The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday November 29, 2022 (NIV)

Daniel 6

Belshazzar makes a promise he cannot keep. The night that he gives the order to reward Daniel for his service is his last night on earth. By sunrise a new king—even a new empire—rules Belshazzar’s kingdom. But Daniel doesn’t mind because the true King is with him. Darius, Belshazzar’s successor, will recognize Daniel’s obvious talents and one day promote him to the same rank Belshazzar promised.

Belshazzar’s story is a great reminder that people—regardless of their rank—who insult God or try to render God irrelevant are doomed to fall. They may not fall as quickly as Belshazzar, but they will fall.

Darius decided to rule by stationing 120 officers strategically over the entire empire. Over the officers he appointed 3 governors, including Daniel, and required each officer to report directly to them. This way the new king hoped not to lose any territories from his recent conquests or the revenue they provided. Because of Daniel’s exceptional abilities, it wasn’t long before he distinguished himself over the other governors and officers. So the king decided to appoint him as head over the entire realm. This appointment did not sit well with the other leaders, so the governors and officers tried to find reasons to level charges against Daniel for the way he supervised the kingdom. Though they tried, they could find no basis for charges or any corruption in his office. Daniel was loyal and attentive in his duties.

Conspirators: We will never find any credible basis for charges against Daniel for how he conducts his office. Perhaps we can uncover some suitable charge in regard to the law of his God.

The governors and officers agreed and went to the king with what they thought would be a way to entrap Daniel.

Conspirators (to the king): May King Darius live forever! All the leaders of the empire—the governors, prefects, officers, advisors, and other administrators—have consulted together and are in complete agreement that the king should issue an edict and enforce it strictly to the effect that anyone who prays to another—whether divine or human—except for you, of course, good king, for a period of 30 days, will be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, O king, we ask that you establish such an ordinance and sign it into law, so that it cannot be changed. For the laws enacted by the Medes and Persians cannot be rescinded.

After considering their proposal, King Darius signed the ordinance and made it law. 10 Even though Daniel was aware the king had signed the ordinance into law, he continued to do what he always did. He would go home, ascend the stairs to the upper room—which had windows facing toward Jerusalem—and get down on his knees three times a day and pray to his God and praise Him. 11 One day the conspirators came to his house and found Daniel on his knees praying and seeking God’s help. 12 So they went back to the king and asked to speak to him about the edict he had made.

Conspirators: O king! Did you not sign an edict expressly forbidding anyone, regardless of his nationality, to pray to another—whether divine or human—except for you, of course, good king, for a period of 30 days or else he would be thrown into the lion’s den?

Darius: Indeed. I did sign it, and I intend to enforce it according to the laws of the Medes and Persians. It cannot be rescinded. Why do you ask?

Conspirators (to the king): 13 Well, recently we found your servant, Daniel, one of the exiles from Judah, kneeling and praying at his home three times a day to his God. He is ignoring you, O king, and the edict you signed into law.

14 When the king heard the charge, he was very upset. He thought a great deal of Daniel, so he tried to figure out a way to help him. All day long until evening he looked for some loophole in the law to keep Daniel from falling victim to his edict. 15 The conspirators returned to press the matter further.

Conspirators (to the king): We have no need to remind the king that according to the law of the Medes and Persians, no edict established by the king can be revoked, changed, or ignored.

16 With his honor at stake, the king had no choice. He gave the order for Daniel to be captured. Before Daniel was thrown into the pit with the lions, the king spoke to him.

Darius: May your God, the God you have served so faithfully, rescue you!

17 Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den and a stone was brought in and placed over the opening to shut the mouth of the den. The king himself sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his nobles. That way no one could tamper with the pit and nothing could happen to change Daniel’s fate. 18 The king retired to his palace and spent the night fasting. That evening he stayed to himself, turning down his regular evening musical entertainment. When he finally went to bed, he could not sleep.

19 When first light of morning finally arrived, the king got up and didn’t waste any time returning to the lions’ den.

Darius can hardly wait to see what has happened to Daniel, who has become indispensable to the king.

20 As he drew near the den, with anguish in his voice he called out to Daniel, hoping somehow he was still alive.

Darius: Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, the One you have served so faithfully, been able to rescue you from these hungry lions?

Daniel (to the king): 21 Long live the king! 22 As soon as you shut the mouth of this den, My God sent His heavenly representative to shut the mouths of these hungry lions so that they could not hurt me. He has rescued me because I am as innocent before Him as I am before you, O king. I have done you no harm.

23 The king could hardly contain his excitement and joy. He ordered that Daniel be taken up out of the lions’ den. He was removed and examined carefully, but not even a scratch was found on him—all because he put his trust in His God. 24 The king gave yet another order; this time he demanded that those who accused Daniel of wrongdoing be captured and thrown into the lions’ den—but not only them—their wives and children too. As they were being pushed into the den, before they even hit the bottom, the lions jumped on them, overpowered them, and crushed their bones in their powerful jaws.

25 Afterward King Darius sent a message to all the peoples through the world, regardless of their heritage, nationality, or language.

Message: May peace and prosperity be yours! 26 I decree that all people everywhere who live under my sovereign rule ought to tremble before and fear the God of Daniel.

For He is the living God,
and He will endure forever.
His kingdom will never be overthrown;
His reign will know no end.
27 He saves and rescues those who fear Him,
performing signs and wonders in heaven and on earth;
For He has rescued His servant Daniel
from the power of the lions.

28 With his enemies defeated, Daniel continued to thrive during the reign of Darius and into the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

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2 Peter 3

This is now, my dear friends, my second letter to you. In both of them, I have tried to inspire you to a sincere and pure way of thinking by reminding you of what you already know. Remember the words spoken earlier by God’s holy prophets and the commandment that our Lord and Savior gave to you through your emissaries.[a] Above all, be sure to remember that in the last days mockers will come, following their own desires and taunting you, saying, “So what happened to the promised second coming of Jesus? For everything keeps going just the way it has since our ancestors fell asleep in death; since the beginning of creation, nothing’s changed.”

These believers face persecution every day and eagerly await the day when Jesus will return and judge their enemies. But what is taking so long?

When they make fun of you, it’s as if the scoffers are deliberately forgetting that long ago when God spoke the word, the heavens came into existence and the earth formed from water and by water. The waters later flooded and destroyed that world. By that same word, the heavens and earth we see now are being reserved for destruction by fire, preserved until the time comes for the godless on the day of judgment.

Don’t imagine, dear friends, that God’s timetable is the same as ours; as the psalm says, for with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day.[b]

Scoffers use the delay in His second coming to question if He is going to return at all. Peter responds by saying that God’s perspective on time is not like ours. What seems long from a finite, human perspective is incredibly short from an eternal one. Peter also describes how God is not slow, but patient. God wants to allow the time needed for as many sinners as possible to turn from their sinful ways. Unlike some depictions of God as vindictive and enjoying inflicting punishment on people, the God we see here desires that all be saved and not destroyed. If we had true spiritual insight, we would not be amazed by the severity of eternal judgment but by the intensity of God’s mercy.

Now the Lord is not slow about enacting His promise—slow is how some people want to characterize it—no, He is not slow but patient and merciful to you, not wanting anyone to be destroyed, but wanting everyone to turn away from following his own path and to turn toward God’s.[c]

10 The day of the Lord will come unexpectedly like a thief in the night; and on that day, the sky will vanish with a roar, the elements will melt with intense heat, and the earth and all the works done on it will be seen as they truly are.[d] 11 Knowing that one day all this will come to pass, think what sort of people you ought to be—how you should be living faithful and godly lives, 12 waiting hopefully for and hastening the coming of God’s day when the heavens will vanish in flames and the elements melt away with intense heat. 13 What will happen next, and what we hope for, is what God promised: a new heaven and a new earth where justice reigns.

14 So, my friends, while we wait for the day of the Lord, work hard to live in peace, without flaw or blemish; 15 and look at the patience of the Lord as your salvation. Our dearly loved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, has written about this. 16 He says essentially the same in all of his letters, although uneducated and unstable readers misinterpret the difficult passages, just as they always misread Scripture, to their spiritual ruin.

17 So hear my final words, my friends. Now that I have warned you about what’s ahead, keep up your guard and don’t let unprincipled people pull you away from the sure ground of the truth with their lies and misunderstandings. 18 Instead, grow in grace and in the true knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Anointed, to whom be glory, now and until the coming of the new age. Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. 3:2 Literally, apostles
  2. 3:8 An allusion to Psalm 90:4
  3. 3:9 Literally, repent
  4. 3:10 Other manuscripts read “be burned up.”
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Psalm 119:129-152

Pe

129 Your decrees inspire wonder;
because of that, my soul desires to keep them.
130 When Your words are unveiled, light shines forth;
they bring understanding to the simple.
131 My desire for Your commands
left me waiting, open-mouthed and panting.
132 Acknowledge me and show me Your grace
as is Your habit toward all those who love Your name.
133 Guide my steps in the ways of Your word,
and do not let any sin control me.
134 Rescue me from the torment of my human oppressors
so that I may live according Your decrees.
135 Let Your face shine upon Your servant,
and help me to learn what You require.
136 My eyes shed rivers of tears
whenever people fail to keep Your teaching.

Tsadhe

137 You are good and just, O Eternal One,
and Your rulings are right.
138 You have set out Your decrees in justice,
and they can be trusted.
139 I am overwhelmed by my passion
because my enemies have forgotten Your words.
140 Your promise is tested and true;
that’s why Your servant loves it.
141 I may be insignificant to some and hated by others,
but at least I do not forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness will last forever,
and Your law is truth.
143 Trouble and distress have overtaken me,
but Your commandments bring me great joy.
144 Your decrees are right and true forever;
grant me understanding so that I may live.

Qoph

145 I called to You wholeheartedly: “Answer me, O Eternal One!”
I will respect, I will follow Your statutes.
146 I cried out to You: “Rescue me,
and I will live according to Your decrees.”
147 I wake before the dawn and call for help;
I hope in Your words.
148 My eyes do not shut before each watch of the night
so that I can fix my mind on Your word.
149 Listen to my voice, in keeping with Your unfailing love.
Preserve my life, O Eternal One, according to Your just rulings.
150 Those who wish me harm are moving closer to me;
they are far away from Your teaching.
151 But You are near me, O Eternal One,
and all You have commanded is true.
152 I learned a long time ago
that You established Your decrees to last forever.

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Proverbs 28:21-22

21 Showing favoritism is not good;
some will desert the truth for a measly crust of bread.

22 A greedy person is in a hurry to get rich,
but he is ignorant of the loss that is about to overtake him.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday November 28, 2022 (NIV)

Daniel 5

A theme found throughout Scripture is that God humbles the proud and exalts the humble. Nebuchadnezzar is stronger than anyone else, and he knows it. He willingly accepts credit for all that has happened in his life, so God moves decisively to show how insignificant Nebuchadnezzar truly is. It takes little to reduce him to an animal-like state, a wild man living at the margins of humanity, his power and prestige eroded overnight. If one of the greatest kings in history degenerates so completely, what can be done to common folks? Seven years of living as an animal go by, however, and he comes to his senses. He recognizes the truth of who he is and who God is. That realization is his salvation.

1-2 A few decades later, the king, Belshazzar, held a state banquet and invited a thousand of his officials.

The regent stands in for the king and performs his duties while King Nabonidus spends 10 years campaigning abroad, that is, fighting to expand the kingdom. In this case, the regent is Nabonidus’ son Belshazzar.

As he was tasting the wine, he ordered servants to bring in the gold and silver vessels his predecessor Nebuchadnezzar had stolen from the temple in Jerusalem many years earlier. He wanted his officials to join him, his wives, and his concubines in drinking a royal toast from them. A little later his servants returned carrying in the gold[a] vessels that had been taken from the temple, the house of the one True God in Jerusalem. The king, his officials, his wives, and his concubines began to drink from them. As they drank the wine, they offered praise to their idols crafted in gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

Suddenly the fingers of a hand—a human hand—appeared and began to write on the plaster of one of the palace walls lit by a nearby lampstand. The king stood transfixed, watching the hand as it wrote. Then his face changed. He grew pale and began to feel sick. His thoughts frightened him: what was this strange vision? His legs felt weak and wobbly. His knees knocked together. The king cried out to his servants, ordering them to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldean wise men, and the diviners.

Belshazzar (to Babylon’s wise men): A great reward awaits the first person who can read this writing and tell me what it means. He will be clothed in purple, wear a gold chain around his neck, and ascend in rank and privilege to be the third-highest-ranking ruler in the kingdom.

All the king’s purported wise men came forward to examine the wall, but no one could read the writing or tell the king what it meant. When it became clear that none of his sages could help him, King Belshazzar became even more frightened. His face grew even paler, and his officials were dumbfounded.

10 Belshazzar’s mother, the queen, overheard some of the discussions between the king and his noble guests, so she entered the banquet hall.

Queen: Long live the king! Don’t let this strange incident frighten you or let your face grow pale. 11 Need I remind you that there is a gifted man in your kingdom who possesses the spirit of the holy gods. Years ago, in the time of your predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar, he was discovered to have insight, understanding, and wisdom like that of the gods. That is why King Nebuchadnezzar put him in charge of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldean astrologers, and diviners in his kingdom. 12 This man Daniel, whom King Nebuchadnezzar named Belteshazzar, has special abilities, knowledge, and wisdom; he is able to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve problems no one else can. Why don’t you call for Daniel? He will tell you what the writing means.

13-14 With no other options, Belshazzar gave the order, and Daniel was brought before him.

Belshazzar (to Daniel): Are you that Daniel I’ve heard so much about, one of the exiles brought here from Judah by my predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar? I have been told that you possess the spirit of the holy gods—that you have insight, understanding, and exceptional wisdom. 15 Before you arrived, I had the wise men and enchanters brought before me to see if they could read this writing on the wall and tell me what it means, and not one of them was able to tell me. 16 But it has been reported to me directly that you can offer accurate interpretations and solve problems no one else can. Now I will offer you what I offered the others: if you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple, wear a gold chain around your neck, and ascend in rank and privilege to be the third-highest-ranking ruler in the kingdom.

Daniel: 17 Keep the gifts for yourself, or else award them to another. That is up to you. Still, I will agree to read the writing on the wall and tell you what it means.

18 O king, the Most High God gave sovereignty, greatness, honor, and splendor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar. 19 God made him so great and powerful that all peoples, regardless of their heritage, nationality, or language, trembled in fear before him. He did as he pleased: executing or sparing, honoring or shaming anyone as he wished. 20 But there came a point when his heart was so proud and his spirit so haughty that he acted arrogantly; he lost his royal throne and was stripped of his royal honors. 21 He was driven away from all that is human, and he took on the base instincts of an animal; he lived in the company of wild donkeys and bent over to eat grass like the oxen; every night the dew of heaven fell heavy on his body and made him wet until he learned his lesson and acknowledged that the Most High God is the true sovereign over all earthly kingdoms, and He grants authority to anyone He wishes.

22 But even though you knew all this, you, Belshazzar, his descendant, have followed in his ways and not lived humbly. 23 On the contrary, you have risen up against the true Lord of heaven. By demanding that the sacred vessels from His temple be brought before you and having you, your officials, your wives, and your concubines drink from them, you have issued a challenge you cannot win. You have made toasts and offered praise to the idols crafted in silver and gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—idols which cannot see you, hear you, or know anything at all. And you have failed to honor in all you do the one True God who holds the breath of life in the palm of His hand and makes possible all your days. 24 He is the one who sent this hand and inscribed this message on the wall, 25 and this is what the inscription says: “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN.”

The cryptic word play is short and sweet. MENE, MENE; TEKEL; PARSIN: Numbered, numbered (your days); weighed (deficiently); divided (your empire).

26 Here is what these words mean: MENE: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end; 27 TEKEL: You have been weighed on the scales and found defective; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided and handed over to the Medes and Persians.”

29 True to his word, Belshazzar gave the order and Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and the king proclaimed that he ascend in rank and privilege to be the third-highest-ranking ruler in the kingdom.

30 That very night, under the cloak of darkness, Belshazzar, the Chaldean king of Babylonia, was killed. 31 Then Darius the Mede, in his 62nd year, gained control of the kingdom.

Footnotes:

  1. 5:3 Other manuscripts add, “and silver.”
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2 Peter 2

Just as false prophets rose up in the past among God’s people, false teachers will rise up in the future among you. They will slip in with their destructive opinions, denying the very Master who bought their freedom and dooming themselves to destruction swiftly, but not before they attract others by their unbridled and immoral behavior. Because of them and their ways, others will criticize and condemn the path of truth we walk as seedy and disreputable. These false teachers will follow their greed and exploit you with their fabrications, but be assured that their judgment was pronounced long ago and their destruction does not sleep.

New Testament writers warn the church to watch out for false teachers. Peter faults them primarily for their immoral lifestyles rather than for doctrinal differences.

For God did not spare the heavenly beings who sinned, but He cast them into the dark pits[a] of hell[b] to be kept until the time of judgment; and He did not spare the ancient world, but He sent a flood swirling over the ungodly (although He did save Noah, God’s herald for what is right, with seven other members of his family); and God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, reducing them to ash as a lesson of what He will do with the ungodly in the days to come 7-8 (although again He did rescue Lot, a person who did what was right in God’s eyes and who was distressed by the immorality and the lawlessness of the society around him. Day after day, the sights and sounds of their lawlessness were like daggers into that good man’s soul). If all this happened in the past, it shows clearly the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials and how to hold the wicked in punishment until the day of judgment.

Is God different in the New Testament from what He is in the First Testament? In the First Testament, God seems prone to judgment; but some feel God is more concerned about love in the New Testament. However, the central and most repeated affirmation about God’s character in the First Testament is that He is gracious and compassionate (Exodus 34:6–7). And the New Testament clearly does not ignore the idea of God’s judgment, as this text shows. His judgment will come, but it is delayed by God’s patient mercy.

10 And above all, it shows He will punish those who let the desires of their bodies rule them and who have no respect for authority. People like this are so bold and willful that they aren’t even afraid of offending heavenly beings, 11 although the heavenly messengers—in spite of the fact that they have greater strength and power—make no such accusations against these people before the Lord. 12 These people who speak ill of what they do not understand are no different from animals—without sense, operating only on their instincts, born to be captured and killed—and they will be destroyed just like those animals, 13 receiving the penalty for their evil acts. They waste their days in parties and carousing. As they feast with you, these stains and blemishes on your community are feasting on their deceptions.[c] 14 Their eyes are always looking for their next adulterous conquests; their appetites for sin cannot be satisfied. They seduce the unwary soul, and greed is the only lesson they have learned by heart. God’s curse lies upon them. 15 They have veered off the right road and gotten lost, following in the steps of Balaam, the son of Beor, the false prophet. Balaam loved the reward he could get by doing evil, 16 but he was rebuked for crossing the line into sin; his own speechless donkey scolded him in a human voice, an amazing miracle that reined in the prophet’s insanity.[d]

17 These people I’m talking about are nothing but dried-up springs, mists driven by fierce winds; the deepest darkness has been set aside for them. 18 They speak in loud voices empty and arrogant. They exploit the desires of the flesh, take advantage of sensual natures, to entangle people who have just escaped from those who live by deception. 19 They claim to offer them freedom, but they themselves are enslaved by corruption because whatever a person gives in to soon becomes his master. 20 Those who have been pulled out of the cesspool of worldly desires through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Anointed One, yet have found themselves mired in it again are worse off than they were before. 21 They would have been better off never knowing the way of righteousness than to have known it and then abandoned the sacred commandment they had previously received and dived back into the muck! 22 In their cases, the words from Proverbs hold true: “The dog goes back to his own vomit,”[e] and as the Greeks say, “The sow is washed to wallow in the mud.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2:4 Other manuscripts read “into chains of darkness.”
  2. 2:4 Literally, Tartarus
  3. 2:13 Other manuscripts read “in their love feasts.”
  4. 2:16 Numbers 22–24
  5. 2:22 Proverbs 26:11
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Psalm 119:113-128

Samekh

113 I despise those who waver back and forth,
but I love Your teachings.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield of protection;
I hope in Your word.
115 Away from me, reprobates!
I am committed to observing the commands of my God.
116 Support me in keeping with Your promise, O God, so that I may live;
do not let my hope turn into shame.
117 Help me so that I will be safe,
and I will respect Your laws continually.
118 You have rejected all those who stray from Your commands
because their fraudulent lifestyles are cunning and empty.
119 You have discarded all the wicked from the land, skimmed them off like dross;
that’s why I love Your testimonies.
120 My body shakes because of my fear of You,
and I am in awe of Your wise rulings.

Ayin

121 I have lived with fairness and integrity;
do not leave me at the mercy of my tormenters.
122 Provide security and protection for Your servant’s welfare;
do not let the proud oppress me.
123 My eyes are strained as I look for Your salvation
and for Your righteous promise to be fulfilled.
124 Treat Your servant in a manner that shows Your unfailing love,
and help me to learn Your decrees.
125 I am Your servant; impart to me understanding
so that I may fully grasp the depths of Your statutes.
126 It is time for the Eternal to step in and do something
because some have broken Your law.
127 Indeed, I love Your commands
more than gold, even more than the highest quality gold.
128 It’s true that I regard all Your guidance to be correct and good;
I despise every deceptive path.

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Proverbs 28:19-20

19 Whoever cultivates his land will have plenty of food in the harvest,
but whoever cultivates worthless ventures will have poverty in abundance.

20 A reliable person will not escape blessings,
but one who wants to get rich quick will not escape trouble.

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11/27/2022 DAB Transcript

Daniel 4:1-37, 2 Peter 1:1-21, Psalm 119:97-112, Proverbs 28:17-18

Today is the 27th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian, welcome to a brand-new, shiny, sparkly week. 

And today, today’s a special day as we begin this new week. Today is the first day, the first Sunday in the season of Advent. Advent begins today. That means we’re about 40 days out from Christmas Day. There’s four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Those are the Sundays of Advent, that’s the season of Advent. And you may have…you may have observed Advent your entire life, you kind of just grew up with Advent calendars and just everything that goes around that, you also may be somebody that has heard the name Advent before, but don’t really, have never observed it, it’s not part of your tradition in the church that you belong to. That’s fine, it’s all fine. Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means arrival and is simply a season designated on the Christian calendar, to allow our hearts to begin to prepare for the arrival of the Savior into the world. And obviously, that’s happened a while back, but we commemorate that as we celebrate Christmas each year. And so, to have a season of Advent, very similar to the fact that we have the season of Lent, leading up to Easter, really is simply a time to immerse ourselves, to give special focus to what is going on and that is preparing our hearts to celebrate the arrival of…of Jesus, which is a very different story than the arrival of say Santa Claus. And Advent, Advent is meant to put our hearts in part in the place that the people were in, as they longed for change, longed for a Savior. They were waiting, expecting, hoping that some things would change and that God would restore them and then He came. So, we…we put ourselves, as Christian people, in the same position, we…we think about that, that there was a time where this story hadn’t been told yet. People were longing for restoration and hope, the people were longing for a Savior, a Redeemer, a Restorer and we focus on that and even embrace that longing, as we consider it. Because we’re still longing, Jesus came and then promised to come again. So, we kind of in between the two arrivals, the two Advents if you will, find ourselves longing for that, for the arrival of the Savior, for full hope to be restored, for every need to bow and every tongue to confess. And so, we too have our own longing. And as we move toward the season and Christmas day, we embrace that, knowing that He came for us, knowing that He will come again, knowing that we are in between those two things and knowing that we are longing for the day of His arrival. So, if that sounds meaningful than there are all kinds of ways to embrace Advent but it really is just a season of preparation in our hearts, to prepare us for Christmas. I never grew up this way, like that’s not part of my story. I knew about it. I had heard of it, for some reason I thought it was suspicious. I don’t know, like something that people do, but we don’t do. And so, there must be something weird about it, but as I became a grown man, understood what was going on, especially understanding the sort of formation of the church and how some of the traditions have developed over the years, it’s become very meaningful to me, become very meaningful to Jill and I and our family. We have an Advent wreath and each Sunday we light the candle and we don’t keep it burning like constantly, but we at least do it. So that like, there are Advent calendars, there are Advent wreaths that have candles in them. You may be going to church today and there will be an Advent candle and it will be lit, the first of the four candles will be lit. Today’s candle is the hope candle and it allows us to have a whole week, as we are preparing for the arrival of Christmas and the celebration of Jesus arrival, to focus on our hope. What is our hope in? Where does our hope lie? Where has our hope failed us? Where are we lacking in hope? And putting our hope utterly and completely in God. So, there you go, there’s a little bit of where we are, it’s like, what a whirlwind. We went through last week, Thanksgiving Day in the United States and then Black Friday and all the shopping, and the festivities and then China’s birthday yesterday, and now here we are, beginning the season of Advent. So, a lot is going on and that is how this part of the year typically works for each one of us.

Nevertheless, no matter what is going on, we gather around the Global Campfire for many reasons but one primary reason and that is to take the next step forward together, as we continue our journey through the Scriptures this year. And so, we have begun the book of Daniel, which we will continue to work our way through. We finished first Peter yesterday, which brings us to second Peter, when we get to the New Testament, and we’ll talk about that then. But this week we’ll read from The Voice Translation, Daniel chapter 4.

Introduction to the Book of 2 Peter:

Okay so, this brings us to the opening lines of another letter, this one called second Peter and we just finished first Peter. Second Peter is thought to be the last of the writings of the old St. Peter. Although it’s important to at least acknowledge and point out that has been disputed and not within the last decade with modern scholarship, but for centuries, that has been a question, all the way back into antiquity. The acceptance of Peter being the author of this letter is something that developed over time and by the fourth century it was fully considered Scripture. But scholars are still debating over these things, not whether or not it should be in the Bible, not whether or not it’s inspired, not whether or not it’s Scripture, but whether or not this is a letter from Peter. So, a lot of people consider second Peter very similarly to the book of Hebrews, like the author is not fully known. That doesn’t change the contents or the value of what’s being said, just not certain. A lot of this, well, a lot of any kind of biblical scholarship that causes debate, causes vigorous debate. That’s sort of the point is to vigorously debate and wrestle with and arrive at some convictions. And so, there many scholars would say like the writing between these two letters is a very, very different, like, very hard to believe that the same author wrote both of the letters. Then those who are like, no Peter did write both of these letters, would say Peter was doing what was customary and normal at this time, he was dictating a letter and a secretary an amanuensis, as it’s called, was taking the notes or taking the dictation and writing the letter down. And I guess there’s valid reasons, since the debate continues, to wrestle with it because there are compelling arguments, that are scholarly arguments, but there are very compelling reasons to consider that Peter did write this letter and so that’s how we’re going to approach this, as if Peter wrote second Peter and that this is the last thing preserved. He was martyred shortly after this. And we have church tradition, a long-running church tradition, that the peer was crucified, that’s how he died and that he…he requested that he not be crucified, like the Lord. And so, he was crucified upside down. There’s nothing about Peter’s death or his execution or any of his trial or anything like that, that’s found in the New Testament. So, that is just a long-running church tradition, which does not mean its only tradition, it just means it’s not in the Bible. The letter doesn’t explicitly say who it is to, he says that he’s writing to you who share the same precious faith that we have. So, I guess it’s safe to assume that this is another letter, probably written to the same people that he had written his first letter to, because he refers to the first letter in the second letter. And where first Peter’s mission was to bolster and lift up and kind of put some wind beneath the wings and instruct the believers how to endure, because they were getting crushing pressure and it was only amping up. Second Peter warns about false teachings and evil behavior, not from without, like not persecution coming from without but evil behavior coming from within the church. And it’s a short letter, we won’t take a lot a long time with it, but as we’re moving through, rather than just like going okay, he’s teaching against false doctrine and teaching us how to live better lives, which would be fine, we just need to kind of consider, in the same way that we considered second Timothy, as Paul’s farewell that he knows that he’s going to die, we can look at second Peter, kind of from the same perspective that Peter knows he’s going to die. And we’ve been journeying with Peter for the whole year. Like, we met him in the Gospels in January. This is, this is a disciple that was a fisherman that Jesus called on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Peter became a disciple of the Rabbi, of his Rabbi Jesus, and came to believe that Jesus was Lord, the son of the living God. And he had walked around following Jesus and seeing His ministry and seeing the miracles that He performed and just all of the private moments. I so long to know about just Jesus private time with His disciples, I wish that were all written down somewhere. I would love that. What were the things that they sat around the fire and laughed about cause Peter would’ve been there. What are the things that would have upset them and brought them to tears. Peter would’ve seen that. Peter would’ve lived alongside of Jesus. And we know that Peter ate his Last Supper with Jesus. And we know that Peter denied he even knew Jesus and then watched him die. But we also saw this remarkable transformation in Peter as Jesus restores him on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, at the end of the book of John, the gospel of John. And we saw in the Book of Acts, the Holy Spirit coming to the upper room and it’s Peter who preaches this first sermon after that, on Pentecost and 3000 people chose to follow Jesus then and there. And so, a massive transformation. This will be the last time we’ll hear the words of Peter this year, as we continue our journey forward. And so, let’s give it gravity, let’s give it the honor that it’s due and let’s begin second Peter chapter 1.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for a brand-new shiny, sparkly, week that we get to enjoy it and then thank You for this week, Lord, for another transition week. By the time this week is through, we will be in the 12th month of the year. Thank You for bringing us here. Thank You for bringing us this far. And thank You for seeing us through all the way, every day of this year, that we might delight in You and continue our journey together, through the Scriptures. We look forward with longing to all that You have yet to speak into our lives this year. And we ask, Holy Spirit, what we’ve been asking for weeks now, that we would lock in, we would not become distracted, that we would not get disrupted, that we would finish strong, we would finish well, so that we can begin strong and begin well. And we know that we can say all we want about finishing strong and well, but without You, we can’t do anything. And so, come, Holy Spirit, lead and guide us in the way that we should go in the paths of righteousness, on the narrow path that leads to life. We pray this in the mighty and victorious name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayer and Encouragements:

Morning everybody, this is God’s Smile, here, with Peter. Blind Tony, when you spoke about being with the Consultant and He’s heard, where be alright, we keep ahead of this. I couldn’t help but smile, thinking of Jesus, our Alpha and Omega, the One that goes ahead of us. Tony, the One that goes before you. The One that prepares the way for you, in this time of your life. We thank God, that everything you need, all your supplies, are within Christ Jesus. And it causes me to sing unto the Lord. I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditate shall of Him, shall be sweet. I will be glad; I will be glad in the Lord. Blessed thou the Lord, oh, my soul. Praise ye the Lord. Bless thou the Lord, oh, my soul. Praise ye the Lord. Blessed thou the Lord, oh, my soul. Praise ye the Lord. Bless thou the Lord, oh, my soul. Praise ye the Lord. Father, we bless You and we praise You. We thank You that Your will be done, in Blind Tony’s life. Thank You for Your love and Your care and Your provision. We love you Blind Tony, you’ve got many more poems to share. Kiss kiss, bye for now.

Hello DABers, this is Z1. I want to thank God for my family and for all the prayers you’ve done for my grandma, God’s Chosen One. And I also want to, and I also want to use this time to tell everyone to have a happy Thanksgiving and if you’ve already decorated for this upcoming season, a Merry Christmas to come. I pray this all in Jesus name. Amen. Amen. Bye.

Hey, my delightful DAB fam. This is Kingdom Seeker Daniel. Family, it’s day 285, I’m praying for our marriages and today, I want to pray for Sunshine. Oh, my dear sister Sunshine, I heard your heart. And I want you to know, God is with you. And He knows, He sees, and He cares. And I want to believe that God’s will is being performed, even in what seems to be impossible. So, Father, I come on behalf of Your daughter, Sunshine, whose husband left 5 years ago, for someone else. And is living in a wilderness kind of, lifestyle. The adult children are hurting, and they can’t make sense of it and are pretty hurt and devastated. Father, we ask that You would show up in this marriage, Lord, we know You hate divorce and it’s not Your will that man and woman should end up in divorce. However, because of the hardness of our hearts, You often allow it to be. But God if, if it’s possible, would you let this cup of divorce pass from Sunshine and her husband. And bring this man to his right mind, to return to You and then to his wife and family. We know You can and we’re asking that You would bring healing to this entire family, to Your glory. In Jesus name. Amen.

Wow, Daily Audio Bible, it’s Thanksgiving. I’m so thankful for you. But even more, I pour through the word of God, who convicts, who heals, covers my sins in His blood. All the readings from today, stabbed my heart, because they are true in my heart, but they don’t, they’re not put into practice. I guess I want it to be perfect but it’s never gonna be perfect, until I see the perfect one, until we see the perfect one. This is Laura Lee, Bouton Beach. I just was loving on my mom once again. Having my identity in her rejection and her abandonment and her not enjoying the children. It’s been passed on and I don’t wanna regret the authority and the gift of being a child of my mom’s. So, I just pray that God bless my mom, bless our time together. Don’t let me leave again in anger and disappointment, finding my identity in her. Anything because right now, in her dementia she really doesn’t know what’s she’s doing. And before, she didn’t either. So, please forgive her, I do as well. And give me strength to be present. It’s tough.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday November 27, 2022 (NIV)

Daniel 4

One day King Nebuchadnezzar sent out a herald with a message for all the peoples, nations, and languages of the earth.

Message: May peace and prosperity be yours!

I am pleased to be able to tell you about all the signs and miracles the Most High God has done for me.

How great are His signs;
how powerful are His miracles!
His kingdom will endure forever;
His reign will last from generation to generation.

I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace; things were going well, and I was prospering. Then one night I had a dream that terrified me. As I rested that night on my bed, the images in my mind—the visions in my head—disturbed me greatly, and I could not shake the fear. So I ordered my servants to gather all the wise men of Babylon and bring them before me in order to tell me what this dream might mean. So they came: magicians, enchanters, Chaldean astrologers, and diviners. And though I told them the dream, they could not tell me its meaning. Finally, Daniel came before me. This man had been given the Babylonian name Belteshazzar after the name of my own god, Bel, and it certainly seems the spirit of the holy gods is with him. I told him my dream:

“Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, it is clear to me that the spirit of the holy gods is with you and no mystery is too difficult for you to figure out. Listen to my dream, then tell me what it means. 10 Here is the vision I saw as I lay upon my bed:

“A tree stood in the middle of the land;
it was huge, rising high in the sky.
11 The tree grew tall and strong,
and it reached right up to the top of the sky.
It was so large that it could be seen
from one end of the earth to the other.
12 It had beautiful leaves and plenty of fruit.
In fact, it provided sustenance for everyone.
Wild animals came and rested in its cool shade.
Birds flew in and built nests on its sturdy branches.
Every living creature plucked its fruit and was satisfied.

13 But that was not all. The visions kept coming as I lay there on my bed, and I saw a heavenly messenger, a holy watcher coming down from heaven. 14 He shouted out orders regarding the tree.

“‘Cut down the tree, and lop off its branches.
Strip off its leaves, and scatter its fruit.
Let all the wild animals beneath it run away
and all the birds on its branches fly away.
15 But leave its stump intact,
its roots in the ground,
Strapped down with iron and bronze,
surrounded by the tender grass of the field.
Let the dew of heaven fall heavy on it every night and make it wet,
and let him live off the plants of the earth among the wild animals.
16 Let his human heart be changed, exchanged for the heart of a wild animal
until seven times have come and gone.
17 The verdict comes down as the watchers decreed;
the sentence is passed by order of the holy ones
So that all who live on the earth
may know that the Most High God is the true sovereign over all kingdoms of the earth;
He grants authority to anyone He wishes
and installs the lowliest of people into positions of power.’

(to Daniel) 18 “This is the dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, dreamed, the vision I saw. None of the other sages and wise men in my kingdom are able to tell me what it means. But I believe you, Belteshazzar, can because the spirit of the holy gods is with you and you have a special gift. Now tell me what it means.”

19 As the interpretation of the king’s dream became clear, Daniel (who was also called Belteshazzar) became visibly upset for a while. His thoughts troubled him. The king noticed, and he spoke to Daniel.

Nebuchadnezzar: Belteshazzar, don’t let my dream or its meaning alarm you. Tell me what you know.

Belteshazzar: My lord, I wish the dream described those who hate you and its meaning concerned the fate of your enemies! 20 The tree you saw in your vision, the one which grew tall and strong so that its top reached up to the sky and could be seen from one end of the earth to the other, 21 the tree whose leaves were beautiful and fruit plentiful and provided sustenance for everyone, the tree under which the wild animals came to rest in the cool shade and in which the birds built their nests on its sturdy branches— 22 that tree is you, O king! You have become great and strong. Your greatness has grown tall and reached the sky; your authority and power extend to the end of the earth. 23 But that is just one part of your dream. The king saw the messenger, the holy watcher of heaven come down from heaven and declare, “Cut down the tree, and destroy it, but leave its stump intact, its roots in the ground, strapped down with iron and bronze, surrounded by the tender grass of the field; let the dew of heaven fall heavy on it every night and make it wet, and let him live among the wild animals off the plants of the earth, until seven times have come and gone.” 24 Here is the interpretation, O king. It is a decree the Most High God has issued against you, my lord and king. 25 You will be driven away from all that is human and live in the company of wild animals; you will be forced to eat grass like oxen, and night after night the dew of heaven will fall on you and make you soaking wet. Seven times will pass until you learn your lesson and acknowledge that it is the Most High God, and no other, who is the true sovereign over all kingdoms on earth, and He grants authority to anyone He wishes. 26 The watcher’s order to leave the stump and roots of the tree intact means that your kingdom will be restored to you when, and only when, you acknowledge that Heaven alone is sovereign over the earth. 27 So, O king, please accept my advice to you. Make a clean break with your sins and invest in what is right. Bring an end to your wicked deeds and show mercy to those you have beaten down. If you do, perhaps your future will be different and your prosperity will continue.

28 But King Nebuchadnezzar forgot Daniel’s advice, so everything Daniel had predicted happened. 29 Twelve months later, as the king was strolling across the roof of his royal palace in Babylon, 30 the king uttered foolish words:

Nebuchadnezzar: Isn’t Babylon a great city? I have built this royal residence from the ground up with my own might and ingenuity to honor my own majesty.

31 The words had scarcely left his lips when another voice thundered from heaven.

Voice: King Nebuchadnezzar, these solemn words are for you. The kingdom has been taken away from you. 32 You will be driven away from all that is human, and you will live in the company of wild animals. You will be forced to eat grass like oxen. Seven times will pass until you learn your lesson and acknowledge that it is the Most High God, and no other, who is the true sovereign over all kingdoms on earth, and He grants authority to anyone He wishes.

33 Instantly the heavenly decree against Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from all that is human and began to eat grass as oxen do. The dew of heaven fell and drenched his body. In time his hair grew as long as the feathers on an eagle and his nails grew long and curved back on his hand like the claws of a bird.

Message: 34 When these days of exile came to an end, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up toward heaven and came to my senses. I blessed the Most High God and praised and gave glory to the One who lives eternally:

“His reign will endure forever;
His kingdom will last from generation to generation.
35 Among all the people of the earth,
there are none who compare.
He does as He wishes with the armies of heaven
and those who live on earth.
No one can stop His hand from acting;
no one dares to ask, ‘What have You done?’”

36 It was in that moment that I came to my senses. Soon my honor and splendor were restored as Daniel predicted, and the former glory of my kingdom returned. Those who had served me before, my advisors and officials, sought me and returned me to the throne of Babylon. In time my kingdom and power grew even greater than it was before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, acknowledge the true King of heaven. I praise, lift up, and glorify Him because all He does is true, all His ways are just, and He is able to cut down those who strut about in their pride.

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2 Peter 1

Simon Peter, a servant and emissary[a] of Jesus the Anointed One, to those who have received the same precious faith we share through the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus the Anointed. I wish you a full measure of grace and peace as you grow in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

His divine power has given us everything we need to experience life and to reflect God’s true nature through the knowledge of the One who called us by His glory and virtue. Through these things, we have received God’s great and valuable promises, so we might escape the corruption of worldly desires and share in the divine nature.

God took the first step to rescue us from this corrupt world. He has granted us His power, revealed to us true knowledge, and spoken to us great promises. He has done all this for a reason: that we might participate in His own nature and reflect His own life. But we are not passive observers of God’s saving actions. We must receive His grace, grow in knowledge, and join Him in this work of redemption.

To achieve this, you will need to add virtue to your faith, and then knowledge to your virtue; to knowledge, add discipline; to discipline, add endurance; to endurance, add godliness; to godliness, add affection for others as sisters and brothers; and to affection, at last, add love. For if you possess these traits and multiply them, then you will never be ineffective or unproductive in your relationship with our Lord Jesus the Anointed; but if you don’t have these qualities, then you will be nearsighted and blind, forgetting that your past sins have been washed away. 10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, work that much harder to confirm that God has called you and claimed you. If you do this, then you will never fall along the way; 11 and you can be sure that you will be richly welcomed into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King.

12 That is why I will keep reminding you of these things, even though I know that you believe them and have made these truths a part of your lives; 13 as long as I draw breath, I know it is right for me to keep on stirring you up with these reminders. 14 I know that soon I must die and lay down this old body that’s been my home—our Lord Jesus the Anointed has told me so. 15 But before my exodus from this life, I want to be certain you will be able to call these things to mind anytime you need them even after I am gone.

Faith does not rest upon cleverly devised fables invented by creative minds; it rests upon the testimonies of eyewitnesses who faithfully pass down what they see and hear to others.

16 For I want to remind you that when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, we were relying on what our eyes had seen of His glorious majesty, not on cleverly told fables. 17 You see, God the Father lavished honor and glory upon Jesus when the voice of the Majestic Glory echoed from heaven and said, “This is My beloved Son, and My favor rests on Him.”[b] 18 We witnessed this—we ourselves heard this voice from heaven—when we were with Jesus on that holy mountain. 19 We have a fuller confirmation of the message of the prophets. You would do well to pay close attention to this word; it is like a light that shines for you in the darkness of night until the day dawns when the morning star rises in your own hearts.

Peter and two other disciples see Jesus transfigured. This event and the heavenly voice confirm Jesus’ true identity and are a prelude to the greatest miracle of all—the resurrection.

20 But notice first that no prophecy found in Scripture is a matter of the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 Prophecy has never been a product of human initiative, but it comes when men and women are moved to speak on behalf of God by the Holy Spirit.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:1 Literally, apostle
  2. 1:17 Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35
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Psalm 119:97-112

Mem

97 Oh, how I love Your law!
I fix my mind on it all day long.
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies
because they are always with me.
99 I have more discernment than all my teachers
because I study and meditate on Your testimonies.
100 I comprehend more than those who are my elders
because I have kept Your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from walking the paths of evil
so that I may live according to Your word.
102 I have not neglected Your lessons,
for You, God, have been my teacher.
103 Your words are sweet to my taste!
Yes, they are sweeter than honey in my mouth!
104 I gain understanding from Your instructions;
that’s why I hate every deceitful path.

Nun

105 Your word is a lamp for my steps;
it lights the path before me.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it:
I pledge to do what You say is right and just.
107 I have suffered terribly, O Eternal One;
give me the life You promised.
108 Please accept the words I offer willingly, O Eternal One,
and instruct me in the ways of Your justice.
109 My soul is continually in danger,
but I do not forget Your teachings.
110 The wicked have laid a trap for me,
but I have not drifted away from Your instructions.
111 Your decrees are forever mine,
for they bring joy to my life.
112 I have committed myself to do what You require
forever and ever, to the very end.

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Proverbs 28:17-18

17 A man guilty of murder is a fugitive,
fleeing to the nearest hole in the ground but not escaping death’s cold pit.
Don’t do anything to save him.

18 Whoever walks in honesty will be safe,
but whoever travels the crooked path will suddenly fall.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday November 26, 2022 (NIV)

Daniel 2:24-3:30

24 Therefore Daniel went to Arioch,(A) whom the king had assigned to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He came and said to him, “Don’t destroy the wise men of Babylon! Bring me before the king, and I will give him the interpretation.”(B)

25 Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king and said to him, “I have found a man among the Judean exiles(C) who can let the king know the interpretation.”

26 The king said in reply to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar,(D) “Are you able to tell me the dream I had and its interpretation?” (E)

27 Daniel answered the king, “No wise man, medium, magician, or diviner(F) is able to make known to the king the mystery he asked about. 28 But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has let King Nebuchadnezzar know what will happen in the last days.(G) Your dream and the visions that came into your mind as you lay in bed(H) were these: 29 Your Majesty, while you were in your bed, thoughts came to your mind about what will happen in the future.[a](I) The revealer of mysteries(J) has let you know what will happen. 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me,(K) not because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but in order that the interpretation might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.(L)

The Dream’s Interpretation

31 “Your Majesty, as you were watching, suddenly a colossal statue appeared. That statue, tall and dazzling, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was terrifying. 32 The head of the statue was pure gold, its chest and arms were silver, its stomach and thighs were bronze, 33 its legs were iron, and its feet were partly iron and partly fired clay. 34 As you were watching, a stone broke off without a hand touching it,[b](M) struck the statue(N) on its feet of iron and fired clay, and crushed them.(O) 35 Then the iron, the fired clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were shattered and became like chaff(P) from the summer threshing floors. The wind carried them away, and not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled(Q) the whole earth.

36 “This was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation. 37 Your Majesty, you are king of kings.(R) The God of the heavens has given you sovereignty, power,(S) strength, and glory. 38 Wherever people live—or wild animals, or birds of the sky—he has handed them over to you and made you ruler over them all.(T) You are the head of gold.

39 “After you, there will arise another kingdom, inferior to yours, and then another, a third kingdom, of bronze, which will rule the whole earth.(U) 40 A fourth kingdom will be as strong as iron; for iron crushes and shatters everything, and like iron that smashes, it will crush and smash all the others.[c](V) 41 You saw the feet and toes, partly of a potter’s fired clay and partly of iron—it will be a divided kingdom, though some of the strength of iron will be in it. You saw the iron mixed with clay, 42 and that the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly fired clay—part of the kingdom will be strong, and part will be brittle. 43 You saw the iron mixed with clay—the peoples will mix with one another[d] but will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with fired clay.

44 “In the days of those kings, the God of the heavens will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed,(W) and this kingdom will not be left to another people. It will crush all these kingdoms(X) and bring them to an end, but will itself endure forever. 45 You saw a stone(Y) break off from the mountain without a hand touching it,[e](Z) and it crushed the iron, bronze, fired clay, silver, and gold. The great God has told the king what will happen in the future.(AA) The dream is certain, and its interpretation reliable.”

Nebuchadnezzar’s Response

46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell facedown, worshiped Daniel, and gave orders to present an offering and incense to him.(AB) 47 The king said to Daniel, “Your God is indeed God of gods, Lord of kings,(AC) and a revealer of mysteries,(AD) since you were able to reveal this mystery.” 48 Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many generous gifts. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon.(AE) 49 At Daniel’s request, the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego(AF) to manage the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king’s court.(AG)

Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue

King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue,(AH) ninety feet high and nine feet wide.[f] He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.(AI) King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers(AJ) of the provinces to attend the dedication of the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the statue the king had set up. Then they stood before the statue Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

A herald loudly proclaimed, “People of every nation and language, you are commanded: When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither,[g] lyre,[h] harp, drum,[i] and every kind of music,(AK) you are to fall facedown and worship(AL) the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. But whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.”(AM)

Therefore, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, and every kind of music, people of every nation and language fell down and worshiped the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

The Furnace of Blazing Fire

Some Chaldeans(AN) took this occasion to come forward and maliciously accuse[j](AO) the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever. 10 You as king have issued a decree(AP) that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music must fall down and worship the gold statue. 11 Whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are some Jews you have appointed to manage the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.(AQ) These men have ignored you,(AR) the king; they do not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

13 Then in a furious rage(AS) Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar asked them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don’t serve my gods or worship the gold statue(AT) I have set up? 15 Now if you’re ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don’t worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire—and who is the god who can rescue you from my power?” (AU)

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. 17 If the God we serve exists,(AV) then he can rescue(AW) us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can[k] rescue us from the power of you, the king. 18 But even if he does not rescue us,[l] we want you as king to know that we will not serve(AX) your gods(AY) or worship the gold statue you set up.”

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage,(AZ) and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He gave orders to heat the furnace seven times more than was customary, 20 and he commanded some of the best soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 21 So these men, in their trousers, robes, head coverings,[m] and other clothes, were tied up and thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. 22 Since the king’s command was so urgent[n](BA) and the furnace extremely hot, the raging flames[o] killed those men who carried up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.

Delivered from the Fire

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm.(BB) He said to his advisers, “Didn’t we throw three men, bound, into the fire?”

“Yes, of course, Your Majesty,” they replied to the king.

25 He exclaimed, “Look! I see four men, not tied, walking around in the fire unharmed;(BC) and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”[p](BD)

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and called, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God—come out!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire.(BE) 27 When the satraps, prefects, governors, and the king’s advisers gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect(BF) on[q] the bodies of these men: not a hair of their heads was singed, their robes were unaffected, and there was no smell of fire on them.(BG) 28 Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel[r](BH) and rescued his servants who trusted in him.(BI) They violated the king’s command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.(BJ) 29 Therefore I issue a decree(BK) that anyone of any people, nation, or language(BL) who says anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn limb from limb and his house made a garbage dump.(BM) For there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.” 30 Then the king rewarded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.(BN)

Footnotes:

  1. 2:29 Lit happen after this, also in v. 45
  2. 2:34 Lit off not by hands
  3. 2:40 Lit all these
  4. 2:43 Lit another in the seed of men
  5. 2:45 Lit mountain, not by hands
  6. 3:1 Lit statue, its height sixty cubits, its width six cubits
  7. 3:5 Or lyre
  8. 3:5 Or sambuke
  9. 3:5 Or pipe
  10. 3:8 Lit and eat the pieces of
  11. 3:17 Or If the God whom we serve is willing to save us from the furnace of blazing fire, then he will
  12. 3:18 Lit But if not
  13. 3:21 The identity of these articles of clothing is uncertain.
  14. 3:22 Or harsh
  15. 3:22 Lit the flame of the fire
  16. 3:25 Or of a divine being
  17. 3:27 Lit fire had not overcome
  18. 3:28 Or messenger

Cross references:

  1. 2:24 : Dn 2:14–15
  2. 2:24 : Ac 27:24
  3. 2:25 : Ezr 4:1; 6:16,19–20; 10:7,16; Dn 5:13
  4. 2:26 : Dn 1:7; 5:12
  5. 2:26 : Dn 5:16
  6. 2:27 : Dn 1:20; 4:7; 5:7,11
  7. 2:28 : Is 2:2; Dn 10:14; Hs 3:5; Mc 4:1
  8. 2:28 : Dn 4:5; 7:15
  9. 2:29 : Rv 1:1
  10. 2:29 : Jb 12:20–22; Dn 2:45
  11. 2:30 : Eph 3:3
  12. 2:30 : Gn 41:16; Ec 3:18; Am 4:13; Ac 3:12
  13. 2:34 : Jb 34:20; Lm 4:6; Dn 8:25; 2Co 5:1
  14. 2:34 : Mt 21:44; Lk 20:18
  15. 2:34 : Ps 2:9; Is 60:12
  16. 2:35 : Ps 1:4; Is 17:13; 41:15–16; Hs 13:3
  17. 2:35 : Is 2:2; Mc 4:1
  18. 2:37 : Is 47:5; Jr 27:6–7; Ezk 26:7
  19. 2:37 : Pr 8:15
  20. 2:38 : Ps 50:10; Jr 27:6; 28:14; Dn 4:21
  21. 2:39 : Dn 5:28,31; 7:6
  22. 2:40 : Dn 7:7,23
  23. 2:44 : Ps 145:13; Ezk 37:25; Dn 4:3; 6:26; 7:14; Lk 1:33
  24. 2:44 : Ps 2:9; Mt 21:44
  25. 2:45 : Is 28:16
  26. 2:45 : Dn 2:34
  27. 2:45 : Jr 32:18–19; Dn 2:29; Mal 1:11
  28. 2:46 : Mt 8:2; Ac 10:25; 14:13; Rv 19:10; 22:8
  29. 2:47 : Dt 10:17; Ps 136:2–3; 1Tm 6:15; Rv 17:14; 19:16
  30. 2:47 : Am 3:7
  31. 2:48 : Gn 41:41; Dn 3:1,12,30
  32. 2:49 : Dn 1:17; 3:12
  33. 2:49 : Est 2:19,21; Am 5:15
  34. 3:1 : 1Kg 12:28; Is 46:6; Jr 16:20; Hs 2:8; 8:4; Hab 2:19
  35. 3:1 : Gn 11:2; Dn 2:48–49
  36. 3:2 : Ezr 8:36; Dn 2:48; 6:1–7
  37. 3:5 : Gn 4:21; 1Ch 6:31; 25:6; Jb 21:12; 30:31; Ps 33:2; 71:22; 81:2; 149:3; 150:4; Is 5:12
  38. 3:5 : Dn 2:46
  39. 3:6 : Jr 29:22; Mt 13:42,50; Rv 9:2
  40. 3:8 : Dn 2:2,4–5,10
  41. 3:8 : Ezr 4:12–16; Est 3:8–9; Dn 6:12,24
  42. 3:10 : Dn 4:6; 6:26
  43. 3:12 : Dn 1:7
  44. 3:12 : Dn 6:13
  45. 3:13 : Dn 2:12
  46. 3:14 : Jr 50:2
  47. 3:15 : Ex 5:20; 2Kg 18:35; Is 36:18
  48. 3:17 : Ps 10:4; 14:1; 53:1; Hs 13:4; Heb 11:6
  49. 3:17 : 1Sm 17:37; Jb 5:19; Jr 15:20–21; 2Co 1:10
  50. 3:18 : Heb 11:25
  51. 3:18 : Jos 24:15
  52. 3:19 : Est 7:7
  53. 3:22 : Dn 2:15
  54. 3:24 : Dn 4:19
  55. 3:25 : Ps 91:3–9; Is 43:2
  56. 3:25 : Mt 14:33; Mk 1:1; Lk 1:35; Jn 3:18; Ac 9:20
  57. 3:26 : Dn 4:2
  58. 3:27 : Heb 11:34
  59. 3:27 : Dt 29:5
  60. 3:28 : Heb 1:14
  61. 3:28 : Ps 34:7; Is 37:36; Ac 5:19; 12:7
  62. 3:28 : Ps 22:4–5; Is 12:2; 26:3–4; Jr 17:7
  63. 3:29 : Dn 4:6
  64. 3:29 : Dn 3:4,7; 4:1; 5:19; 6:25; 7:14; Rv 5:9; 7:9; 10:11; 11:9; 13:7; 14:6; 17:15
  65. 3:29 : Ezr 6:11; Dn 2:5
  66. 3:30 : Dn 2:48–49
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1 Peter 4:7-5:14

End-Time Ethics

The end of all things is near;(A) therefore, be alert and sober-minded(B) for prayer. Above all, maintain constant love(C) for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.[a](D) Be hospitable(E) to one another without complaining. 10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others,(F) as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides,(G) so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

Christian Suffering

12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you, as if something unusual were happening to you.(H) 13 Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of Christ,(I) so that you may also rejoice with great joy when his glory is revealed.(J) 14 If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ,(K) you are blessed, because the Spirit(L) of glory and of God[b] rests on you. 15 Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler.[c] 16 But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but let him glorify God in having that name.[d] 17 For the time has come for judgment(M) to begin with God’s household,(N) and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?

18 And if a righteous person is saved with difficulty,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?[e](O)

19 So then, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust themselves(P) to a faithful Creator while doing what is good.

About the Elders

I exhort the elders among you as a fellow elder and witness(Q) to the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory about to be revealed:(R) Shepherd God’s flock among you,(S) not overseeing[f] out of compulsion but willingly, as God would have you;[g] not out of greed for money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd(T) appears, you will receive the unfading crown(U) of glory. In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. All of you clothe yourselves with[h] humility toward one another, because

God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble.[i](V)

Conclusion

Humble(W) yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand(X) of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.(Y) Be sober-minded,(Z) be alert.(AA) Your adversary the devil(AB) is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him,(AC) firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.

10 The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory(AD) in Christ,[j] will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while.[k] 11 To him be dominion[l] forever.[m] Amen.

12 Through Silvanus,[n](AE) a faithful brother (as I consider him), I have written to you briefly in order to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it! 13 She who is in Babylon,(AF) chosen together with you, sends you greetings, as does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.(AG) Peace(AH) to all of you who are in Christ.[o]

Footnotes:

  1. 4:8 Pr 10:12
  2. 4:14 Or God’s glorious Spirit
  3. 4:15 Or as one who defrauds others
  4. 4:16 Other mss read in that case
  5. 4:18 Pr 11:31 LXX
  6. 5:2 Other mss omit overseeing
  7. 5:2 Other mss omit as God would have you
  8. 5:5 Or you tie around yourselves
  9. 5:5 Pr 3:34 LXX
  10. 5:10 Other mss read in Christ Jesus
  11. 5:10 Or to a small extent
  12. 5:11 Some mss read dominion and glory; other mss read glory and dominion
  13. 5:11 Other mss read forever and ever
  14. 5:12 Or Silas; Ac 15:22–32; 16:19–40; 17:1–16
  15. 5:14 Other mss read Christ Jesus. Amen.
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Psalm 119:81-96

כ Kaph

81 I long for your salvation;(A)
I put my hope in your word.(B)
82 My eyes grow weary
looking for what you have promised;(C)
I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I have become like a wineskin dried by smoke,
I do not forget your statutes.
84 How many days must your servant wait?
When will you execute judgment on my persecutors?(D)
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me;(E)
they violate your instruction.
86 All your commands are true;
people persecute me with lies—help me!(F)
87 They almost ended my life on earth,
but I did not abandon your precepts.
88 Give me life in accordance with your faithful love,
and I will obey the decree you have spoken.

ל Lamed

89 Lord, your word is forever;(G)
it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness is for all generations;(H)
you established the earth, and it stands firm.(I)
91 Your judgments stand firm today,(J)
for all things are your servants.(K)
92 If your instruction had not been my delight,
I would have died in my affliction.(L)
93 I will never forget your precepts,
for you have given me life through them.(M)
94 I am yours; save me,(N)
for I have studied your precepts.(O)
95 The wicked hope to destroy me,(P)
but I contemplate your decrees.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your command is without limit.

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Proverbs 28:15-16

15 A wicked ruler over a helpless people(A)
is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.(B)

16 A leader who lacks understanding
is very oppressive,
but one who hates dishonest profit
prolongs his life.(C)

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11/25/2022 DAB Transcript

Daniel 1:1-2:23, 1 Peter 3:8-4:6, Psalm 119:65-80, Proverbs 28:14

Today is the 25th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian, it’s great to be here with you today. On a day all over the world, I think it’s all over the world, known as Black Friday, definitely is known that way around…around these parts, big shopping day. Big sales. It’s like…it’s like Christmas just descends upon us, and now…now here we are. We’re one month from today, is Christmas day. So that’s where we are in the year, that’s where we locate ourselves and gather around the Global Campfire and well, let’s take the next step forward together.

Introduction to the Book of Daniel:

And our next step has us squarely at the threshold of a brand-new book, the book of Daniel. Which is really one of the most interesting books in the Old Testament, it's…it’s because of its imagery. So, Daniel is respected for its historical account but it’s very, very famous for the sweeping prophetic visions that are contained in the book and those prophetic visions have been poured over and studied and consulted over thousands of years, in the studies of the end times, eschatology. And Daniel is a hotly debated book, in that regard. There are biblical scholars that would argue that the things that Daniel are writing about are things that he has experience of and is speaking to. And so, Daniel than is rooted in the Babylonian exile because that’s the perspective that the story is written from. Then there are other biblical scholars would argue very convincingly and like all biblical scholars, very passionately, that Daniel is a much more recent book than the Babylonian exile and this debate even crosses over to Hebrew biblical scholars and not only Christian biblical scholars. And if it’s more recent and that is the argument, then the interpretation for Daniel saying then becomes a product of debate. If it’s a more recent writing and when I say more recent, I’m like, not like last year or in the last decade, I’m like, within a century-ish of Jesus, as opposed to centuries earlier than that, at the time of Babylon. And there are a huge amount of debates about, is what Daniel saw, no matter when he saw it, is what he saw about the future, like distant future as an like, it’s been thousands of years since this book has been written, are we still looking to the future for what he is…is saying symbolically, or was he speaking more to a more immediate context and using symbolic apocalyptic language that would be apparent to the reader, what the symbols are. And way, way, way smarter people than me continue the debate. Nevertheless, the imagery in Daniel is written about the time of the exile, contemporary with books like we just read, the book of Ezekiel. We know from history, as well as from the Bible, that when exile, when Jerusalem fell and was destroyed and the people were carried into exile, that was very, very difficult and Daniel is one of the exiles, who remarkably finds favor. He finds favor with God, but he finds favor with those around him. He was a gifted man who became an influential advisor in the Babylonian kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar and then beyond. But here’s where it kinda gets interesting, Daniel was in exile, he was a Hebrew, he was prophetic, but he wasn’t a prophet for or against Israel. The things that Daniel sees that we’re going to read, the visions that he sees aren’t Jewish, particularly. Which makes Daniel have a unique voice in the Bible. So, as we begin the book of Daniel, the first half of the book roughly we’ll be reading the story of Daniel’s life. And within that retelling, are some of the most famous stories, like stories that are Sunday school stories, stories that I have well, I don’t know when I learned them. But I can’t remember not having heard them. Stories, like Daniel in the lion’s den, right. Stories like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. That kind of famous. And then, kinda as we move toward the back half of the book, we shift to these prophetic visions of great world empires. And if you are a student of eschatology and the end times is the thing that you feast upon the most, then there is no way to avoid Daniel. Daniel has been part of that discussion for a long time. But whether you’re trying to figure that out or you’re not, Daniel shows us, regardless of what we’re looking for in the book of Daniel, that God is sovereign over all the kingdoms of the world. This is His world. He made this world. He is sovereign overall. And so, we’re gonna begin. By the time we get out of the book of Daniel, we’ll be in the final month of the year. And as we’ve talked about a number of times along the way leading up to kind of this point in the year, this is…this is when rhythms change. We’re in the holiday season and it’s just very, very easy to find all the distractions in the world to pull us away from finishing well, what we’ve begun, this journey, so many days ago. That it brought us to this point. But the rhythm of the Scriptures in our lives, should be something that, by now, we’ve noticed. And that we’ve valued and although things may get disruptive, this is the last thing we should let go of. W need the Scriptures in our lives every day. They make a massive amount a difference. So, let’s finish well, as we begin Daniel chapter 1 verse 1, through two verse 23 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. Thank You for another day, another week, another year we’re always moving through all of those things, and we thank You that Your word is present in all of it. And now, as we are turning toward the end of week, but also really the inauguration of the busiest season of the year and it’s a blessed season. It's…it’s a season where we celebrate Your arrival, where we long for it and wait for it and then rejoice over it and give gifts to each other in celebration of it. That the world has changed irreversibly because You came. It’s also a busy season, very busy, it can be very disruptive, it changes up our rhythms, and we need You in it. And we’ve learned by walking through the Scriptures that disruption is a part of the story, and we can fight against it, or we can embrace it and look for You in it. And that’s what we want to do. We don’t want to get bulled over and upside down and full of anxiety and all kinds of conflict, we want to look for You in all of the adventure that is ahead. Come, Holy Spirit, into this time, into this season and into this present moment, leading and guiding us forward into all truth. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Hey family, it’s Valiant Val a.k.a. Val in Vegas. Right now, we gonna gather around this campfire for our sweet Jasmine in New York. Oh family, she’s going through her senior year in high school, and she feels like she does the right thing in the summer but then when it comes to school there’s, she strays a bit. She’s going through that human experience, as we all go through. Jasmine, I need you know that you girl, you just ministered to my heart in such a way. Please forgive me, ya’ll know I’m a crier. God just renamed me Valiant because He says I’m courageous and brave. And like you Jasmine, I don’t feel courageous and brave all the time. Heavenly Father, send my friend, my sister, my beloved sister, Jasmine in New York, in her senior year, Lord. Send her somebody that chases after Your heart God. Like she does, Lord Jesus. Lord, Your word says the one can get 1,000 but two can get 10,000. So, God, send her two. Lord, send her a friend that loves the Lord. Someone that she can be bold and courageous with, Heavenly Father. I see you starting an amazing Bible study in your senior year at your high school, Jasmine. I see great things in your future, girl. And you don’t wait a year to call in. We need to hear from you. Lord, go and be with my sister Jasmine, in Jesus name, Father. Give her the courageousness and the braveness that she needs, Lord, to pronounce You, Lord. In Jesus name.

Hi, Daily Audio Bible, this is Paul from Houston. And I’m just calling to pray for Chris-Ann who called in on the 22nd of November for her marriage. She had I guess, going through a divorce for 13 years. And I just want to encourage you, you said you had a court date on Friday. And I just want you to believe, to realize that God is with you. And as you’re going into the courtroom, that you realize His presence is with you. Cause wherever you step, that He is there with you. And so, let’s pray. Thank you, Jesus for Christ, Lord, for her, her marriage. I know she’s gone through so much, for so many years and she’s stood in faith and believed in different things but Lord, as things change Lord, we ask God, that Your will, will be done. And that Your presence will be there with her. And I thank You Lord, that You take her even through this, this challenge and taking care of kids, you know, it being alone and different things Lord. That You would just anoint her and just be with her and just thank You Lord for blessing her. Even though she’s walking through these very challenging places, God. And I just ask Lord, that You would be with her and help her to, help her to feel your presence, Lord. Help her to know on a tangible way, Lord, that You are there with her. That You know all the different circumstances in her life, Lord. And I thank You, Lord, for being with her and anyone that’s walking through a divorce or through a separation and things. And Lord, I thank You, Lord, that You accept up, Lord. You accept those people that have been hurt and rejected by other partners, Lord. And Lord, I thank You love us. When sometimes we can’t love ourselves, Lord. And I just thank You, Lord,

Hello DAB family, Pastor Steve from Southeast Ohio. Just calling in to pray and trust all of you have the joys and blessed Thanksgiving. I know there are many out there that probably are looking for a place to be with someone that would care enough to have them sit at their table. So, I’m praying for those people today. Just, we have so much to be thankful for. And He is a good, good Father, as the Psalm would tell us. But I’m also asking that the Lord be with all those people that call in everyday, that have many, many needs, that God is right there to answer. Been there and still there myself. So, I give Him praise. Praise the Lord, everyone. And Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus and by the help and the anointing of Your Holy Spirit, I just ask that You would touch each name and each person and every soul, that is in special need today, that have called in. And I know You have it and You’ll take care of it. And I give You the glory for it. Thank You, in Jesus name, Heavenly Father. And also, thank you all DAB family for your prayers for me and my family also. Take care and have a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving. Bye Bye.

Hello DAB family. I want to leave a prayer for the children in Haiti. The orphanages and their caretakers. I’m sorry, I don’t remember the names. But I do want to leave a message. Holy God, Holy Father, You are the God of all things, Lord God. Everything is in Your control, Lord God. All power, Father, and glory and might and honor, Lord God. There is not one thing that is beyond Your control. Lord God, those children need their food and their medication, Lord God. They need to stay safe, Lord God. And we ask that You would put a hedge of protection around them, Lord God. Many mighty angels. Mimi, whatcha doing? I’m praying buddy. Why? Because the children in Haiti need it, so shush, shush for a minute. Anyway, Lord God, we pray Father that Your mighty banner of Holy angels would surround them, and You would bring the schemes of the enemy to nothing. I also lift up Jesse from Washington and his children, his daughters 7 and his son, 3. Lord God, who are also in danger, Lord God. There is abuse happening there, both physical and verbal Lord God. Father, please, God, put this to an end, Lord God. Allow the truth to come out, Father. Help the reporters to see the truth, Lord God. In Jesus name. Amen.

Hello, this is World Changing Mom, in the Bay Area, California. I am excited to share how reading the Bible has changed my life. Growing up in the church I just thought maybe reading the Bible once through, was this impossibility that just hung over me. I had no idea how I would ever be able to do it. And now, that I’ve been a part of the Daily Audio Bible community about ten years, it is one of the joys of my life, to see how the word of God has just infiltrated every part of every aspect of my life. I’m so grateful for how the word of God has come to life through the meetings here. And my deepest gratitude and appreciation go to the Hardin Family and all who make this the beautiful place that it is to grow and enjoy the word of God. Thank you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday November 25, 2022 (NIV)

Daniel 1:1-2:23

Daniel’s Captivity in Babylon

In the third year of the reign of King Jehoiakim(A) of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar[a](B) of Babylon came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it. The Lord handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with some of the vessels from the house of God.(C) Nebuchadnezzar carried them to the land of Babylon,[b](D) to the house of his god,[c] and put the vessels in the treasury of his god.

The king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the Israelites from the royal family(E) and from the nobility— young men without any physical defect, good-looking, suitable for instruction in all wisdom,(F) knowledgeable, perceptive, and capable of serving in the king’s palace.(G) He was to teach them the Chaldean language(H) and literature. The king assigned them daily provisions from the royal food and from the wine that he drank.(I) They were to be trained for three years, and at the end of that time they were to attend the king.[d](J) Among them, from the Judahites, were Daniel,(K) Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The chief eunuch gave them names; he gave the name Belteshazzar to Daniel, Shadrach to Hananiah, Meshach to Mishael, and Abednego to Azariah.(L)

Faithfulness in Babylon

Daniel determined that he would not defile himself with the king’s food(M) or with the wine he drank. So he asked permission from the chief eunuch not to defile himself.(N) God had granted Daniel kindness and compassion from the chief eunuch,(O) 10 yet he said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and drink. What if he sees your faces looking thinner than the other young men your age? You would endanger my life[e] with the king.”

11 So Daniel said to the guard whom the chief eunuch had assigned to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then examine our appearance and the appearance of the young men who are eating the king’s food, and deal with your servants based on what you see.” 14 He agreed with them about this and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days they looked better and healthier[f] than all the young men who were eating the king’s food.(P) 16 So the guard continued to remove their food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables.

Faithfulness Rewarded

17 God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding(Q) in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreams(R) of every kind. 18 At the end of the time that the king had said to present them, the chief eunuch presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king interviewed them, and among all of them, no one was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.(S) So they began to attend the king. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them ten times[g](T) better than all the magicians and mediums(U) in his entire kingdom. 21 Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.(V)

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams(W) that troubled him, and sleep deserted him.(X) So the king gave orders to summon the magicians, mediums, sorcerers, and Chaldeans[h](Y) to tell the king his dreams. When they came and stood before the king, he said to them, “I have had a dream and am anxious to understand it.”

The Chaldeans spoke to the king (Aramaic[i](Z) begins here): “May the king live forever.(AA) Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.”

The king replied to the Chaldeans, “My word is final: If you don’t tell me the dream and its interpretation, you will be torn limb from limb,[j] and your houses will be made a garbage dump.(AB) But if you make the dream and its interpretation known to me, you’ll receive gifts, a reward, and great honor from me.(AC) So make the dream and its interpretation known to me.”

They answered a second time, “May the king tell the dream to his servants, and we will make known the interpretation.”

The king replied, “I know for certain you are trying to gain some time, because you see that my word is final. If you don’t tell me the dream, there is one decree for you.(AD) You have conspired to tell me something false or fraudulent until the situation changes. So tell me the dream and I will know you can give me its interpretation.”

10 The Chaldeans answered the king, “No one on earth can make known what the king requests.(AE) Consequently, no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked anything like this of any magician, medium, or Chaldean. 11 What the king is asking is so difficult that no one can make it known to him except the gods, whose dwelling is not with mortals.”(AF) 12 Because of this, the king became violently angry(AG) and gave orders to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13 The decree was issued that the wise men were to be executed, and they searched for Daniel and his friends, to execute them.

14 Then Daniel responded with tact and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard,[k](AH) who had gone out to execute the wise men of Babylon. 15 He asked Arioch, the king’s officer, “Why is the decree from the king so harsh?” [l](AI) Then Arioch explained the situation to Daniel. 16 So Daniel went and asked the king to give him some time, so that he could give the king the interpretation.

17 Then Daniel went to his house and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah about the matter, 18 urging them to ask the God of the heavens(AJ) for mercy(AK) concerning this mystery, so Daniel and his friends would not be destroyed with the rest of Babylon’s wise men.(AL) 19 The mystery was then revealed to Daniel in a vision(AM) at night, and Daniel praised the God of the heavens 20 and declared:

May the name of God
be praised forever and ever,(AN)
for wisdom(AO) and power belong to him.
21 He changes the times and seasons;
he removes kings and establishes kings.(AP)
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those
who have understanding.(AQ)
22 He reveals the deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,(AR)
and light dwells with him.(AS)
23 I offer thanks and praise to you,
God of my ancestors,(AT)
because you have given me
wisdom and power.
And now you have let me know
what we asked of you,
for you have let us know(AU)
the king’s mystery.[m]

Footnotes:

  1. 1:1 Or Nebuchadrezzar
  2. 1:2 Lit Shinar
  3. 1:2 Or gods
  4. 1:5 Lit to stand before the king
  5. 1:10 Lit would make my head guilty
  6. 1:15 Lit fatter of flesh
  7. 1:20 Lit hands
  8. 2:2 In this chap. Chaldeans are influential Babylonian wise men.
  9. 2:4 Dn 2:4–7:28 is written in Aramaic.
  10. 2:5 Lit be made into limbs
  11. 2:14 Or executioners
  12. 2:15 Or urgent
  13. 2:23 Lit matter
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1 Peter 3:8-4:6

Do No Evil

Finally, all of you be like-minded and sympathetic, love one another,(A) and be compassionate(B) and humble,[a] not paying back evil for evil(C) or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing,(D) since you were called for this, so that you may inherit a blessing.

10 For the(E) one who wants to love life
and to see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil(F)
and his lips from speaking deceit,(G)
11 and let him turn away(H) from evil
and do what is good.
Let him seek peace(I) and pursue it,
12 because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against
those who do what is evil.(J)

Undeserved Suffering

13 Who then will harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness,(K) you are blessed. Do not fear them[b](L) or be intimidated,[c](M) 15 but in your hearts regard[d] Christ[e] the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.(N) 16 Yet do this with gentleness and reverence, keeping a clear conscience,(O) so that when you are accused,[f] those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer(P) for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered(Q) for sins once for all,(R) the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God.(S) He was put to death in the flesh[g](T) but made alive by the Spirit,[h] 19 in which[i] he also went and made proclamation to the spirits(U) in prison 20 who in the past were disobedient, when God patiently waited in the days of Noah(V) while the ark was being prepared. In it a few—that is, eight people[j](W)—were saved through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not as the removal of dirt from the body,(X) but the pledge[k] of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,(Y) 22 who has gone into heaven(Z) and is at the right hand of God(AA) with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.(AB)

Following Christ

Therefore, since Christ suffered[l] in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding[m]—because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished(AC) with sin[n] in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will.(AD) For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the Gentiles choose to do: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires,(AE) drunkenness, orgies,(AF) carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you don’t join them in the same flood of wild living—and they slander[o] you. They will give an account to the one who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.(AG) For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead,[p](AH) so that, although they might be judged in the flesh according to human standards,(AI) they might live(AJ) in the spirit according to God’s standards.

Footnotes:

  1. 3:8 Other mss read courteous
  2. 3:14 Or Do not fear what they fear
  3. 3:14 Is 8:12
  4. 3:15 Or sanctify, or set apart
  5. 3:15 Other mss read set God
  6. 3:16 Other mss read when they speak against you as evildoers
  7. 3:18 Or by the flesh, or in the fleshly realm
  8. 3:18 Or in the spirit, or in the Spirit, or in the spiritual realm
  9. 3:19 Or by whom, or in whom, or at that time
  10. 3:20 Or souls
  11. 3:21 Or the appeal
  12. 4:1 Other mss read suffered for us
  13. 4:1 Or perspective, or attitude
  14. 4:1 Or the one who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin
  15. 4:4 Or blaspheme
  16. 4:6 Or those who are dead
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Psalm 119:65-80

ט Teth

65 Lord, you have treated your servant well,
just as you promised.
66 Teach me good judgment and discernment,(A)
for I rely on your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,(B)
but now I keep your word.
68 You are good,(C) and you do what is good;(D)
teach me your statutes.
69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies,(E)
but I obey your precepts with all my heart.(F)
70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive,(G)
but I delight in your instruction.(H)
71 It was good for me to be afflicted(I)
so that I could learn your statutes.
72 Instruction from your lips(J) is better for me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

י Yod

73 Your hands made me and formed me;(K)
give me understanding
so that I can learn your commands.(L)
74 Those who fear you will see me and rejoice,(M)
for I put my hope in your word.(N)
75 I know, Lord, that your judgments are just
and that you have afflicted me fairly.(O)
76 May your faithful love comfort me
as you promised your servant.
77 May your compassion come to me(P)
so that I may live,
for your instruction is my delight.(Q)
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame(R)
for slandering me with lies;
I will meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you,
those who know your decrees, turn to me.
80 May my heart be blameless regarding your statutes(S)
so that I will not be put to shame.

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Proverbs 28:14

14 Happy is the one who is always reverent,(A)
but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.(B)

Cross references:

  1. 28:14 : 2Ch 19:7; Pr 23:17
  2. 28:14 : Ps 95:8
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11/24/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, 1 Peter 2:11-3:7, Psalms 119:49-64, Proverbs 28:12-13

Today is the 24th day of November welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is a wonderful to be here with you today. Here in the United States this is Thanksgiving Day. That’s one of our major holidays. So, happy Thanksgiving to everybody. Actually, everybody. Doesn’t have to be a specific holiday in a specific country for us to have gratitude, right, for us to give thanks? And, so, happy Thanksgiving Day because it’s a holiday but happy Thanksgiving Day because it’s a day that we get to be here, and we get to rejoice and we get to take the next step forward on our journey through the Scriptures. That journey leads us back into the book of Ezekiel. We should be concluding the book of Ezekiel today. We’ve been reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. That’s what will continue to do while it’s this week. Today, Ezekiel chapters 47 and 48.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in first Peter today, Peter lays out a framework for the posture of a Christian life and he touches every major category of the Christian life while he’s doing it. And one builds upon another. And, so, to get at this, we kinda need to revisit a bit of the text that we just read from first Peter and just kinda go back through it piece by piece really quick understanding that each piece builds on the next piece. And, so, I quote from what we’ve…actually we’re pretty much gonna read everything we read today from first Peter chapter 2. “Dear friends, I urge you, as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul”, right? So, we’re being urged to avoid the things that will do war against our souls, the sinful desires. And that can be different for each of us, but we understand what’s being said here. Avoid these things. That’s like a general default position. “Abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. Conduct your cells honorably among the Gentiles, so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day He visits.” Okay. So, the posture in the first couple sentences is, “abstain from the things that will wage war against your soul and be honorable”, in this case among the Gentiles because Peter’s speaking to Jewish people. Most of us are Gentiles. And, so, we could say among the nonbelievers to give ourselves a bit of application here, “so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and glorify God on the day he visits.” So, what Peter’s saying is, when they slander you don’t live up to what they’re saying. Be the opposite of that so that their words fall flat. That’s not who you are. And this was not uncommon. Christian people were being marginalized. There was definitely tension among the Hebrew people against Christian believers. There was definitely a marginalization in the Roman Empire toward the Christians. And, so, derogatory things were being set against them. That’s a lot of the time how persecution starts, right? First with the information warfare, stereotyping, a group of people as a bad group of people and then dehumanizing that group of people until a mass is amassed enough to destroy that group of people. We can be of any of the racial slurs that we have heard around the world that are meant to be derogatory toward a people group. This was going on in the first century in certain areas marginalizing Christian believers. Peter’s saying that the way that we will combat this is not be the stereotype. Then he goes on. “Submit to every human authority because of the Lord weather to the Emperor as the supreme authority, or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil, and to praise those who do what is good. For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.” “Silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.” Not silence the ignorance of foolish people by posting nasty things on social media to combat them. Not silence the ignorance of foolish people by dismissing them and re-stereotyping them yourself. And I mean in our church history and our Christian history we have the story of deep terrible marginalization and we also have the story of being deep and terrible marginaliz-ers. Peter says, “we silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. Submit as free people not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the Emperor.” This is what Peter is suggesting our normal lives should look like. This is the posture of life. Then he goes on. “Household slaves, submit to your masters with all reverence” Ad let me just stop here for a second, because, you know, slavery is definitely still in the world today, but sort of legalized slavery is not permissible in most of the world, at least most the people who are here today speaking English listening to the Bible. But most of us have a job and most of us have a boss and we have an environment that we have to do our work in. And, so, while we have freedom to go find a different job if we can find one, if we find ourselves in a bad situation. Most of us have to work for a living, to buy food and gasoline, and shelter etc. etc. So, if we put ourselves in that frame of mind then we can better understand the posture. “Submit to your masters with all reverence not only to the good and gentle ones but also to the cruel, for it brings favor if because of a consciousness of God someone endures grief from suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if when you do wrong and are beaten, you endure it, right?” If you get what you deserve. Why is that…like is that enduring something? You got what you deserve. And Peter goes on, “but when you do what is good and suffer, if you endure it this brings favor with God. And then Peter just simply goes on to say, look, this is the example of Christ. This is how He lived. And, so, therefore this is how we are to live. So, he’s touching are generalized and the temptations of our lives and is telling us to avoid, to abstain from things that will do war against our souls and to not be the stereotype when we are stereotyped to rise up and be who we really are to simply be better than that. People can say a lot of things, but character ultimately shines and brings glory to God. And if we are marginalized and if we do have to suffer injustice in some sort of way how we deal with that actually matters. When we understand that we are enduring something that we may be receiving something that is not just but we are enduring for the sake of Jesus and the sake of the world and the sake of the gospel to stand there and be the light, despite what comes our way we are saying a lot and good is going into the world because of it. And then he moves into the house. “In the same way”, and that’s the important thing here because he’s going to wives and then he’s going to husbands. “In the same way”, so everything we’ve talked about so far. “In the same way wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, so that even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by the way their wives live when they observe your pure, reverent lives.” And he goes on to say, like, you know, making yourself beautiful on the outside, that may be fine and good but that’s not the thing. That's…that’s not who you are. It’s what’s inside your heart. “Develop an imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” And then he moves to husbands. “Husbands, in the same way”, so living this comprehensive posture of faith in this world, “in the same way”, everything that we’ve been talking about, “live with your wives in an understanding way as with the weaker partner showing them honor as co-heirs of the grace of life so that your prayers will not be hindered.” Man, there’s so much there. We could go back through and through and through and apply it to our own lives, but there is a posture here, a way of living that we are to espouse because it is a godly way to live, so that our prayers will not be hindered. Man, that would explain a lot wouldn’t it if we took some time to do inventory in our own lives? Is Peter describing what our lives look like? Because he's…he’s describing a flow of life, a posture that we live within, a way that we look at the world that not only tells us what we’re doing and why, in our own lives, but also the big picture of what is going on. And, so, there’s plenty for us to think about on this Thanksgiving Day as we move through the festivities. And this posture of life that’s being laid out in first Peter may very well be challenged on this very very day, but we’ve been given some advanced words. We can go back to it, maybe read it differently. I mean, you can go back to First Peter two and read it yourself and apply it to yourself this day, but we are being given tools today that can be put into practice today and then should be put into practice tomorrow and all throughout the holiday season into next year and for the rest of our lives. This is the shape of life according to the apostle Peter. And fundamentally, Peter is simply saying what we’ve been being told all along. Imitate Jesus. That’s how you do this. That’s how life is supposed to look. Imitate Jesus.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that. We confess that sometimes we do, and we confess that sometimes we don’t. And there are many challenges that come our way and all kinds of things swirling around us and most of the time we’re not paying attention until after we’ve acted. And we’re just asking for Your help. Even this very day, asking for Your help that we take a pause, we take a beat, we re-center ourselves in You understanding that what we do and what we say represents who You are. Holy Spirit, help us to feel the gravity of that as we give thanks. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday November 24, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 47-48

The Life-Giving River

47 Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple and there was water flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the temple faced east. The water was coming down from under the south side of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.(A) Next he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate that faced east; there the water was trickling from the south side. As the man went out east with a measuring line in his hand,(B) he measured off a third of a mile[a] and led me through the water. It came up to my ankles. Then he measured off a third of a mile and led me through the water. It came up to my knees. He measured off another third of a mile and led me through the water. It came up to my waist. Again he measured off a third of a mile, and it was a river that I could not cross on foot. For the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be crossed on foot.

He asked me, “Do you see this, son of man?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I had returned, I saw a very large number of trees along both sides of the riverbank.(C) He said to me, “This water flows out to the eastern region and goes down to the Arabah. When it enters the sea, the sea of foul water,[b][c] the water of the sea becomes fresh.(D) Every kind of living creature that swarms will live wherever the river flows,[d] and there will be a huge number of fish because this water goes there. Since the water will become fresh, there will be life everywhere the river goes. 10 Fishermen will stand beside it from En-gedi to En-eglaim.[e] These will become places where nets are spread out to dry. Their fish will consist of many different kinds, like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.(E) 11 Yet its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be left for salt. 12 All kinds of trees providing food will grow along both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail.(F) Each month they will bear fresh fruit because the water comes from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be used for eating and their leaves for healing.”(G)

The Borders of the Land

13 This is what the Lord God says: “This is[f] the border you will use to divide the land(H) as an inheritance for the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph will receive two shares.(I) 14 You will inherit it in equal portions, since I swore[g] to give it to your ancestors.(J) So this land will fall to you as an inheritance.

15 This is to be the border of the land:

On the north side(K) it will extend from the Mediterranean Sea by way of Hethlon and Lebo-hamath to Zedad,[h] 16 Berothah, and Sibraim (which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath), as far as Hazer-hatticon, which is on the border of Hauran. 17 So the border will run from the sea to Hazar-enon at the border(L) of Damascus, with the territory of Hamath to the north. This will be the northern side.

18 On the east side it will run between Hauran and Damascus, along the Jordan between Gilead and the land of Israel; you will measure from the northern border to the eastern sea.[i] This will be the eastern side.

19 On the south side it will run from Tamar to the Waters of Meribath-kadesh,[j] and on to the Brook of Egypt(M) as far as the Mediterranean Sea.(N) This will be the southern side.

20 On the west side the Mediterranean Sea will be the border, from the southern border up to a point opposite Lebo-hamath. This will be the western side.

21 “You are to divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel.(O) 22 You will allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens residing among you,(P) who have fathered children among you. You will treat them[k] like native-born Israelites; along with you, they will be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. 23 In whatever tribe the alien resides, you will assign his inheritance there.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.

The Tribal Allotments

48 “Now these are the names of the tribes:

From the northern end, along the road of Hethlon, to Lebo-hamath as far as Hazar-enon, at the northern border of Damascus, alongside Hamath and extending from the eastern side to the sea, will be Dan—one portion.

Next to the territory of Dan, from the east side to the west, will be Asher—one portion.

Next to the territory of Asher, from the east side to the west, will be Naphtali—one portion.

Next to the territory of Naphtali, from the east side to the west, will be Manasseh—one portion.

Next to the territory of Manasseh, from the east side to the west, will be Ephraim—one portion.

Next to the territory of Ephraim, from the east side to the west, will be Reuben—one portion.

Next to the territory of Reuben, from the east side to the west, will be Judah—one portion.

“Next to the territory of Judah, from the east side to the west, will be the portion you donate to the Lord, 8⅓ miles[l] wide, and as long as one of the tribal portions from the east side to the west.(Q) The sanctuary will be in the middle of it.

“The special portion you donate to the Lord will be 8⅓ miles long and 3⅓ miles[m] wide. 10 This holy donation will be set apart for the priests alone. It will be 8⅓ miles long on the northern side, 3⅓ miles wide on the western side, 3⅓ miles wide on the eastern side, and 8⅓ miles long on the southern side. The Lord’s sanctuary will be in the middle of it. 11 It is for the consecrated priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept my charge(R) and did not go astray as the Levites did when the Israelites went astray. 12 It will be a special donation for them out of the holy donation of the land, a most holy place adjacent to the territory of the Levites.

13 “Next to the territory of the priests, the Levites will have an area 8⅓ miles long and 3⅓ miles wide. The total length will be 8⅓ miles and the width 3⅓ miles.(S) 14 They must not sell or exchange any of it, and they must not transfer this choice part of the land, for it is holy to the Lord.(T)

15 “The remaining area, 1⅔ miles[n] wide and 8⅓ miles long, will be for common use by the city,(U) for both residential and open space. The city will be in the middle of it. 16 These are the city’s measurements:

1½ miles[o] on the north side;

1½ miles on the south side;

1½ miles on the east side;

and 1½ miles on the west side.

17 The city’s open space will extend:

425 feet[p] to the north,

425 feet to the south,

425 feet to the east,

and 425 feet to the west.

18 “The remainder of the length alongside the holy donation will be 3⅓ miles to the east and 3⅓ miles to the west. It will run alongside the holy donation. Its produce will be food for the workers of the city. 19 The city’s workers from all the tribes of Israel will cultivate it.(V) 20 The entire donation will be 8⅓ miles by 8⅓ miles; you are to set apart the holy donation along with the city property as a square area.

21 “The remaining area on both sides of the holy donation and the city property will belong to the prince.(W) He will own the land adjacent to the tribal portions, next to the 8⅓ miles of the donation as far as the eastern border and[q] next to the 8⅓ miles of the donation as far as the western border. The holy donation and the sanctuary of the temple will be in the middle of it. 22 Except for the Levitical property and the city property in the middle of the area belonging to the prince, the area between the territory of Judah and that of Benjamin will belong to the prince.(X)

23 “As for the rest of the tribes:

From the east side to the west, will be Benjamin—one portion.

24 Next to the territory of Benjamin, from the east side to the west, will be Simeon—one portion.

25 Next to the territory of Simeon, from the east side to the west, will be Issachar—one portion.

26 Next to the territory of Issachar, from the east side to the west, will be Zebulun—one portion.

27 Next to the territory of Zebulun, from the east side to the west, will be Gad—one portion.

28 Next to the territory of Gad toward the south side, the border will run from Tamar to the Waters(Y) of Meribath-kadesh, to the Brook of Egypt, and out to the Mediterranean Sea. 29 This is the land you are to allot as an inheritance to Israel’s tribes,(Z) and these will be their portions.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.

The New City

30 “These are the exits of the city:

On the north side, which measures 1½ miles, 31 there will be three gates facing north, the gates of the city being named for the tribes of Israel: one, the gate of Reuben; one, the gate of Judah; and one, the gate of Levi.

32 On the east side, which is 1½ miles, there will be three gates: one, the gate of Joseph; one, the gate of Benjamin; and one, the gate of Dan.

33 On the south side, which measures 1½ miles, there will be three gates: one, the gate of Simeon; one, the gate of Issachar; and one, the gate of Zebulun.

34 On the west side, which is 1½ miles, there will be three gates: one, the gate of Gad; one, the gate of Asher; and one, the gate of Naphtali.

35 The perimeter of the city will be six miles,[r] and the name of the city from that day on will be The Lord Is There.”(AA)

Footnotes:

  1. 47:3 Lit 1,000 cubits, also in vv. 4,5
  2. 47:8 Or enters the sea, being brought out to the sea; Hb obscure
  3. 47:8 = the Dead Sea
  4. 47:9 LXX, Vg; MT reads the two rivers flow
  5. 47:10 Two springs near the Dead Sea
  6. 47:13 Tg, Vg; Syr reads The valley of
  7. 47:14 Lit lifted my hand
  8. 47:15 LXX; MT reads and Lebo to Zedad, Hamath; Ezk 48:1
  9. 47:18 = the Dead Sea
  10. 47:19 = Kadesh-barnea
  11. 47:22 Lit They will be to you
  12. 48:8 Lit 25,000 cubits, also in vv. 9,10,13,15,20,21
  13. 48:9 Lit 10,000 cubits, also in vv. 10,13,18
  14. 48:15 Lit 5,000 cubits
  15. 48:16 Lit 4,500 cubits, also in vv. 30,32,33,34
  16. 48:17 Lit 250 cubits
  17. 48:21 Lit border, and to the west,
  18. 48:35 Lit 18,000 cubits
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1 Peter 2:11-3:7

A Call to Good Works

11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles(A) to abstain(B) from sinful(C) desires that wage war against the soul.(D) 12 Conduct(E) yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,[a] so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits.(F)

13 Submit(G) to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor[b] as the supreme authority(H) 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will(I) that you silence the ignorance(J) of foolish people by doing good. 16 Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,(K) but as God’s slaves.(L) 17 Honor everyone. Love(M) the brothers and sisters.(N) Fear God.(O) Honor the emperor.

Submission of Slaves to Masters

18 Household slaves, submit to your masters(P) with all reverence(Q) not only to the good and gentle ones but also to the cruel.(R) 19 For it brings favor if, because of a consciousness of God, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if when you do wrong and are beaten, you endure it? But when you do what is good and suffer,(S) if you endure it, this brings favor with God.

21 For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered(T) for you, leaving you an example,(U) that you should follow(V) in his steps. 22 He did not commit sin,(W) and no deceit(X) was found in his mouth;[c](Y) 23 when he was insulted, he did not insult in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten but entrusted himself to the one who judges(Z) justly. 24 He himself bore our sins(AA) in his body(AB) on the tree;(AC) so that, having died to sins,(AD) we might live for righteousness.(AE) By his wounds[d](AF) you have been healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray,[e](AG) but you have now returned to the Shepherd(AH) and Overseer[f] of your souls.

Wives and Husbands

In the same way, wives,(AI) submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, even if some disobey the word,(AJ) they may be won over(AK) without a word by the way their wives live(AL) when they observe your pure, reverent lives.(AM) Don’t let your beauty consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and wearing gold jewelry or fine clothes,(AN) but rather what is inside the heart[g](AO)—the imperishable quality of a gentle(AP) and quiet(AQ) spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For in the past, the holy(AR) women who put their hope(AS) in God also adorned themselves in this way, submitting to their own husbands, just as Sarah(AT) obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You have become her children when you do what is good and do not fear any intimidation.(AU)

Husbands,(AV) in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker partner,(AW) showing them honor as coheirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:12 Or among the nations, or among the pagans
  2. 2:13 Or king
  3. 2:22 Is 53:9
  4. 2:24 Is 53:5
  5. 2:25 Is 53:6
  6. 2:25 Or Guardian
  7. 3:4 Or rather, the hidden person of the heart
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Psalm 119:49-64

ז Zayin

49 Remember your word to your servant;
you have given me hope through it.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction:(A)
Your promise has given me life.
51 The arrogant constantly ridicule me,
but I do not turn away from your instruction.(B)
52 Lord, I remember your judgments from long ago
and find comfort.
53 Fury seizes me(C) because of the wicked
who reject your instruction.(D)
54 Your statutes are the theme of my song
during my earthly life.[a]
55 Lord, I remember your name(E) in the night,(F)
and I obey your instruction.
56 This is my practice:
I obey your precepts.(G)

ח Cheth

57 The Lord is my portion;[b](H)
I have promised to keep your words.
58 I have sought your favor(I) with all my heart;
be gracious to me(J) according to your promise.
59 I thought about my ways(K)
and turned my steps back to your decrees.
60 I hurried, not hesitating
to keep your commands.
61 Though the ropes of the wicked(L)
were wrapped around me,
I did not forget your instruction.(M)
62 I rise at midnight to thank you(N)
for your righteous judgments.(O)
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,(P)
to those who keep your precepts.
64 Lord, the earth is filled with your faithful love;(Q)
teach me your statutes.(R)

Footnotes:

  1. 119:54 Lit song in the house of my sojourning
  2. 119:57 Lit You are my portion, Lord
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Proverbs 28:12-13

12 When the righteous triumph,
there is great rejoicing,[a]
but when the wicked come to power,
people hide.(A)

13 The one who conceals his sins
will not prosper,(B)
but whoever confesses and renounces them
will find mercy.(C)

Footnotes:

  1. 28:12 Lit glory
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11/23/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 45:13-46:24, 1 Peter 1:13-2:10, Psalm 119:33-48, Proverbs 28:11

Today is the 23rd day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s wonderful to be here with you around the Global Campfire today as we gather and move forward together. Another step forward in front of us. And our next step forward will lead us back into the book of Ezekiel. We are nearing the end of the book of Ezekiel, couple more days. And then yesterday, we began first Peter which we will continue forward in today. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. Today, Ezekiel chapter 45 verse 13 through 46 verse 24.

Commentary:

Okay so, here in the United States of America tomorrow, is Thanksgiving Day, that is a really, really major holiday here in this country. And then the day following that, is called Black Friday and everybody shops and shops and shops, right. And it’s Christmas season from that point forward. So were in a time of year, we’ve mentioned it a couple of times along the way, like things speed up, our rhythms shift and change. And most of that’s been said in the context of finishing well, like, day-by-day, step-by-step. This is how we will finish well and that the Scriptures are there in the chaos, if we hadn’t figured that out yet. Like, we see the chaos in the Bible, and we see God working among it. And then we see in our own lives, how disrupted things can be, and the Scriptures are there to lead and guide us and give us perspective. And so, we have some perspective, from Peter’s letter, known as first Peter, today. Although Peter wasn’t making any kind of commentary on, you know, the holiday traditions that may exist in the world 2000 years in the future. He’s speaking about what every day Christian life should look like, but he did say some things today that are particularly poignant for the season that we actually are heading into, 2000 years in the future, celebrating the holidays that we celebrate now. I mean, you just watch, if you got to make a bunch of trips to the grocery store because you’re trying to cook your Thanksgiving dinner and you find things are not in stock. I mean, this can be crazy. Or trying to find a parking place and fighting for your parking place at the grocery store, at the mall or wherever. And then it only amp up right, it’s gonna be Christmas season and we will have goodwill toward all people, like that just ascends upon the earth. But underneath that, we still are trying to not have to walk 4 miles to get to the mall, we really want that front parking place and if we can get it, we’re gonna take it. And if we were about to pull into it and somebody took it from us, well, peace on earth, goodwill toward men, takes on a different complexion. So, if we think about how chaotic it can get to try to come up with a budget for the holiday season and buy everything and run everywhere, and park here and go there and interact with these people and let’s not even get started on family traveling in from out of town and just how we can all get together and be so joyous, that we’re finally together as a family and it’s been a while, and it’s so good to be here and how quickly we just fall into the role that we’ve always played in our family. And it’s so easy for the jokes and the kind of ridicule, and the kind of stuff that all happened when we were kids to just materialize because we don’t know it any other way. But it’s amping things up inside of us, making us feel anxiety and the swirl inside of us. Peter kinda speaks words that are really, really helpful for this season, and I quote, “as obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance, but as the One who called you is Holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct. For it is written, be holy, because I am Holy.” So, again, Peter’s not talking about the holiday season in years that are millennia from when he wrote this letter. He’s talking about what our every day is supposed to look like. But there isn’t really a better time to get into that rhythm and practice this stuff, than the times that we find that our rhythms are disrupted. Think about it. You’re making stuffing in the kitchen. The cousins are running all over the place. Your siblings are in and out, everybody’s saying what they’re saying, somebody says something a little sideways about the stuffing. Oh, that doesn’t … I don’t know if you put enough sage in that. And how easily we can just flip over into a different…different zone and just start fighting back or holding bitterness in our hearts. We get, I mean, I can’t even think of how many examples we could use. Anything from stolen parking places, the family feuds. We can feel like we have walked with the Holy Spirit during this year, and he has grown us so much and we are so in a different place than we were when the beginning of the year started, but we can be around that table and something gets said and we’re just, it’s like we’re a little kid again. Just trapped in a place that we left a long, long time ago, but pulled right back into. And it’s very, very easy for us to retaliate, even if we don’t say anything out loud, we’re like, thinking it, but maybe we’re saying it. But maybe we should say something, before we say anything. Maybe we should say, you must be holy, because I am Holy. Like, what would that change? If the voice of criticism or ridicule comes our way and our reaction is typically to ball up our fists and start swinging. Right, or to start spewing angry, hurtful words. Just a small pause, you must be holy, because I am Holy, immediately resets are posture. And Peter says some other things that are supposed to be our normal everyday life but also, give us a particularly good opportunity to practice them as we’re in this, disrupted season. So, Peter says, since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, because you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. So, if we’re sitting around the table and I don’t know, easy things to talk about like politics comes up and we’re hearing things that we don’t ascribe to or like that this is about to blow up, like the Thanksgiving table is about to be set on fire. But remembering you must be holy, because I am holy, can rescue us. Remembering what we just read, from a pure heart, love one another constantly or from our reading today, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all slander, like newborn infants desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation. So much there just from a little bit that we read today from this letter that can be applied to the season that we’re in because it’s supposed to be applied to the totality of our lives. And the beautiful thing is that, as we continue through, from now through the end of the year, almost every day, we’re going to be given things from the Scriptures that we need to live through the day, to navigate the day properly, if we’re paying attention, just like today. So, let’s take these things to heart, brothers and sisters, because we can change the complexion of what this holiday season looks like in our families. Like, we’re out in front and it’s just like when we come to the beginning of a shiny, sparkly, new week every week and we talk about how it’s all out in front of us and nothing good or bad has happened yet and the choices that we make, and the words that we say, and the actions that we commit, that will tell the story of the week. It’s the same for us now in this season, our thoughts, words and deeds will tell what the story of the holiday season this year is going to look like. Maybe we can sit around waiting for things to happen and maybe we just react to those things. Or maybe we decide, in advance, to love deeply, to rid ourselves of all malice and deceit, to not be an actor are a hypocrite, to not envy, not slander people, but rather to be like a newborn infant desiring the pure milk of the word. If we decide in advance and commit to a course of action that will allow us to be obedient to what is being told to us in the Scriptures; we will bring good into all the situations that we encounter. And if we get blindsided and we’re about to fall into an old trap, just remember, you must be holy, because I am holy, can reset us. And so, let’s put it into practice.

Prayer:

And father, we are coming into a busy season. We are indeed coming into a time when we need to put this into practice, but this should be our daily practice. And if it hasn’t been our daily practice, then we ask for Your forgiveness. We’re starting to practice right now and we’re going to practice through a season that’s going to give us plenty of opportunity to practice and then we’re gonna keep practicing, because You will lead us into all truth and it is Your desire that your sons and daughters grow up and be mature in Your kingdom, representing You as an ambassador in this world, being a witness to the light. This is our desire, that we be a witness to the light and the light will not be overcome by the darkness, because we are choosing in advance to not go into the darkness. Holy Spirit, come, we will not do this on our own and succeed. We don’t do anything on our own and succeed, we need Your help, and we ask for it and we rejoice in it in advance and thank You for it in advance. So, that we can sit back, move forward and watch You at work in our lives. Come Holy Spirit, we pray in the name of Jesus into this season. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is home base, it is the website, it is where you can find out what’s going on around here. And so, what is going on around here. So, if you live in the United States. Then tomorrow will be a national holiday that we call Thanksgiving. And there are Thanksgiving celebrations and gratitude celebrations throughout the earth. This just happens to be the one happening in the country that I live in. And what happens is, we have Thanksgiving and then the day after Thanksgiving is black Friday. And so, like all day during Thanksgiving Day, will be being festive and enjoying our families and doing whatever were gonna do. Meanwhile our inboxes are getting cram full of Black Friday deals, so that we get in the swing of things. And I just want to be out in front of that and just let you know that the Daily Audio Bible Christmas Box for the year 2022, is now available now. Now, like you go to dailyaudiobible.com or go into the app and go to the Daily Audio Bible Shop and you will find a Christmas Section there and in the Christmas Section you will find the annual Daily Audio Bible family Christmas box. This is the biggest, I think the biggest we’ve packed this one this year. We have for the very first time in the Christmas box this year, Promised Land, Photographs from the Land of the Bible, which is a beautiful photographic journey through the land of the Bible. It’s like a coffee table size addition. It’s something that is displayable in your home and a joy to kind of peruse as we’re going through the Bible. So, that is in the Christmas box this year. The God of Your Story is also included in the Christmas box this year. So, Promised Land and The God of Your Story both beautiful, hardbound, high-quality additions in the Christmas box this year. We are also including Reframe: From the God We’ve Made to God with Us, which is another written resource that that I’ve been able to write. As well as Sneezing Jesus, How God Redeems our Humanity. So, we’ve been able to put all of those together in the…in the Christmas box for the first time. So that’s exciting. Also, your choice of wind farm DAB blend coffee or we’re doing honey bush and ribose tea this year. So, your choice coffee or tea. We have the Global Campfire candle in the Christmas box this year. Love this candle, loved a couple years ago working with a perfumer, just like getting the aroma right so, that it would smell like a candle, but it would smell like a campfire, I just, yeah, the Global Campfire, just kind of bringing it right…right in, as we move through the Scriptures each day. So, the Global Campfire candle is in the Christmas box this year. The Daily Audio Bible 2022 Christmas Ornaments, with our word for the year, Rooted, on it, is in the Christmas box. And you can only get the ornaments in the Christmas box. And we have, well I have a tree, that has all of the different years going back to when we began ornaments, probably a decade ago now. And, so each year, I put a new ornament on my tree. I look at those ornaments and I’m humbled by them because each one of them represents a year in community, in the Bible. So easy to look at an ornament go well, that represents a year, even though that took a whole year to navigate. And all of the issues of life, that come in a year but it’s nice to be able to look at it and go, we’re still here, we made it through another year. So, the 2022 ornament, is in the Christmas box this year, as well as a Global Campfire pop socket, for your, well, whatever it is you need a pop socket for, for your phone, for your tablet, little way to hold it in your hand, a little way to keep it in your hand, if you are the pop socket type that’s in the Christmas box. And then two Global Campfire stickers, to put wherever…wherever you like. So, it is a jampacked full Christmas box this year. Super-duper excited. I remember when we went through COVID and trying to figure out how we would even do a Christmas box. And then being able to get back to it last year, but this this year, we’ve got it all planned out and packed full and so excited for that. You can find the Christmas box for 2022 in the Christmas section of either a dailyaudiobible.com or by going to the Shop from within the Daily Audio Bible app, and you should have no problem finding it. So, check that out.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Father, I come humbly and prayer before your throne, once again
Because you’re all mighty God and the deliverer of all men
There is so many people among us who are hurting and in pain
With very serious problems Father, with few options, there tears fall like rain
You said you’re keeping a skin bag, each and every one of our tears
You said every hair on our head is numbered and you know the sum of all our hairs
You said you’ve written down in your book, every one of our parts, before even one of them was ever formed and only you know our hearts
And on top of that you offered us adoption as sons, once our hearts had been conformed
So, we come to you through Jesus humble, tired and worn
Walking by faith, to this place that we consider to be safe
But then we have all these problems that don’t go away
Even though we cry out to you day-after-day
Like people with cancer, people who need a liver
And so many other problems father from which only you can deliver
Strengthen us Father so we can endure to the end
And if our faith gets a little bit shaky, please revive us again
And help us to see that when we’re under such strong attack
That it’s really just the wicked ones, trying hard to turn us back
Help us Father, to commit ourselves anew
Help us to surrender all, everyday unto you
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Good morning Daily Audio Bible. I am a member of the Daily Audio Bible and I’ve been a member since 2011 but this is just the second time, I got a chance to call in. Just wanted to touch bases with everyone and let you know I am fighting with you and praying daily. And I might not call in but I’m sending prayers us for each and every one. But this morning, I have a prayer request. Well, I call myself Waters in Virginia. Well, this morning I wake up and I have swelling all in my lower cheek. I’ve had this going on and off for about two months, maybe a little longer. And I went to doctors and they don’t know what it is. They say that it’s nothing to be worried about. Not allergy because we went through the allergy testing. But not the allergy but they actually do the allergy puncture where they do samples. They just did blood tests. But anyway, I want you guys to keep me in prayer that the Lord, I’m believing God for my healing. And I’m thanking him and praising him each and every day. I know God is an answer to all things. And prayer can never fail meaning. Just want you to keep me in prayer, that this healing ceases in the name of Jesus. And my health be restored. And I’m praying that everyone be blessed. All the calls that call in, I’m praying with you. Can’t just name each and every one of you right now. But I am with you and I know God is with all of us and God is the healer and I know God is with us and in us and we just believe, receive from God. Have a blessed day in the name of Jesus. Thank you.

Hello, my Daily Audio Family. I’m listening to all the prayer requests. It breaks my heart to hear so many that I need, the girl that’s sad. And she’s tired of being sad. I pray God, that You, in Jesus name, give her the joy of the Lord. That You’ll let her know, Father, show her Lord, why she is so sad, Father God. Father, speak to her rest, she sleeps Father God. And resting, Holy Spirit, speak to her life. Father, breath joy in her life, Father. In Jesus name. I pray for the husband who’s in that big, that has a bad addiction to drugs. Lord God, I pray that You speak to him as he sleeps, as he rests and he’ll hear your voice, Father. Heal him, show him your way, Father. Make a way Father God. To all of my friends that are with Christ in Prayer, the Father. I ask you this in Jesus name. There’s nothing impossible for you, dear Father. You sent Jesus to cure the sick, to heal them all, to rescue them, to restore them, Father God. Give them the joy of salvation, Father. Reach down to those that are in need, Father God. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

Hi Shawn, I heard you and you are in my prayers. I battled addiction from 26 years old, to 41 years old, so 15 years. In my experience, and to overcome, I did four things. I stopped drinking because even the more we drink, led to drug use. This required a mindset change. I also had the support system, in my case, my wife, who assisted me to understand the reasons for my actions: past trauma, lifestyle and so on. Three, I changed the places I went to and I adopted a healthier lifestyle. I exercised frequently and felt more joy. I stopped going to locations that drug use. For example, bars, until I had the strength. I diligently studied the Bible, using the DAB platform and to apply it to my life. I have now been sober for over three years. I never felt better. I wish the same for you brother. God bless.

Good morning, this is Nobody Gets Left Behind, in Colorado. I’m thankful for all my DAB family, the multitude from around the world. That we’ll gather one day before the throne of our Father God, a throne near the sea of glass, with our mighty King Jesus, seated at his right hand. I have a praise report for you. My brother Jeremy was freed from prison, he was there for almost 20 years. He’s now able to listen to the DAB every morning with me. We get to Bible study in fellowship and go over it together. I also wanted to let you know that my daughter Halo, she’s being recorded in a music studio. She’s singing worship music that God gave me to write. I also want to give a praise report for the Wednesday Bible group that we have, that’s based off the DAB studies. It’s still going strong. Shout out to all my brothers and sisters in Colorado that are in that group that are listening. I did want to thank the gentlemen that said the prayer for the baby Storm, that has cancer. Brother, your prayer and your words just touched my heart. I just want you to know I’m very thankful for that. I’m thankful for all of your words and prayers family. It just always touches my heart; it always just fills me with so much love and gratitude. I do have one quick praise or prayer request. If you can please pray for my mother Katherine who’s been homeless since January. She lives in a tent. It’s pretty cold here in Colorado now, below freezing. And every day I wake up, I just pray that she’s not dead. But if you could just pray for that, I would really appreciate that. I love you guys so much. Until next time.