Daily Devotion


18
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU PSALM 71:16-18 16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone. God has done so much! Our author is coming to the Lord’s house (the temple) to proclaim what God has done. This could refer to any of God’s great miracles, from the parting of the Red Sea to the defeat of Sennacherib on the approaches to Jerusalem in Isaiah’s time. It could be the forming of Eve from the rib, or the miracle of my baptism. All......

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17
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 5:4-7 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water, and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered him, “Master, we worked hard all through the night and caught nothing. But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets were about to tear apart. 7 They signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came......

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16
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 5:1-3 In this chapter, Luke tells us about the way Jesus began to collect his followers known as the disciples. Grouped here along with more healing miracles and a miraculous catch of fish, the appearance of the disciples leads to a question at the chapter’s end about the disciples of Jesus compared with those of John the Baptist and those of the Pharisees. As the chapter progresses, notice how Jesus understands the success of the gospel. He does not thrive on the love of the crowds. He......

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15
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 4:42-44 42 When it was day, Jesus went out to a lonely place. The crowds were looking for him, and when they came to him they started trying to prevent him from leaving them. It’s doubtful that Jesus was healing the good people of Capernaum all night long. At some point, it would have been too late for too many more to arrive, although there might have been a few late night knocks on the door. Doubtless Jesus simply attended to them, but at last it was......

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14
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 4:40-41 40 As the sun was setting, they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases. He laid his hands on each one of them and healed them. 41 Demons also came out of many people, crying out, “You are the Son of God!” He rebuked them and did not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ. “As the sun was setting” tells us that the Sabbath was at an end, and people could travel from more distant places. News......

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13
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 4:39 39 He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and began to serve them. He had commanded a demon, and it fled. Now he commanded a fever, and it fled, too. Peter’s mother-in-law started right in serving the meal without any pause. Parachrema (παραχρῆμα) means “at once; immediately.” She didn’t need a few hours to recover or to sleep off her fatigue. She was healed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, just as we will be......

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11
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU PSALM 71:13-15 13 May my accusers perish in shame; may those who accuse my very soul be covered with scorn and disgrace. As we have seen, this is the psalm of an old man, probably King David. One of the last events in David’s reign was the rebellion of his son, Adonijah. Physically, David’s strength was gone. He couldn’t keep warm. He had trouble sleeping. In those days (971 or 970 BC, the last year of David’s life), Nathan the prophet and Bathsheba, David’s queen, reminded the king......

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10
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 4:38 Jesus Heals Many (Matthew 8:14-18; Mark 1:29-34) 38 Jesus got up, left the synagogue, and went into Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. We don’t learn the names of either Peter’s wife or his mother-in-law here or elsewhere in the Bible. According to Paul (1 Corinthians 9:5-6), all of the apostles and evangelists (including the Lord’s brothers) had wives, except for Paul himself and Barnabas. Paul mentions that Peter and the others took their wives......

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09
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 4:36-37 36 They were all amazed and began to say to one another, “What is this word? With authority and power he commands unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 News about him spread to every place in the surrounding area. The people of Capernaum came close to understanding who Jesus is, but they fell short. Their questions revolved around three concepts, but not the person of Jesus Christ. They wanted to know about the word (logos, λόγος), the authority (exousia, ἐξουσία), and the power (dynamis, δύναμις).......

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08
Nov 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 4:35 35 Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” The demon threw him down in sight of all who were there and came out of him without harming him. Luke describes the reaction of the demon in medical terms. First, he says that the demon “threw him down” (rhipto, ῥίπτω). Greek physicians used this word to describe convulsions and similar fits in patients (there are many cases in Hippocrates, Galen, and Aretaeus, especially when describing epilepsy and its convulsions). Second, Luke says that......

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