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Daily Word Scripture The Wisdom of God
Truth and wisdom are certainly depicted in logical propositions and abstract concepts. Yet the revelation of the wisdom of God in the person of Jesus Christ must remind us that we have not found wisdom if all we know are propositions and concepts. God’s wisdom is personal and available only through a personal relationship with the Lord Himself. What are you doing to develop your relationship with Jesus as well as your wisdom?
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Today's Bible Reading September 19, 2017
Psalm 49 (Good News Translation)
God’s Faithful Word of Wisdom
Psalm 49: Today’s reading is a psalm written in the wisdom tradition and warns against placing one’s trust in riches and boasting about wealth.
Today's Scripture: Psalm 49:7
We can never redeem ourselves; we cannot pay God the price of our lives.
The Foolishness of Trusting in Riches
1Hear this, everyone!
Listen, all people everywhere,
2great and small alike,
rich and poor together.
3My thoughts will be clear;
I will speak words of wisdom.
4I will turn my attention to proverbs
and explain their meaning as I play the harp.
5I am not afraid in times of danger
when I am surrounded by enemies,
6by evil people who trust in their riches
and boast of their great wealth.
7We can never redeem ourselves;
we cannot pay God the price for our lives,
8because the payment for a human life is too great.
What we could pay would never be enough
9to keep us from the grave,
to let us live forever.
10 Anyone can see that even the wise die,
as well as the foolish and stupid.
They all leave their riches to their descendants.
11Their graves are their homes forever;
there they stay for all time,
though they once had lands of their own.
12Our greatness cannot keep us from death;
we will still die like the animals.
13See what happens to those who trust in themselves,
the fate of those who are satisfied with their wealth—
14they are doomed to die like sheep,
and Death will be their shepherd.
The righteous will triumph over them,
as their bodies quickly decay
in the world of the dead far from their homes.
15But God will rescue me;
he will save me from the power of death.
16Don't be upset when someone becomes rich,
when his wealth grows even greater;
17he cannot take it with him when he dies;
his wealth will not go with him to the grave.
18Even if someone is satisfied with this life
and is praised because he is successful,
19he will join all his ancestors in death,
where the darkness lasts forever.
20Our greatness cannot keep us from death;
we will still die like the animals.
Twice in today’s reading the psalm writer reminds us that greatness cannot keep one from death (verses 12, 20). Reread verses 13-14. According to the psalm writer, what is the fate of those who trust in their wealth? Verse 15 affirms that God rescues us from the power of death. What words of wisdom do you find in this psalm?
I depend on you alone, Lord God, and place my trust in your love for me. Thank you for rescuing me and saving me from the power of death. You have redeemed me and I know that I will live forever with you. Amen.
Those who place their trust in material wealth
Proverbs 8:1-36: Everyone is invited to search for knowledge.
March 2, 2017
Matthew 4:12-25 (Good News Translation)
God’s Faithful Word of Prayer
Matthew 4:12-25: Jesus moves north to Capernaum and begins his public ministry in Galilee. He calls his first four disciples and travels throughout Galilee, teaching, preaching, and healing the sick.
Today's Scripture: Matthew 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!”
Jesus Begins His Work in Galilee
(Mark 1.14,15; Luke 4.14,15)
12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he went away to Galilee.13 He did not stay in Nazareth, but went to live in Capernaum, a town by Lake Galilee, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali.14This was done to make come true what the prophet Isaiah had said,
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
on the road to the sea, on the other side of the Jordan,
Galilee, land of the Gentiles!
16The people who live in darkness
will see a great light.
On those who live in the dark land of death
the light will shine.”
17 From that time Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!”
Jesus Calls Four Fishermen
(Mark 1.16-20; Luke 5.1-11)
18As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers who were fishermen, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew, catching fish in the lake with a net.19Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.”20At once they left their nets and went with him.
21He went on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat with their father Zebedee, getting their nets ready. Jesus called them,22and at once they left the boat and their father, and went with him.
Jesus Teaches, Preaches, and Heals
23 Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing people who had all kinds of disease and sickness.24The news about him spread through the whole country of Syria, so that people brought to him all those who were sick, suffering from all kinds of diseases and disorders: people with demons, and epileptics, and paralyzed people—and Jesus healed them all.25Large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Ten Towns, from Jerusalem, Judea, and the land on the other side of the Jordan.
What does Jesus’ message (verse 17) mean to you? What invitation did Jesus extend to Simon Peter and Andrew (verse 19)? In what ways does your community of faith invite and welcome people?
Lord Jesus, you have called me to follow you. Teach me to share the Good News and extend your Kingdom so that all may know of your love and salvation. Amen.
Those who serve on evangelism committees
Matthew 6:1-18: Jesus teaches about giving, prayer, and fasting.