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Through the Bible, June 17

June 17: Zechariah 7-9

Summary: Further messages from God by His prophet Zechariah, including further reminders of the consequences of Israel’s former unfaithfulness, God’s plan’s for Zion, and some specific details regarding the coming Messiah.

Devotional Thought:

Let God Do Good

God is good and wants to do good. That sounds obvious but it’s not always how it works out.

To His people God said, “I purposed…to bring good” (Zech. 8:15).  What He had brought, though, was “disaster” (Zech. 8:14).  Why?  Because “your fathers provoked me to wrath, and I did not relent.”

That God is good is unquestionable and undeniable.  But what we receive from Him is not based on His goodness, but rather on us.  So, the prophet tells God’s people what they must do to receive from their good God His goodness, and not disaster.  In short it was, “Love truth and peace” (Zech. 8:19).

Love truth and peace?

God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9).

Yep, love truth and peace.

My Delight is the Lord, August 30

Let God In

August 30, Tuesday: Following God’s Way

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51

We all wear masks, we all put up barriers. It’s natural. It’s an emotional defense mechanism. There are things about ourselves that no one else knows. Even with ones to whom we have “opened up,” some things are still held in reserve. We just don’t want to be that vulnerable. We carefully conceal any chinks in our armor and are quite cautious not to allow any blood into the water. It’s understandable. What is not understandable is to think we can do that with God. On the most fundamental level, we’ll never have a viable relationship with God until we open ourselves totally, completely, and absolutely with our Creator. “Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart” (v. 6). Let God in, all the way in!

Questions to Ponder:

  • Upon what basis is an appeal made to God? (v. 1)
  • In what way is our sin “only” against God? (v. 4)
  • What two requests are made of God in v. 10?
  • In what sacrifice is God interested? (v. 17)

My Delight is the Lord, January 6

January 6, Wednesday: Knowing God’s Son

Scripture Reading: John 1:1-18

Beginning

John doesn’t tell us the Bethlehem story as do Matthew and especially Luke. He paints with a much broader brush; much broader. Jesus is not just (don’t like that word, especially here) the product of a angel-announced-virgin-birth in the ancestral town of king David. He goes way back–back before his mother, at the angel’s instruction, gave Him the name Jesus–all the way back to what we can only know as “the beginning.” Not His beginning, but time’s, the earth’s, and humanity’s beginning. He was there. The Bible launches with “In the beginning, God…” (Gen. 1:1). John starts, “In the beginning was the Word.” He was both “with God” and “was God” (John 1:1). The “context” for understanding Jesus is nothing short of eternity and Deity.

Questions to Ponder:

  • What connection exists between Gen. 1:1 and John 1:1?
  • How are we to think of Jesus in relation to creation? (v. 3)
  • How did the world respond to God’s coming into it? (vv. 9-11)
  • How was Jesus “full of grace and truth”? (v. 14)

The Joy of God’s Presence, January 15

January 15, Thursday: Great Truths

Scripture Reading— Ephesians 1:3-14

No truth exists but that it comes from the mind of God and no truth from His mind can be considered greater—from a human perspective—than His eternal design and strategy for man’s redemption. The realities, ideas, personalities, and processes that are brought together by Him are stunning. Mentioned in this brief text alone are heaven, eternity, holiness, love, adoption, Divine will, grace, redemption, forgiveness, Messiah, sacrifice, unity, wisdom, inheritance, predestination, hope, glory, truth, salvation, Holy Spirit. There, that should keep your mind occupied for a while. Actually, every moment of every day for the remainder of life wouldn’t be sufficient to plumb these depths.

Questions to Ponder:

  • Where has God blessed us? (v. 3)
  • When did God formulate His plan for man’s salvation? (v. 4)
  • What outcome does God have in mind for us? (v. 4)
  • Through what and according to what does forgiveness come? (v. 7)

Exposed!

[In addition to the weekly offering of themed Scriptures readings, introductions, and study questions, the “A Week in the Word” reading program will also feature devotional writings taken from the week’s readings.]

Exposed!
Hebrews 4:11-12

Light exposes what the darkness hides.  Truth displays what deception conceals.  Honesty bares what lies cover.

We don’t deal well with light, truth, and honesty.  We think we do and we think we’d like to, but we don’t; not really.

Truth can be quite uncomfortable and inconvenient.  Comfort and convenience are exceedingly difficult to unseat.  Light shows what we would just as soon to remain hidden.  And honesty demands acknowledging what really is, as opposed to how we would prefer it to be.

See, that’s the thing about the Bible; as God’s own word it is light, it is truth, it is honest.  It has the capacity to expose us; uncomfortably and inconveniently so.  It can, and does, show us as God sees us; the one before whose eyes we are naked and exposed  (Heb. 4:12-13).

We have to choose to see ourselves disrobed by light, stripped by truth, and exposed in unvarnished honesty.   Remember, though, God already knows, He already sees, He already understands.  So our coming to the Bible is really all about allowing ourselves to confront who and what we already are.

–David Deffenbaugh

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The Challenge of the Truth

Devotional Text: Acts 23:9

The fiasco that was Paul’s trial(s) began before the Jew’s highest court, the Sanhedrin.  Paul recognized the futility of defending himself before these men and took the attention off of himself by introducing the resurrection from the dead.  He knew it was a chief point of contention between the major parties comprising this group.  As he anticipated, the gathering descended into a near brawl between the two factions.

The Pharisees, who happened to agree with Paul about the reality of the resurrection, actually came to Paul’s defense against the Sadducees—who thought there was no resurrection. “We find nothing wrong in this man.  What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” (Acts 23:9).  It’s an example of the old, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” adage.

What an odd turn of events.

It really illustrates the challenge of pursuing truth as one’s highest desire.  Obviously we think that what we already believe and hold to, to be true—or we wouldn’t hold to it, right?  When someone says something that is in agreement with us, we applaud and embrace them.  We’ve actually elevated what we already believe above truth.  Really.  How willing are we to investigate and explore an idea or belief that differs from what we already hold tod?  Or even something we already believe, and to do so as objectively as possible?

Is truth what we are genuinely interested in or is it affirmation of our presently held beliefs?  Those are not necessarily the same thing; and when we assume they are, we’re done for.

–David Deffenbaugh

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Let God Do Good

Devotional Text: Zechariah 8:19

God is good and wants to do good.    That sounds obvious but it’s not always how it works out.

To His people God said, “I purposed…to bring good” (Zech. 8:15).  What He had brought, though, was “disaster” (Zech. 8:14).  Why?  Beacuse “your fathers provoked me to wrath, and I did not relent.”

That God is good is unquestionable and undeniable.  But what we receive from Him is not based on His goodness, but rather on us.  So, the prophet tells God’s people what they must do to receive from their good God His goodness, and not disaster.  In short it was, “Love truth and peace” (Zech. 8:19).

Love truth and peace?

God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9).

Yep, love truth and peace.

–David Deffenbaugh

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