From: May 25, 2018
Scripture for today: 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18; John 14:15-31; Psalm 119:33-48; Proverbs 15:33
From: May 25, 2017
The instruction of wisdom begins with a proper fear of the Lord. Wisdom understands that God made us, sustains us, always watches us, and will one day demand an accounting of us. Understanding the attributes and works of God, wisdom rightly has an appropriate fear of God. The fear of God goes hand in hand with humility before God. The one who bows in humility and lowers the eyes in respect, will be honored and blessed by the Lord. But the stiff-necked fool who honors himself will be opposed (James 4:6).
From: May 25, 2016
“Orphans.” The Greek word here is the origin of our English word: “ὀρφανός, orphanos.” It can mean “parentless, fatherless, bereaved” or as in the KJV, “comfortless.” Which in this context seems most fitting. Jesus will not leave us “comfortless,” for he will send a Comforter. He was letting his disciples know that he would no longer be with them bodily, but would be with them in the Spirit. The promise he made to his disciples that he would “come to you” is already being fulfilled. This is not his future return when he will come again bodily. This “coming” is already here. The Spirit of Christ, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter is present and available. We have not been left “as orphans.” He is with us.
From: May 25, 2015
The peace that Jesus offers is not only a cessation of hostilities between times of war, but a sense of well-being in our souls that is a down payment on its future completion in all creation. Jesus had the Hebrew idea of peace in mind, which is called “shalom.” According to Strong’s Concordance, the word shalom means “completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.” Jesus doesn’t offer this peace as the world does. His peace is perfect and eternal. Those that receive His peace have put away worry and fear.
From: May 25, 2014
This prophecy was given to David through the prophet Nathan when he asked to build the Lord a temple to house the Ark. God told David that he was not the one to build him a temple, but that his son would be. This prophecy had both an immediate and an ultimate fulfillment. It was immediately fulfilled in David’s son, Solomon, who built a glorious temple to house the Ark of the Covenant. Yet, this temple was destroyed. Centuries later, another one was born to the house of David named Jesus. He is the ultimate fulfillment of this Davidic promise. He is both the Chief Cornerstone and the Builder of this eternal temple, which is the Church of the living God.
From: May 25, 2012
What God told King David through the prophet Nathan. Biblical prophecy often has an immediate, ongoing and ultimate fulfillment. Solomon, son of David, is the immediate fulfillment, building the Temple of which David dreamed. But Jesus, Son of David, Son of God is the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy. His throne endures forever!
From: May 25, 2011
The things that fill our eyes are ultimately worthless. The Word of God is eternal and able to save. Turn your eyes upon Jesus.