, that’s included in the Promised Land films as well as some of the other places like Gerar, we talked about in the book of Genesis today, we’re, you know, Abraham is again saying that Sarah’s his sister instead of is his wife and stuff. That’s filmed. Like Beersheba is another place where Abraham spent so much of his time and where Ishmael and Hagar were sent away to wander in the wilderness of Beersheba. Like, these are real places. And, so, if you kind of want to…if you’re curious enough to go, “okay, I’m in, I want to know what these places look like”, the Promised Land is a great resource for that. So, you can check that out at the Daily Audio Bible shop.

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And that’s it for today other than other…other than to remind you of two verses that we just read, the last two verses that we just read from the book of Proverbs. Take this into your day. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” Now that’s it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday January 10, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 23:1-24:51

The Death of Sarah

23 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba(A) (that is, Hebron)(B) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.(C)

Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites.[a](D) He said, “I am a foreigner and stranger(E) among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.(F)

The Hittites replied to Abraham, “Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince(G) among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.”

Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar(H) on my behalf so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah,(I) which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.”

10 Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites(J) who had come to the gate(K) of his city. 11 “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give[b](L) you the field, and I give[c] you the cave that is in it. I give[d] it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”

12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 13 and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”

14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels[e] of silver,(M) but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”

16 Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver,(N) according to the weight current among the merchants.(O)

17 So Ephron’s field in Machpelah(P) near Mamre(Q)—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded 18 to Abraham as his property(R) in the presence of all the Hittites(S) who had come to the gate(T) of the city. 19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah(U) near Mamre (which is at Hebron(V)) in the land of Canaan.(W) 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded(X) to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.(Y)

Isaac and Rebekah

24 Abraham was now very old,(Z) and the Lord had blessed(AA) him in every way.(AB) He said to the senior servant(AC) in his household, the one in charge of all that he had,(AD) “Put your hand under my thigh.(AE) I want you to swear(AF) by the Lord, the God of heaven(AG) and the God of earth,(AH) that you will not get a wife for my son(AI) from the daughters of the Canaanites,(AJ) among whom I am living,(AK) but will go to my country and my own relatives(AL) and get a wife for my son Isaac.(AM)

The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land?(AN) Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?(AO)

“Make sure that you do not take my son back there,”(AP) Abraham said. “The Lord, the God of heaven,(AQ) who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land(AR) and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring[f](AS) I will give this land’(AT)—he will send his angel before you(AU) so that you can get a wife for my son from there. If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath(AV) of mine. Only do not take my son back there.”(AW) So the servant put his hand under the thigh(AX) of his master(AY) Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.

10 Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels(AZ) loaded with all kinds of good things(BA) from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim[g](BB) and made his way to the town of Nahor.(BC) 11 He had the camels kneel down near the well(BD) outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.(BE)

12 Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham,(BF) make me successful(BG) today, and show kindness(BH) to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.(BI) 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink,(BJ) and I’ll water your camels too’(BK)—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac.(BL) By this I will know(BM) that you have shown kindness to my master.”

15 Before he had finished praying,(BN) Rebekah(BO) came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel(BP) son of Milkah,(BQ) who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.(BR) 16 The woman was very beautiful,(BS) a virgin;(BT) no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”(BU)

18 “Drink,(BV) my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.

19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels(BW) too,(BX) until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels.(BY) 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.(BZ)

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring(CA) weighing a beka[h] and two gold bracelets(CB) weighing ten shekels.[i] 23 Then he asked, “Whose daughter are you?(CC) Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?(CD)

24 She answered him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milkah bore to Nahor.(CE) 25 And she added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder,(CF) as well as room for you to spend the night.”

26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord,(CG) 27 saying, “Praise be to the Lord,(CH) the God of my master Abraham,(CI) who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness(CJ) to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey(CK) to the house of my master’s relatives.”(CL)

28 The young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.(CM) 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban,(CN) and he hurried out to the man at the spring. 30 As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s arms,(CO) and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring. 31 “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord,”(CP) he said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.”

32 So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder(CQ) were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet.(CR) 33 Then food was set before him, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say.”

“Then tell us,” Laban said.

34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.(CS) 35 The Lord has blessed(CT) my master abundantly,(CU) and he has become wealthy.(CV) He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.(CW) 36 My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age,(CX) and he has given him everything he owns.(CY) 37 And my master made me swear an oath,(CZ) and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live,(DA) 38 but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’(DB)

39 “Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman will not come back with me?’(DC)

40 “He replied, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked faithfully,(DD) will send his angel with you(DE) and make your journey a success,(DF) so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s family.(DG) 41 You will be released from my oath if, when you go to my clan, they refuse to give her to you—then you will be released from my oath.’(DH)

42 “When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success(DI) to the journey on which I have come. 43 See, I am standing beside this spring.(DJ) If a young woman(DK) comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,”(DL) 44 and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’(DM)

45 “Before I finished praying in my heart,(DN) Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder.(DO) She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’(DP)

46 “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’(DQ) So I drank, and she watered the camels also.(DR)

47 “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’(DS)

“She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel(DT) son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’(DU)

“Then I put the ring in her nose(DV) and the bracelets on her arms,(DW) 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord.(DX) I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham,(DY) who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son.(DZ) 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness(EA) to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

50 Laban and Bethuel(EB) answered, “This is from the Lord;(EC) we can say nothing to you one way or the other.(ED) 51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.(EE)

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 23:3 Or the descendants of Heth; also in verses 5, 7, 10, 16, 18 and 20
  2. Genesis 23:11 Or sell
  3. Genesis 23:11 Or sell
  4. Genesis 23:11 Or sell
  5. Genesis 23:15 That is, about 10 pounds or about 4.6 kilograms
  6. Genesis 24:7 Or seed
  7. Genesis 24:10 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
  8. Genesis 24:22 That is, about 1/5 ounce or about 5.7 grams
  9. Genesis 24:22 That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 23:2 : Jos 14:15; 15:13; 20:7; 21:11
  2. Genesis 23:2 : ver 19; S Ge 13:18
  3. Genesis 23:2 : Ge 24:67
  4. Genesis 23:3 : S Ge 10:15
  5. Genesis 23:4 : S Ge 17:8; 19:9; Ex 2:22; Lev 25:23; Ps 39:12; 105:12; 119:19; Heb 11:9, 13
  6. Genesis 23:4 : Ge 49:30; Ac 7:16
  7. Genesis 23:6 : Ge 14:14-16; 24:35
  8. Genesis 23:8 : Ge 25:9
  9. Genesis 23:9 : ver 17, 19; Ge 25:9; 47:30; 49:30; 50:13
  10. Genesis 23:10 : ver 18
  11. Genesis 23:10 : S Ge 18:1; Dt 22:15; 25:7; Jos 20:4; Ru 4:11; 2Sa 15:2; 2Ki 15:35; Ps 127:5; Pr 31:23; Jer 26:10; 36:10
  12. Genesis 23:11 : 2Sa 24:23
  13. Genesis 23:15 : Eze 45:12
  14. Genesis 23:16 : 2Sa 24:24; Jer 32:9; Zec 11:12
  15. Genesis 23:16 : 2Sa 14:26
  16. Genesis 23:17 : S ver 9
  17. Genesis 23:17 : S Ge 13:18
  18. Genesis 23:18 : S Ge 12:7
  19. Genesis 23:18 : ver 10
  20. Genesis 23:18 : S Ge 18:1
  21. Genesis 23:19 : S ver 9
  22. Genesis 23:19 : S Ge 13:18; Jos 14:13; 1Ch 29:27
  23. Genesis 23:19 : Ge 49:31
  24. Genesis 23:20 : Jer 32:10
  25. Genesis 23:20 : S Ge 10:15; 35:29; 47:30; 49:30; 50:5, 13
  26. Genesis 24:1 : S Ge 17:17; Jos 23:1
  27. Genesis 24:1 : Ge 12:2; Gal 3:9
  28. Genesis 24:1 : ver 35
  29. Genesis 24:2 : S Ge 15:3
  30. Genesis 24:2 : Ge 39:4-6
  31. Genesis 24:2 : ver 9; Ge 47:29
  32. Genesis 24:3 : Ge 47:31; 50:25
  33. Genesis 24:3 : ver 7
  34. Genesis 24:3 : S Ge 14:19; S Nu 20:14
  35. Genesis 24:3 : Dt 7:3; 2Co 6:14-17
  36. Genesis 24:3 : S Ge 10:15-19
  37. Genesis 24:3 : ver 37
  38. Genesis 24:4 : S Ge 12:1; Jdg 14:3
  39. Genesis 24:4 : S ver 29; S Ge 21:21
  40. Genesis 24:5 : ver 39
  41. Genesis 24:5 : Heb 11:15
  42. Genesis 24:6 : ver 8
  43. Genesis 24:7 : ver 3
  44. Genesis 24:7 : Ge 12:1
  45. Genesis 24:7 : Ro 4:13; Gal 3:16*
  46. Genesis 24:7 : S Ge 12:7
  47. Genesis 24:7 : S Ge 16:7
  48. Genesis 24:8 : ver 41; Jos 2:12, 17, 20; 9:20
  49. Genesis 24:8 : S ver 6
  50. Genesis 24:9 : S ver 2
  51. Genesis 24:9 : Ge 32:4; 33:8
  52. Genesis 24:10 : ver 19; 1Ki 10:2; 1Ch 12:40; Isa 30:6
  53. Genesis 24:10 : ver 22, 30, 47, 53; Ge 43:11; 45:23
  54. Genesis 24:10 : Nu 23:7; Dt 23:4; Jdg 3:8
  55. Genesis 24:10 : S Ge 11:29
  56. Genesis 24:11 : Ex 2:15
  57. Genesis 24:11 : ver 13; Ge 29:2, 9-10; Ex 2:16; 1Sa 9:11; Jn 4:7
  58. Genesis 24:12 : ver 27, 42, 48; Ge 26:24; 28:13; 31:42, 53; 32:9; 43:23; 46:3; Ex 3:6, 15, 16; 4:5; 1Ki 18:36; Ps 75:9; 94:7
  59. Genesis 24:12 : ver 21, 40, 51, 56; Ge 27:20; Ne 1:11
  60. Genesis 24:12 : S Ge 19:19; Jos 2:12; Job 10:12
  61. Genesis 24:13 : S ver 11, 43; Ge 29:8
  62. Genesis 24:14 : ver 18, 46
  63. Genesis 24:14 : ver 19
  64. Genesis 24:14 : ver 44
  65. Genesis 24:14 : Jos 2:12; Jdg 6:17, 37; 1Sa 14:10; 1Ki 13:3; Ps 86:17; Isa 38:7; Jer 44:29
  66. Genesis 24:15 : ver 45
  67. Genesis 24:15 : S Ge 22:23
  68. Genesis 24:15 : S Ge 22:22
  69. Genesis 24:15 : S Ge 11:29
  70. Genesis 24:15 : S Ge 11:29
  71. Genesis 24:16 : S Ge 12:11
  72. Genesis 24:16 : Dt 22:15-21
  73. Genesis 24:17 : ver 45; 1Ki 17:10; Jn 4:7
  74. Genesis 24:18 : S ver 14
  75. Genesis 24:19 : S ver 10
  76. Genesis 24:19 : ver 14
  77. Genesis 24:20 : ver 46
  78. Genesis 24:21 : S ver 12
  79. Genesis 24:22 : ver 47; Ge 41:42; Isa 3:21; Eze 16:11-12
  80. Genesis 24:22 : S ver 10
  81. Genesis 24:23 : ver 47
  82. Genesis 24:23 : Jdg 19:15; 20:4
  83. Genesis 24:24 : ver 29, 47; S Ge 11:29
  84. Genesis 24:25 : ver 32; Jdg 19:19
  85. Genesis 24:26 : ver 48, 52; Ex 4:31; 12:27; 1Ch 29:20; 2Ch 20:18
  86. Genesis 24:27 : Ge 14:20; Ex 18:10; Ru 4:14; 1Sa 25:32; 2Sa 18:28; 1Ki 1:48; 8:56; Ps 28:6; 41:13; 68:19; 106:48; Lk 1:68
  87. Genesis 24:27 : S ver 12
  88. Genesis 24:27 : ver 49; Ge 32:10; 47:29; Jos 2:14; Ps 98:3
  89. Genesis 24:27 : ver 21
  90. Genesis 24:27 : S ver 12, 48; S Ge 12:1
  91. Genesis 24:28 : Ge 29:12
  92. Genesis 24:29 : ver 4; Ge 25:20; 27:43; 28:2, 5; 29:5, 12, 13
  93. Genesis 24:30 : S ver 10; Eze 23:42
  94. Genesis 24:31 : Ge 26:29; Ps 115:15
  95. Genesis 24:32 : S ver 25
  96. Genesis 24:32 : S Ge 18:4
  97. Genesis 24:34 : S Ge 15:3
  98. Genesis 24:35 : S Ge 12:2
  99. Genesis 24:35 : ver 1
  100. Genesis 24:35 : S Ge 23:6
  101. Genesis 24:35 : S Ge 12:16
  102. Genesis 24:36 : S Ge 17:17
  103. Genesis 24:36 : Ge 25:5; 26:14
  104. Genesis 24:37 : Ge 50:5, 25
  105. Genesis 24:37 : ver 3
  106. Genesis 24:38 : S Ge 21:21
  107. Genesis 24:39 : S ver 5
  108. Genesis 24:40 : S Ge 5:22
  109. Genesis 24:40 : S Ge 16:7
  110. Genesis 24:40 : S ver 12
  111. Genesis 24:40 : S Ge 12:1
  112. Genesis 24:41 : S ver 8
  113. Genesis 24:42 : S ver 12
  114. Genesis 24:43 : S ver 13
  115. Genesis 24:43 : Pr 30:19; Isa 7:14
  116. Genesis 24:43 : S ver 14
  117. Genesis 24:44 : ver 14
  118. Genesis 24:45 : 1Sa 1:13
  119. Genesis 24:45 : ver 15
  120. Genesis 24:45 : S ver 17; Jn 4:7
  121. Genesis 24:46 : ver 18-19
  122. Genesis 24:46 : ver 20
  123. Genesis 24:47 : ver 23
  124. Genesis 24:47 : S Ge 22:22
  125. Genesis 24:47 : S ver 24
  126. Genesis 24:47 : S ver 22
  127. Genesis 24:47 : S ver 10; Isa 3:19; Eze 16:11-12
  128. Genesis 24:48 : S ver 26
  129. Genesis 24:48 : S ver 12
  130. Genesis 24:48 : S ver 27
  131. Genesis 24:49 : S ver 27
  132. Genesis 24:50 : Ge 22:22
  133. Genesis 24:50 : Ps 118:23
  134. Genesis 24:50 : Ge 31:7, 24, 29, 42; 48:16
  135. Genesis 24:51 : S ver 12
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Matthew 8:1-17

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy(A)

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy[a](B) came and knelt before him(C) and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone.(D) But go, show yourself to the priest(E) and offer the gift Moses commanded,(F) as a testimony to them.”

The Faith of the Centurion(G)

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed,(H) suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.(I) For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.(J) 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west,(K) and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.(L) 12 But the subjects of the kingdom(M) will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”(N)

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.”(O) And his servant was healed at that moment.

Jesus Heals Many(P)

14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.(Q) 17 This was to fulfill(R) what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”[b](S)

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 8:2 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
  2. Matthew 8:17 Isaiah 53:4 (see Septuagint)
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Psalm 9:13-20

13 Lord, see how my enemies(A) persecute me!
Have mercy(B) and lift me up from the gates of death,(C)
14 that I may declare your praises(D)
in the gates of Daughter Zion,(E)
and there rejoice in your salvation.(F)

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;(G)
their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.(H)
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[a](I)
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,(J)
all the nations that forget God.(K)
18 But God will never forget the needy;
the hope(L) of the afflicted(M) will never perish.

19 Arise,(N) Lord, do not let mortals triumph;(O)
let the nations be judged(P) in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror,(Q) Lord;
let the nations know they are only mortal.(R)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 9:16 The Hebrew has Higgaion and Selah (words of uncertain meaning) here; Selah occurs also at the end of verse 20.
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Proverbs 3:1-6

Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

My son,(A) do not forget my teaching,(B)
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years(C)
and bring you peace and prosperity.(D)

Let love and faithfulness(E) never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.(F)
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.(G)

Trust in the Lord(H) with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths(I) straight.[a](J)

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 3:6 Or will direct your paths
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01/09/2019 DAB Transcript

Genesis 20:1-22:24, Matthew 7:15-29, Psalms 9:1-12, Proverbs 2:16-22

Today is the 9th day of January. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is a joy to be here with you today and taking the next step forward. And I think we’re far enough into our new year to kind of begin to understand that there’s a rhythm and to begin to understand that the Bible isn’t this static old-fashioned book that is irrelevant, that there’s a bunch…a bunch of things that it is willing to speak directly and truthfully into our lives. And if we will and heed it that it will change the way that we live our lives. And, so, welcome back for the next day forward. And that will lead us back into the New International Version, which is what we’re reading from this week and back into the book of Genesis chapter 20, 21, and 22 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, you know, we encountered a pretty harrowing story yesterday with the destruction of Sodom and Gomora and we talked about that and the way that we subtly move toward judgment, even judgment of God and how that that can estrange us in our journey that we’re taking through the Scriptures yesterday. And, so, today, we kind of encounter another one of those types of stories where God tells Abraham to take is a promised son Isaac to Mount Moriah and sacrifice him. And we’re not gonna get into all of that because that story will unfold very, very clearly over some time, other than to just point out God and Abraham had entered into a covenant with each other and covenantal language is something that we will, you know, we will encounter quite a bit. So, we understand that the two of them joined together in covenant, which meant that nothing was off-limits from the other. So, when God tells Abraham to go and take his only son, and He’s very specific about this with Isaac, Abraham is in covenant he cannot withhold anything. And, so, he does. Of course, his trust and faith is in God and Isaac is the son of promise, so Abraham can simply say, “I must follow God even though I don’t know how this is gonna work out, but I do know that my son is a son of promise and through my son many generations will come. This is what God told me. In fact, he marched me outside and had me look up the night sky and try to count the stars. So, there’s this promise and I need understand what’s going on, but I do trust the one I’m in covenant with.” We know how that story worked out but what we may not have paid attention to is the thread of redemption that begins to show itself at all kinds of points in the Bible and this is one of them because Abraham did not withhold his son from God and God didn’t take the sacrifice of a human being, instead He sent his own son, His own only son. Now if you’ve been a believer for a long time, then you know, you can connect those dots pretty easy. If this your first trip through the Bible and encountering the stories of the Bible, this one is one that kind of touches a lot of things and will become more and more apparent as we move forward because Isaac is going to have a son of his own, a couple of sons of his own, and they’re gonna change the whole story, but let's…let’s go back into the book of Matthew.

Jesus is saying some very important and very forthright, like, non-ambiguous things that we should pay attention to, “judge not, lest you be judged.” That was yesterday. And again, like if you’ve been a believer for a long time you’ve probably encountered the stories of Jesus before. And, so, it’s really easy to just encapsulate them into their story form and not really listen to the words Jesus is teaching. What Jesus is saying is revolutionary and when he said it in the first century it was fundamentally revolutionary. We’re used to hearing the words of Jesus now, so it’s not quite like…has that kind of impact unless we slow down and listen to what He’s saying. So, let’s just examine what He said today. “Many will say to me on that day”, Jesus says, and He’s talking about Judgment Day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons, and in your name perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly. I never knew you. Away from me, you evil doers.” Okay. So, this is another big deal on our faith journey because we can spend our whole lives trying to get our beliefs correct and our theology airtight and waterproof. We can think that every day that we learn more about God or learn something else about Jesus, then we are drawing closer and closer to Him when Jesus is saying, “there’s going to be people who call on the Lord and prophesied in His name and have even cast out demons in His name, and even performed miracles in His name, and He will still say, I didn’t know you.” So, what have to realize is that all of our flurry of activity that keeps us busy, that keeps us thinking that we’re drawing closer to God, all the stuff that we might do around our faith that’s great, it’s just not the point. What Jesus says He will say to those people is, “I never knew you”, which must mean that the point is that we can know Him and not only know about Him and that is a pretty big distinction because if you zoom out and apply these principles to any relationship in your life you would have to say that knowing about somebody is not the same as knowing them. And that should prick us a little bit because when we think of our spirituality and our faith journey, you know, then it’s centered around acquiring knowledge most of the time, trying to dial it in, know what to believe, know the spells and incantations, know the potions. Like, I know that’s not literal, I’m just saying, like, that’s what we boil it down to. If I can say the right mantras, If I can pray the right prayer in the right order doing the right things with the right attitude then God will do something for me, like, just give me the recipe, show me how the recipe works, what I can add and what I cannot add and how to make this whole thing work, just somebody tell me how to do this. Relationships do not work that way. You can read every marriage book that has ever been published…well…you probably couldn’t because there’s too many that have been published to read in a lifetime, but you could read, I don’t know, the 20 most popular books ever written on marriage and still not know how to be married because it is a relationship and that happens in the spoken and in the unspoken and that does not happen based on the rules. Like, if you’re living a rules-based marriage, then you’re probably not very happy in it. When you are in a life-giving relationship the rules become apparent and you obey them. Like, I’m not going to commit adultery because I will not break the heart of the one that I love. I’m not going there because of what it would do to the person that I have given my heart to. And you obey the rules because you are in love. Jesus speaking in the first century is speaking to a people that have taken the law, and I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself…ahead of ourselves…because we haven’t gotten to the law yet, but these people had taken the law and made their relationship with God all about obeying the rules, which bypasses the idea of a relationship other than just a relationship by proxy because you are behaving a certain way. Jesus is saying to that mindset, you can do all of the right things in it and still not know me. And, so, once again, and I mean, we’re not quite, you know, only just a little over a week into this journey so you can still jump off this boat and swim back to shore probably but it won’t be long before we’re so far in the deep that these things that come along and you have to sit with them and really begin to examine your faith and understand what it’s made of and where it’s headed because my story and the story of thousands and thousands of people that I have spoken to over these last 13 years doing this is one of confusion about faith. Like, how do I know when I’m doing…like how do I know that I’m doing the right thing and believing the right thing? And, so, we’ll redouble our efforts to get the knowledge. And man, that’s my story, that is even how I’m wired, to acquire knowledge to truly understand what it is that I’m talking about, but I have found that even if we could know everything there is to know about God that is still not the same thing as being in a relationship with God because I can know everything there is to know about my wife and not be in a relationship with her. And we human beings are wired to be relational people. So, it’s like already baked into our DNA, we know when we’re in a relationship and we know when that relationship is life-giving and we also are aware when we are in a bad relationship and it is life taking. So, we know this intuitively, we’re made for relationship. It’s just the ways we try to relate to God are by acquiring knowledge about Him and that’s only part of the story. Actually being together in a relationship is what we’re invited into. So, there’s some things to think about and examine. Like, what is the status of your relationship, because maybe the state of your life mimics the state of your relationship with God.

Prayer:

And, so, Holy Spirit come, we invite you into that question and we’re again thankful. I mean, yes, yes, with your word you are pressing into us, you are you are pushing us back. Like, we came into this boldly thinking we may have had much more figured out than we do and you’re using your word to kind of push us back and humble us and we’re now beginning to feel the truth flow into us and ask the right questions of us and of our faith. And this is the beginning place, this is the place where wisdom begins to be planted and flourish and the fruit of the spirit begins to be cultivated within. So, we invite you Holy Spirit to show us. What’s our relationship like? Are we unhealthy with you? What needs to change? What needs to go? What needs to stay? What needs to be moved around? You can answer these questions because you have promise to lead us into all truth, you have promised us that there is a narrow path that leads to life. And, yes, few find it but we want to be one of those people. So, we’re humbling ourselves before you and saying there is no question that is off-limits, you can press in on us in any way that you want to. We are hungering and thirsting for your righteousness, we are hungering and thirsting to live in this world as we were intended, and we don’t want this confusion and this stress and this anxiety that you’re telling us that we don’t have to have. You told us yesterday, we don’t have to worry about anything, we don’t have to worry about tomorrow, it’ll take care of itself. And, so, we want to live in that place, but we won’t be able to live in that place with a bunch of knowledge, we’ll only be able to live in a place walking with you in deep intertwined relationship. So, come Holy Spirit. We pray into these questions and may their answers be honest, and may they be life changing. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday January 9, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 20-22

Abraham and Abimelek(A)

20 Now Abraham moved on from there(B) into the region of the Negev(C) and lived between Kadesh(D) and Shur.(E) For a while(F) he stayed in Gerar,(G) and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.(H)” Then Abimelek(I) king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.(J)

But God came to Abimelek(K) in a dream(L) one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead(M) because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”(N)

Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation?(O) Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,(P)’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience(Q) and clean hands.(R)

Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept(S) you from sinning against me.(T) That is why I did not let you touch her. Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet,(U) and he will pray for you(V) and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.”(W)

Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid. Then Abimelek called Abraham in and said, “What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.(X) 10 And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?”

11 Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God(Y) in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’(Z) 12 Besides, she really is my sister,(AA) the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And when God had me wander(AB) from my father’s household,(AC) I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”

14 Then Abimelek(AD) brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham,(AE) and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelek said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.”(AF)

16 To Sarah he said, “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels[a] of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”

17 Then Abraham prayed to God,(AG) and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again, 18 for the Lord had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.(AH)

The Birth of Isaac

21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah(AI) as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.(AJ) Sarah became pregnant and bore a son(AK) to Abraham in his old age,(AL) at the very time God had promised him.(AM) Abraham gave the name Isaac[b](AN) to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him,(AO) as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old(AP) when his son Isaac was born to him.

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter,(AQ) and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”(AR)

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

The child grew and was weaned,(AS) and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham(AT) was mocking,(AU) 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman(AV) and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”(AW)

11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.(AX) 12 But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring[c] will be reckoned.(AY) 13 I will make the son of the slave into a nation(AZ) also, because he is your offspring.”

14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar.(BA) He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.(BB)

15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she[d] began to sob.(BC)

17 God heard the boy crying,(BD) and the angel of God(BE) called to Hagar from heaven(BF) and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid;(BG) God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.(BH)

19 Then God opened her eyes(BI) and she saw a well of water.(BJ) So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.

20 God was with the boy(BK) as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran,(BL) his mother got a wife for him(BM) from Egypt.

The Treaty at Beersheba

22 At that time Abimelek(BN) and Phicol the commander of his forces(BO) said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do.(BP) 23 Now swear(BQ) to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants.(BR) Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.”(BS)

24 Abraham said, “I swear it.”

25 Then Abraham complained to Abimelek about a well of water that Abimelek’s servants had seized.(BT) 26 But Abimelek said, “I don’t know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today.”

27 So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelek, and the two men made a treaty.(BU) 28 Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock, 29 and Abimelek asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?”

30 He replied, “Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness(BV) that I dug this well.(BW)

31 So that place was called Beersheba,[e](BX) because the two men swore an oath(BY) there.

32 After the treaty(BZ) had been made at Beersheba,(CA) Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces(CB) returned to the land of the Philistines.(CC) 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree(CD) in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord,(CE) the Eternal God.(CF) 34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines(CG) for a long time.

Abraham Tested

22 Some time later God tested(CH) Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,”(CI) he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son(CJ), your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah.(CK) Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering(CL) on a mountain I will show you.(CM)

Early the next morning(CN) Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.(CO)

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac,(CP) and he himself carried the fire and the knife.(CQ) As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb(CR) for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide(CS) the lamb(CT) for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about,(CU) Abraham built an altar(CV) there and arranged the wood(CW) on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar,(CX) on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife(CY) to slay his son.(CZ) 11 But the angel of the Lord(DA) called out to him from heaven,(DB) “Abraham! Abraham!”(DC)

“Here I am,”(DD) he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God,(DE) because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.(DF)

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[f] caught by its horns.(DG) He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.(DH) 14 So Abraham called(DI) that place The Lord(DJ) Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.(DK)

15 The angel of the Lord(DL) called to Abraham from heaven(DM) a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself,(DN) declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,(DO) 17 I will surely bless you(DP) and make your descendants(DQ) as numerous as the stars in the sky(DR) and as the sand on the seashore.(DS) Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,(DT) 18 and through your offspring[g] all nations on earth will be blessed,[h](DU) because you have obeyed me.”(DV)

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba.(DW) And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

Nahor’s Sons

20 Some time later Abraham was told, “Milkah is also a mother; she has borne sons to your brother Nahor:(DX) 21 Uz(DY) the firstborn, Buz(DZ) his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel.(EA) 23 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah.(EB) Milkah bore these eight sons to Abraham’s brother Nahor.(EC) 24 His concubine,(ED) whose name was Reumah, also had sons: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash and Maakah.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 20:16 That is, about 25 pounds or about 12 kilograms
  2. Genesis 21:3 Isaac means he laughs.
  3. Genesis 21:12 Or seed
  4. Genesis 21:16 Hebrew; Septuagint the child
  5. Genesis 21:31 Beersheba can mean well of seven and well of the oath.
  6. Genesis 22:13 Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text a ram behind him
  7. Genesis 22:18 Or seed
  8. Genesis 22:18 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 20:1 : 20:1-18Ref — Ge 12:10-20; 26:1-11
  2. Genesis 20:1 : Ge 18:1
  3. Genesis 20:1 : S Ge 12:9
  4. Genesis 20:1 : S Ge 14:7
  5. Genesis 20:1 : S Ge 16:7
  6. Genesis 20:1 : Ge 26:3
  7. Genesis 20:1 : Ge 26:1, 6, 17
  8. Genesis 20:2 : ver 12; S Ge 12:13
  9. Genesis 20:2 : ver 14; Ge 21:22; 26:1
  10. Genesis 20:2 : S Ge 12:15
  11. Genesis 20:3 : Nu 22:9, 20
  12. Genesis 20:3 : Ge 28:12; 31:10, 24; 37:5, 9; 40:5; 41:1; Nu 12:6; Dt 13:1; Job 33:15; Da 2:1; 4:5
  13. Genesis 20:3 : Ex 10:7; 12:33; Ps 105:38
  14. Genesis 20:3 : ver 7; Ge 26:11; 1Ch 16:21; Ps 105:14
  15. Genesis 20:4 : S Ge 18:25
  16. Genesis 20:5 : S Ge 12:19
  17. Genesis 20:5 : S Ge 17:1
  18. Genesis 20:5 : Ps 7:8; 25:21; 26:6; 41:12
  19. Genesis 20:6 : 1Sa 25:26, 34
  20. Genesis 20:6 : S Ge 13:13; Ps 41:4; 51:4
  21. Genesis 20:7 : Dt 18:18; 34:10; 2Ki 3:11; 5:3; 1Ch 16:22; Ps 105:15
  22. Genesis 20:7 : ver 17; Ex 8:8; Nu 11:2; 12:13; 1Sa 7:5; 1Ki 13:6; Job 42:8; Jer 18:20; 37:3; 42:2
  23. Genesis 20:7 : S ver 3; S Ps 9:5
  24. Genesis 20:9 : S Ge 12:18; 34:7
  25. Genesis 20:11 : Ge 42:18; Ne 5:15; Job 31:23; Ps 36:1; Pr 16:6
  26. Genesis 20:11 : S Ge 12:12; 31:31
  27. Genesis 20:12 : S Ge 12:13
  28. Genesis 20:13 : Dt 26:5; 1Ch 16:20; Isa 30:28; 63:17
  29. Genesis 20:13 : S Ge 12:1
  30. Genesis 20:14 : S ver 2
  31. Genesis 20:14 : Ge 12:16
  32. Genesis 20:15 : Ge 13:9; S 45:18
  33. Genesis 20:17 : S ver 7; Job 42:9
  34. Genesis 20:18 : Ge 12:17
  35. Genesis 21:1 : 1Sa 2:21
  36. Genesis 21:1 : S Ge 8:1; S 17:16, 21; 18:14; Gal 4:23; Heb 11:11
  37. Genesis 21:2 : S Ge 17:19; S 30:6
  38. Genesis 21:2 : Gal 4:22; Heb 11:11
  39. Genesis 21:2 : S Ge 18:10
  40. Genesis 21:3 : S Ge 16:11; S 17:19; Jos 24:3
  41. Genesis 21:4 : Ge 17:10, 12; Ac 7:8
  42. Genesis 21:5 : S Ge 12:4; Heb 6:15
  43. Genesis 21:6 : Ge 17:17; Job 8:21; Ps 126:2; Isa 12:6; 35:2; 44:23; 52:9; 54:1
  44. Genesis 21:7 : S Ge 17:17
  45. Genesis 21:8 : 1Sa 1:23
  46. Genesis 21:9 : S Ge 16:15
  47. Genesis 21:9 : Ge 39:14; Gal 4:29
  48. Genesis 21:10 : Ge 39:17
  49. Genesis 21:10 : Ge 25:6; Gal 4:30*
  50. Genesis 21:11 : Ge 17:18
  51. Genesis 21:12 : Mt 1:2; Ro 9:7*; Heb 11:18*
  52. Genesis 21:13 : ver 18; S Ge 13:16
  53. Genesis 21:14 : S Ge 16:1
  54. Genesis 21:14 : ver 31, 32; Ge 22:19; 26:33; 28:10; 46:1, 5; Jos 15:28; 19:2; Jdg 20:1; 1Sa 3:20; 1Ch 4:28; Ne 11:27
  55. Genesis 21:16 : Jer 6:26; Am 8:10; Zec 12:10
  56. Genesis 21:17 : Ex 3:7; Nu 20:16; Dt 26:7; Ps 6:8
  57. Genesis 21:17 : S Ge 16:7
  58. Genesis 21:17 : Ge 22:11, 15
  59. Genesis 21:17 : S Ge 15:1
  60. Genesis 21:18 : ver 13; S Ge 17:20
  61. Genesis 21:19 : Nu 22:31
  62. Genesis 21:19 : S Ge 16:7
  63. Genesis 21:20 : Ge 26:3, 24; 28:15; 39:2, 21, 23; Lk 1:66
  64. Genesis 21:21 : S Ge 14:6
  65. Genesis 21:21 : Ge 24:4, 38; 28:2; 34:4, 8; Jdg 14:2
  66. Genesis 21:22 : S Ge 20:2
  67. Genesis 21:22 : ver 32; Ge 26:26
  68. Genesis 21:22 : ver 23; Ge 26:28; 28:15; 31:3, 5, 42; 39:2, 3; 1Sa 3:19; 16:18; 2Ch 1:1; Ps 46:7; Isa 7:14; 8:8, 10; 41:10; 43:5
  69. Genesis 21:23 : ver 31; Ge 25:33; 26:31; 31:53; Jos 2:12; 1Ki 2:8
  70. Genesis 21:23 : 1Sa 24:21
  71. Genesis 21:23 : S ver 22; Jos 2:12
  72. Genesis 21:25 : Ge 26:15, 18, 20-22
  73. Genesis 21:27 : ver 31, 32; Ge 26:28, 31; 31:44, 53
  74. Genesis 21:30 : Ge 31:44, 47, 48, 50, 52; Jos 22:27, 28, 34; 24:27; Isa 19:20; Mal 2:14
  75. Genesis 21:30 : ver 25; Ge 26:25, 32
  76. Genesis 21:31 : S ver 14
  77. Genesis 21:31 : S ver 23,S 27
  78. Genesis 21:32 : S ver 27
  79. Genesis 21:32 : S ver 14
  80. Genesis 21:32 : S ver 22
  81. Genesis 21:32 : S Ge 10:14
  82. Genesis 21:33 : 1Sa 22:6; 31:13
  83. Genesis 21:33 : S Ge 4:26
  84. Genesis 21:33 : Ex 15:18; Dt 32:40; 33:27; Job 36:26; Ps 10:16; 45:6; 90:2; 93:2; 102:24; 103:19; 146:10; Isa 40:28; Jer 10:10; Hab 1:12; 3:6; Heb 13:8
  85. Genesis 21:34 : S Ge 10:14
  86. Genesis 22:1 : Ex 15:25; 16:4; 20:20; Dt 8:2, 16; 13:3; Jdg 2:22; 3:1; 2Ch 32:31; Ps 66:10; Heb 11:17; Jas 1:12-13
  87. Genesis 22:1 : ver 11; Ge 31:11; 46:2; 1Sa 3:4, 6, 8; Isa 6:8
  88. Genesis 22:2 : ver 12, 16; Jn 3:16; Heb 11:17; 1Jn 4:9
  89. Genesis 22:2 : 2Ch 3:1
  90. Genesis 22:2 : S Ge 8:20
  91. Genesis 22:2 : ver 9
  92. Genesis 22:3 : Jos 8:10
  93. Genesis 22:5 : Ex 24:14
  94. Genesis 22:6 : Jn 19:17
  95. Genesis 22:6 : ver 10; Jdg 19:29
  96. Genesis 22:7 : Ex 29:38-42; Lev 1:10; Rev 13:8
  97. Genesis 22:8 : ver 14
  98. Genesis 22:8 : ver 13; S Jn 1:29
  99. Genesis 22:9 : ver 2
  100. Genesis 22:9 : S Ge 4:26; S 8:20
  101. Genesis 22:9 : Lev 1:7; 1Ki 18:33
  102. Genesis 22:9 : Heb 11:17-19; Jas 2:21
  103. Genesis 22:10 : S ver 6
  104. Genesis 22:10 : ver 3; S Ge 18:19
  105. Genesis 22:11 : S Ge 16:7
  106. Genesis 22:11 : S Ge 21:17
  107. Genesis 22:11 : Ge 46:2
  108. Genesis 22:11 : S ver 1
  109. Genesis 22:12 : S Ge 18:19; 42:18; Ex 18:21; 1Sa 15:22; Job 1:1; 37:24; Pr 8:13; Jas 2:21-22
  110. Genesis 22:12 : S ver 2; Jn 3:16; 1Jn 4:9
  111. Genesis 22:13 : S ver 8
  112. Genesis 22:13 : S Ge 8:20; Ro 8:32
  113. Genesis 22:14 : Ex 17:15; Jdg 6:24
  114. Genesis 22:14 : Isa 30:29
  115. Genesis 22:14 : ver 8
  116. Genesis 22:15 : S Ge 16:7
  117. Genesis 22:15 : S Ge 21:17
  118. Genesis 22:16 : Ex 13:11; 32:13; 33:1; Isa 45:23; 62:8; Jer 22:5; 44:26; 49:13; 51:14; Am 6:8; Lk 1:73; Heb 6:13
  119. Genesis 22:16 : S ver 2
  120. Genesis 22:17 : S Ge 12:2
  121. Genesis 22:17 : Heb 6:14*
  122. Genesis 22:17 : S Ge 15:5; Ex 32:13; Dt 7:7; 28:62
  123. Genesis 22:17 : S Ge 12:2; S 26:24; Hos 1:10; Ro 9:27; Heb 11:12
  124. Genesis 22:17 : Ge 24:60; Est 9:2
  125. Genesis 22:18 : S Ge 12:2, 3; Ac 3:25*; Gal 3:8*
  126. Genesis 22:18 : S ver 10; Ge 17:2, 9; Ps 105:9
  127. Genesis 22:19 : Ge 21:14; 26:23; 28:10
  128. Genesis 22:20 : S Ge 11:29
  129. Genesis 22:21 : S Ge 10:23
  130. Genesis 22:21 : Job 32:2; Jer 25:23
  131. Genesis 22:22 : Ge 24:15, 47; 25:20
  132. Genesis 22:23 : Ge 24:15
  133. Genesis 22:23 : S Ge 11:29
  134. Genesis 22:24 : Ge 25:6; 35:22; 36:12; Jdg 8:31; 2Sa 3:7; 1Ki 2:22; 11:3; 1Ch 1:32; SS 6:8
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Matthew 7:15-29

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets.(A) They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.(B) 16 By their fruit you will recognize them.(C) Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?(D) 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.(E) 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.(F) 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’(G) will enter the kingdom of heaven,(H) but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.(I) 22 Many will say to me on that day,(J) ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’(K) 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’(L)

The Wise and Foolish Builders(M)

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice(N) is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things,(O) the crowds were amazed at his teaching,(P) 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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Psalm 9:1-12

Psalm 9[a][b]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;(A)
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.(B)
I will be glad and rejoice(C) in you;
I will sing the praises(D) of your name,(E) O Most High.

My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right(F) and my cause,(G)
sitting enthroned(H) as the righteous judge.(I)
You have rebuked the nations(J) and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name(K) for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;(L)
even the memory of them(M) has perished.

The Lord reigns forever;(N)
he has established his throne(O) for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness(P)
and judges the peoples with equity.(Q)
The Lord is a refuge(R) for the oppressed,(S)
a stronghold in times of trouble.(T)
10 Those who know your name(U) trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken(V) those who seek you.(W)

11 Sing the praises(X) of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;(Y)
proclaim among the nations(Z) what he has done.(AA)
12 For he who avenges blood(AB) remembers;
he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.(AC)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 9:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  2. Psalm 9:1 In Hebrew texts 9:1-20 is numbered 9:2-21.
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Proverbs 2:16-22

16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,(A)
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.[a](B)
18 Surely her house leads down to death
and her paths to the spirits of the dead.(C)
19 None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life.(D)

20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,(E)
and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked(F) will be cut off from the land,(G)
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.(H)

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 2:17 Or covenant of her God
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01/08/2019 DAB Transcript

Genesis 18:16-19:38, Matthew 6:25-7:14, Psalms 8:1-9, Proverbs 2:6-15

Today is the 8th day of January. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and, of course, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today, we are past the week threshold, of course we’re in the middle of a week, but we’re a full week now into this year and we’re sailing strong and out into the deep and we should be all getting kind of moved in and understanding what’s going on. And about another week and we’ll be like locked in and sailing strong with our daily rhythm in the Bible and in the year. So, let’s go ahead and take that next step. We’re reading from the New International Version this week and we’re working our way through the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis and today we’ll read chapter 18 verse 16 through 19 verse 38.

Commentary:

Okay. So, there’s so much to talk about in our reading today and that’s the case often where it’s like, wow, that was one days reading, but, wow, there’s a lot going on there for me to contemplate and consider. In the book of Genesis today, the first book of the Bible, we have finally reached a point where we enter into a story and we’re like…wait…wait…what is going on here? We have cities being destroyed, we have daughters having sex with their father, and this is the first book of the Bible, and I’m halfway through it, and what is going on? And this is a good time to point out the fact that we will encounter stories in the Bible this year that will make you scratch your head and say, what is going on here? And what you need to notice, what you need to notice when we encounter those stories is the subtle judgment that comes up in our heart toward God. That might sound odd but it’s what happens, especially if we’re on our first trip through the whole Bible, like this is the first time going, like where we’ve made a commitment and we’re like, okay, I place my faith in this in this book, but I’ve never read it and now I’m gonna read every word and now I’m gonna understand what’s in this book. We begin to realize that if we’ve never been on the trip, on the journey through the Bible, that we have sort of these prejudices. We think that there is an angry God who’s vengeful and wants to smite humanity. And we more we need to meet him and find out how to fear him properly. And then we have a dichotomy, we have Jesus showing another way of actually being in the world altogether and we’re trying to mash those together because father, son and Holy Spirit, these are the same being. And, so, how does this all equate? And we get this angry God thing going on and we fear the Lord because He’s gonna be so angry. And, so, this is the first time today, we come up against one of those notions, we see a story in the Bible that just rings all the wrong bells. So, let’s just go back and look for the story real quick and try to find a place where it is that our hearts have turned toward judgment at God or maybe we’re looking at a story that tells us something completely different. So, let’s begin with the fact that God comes to meet the person that He’s in covenant with, Abraham, and they have this meal and then God is leaving to go see what’s going on in Sodom and Gomorrah down in the valley. And God’s tops, according to the story in Genesis, and thinks to Himself, should I keep this from Abraham, should I keep this from the one that I’m in covenant with. And He decides that he shouldn’t keep it from the one that He’s in covenant with. And, so, He tells Abraham what his intentions are. And then what do we see? A man, a human being, Abraham approaches God, the Creator of all things, the All Powerful One and begins a negotiation, right? Would you go down there and wipe that city, those cities out if there are 50 righteous people? And the Lord reveals His heart. No, I wouldn’t do that. Well, what about 45? No, I wouldn’t do that. What about 40? How about 30? How about 20? How about 10? And we see that God is revealing His heart in the story because this is where God is speaking for Himself in the story. I’m not about the business of destroying people, I’m about the business of eradicating evil and wickedness. And as the story progresses we get a sense of the wickedness that he’s talking about. I think that, like no matter what else we might say, that we would probably all agree that if you’re going into a village and the outcome is that you are going to be gang raped by the men of the city that that’s, you know, like, that’s evil. And, so, we just read the stories, so we know how the story goes. And we have this, you know, Lot trying to protect the Angels who he know are beings sent from God, but the only thing that he thinks he can barter with is to throw his virgin daughters out the door and let them endure the gang rape, which makes you go, “hold on a second…hold…what in the world is something like this doing in the Bible? Like, this isn’t the right way to live. Why would Lot do something like that?” And then the story goes on, right? The girls as it turns out are betrothed, they’re engaged to be married. And, so, Lot’s trying to get everyone that is connected to him out of the city, but the guys, they won’t go, they don’t believe him, they think he’s joking. And, so, it ends up that Lot and his wife and his two daughters are the only ones that escape the city and their running and then, of course, this story is famous, so Lot’s wife looked back, she turned into a pillar of salt and so there’s only Lot and his two daughters fleeing for their lives and everything that they had, all of their possessions, all of their wealth, all of their standing, everything is wiped from the face of the earth along with their home and everyone that they knew. So, they are completely on their own in this valley and they end up in a cave in the mountains, right? We know the story. The two daughters decide that the best course of action is to have sex with dad and see if they get pregnant. So, it’s a pretty disturbing story that we can go, “why is this in the Bible? And, you know, where is God in all of this?” Well, God was in the beginning of the story speaking to Abraham, telling Abraham that he wasn’t going down to Sodom and Gomorrah to destroy righteous people. In fact, had there been 10 righteous people the story would be like that, the destruction wouldn’t have happened. And, so, it was. There weren’t the people who could maybe be considered righteous. Lot and his two daughters and his wife, they got out. Of course, mom isn’t there anymore. And, so, the daughters are thinking, “what are we supposed to do?” And if we kind of get contextual here we can understand the dilemma that they were in. This family that had been reduced to poverty, like everything was destroyed. They were foreigners, these two daughters were foreigners and Lot was the only family member that could protect them, especially in the culture of that time and he’s getting older. So, there’s no one for them and if a Lot were to perish, and they were obviously in a pretty precarious situation, they had lost everything and were hiding in a cave in the mountains. So, things were pretty bad. And, so, they’re thinking to themselves, “this isn’t the desirable choice, this is the only choice. We need another male heir. We need someone that can speak for us and can have property.” And, yeah, we get into patriarchy, we can get into all that stuff, but why don’t we just say, “this is what was going on then, this is how they understood the world to be. This is how it was to live at this time in the book of Genesis, which is a long time ago.” And, so, the outlook for the daughters was to either have a male heir somewhere or what was gonna happen is their Father would be killed or would die and they would be taken and probably live a life of prostitution. So, they did what they did. And, yeah, we can look at what they did and say, “that’s just that’s not how it’s supposed to go. And yes, it’s not, but we need to look at a story like this and say, “why am I judging God about this story? Why am I saying there, I told, you see, this kind of stuff is in the Bible?” I mean, when Lot fled and only had his daughters why didn’t they finish climbing up the mountain that they were hiding in to get to the top where their uncle Abraham was living? Why didn’t they go back to the family that they had? We don’t have the answer to that question. But why would we blame God for the choices that they made? Remember back earlier in the story when Lot and Abraham got together because they had grown too wealthy to stay together and everybody was kind of fighting and so they decided to part ways so that there would be room enough for them both. It was Lot who picked what he thought was the best option for himself. He picked the best of the land and went and lived in it and this is what happened. Why is it God’s fault? Was God anything but a Redeemer in this story. He told Abraham what He was going to do and then He went and did it. And why would Abraham being…why would Abraham ask these questions of the Lord if its not to protect his own family? So, what God did was go down into the midst of this debauchery and rescue Abraham’s family and get them out. What we don’t see in the story is how they fell down and worshiped the Lord and asked for counsel on what to do and were led on the path that they should go, right? They went their own way and what happened happened. Which brings us to a little touchy point where we’re gonna have to realize as we continue to take this journey that it is absolutely going to touch all of the soft spots of our lives. And this is a good time to realize how much blame we place on God for things that He hasn’t done. It’s incredible, the trash heap of things that we throw upon the Lord that He had nothing to do with. And we can say He is Sovereign and He knows all and so He could like preempt things, and yet there was that story back at the very, very beginning, the second day together where Adam and Eve were in the garden staring at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and they were instructed not to eat from it and then they did and they were allowed to make that choice and that choice was allowed to matter. We are each created in the image of God and God is a Creator and He creates things and because we are created in His image and it is hardwired into who we are, so do we. And every day we are writing that story and creating what our destiny is going to look like. We get to make choices and they get to matter. And this story that we just read in the book of Genesis shows us once again this reality. Not everything’s God’s fault and when we just throw everything that we get ourselves into onto God like it’s his fault, then how is it that we can have a trusting loving relationship with Him? How is it that we will walk through this year with a God that we do not trust and do not know?

On the other hand, we zoom forward into the book of Matthew and we have Jesus, who is God in the flesh here in a relatable way that we can understand speaking the heart of God to us by inviting us to understand specific realities, that all of the worry and the chaos and the stress that we carry around with us is not going to get us anywhere. In fact, Jesus is bold enough to say, I’m telling you not to worry about your life. The choices that you gotta make about eating and drinking, what you’re gonna wear, there’s way more going on, it’s a bigger story and can anyone of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life? And we can stop right there and say, “okay, okay, enough for today, there’s a lot going on”, but Jesus’s isn’t done, He’s saying, look, the way to do this right is to not estrange yourself from the Father. What you need to do if you want to do this right is to seek the kingdom of God first and seek His righteousness and then everything else that you are trying to arrange for will be given to you. You don’t have to worry about it. You don’t have to worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. What you should worry about, what you should think about, according to Jesus, is how you are judging things, right? And, so, we just talked about how we can subtly begin to judge God but we are doing this constantly to each other. And Jesus has some very clear, very choice words that we need to get into our minds before we get out of sight of shore, right? We’re one week into this journey and we’re getting absolute, pivotal, foundational instruction about how to navigate this world and our life upon this earth. Jesus says, “do not judge or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the same measure you use, it will be measured to you.” So, get 2 tablespoons of that and stir that into your coffee and drink that one down because that’s a big one, especially if you just love to fight on the Internet about what every leading Christian may or may not be doing or saying or how they may be conducting their walk. How we judge others is how we are going to be judged. So, if we can’t be merciful, we will not experience mercy. If we learn nothing else from the Bible this whole year, which will not be the case, but if we learn nothing else from the Bible this year but this one thing, if we stop living in judgment continually and instead see what is a right about a person and what is right about a situation as opposed to only what is wrong and needs to be judged, that’ll change our whole year right there. That one thing right there will change the way we interact with everybody. So, there’s plenty to think about today. And we could go on. I mean, there’s more, but go back and read it again. I mean there’s plenty to meditate on. Jesus leaves us with some thoughts. “Enter through the narrow gate. Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through that. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find that.” So, what’s it going to be? I want the narrow path that leads to life and I admit there are times that I feel like I’m walking on that narrow path and there are others that I feel like I’ve run down onto the main highway that leads to destruction and we all probably have those seasons and days, but the path that leads to life is narrow and there aren’t going to be a lot of people on that path. This is from God in the flesh. These are the words of Jesus. And if we’re gonna live judge mental lives then we can pretty much be assured about which path we are on. How much in judgment in your life has ever brought you inner peace and tranquility and an overwhelming sense of the presence of the Lord, right? When you’re tithing those nasty things out on social media and being in a war with somebody over some kind of theological point like some hill to die on or you’re saying things out of your mouth to the people that you love that you shouldn't…that are wounding them because you don’t like how they’ve done something and your judging them, how much…even if you are right and you pound them into mortar on the floor and they are absolutely destroyed because you have a powerful vocabulary and you’ve just…you’ve just torn them down…like what…what do you get out of that? You leave the room feeling overjoyed you were right? You got to judge them appropriately and they got what was coming to them? Jesus is saying this is not the way it’s done. For one to navigate humanity like we were intended we have to become like Christ. Christ-like. And when we watch Jesus in the Gospels we need to watch close because this is the example of not only what humans are supposed to be like, but exactly what it is that Jesus offers to us. This is the good news of the gospel, that we can be fully human like Christ revealing His kingdom on this earth and enter into a relationship with the Father that will never, ever, ever end.

Prayer:

Father, you have given us plenty to think about today. There are…on the number of levels you have you’ve touched some things within us and now we are seeing, now we are seeing just how deep this can all go and we can already feel you shifting things inside of us and in some cases it’s very uncomfortable because we have all the reasons for why we do what we do. And yet we are still confronted with the fact that there is a narrow road that leads to life and only a few find it. May we be one of the few Lord. Come Holy Spirit, we surrender our rights and our wrongs in our judgments and all the things that we are carrying around. We begin to release that, and we begin to become aware that what the Bible is going to do is invite us to release a lot of things. And, so, we start here with judgment. We release our judgments against you, we release our judgments against everyone who has ever wronged us, we begin to move toward a posture of forgiveness. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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Hi family, this is His Little Cherrie in Canada. Happy new year. I’m calling with another creative way to pray from the banqueting table of prayer. And this one is one of the most hopeful things that I personally do every day, and that’s to use a prayer binder. And it simply is a normal binder that I put pages in, divided into either five days or seven days depending on how many you’d like to have, and each day I use as a reminder to pray for certain people. So, for instance, I have my binder divided into five days for the five days of the week. And the first day, on Monday, I have pictures of people that I’m praying for their salvation. Tuesday are couples, I’m praying for their marriages. Wednesday is family and friends and Thursday is people in ministry. And it’s just a reminder to me to pray for certain people because I think we’ve all been in the situation where someone has shared a concern or a prayer request with us and we’ve told them, “oh I’ll be praying for you”, with every intention of praying for them but life happens and we forget and then the next time we see them, they say, “oh thank you so much for praying”, and we smile and nod and realize we haven’t prayed for them because we’ve forgotten. Well, a prayer binder makes sure that doesn’t happen. When you tell someone, “I’ll be praying for you”, you put the picture or even just their name in your prayer binder and as you go through it day by day you remember to pray for them. So, that has been really helpful for me and I wanted to let you know about it in case you’d like to try it this year. Prayer binders, a creative way to pray from the banqueting table of prayer. Thank you, family. Bye for now.

Hi everybody this is Tony the Painter, really really happy to be starting this new year with you all. Brian, I just want to thank you for this opportunity and say that we love you too and thank you for doing what you do and China too. I’ve started listening to Chronological and congratulations on your engagement. That’s awesome news. Diane Olive Brown, we love you so much, you have no idea and your message from Christmas Day brought…I actually flapped my hands __ but it’s true. I was like oh, “you sound so happy.” So, yeah just so you know that I’m still praying for you. Also, Prodigal, yeah brother, I’ve recently gone through divorce this year and I’ve been suicidal myself. I love you, I empathize with you, I understand what…some of what you’re going though, and I just want to just let you know that I’m praying for you and that we’re all praying for you in this time. And everybody is bringing over baggage from last year and that’s fine, but I noticed in everybody’s voice who was speaking today on the 2nd January, everybody it is that little bit hopeful. You know, so, we’re gonna maintain this year. We’re gonna, you know, that’s my job, its maintenance. So, I go and repair stuff. So, yeah, just keeping that…letting you all know that I’m praying for you all. You all have my love and God bless you. Dial back soon.

Hi this is Tito Ramirez calling from Southern California. I want to reach out to Prodigal. You know, I feel your pain so much because my life mirrors so much of what you’re going through. You know, I’ve been through divorce and business has just been terrible, it’s been so tough and I’ve fallen behind on so many important things - taxes and child support and trying to get health insurance for the kids and trying to make sure we have money to eat and just pay rent - and it’s just so, so, stressful and it feels like just a gigantic failure and you just…I’d never thought it could happen to me because I’m an educated individual, I should have a good job, like this shouldn’t be happening but I just keep trusting in the Lord. And prodigal, I’m reaching out to you because I need you, I need somebody that’s gonna be praying that’s in the same space that I’m in. And I can’t afford to lose somebody like that and I’m gonna pray for are you and you pray for me and the Lord’s gonna do wonderful things in our lives for us. I look in Romans, in Romans 7 and in Romans 8, I look about how sin trips us up and I looked about us just trusting in the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit changing us. And I look in Proverbs 3 and it gives me so much hope, you know, that these old dry bones, these messed up bones would come back to life, you know? And I look in Psalms 51 when things don’t go bad or a when I feel like I’ve made a mistake again or when I feel like I’ve blown it again and I look at David crying out to the Lord and I think, you know, I did something, but it wasn’t what he did. I mean, what he did was so much worse, but I use that Psalm 51 as a prayer of confession sometimes and I love in that Psalm when David asks for a new clean heart and that’s something that I can’t do for myself and it mirrors so much what is being spoken about in Romans, that we can’t…we can try to change ourselves and do it. God has to do it for us…

Happy new year daily audio Bible, this is Isabel from Australia in Melbourne. Just want to wish is all a happy new year. May God’s blessing be upon you and your family. Just wanted to wish China and Ben a happy engagement and congratulations to the Hardin family. There’s a new addition in the family, soon to be married, so happy for you guys. Let this be a year of blessing to all of you. Thank you, Brian once again for all the amazing, you know, readings of the word and just for your teaching on the word of God and just thank you…I’m growing a lot through it and I know a lot of us are too in the Daily Audio Bible.  I just want to say hello to all the families just may this year be a year of blessings to all of you. Please call in and just say hello and I’d love to hear from all of you. Blessings. Love you all. Bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday January 8, 2019 (NIV)

Genesis 18:16-19:38

Abraham Pleads for Sodom

16 When the men(A) got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham(B) what I am about to do?(C) 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation,(D) and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[a] 19 For I have chosen him(E), so that he will direct his children(F) and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord(G) by doing what is right and just,(H) so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”(I)

20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom(J) and Gomorrah is so great(K) and their sin so grievous(L) 21 that I will go down(M) and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

22 The men(N) turned away and went toward Sodom,(O) but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[b](P) 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?(Q) 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[c] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?(R) 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing(S)—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous(T) and the wicked alike.(U) Far be it from you! Will not the Judge(V) of all the earth do right?”(W)

26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.(X)

27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,(Y) 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry,(Z) but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”

He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”

He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more.(AA) What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten,(AB) I will not destroy it.”

33 When the Lord had finished speaking(AC) with Abraham, he left,(AD) and Abraham returned home.(AE)

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

19 The two angels(AF) arrived at Sodom(AG) in the evening, and Lot(AH) was sitting in the gateway of the city.(AI) When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.(AJ) “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet(AK) and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”(AL)

But he insisted(AM) so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house.(AN) He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast,(AO) and they ate.(AP) Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom(AQ)—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”(AR)

Lot went outside to meet them(AS) and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”(AT)

“Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner,(AU) and now he wants to play the judge!(AV) We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

10 But the men(AW) inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness(AX) so that they could not find the door.

12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you?(AY) Get them out of here, 13 because we(AZ) are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great(BA) that he has sent us to destroy it.”(BB)

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry[d] his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!(BC)” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.(BD)

15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away(BE) when the city is punished.(BF)

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters(BG) and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.(BH) 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives!(BI) Don’t look back,(BJ) and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!(BK) Flee to the mountains(BL) or you will be swept away!”

18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,[e] please! 19 Your[f] servant has found favor in your[g] eyes,(BM) and you[h] have shown great kindness(BN) to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains;(BO) this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 20 Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.”

21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request(BP) too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.[i](BQ))

23 By the time Lot reached Zoar,(BR) the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur(BS) on Sodom and Gomorrah(BT)—from the Lord out of the heavens.(BU) 25 Thus he overthrew those cities(BV) and the entire plain,(BW) destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.(BX) 26 But Lot’s wife looked back,(BY) and she became a pillar of salt.(BZ)

27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord.(CA) 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.(CB)

29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain,(CC) he remembered(CD) Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe(CE) that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.(CF)

Lot and His Daughters

30 Lot and his two daughters left Zoar(CG) and settled in the mountains,(CH) for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. 31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. 32 Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line(CI) through our father.”(CJ)

33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.(CK)

34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.”(CL) 35 So they got their father to drink wine(CM) that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.(CN)

36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.(CO) 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab[j];(CP) he is the father of the Moabites(CQ) of today. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi[k]; he is the father of the Ammonites[l](CR) of today.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 18:18 Or will use his name in blessings (see 48:20)
  2. Genesis 18:22 Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition but the Lord remained standing before Abraham
  3. Genesis 18:24 Or forgive; also in verse 26
  4. Genesis 19:14 Or were married to
  5. Genesis 19:18 Or No, Lord; or No, my lord
  6. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  7. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  8. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  9. Genesis 19:22 Zoar means small.
  10. Genesis 19:37 Moab sounds like the Hebrew for from father.
  11. Genesis 19:38 Ben-Ammi means son of my father’s people.
  12. Genesis 19:38 Hebrew Bene-Ammon

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 18:16 : S ver 2
  2. Genesis 18:17 : Am 3:7
  3. Genesis 18:17 : Ge 19:24; Job 1:16; Ps 107:34
  4. Genesis 18:18 : S Ge 12:2; Gal 3:8*
  5. Genesis 18:19 : Ge 17:9
  6. Genesis 18:19 : Dt 4:9-10; 6:7
  7. Genesis 18:19 : Jos 24:15; Eph 6:4
  8. Genesis 18:19 : Ge 22:12, 18; 26:5; 2Sa 8:15; Ps 17:2; 99:4; Jer 23:5
  9. Genesis 18:19 : S Ge 16:11; S Isa 14:1
  10. Genesis 18:20 : Isa 1:10; Jer 23:14; Eze 16:46
  11. Genesis 18:20 : Ge 19:13
  12. Genesis 18:20 : S Ge 13:13
  13. Genesis 18:21 : S Ge 11:5
  14. Genesis 18:22 : S ver 2
  15. Genesis 18:22 : Ge 19:1
  16. Genesis 18:22 : ver 1; Ge 19:27
  17. Genesis 18:23 : Ex 23:7; Lev 4:3, 22, 27; Nu 16:22; Dt 27:25; 2Sa 24:17; Ps 11:4-7; 94:21; Eze 18:4; 2Pe 2:9
  18. Genesis 18:24 : ver 26; Jer 5:1
  19. Genesis 18:25 : Ge 44:7, 17; Dt 32:4; Job 8:3-7; 34:10
  20. Genesis 18:25 : Isa 5:20; Am 5:15; Mal 2:17; 3:18
  21. Genesis 18:25 : Dt 1:16-17
  22. Genesis 18:25 : Jdg 11:27; Job 9:15; Ps 7:11; 94:2; Heb 12:23
  23. Genesis 18:25 : Ge 20:4; Dt 32:4; 2Ch 19:7; Ezr 9:15; Ne 9:33; Job 8:3, 20; 34:10; 36:23; Ps 58:11; 75:7; 94:2; 119:137; Isa 3:10-11; Eze 18:25; Da 4:37; 9:14; Mal 2:17; Ro 3:6
  24. Genesis 18:26 : S ver 24
  25. Genesis 18:27 : S Ge 2:7; S Job 2:8
  26. Genesis 18:30 : ver 32; Ge 44:18; Ex 32:22
  27. Genesis 18:32 : S ver 30; Jdg 6:39
  28. Genesis 18:32 : Jer 5:1
  29. Genesis 18:33 : Ex 31:18
  30. Genesis 18:33 : S Ge 17:22
  31. Genesis 18:33 : Ge 31:55
  32. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 18:2; Heb 13:2
  33. Genesis 19:1 : Ge 18:22
  34. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 11:27
  35. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 18:1
  36. Genesis 19:1 : S Ge 17:3; 48:12; Ru 2:10; 1Sa 25:23; 2Sa 14:33; 2Ki 2:15
  37. Genesis 19:2 : S Ge 18:4; Lk 7:44
  38. Genesis 19:2 : Jdg 19:15, 20
  39. Genesis 19:3 : Ge 33:11
  40. Genesis 19:3 : Job 31:32
  41. Genesis 19:3 : Ex 12:39
  42. Genesis 19:3 : S Ge 18:6
  43. Genesis 19:4 : S Ge 13:13
  44. Genesis 19:5 : S Ge 13:13; Lev 18:22; Dt 23:18; Jdg 19:22; Ro 1:24-27
  45. Genesis 19:6 : Jdg 19:23
  46. Genesis 19:8 : Jdg 19:24; 2Pe 2:7-8
  47. Genesis 19:9 : Ge 23:4
  48. Genesis 19:9 : S Ge 13:8; Ac 7:27
  49. Genesis 19:10 : S Ge 18:2
  50. Genesis 19:11 : Dt 28:28-29; 2Ki 6:18; Ac 13:11
  51. Genesis 19:12 : S Ge 6:18
  52. Genesis 19:13 : Ex 12:29; 2Sa 24:16; 2Ki 19:35; 1Ch 21:12; 2Ch 32:21
  53. Genesis 19:13 : Ge 18:20
  54. Genesis 19:13 : 1Ch 21:15; Ps 78:49; Jer 21:12; 25:18; 44:22; 51:45
  55. Genesis 19:14 : Nu 16:21; Rev 18:4
  56. Genesis 19:14 : Ex 9:21; 1Ki 13:18; Jer 5:12; 43:2; Lk 17:28
  57. Genesis 19:15 : Nu 16:26; Job 21:18; Ps 58:9; 73:19; 90:5
  58. Genesis 19:15 : Rev 18:4
  59. Genesis 19:16 : 2Pe 2:7
  60. Genesis 19:16 : Ex 34:6; Ps 33:18-19
  61. Genesis 19:17 : 1Ki 19:3; Jer 48:6
  62. Genesis 19:17 : ver 26
  63. Genesis 19:17 : S Ge 13:12
  64. Genesis 19:17 : S ver 19; S Ge 14:10; Mt 24:16
  65. Genesis 19:19 : S Ge 6:8; S 18:3
  66. Genesis 19:19 : Ge 24:12; 39:21; 40:14; 47:29; Ru 1:8; 2:20; 3:10
  67. Genesis 19:19 : S ver 17, 30
  68. Genesis 19:21 : 1Sa 25:35; 2Sa 14:8; Job 42:9
  69. Genesis 19:22 : S Ge 13:10
  70. Genesis 19:23 : S Ge 13:10
  71. Genesis 19:24 : Job 18:15; Ps 11:6; Isa 30:33; 34:9; Eze 38:22
  72. Genesis 19:24 : Dt 29:23; Isa 1:9; 13:19; Jer 49:18; 50:40; Am 4:11
  73. Genesis 19:24 : S Ge 18:17; S Lev 10:2; S Mt 10:15; Lk 17:29
  74. Genesis 19:25 : S ver 24; Eze 26:16; Zep 3:8; Hag 2:22
  75. Genesis 19:25 : S Ge 13:12
  76. Genesis 19:25 : Ps 107:34; Isa 1:10; Jer 20:16; 23:14; La 4:6; Eze 16:48
  77. Genesis 19:26 : S ver 17
  78. Genesis 19:26 : Lk 17:32
  79. Genesis 19:27 : Ge 18:22
  80. Genesis 19:28 : Ge 15:17; Ex 19:18; Rev 9:2; 18:9
  81. Genesis 19:29 : S Ge 13:12
  82. Genesis 19:29 : S Ge 8:1
  83. Genesis 19:29 : 2Pe 2:7
  84. Genesis 19:29 : Ge 14:12; Eze 14:16
  85. Genesis 19:30 : ver 22; S Ge 13:10
  86. Genesis 19:30 : S ver 19; S Ge 14:10
  87. Genesis 19:32 : S Ge 16:2
  88. Genesis 19:32 : ver 34, 36; Ge 38:18
  89. Genesis 19:33 : ver 35
  90. Genesis 19:34 : S ver 32
  91. Genesis 19:35 : Ge 9:21
  92. Genesis 19:35 : ver 33
  93. Genesis 19:36 : S ver 32
  94. Genesis 19:37 : Ge 36:35; Ex 15:15; Nu 25:1; Isa 15:1; 25:10; Jer 25:21; 48:1; Eze 25:8; Zep 2:9
  95. Genesis 19:37 : Nu 22:4; 24:17; Dt 2:9; Jdg 3:28; Ru 1:4, 22; 1Sa 14:47; 22:3-4; 2Sa 8:2; 2Ki 1:1; 3:4; Ezr 9:1; Ps 108:9; Jer 48:1
  96. Genesis 19:38 : Nu 21:24; Dt 2:19; 23:3; Jos 12:2; Jdg 3:13; 10:6, 7; 1Sa 11:1-11; 14:47; 1Ch 19:1; 2Ch 20:23; 26:8; 27:5; Ne 2:19; 4:3; Jer 25:21; 40:14; 49:1; Eze 21:28; 25:2; Am 1:13
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Matthew 6:25-7:14

Do Not Worry(A)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry(B) about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.(C) Are you not much more valuable than they?(D) 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?(E)

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor(F) was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?(G) 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.(H) 33 But seek first his kingdom(I) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.(J) 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Judging Others(K)

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.(L) For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.(M)

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask, Seek, Knock(N)

“Ask and it will be given to you;(O) seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds;(P) and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts(Q) to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,(R) for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.(S)

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate.(T) For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:27 Or single cubit to your height
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Psalm 8

Psalm 8[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] A psalm of David.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name(A) in all the earth!

You have set your glory(B)
in the heavens.(C)
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold(D) against your enemies,
to silence the foe(E) and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,(F)
the work of your fingers,(G)
the moon and the stars,(H)
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?[c](I)

You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e](J)
and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.(K)
You made them rulers(L) over the works of your hands;(M)
you put everything under their[g] feet:(N)
all flocks and herds,(O)
and the animals of the wild,(P)
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,(Q)
all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!(R)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 8:1 In Hebrew texts 8:1-9 is numbered 8:2-10.
  2. Psalm 8:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 8:4 Or what is a human being that you are mindful of him, / a son of man that you care for him?
  4. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  5. Psalm 8:5 Or than God
  6. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  7. Psalm 8:6 Or made him ruler . . . ; / . . . his
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Proverbs 2:6-15

For the Lord gives wisdom;(A)
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.(B)
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield(C) to those whose walk is blameless,(D)
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.(E)

Then you will understand(F) what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,(G)
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.(H)

12 Wisdom will save(I) you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,(J)
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,(K)
15 whose paths are crooked(L)
and who are devious in their ways.(M)

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