Daily Devotion


22
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 6:31 31 “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. This is the Golden Rule. It’s been translated different ways: “Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them” (Christian Standard Bible). “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise” (King James Version). “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (NIV). “Treat others just as you would want them to treat you” (Evangelical Heritage Version). “And as......

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20
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU OBADIAH 1b This is what the LORD God says to Edom. These words follow a set formula used by messengers and heralds throughout the Bible and in many other ancient documents. Called the Messenger Formula, it shows a communication between two parties using an intermediary. One commentator has counted 19 instances of this formula in the Bible in which the message has a human origin. For example, Jacob sends word to his brother through a group of servants: He instructed them: “This is what you are to say......

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19
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 6:30 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes away your things, do not demand them back. In verse 29, Jesus encouraged us to take a blow and endure robbery with forbearance. Now he encourages us along different lines: Give to anyone and everyone who asks. “Give” in this case is a present tense imperative: “Be giving.” Don’t hold back, and if possible, we should even anticipate a request (but that doesn’t mean that we need to give before we’re asked—behavior like that can......

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18
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 6:29 29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, offer the other too. If someone takes away your coat, don’t stop him from taking your shirt as well. Behind this command from Jesus is the truth that punishment belongs in the realm of two of the Commandments: the First (divine punishment) and the Fourth (for civil punishment and discipline within the family). If you are not in a position of authority over someone, do not punish them. Shame the man who strikes you on the cheek by......

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17
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 6:27-28 Love Your Enemies (Matthew 5:38-48) 27 “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. This is a hard saying from Jesus. For everyone who fully grasps the truth that the gospel is the only tool for winning souls, this doctrine of loving one’s neighbor makes perfect sense in a way that no other religion in the world could ever comprehend. A Buddhist, an atheist,......

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16
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 6:26 26 Woe to you when all people speak well of you, because that is how their fathers constantly treated the false prophets. This fourth woe is the reverse of the earlier promise: “The fact is, their fathers constantly did the same things to the prophets” (6:23b). In fact, all of the woe pronouncements directly reverse the four Beatitudes recorded by Luke: (20) Blessed at the poor / (24) Woe to you rich (21a) Blessed are you who hunger / (25a) Woe to you well-fed (21b) Blessed......

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15
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 6:25b Woe to you who laugh now, because you will be mourning and weeping. Jesus again uses the word “now.” By this, he means that this “woe” is about those who laugh and are delighted with the pleasures of this world, “now,” as opposed to those of the next. Jesus isn’t disparaging the laughter of Christians, a view once taken by some extremists. He is condemning those whose attitude is “eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die (Exodus 32:6; Luke 12:19).” Solomon says, “It is......

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13
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU INTRODUCTION TO OBADIAH Obadiah is more like the major prophets than many of the minor prophets. His book “flows in the mainstream of Israelite prophetic tradition,” which means that for us, a quick study of Obadiah can be a quick review of the main themes of many of the Old Testament prophetic books. The book is short—just 21 verses (Haggai has 38), yet it is part poetry (verses 1b-18) and part prose (verses 1a and 19-21). The prophets who wrote in poetic form utilized a standard form of......

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12
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 6:25a 25 Woe to you who are well fed now, because you will be hungry. Here once again Jesus’ word “now” helps us to remember that he’s talking about the difference between woeful sins of this lifetime and their woeful result in eternity. Those who find all their pleasure in what the world has to offer either forget the one who really offers these things, or else they reject him outright. Either way, relying on the creation rather than on the creator is a sin the Bible......

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11
Jan 2018

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 6:24 24 But woe to you who are rich, because you are receiving your comfort now. “But woe to you,” Jesus begins. There will be three ‘woes’ in a row here, but Jesus will speak six more to the Pharisees in chapter 11. The word “woe” in Greek (οὐαί) is an interjection, like a shout of pain or horror. It sort of means, “How terrible it will be!” Because of these sayings of Jesus, the word has come down to us almost intact as “woe,” which can......

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