Daily Bible Reading “Wisdom has Built Her House” (Proverbs 9:1-6)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 9:1-6. Wisdom has built her house, she has carved out her seven pillars. She has killed her beasts; she has made her wine; she has also set her table.

She has sent out her maidens: she cries upon the highest places of the city. Once wisdom has prepared she spreads the word to let everyone know.

This reminds me of when I was young and mama would get dinner ready she would call out, “Dinner is ready” for everybody to come and enjoy the meal she had prepared. When she called us she wanted us to come right away. She didn’t want us to take our sweet easy time getting there.

Whoever is simple, let him turn in here. As for him who wants understanding, she says to him, come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have made.

Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Ezekiel 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Notice that Lady Wisdom has prepared. She has made everything ready to receive her guests. When opportunity knocks wisdom is ready to answer the call.

One of the most important ways we can prepare ourselves for the future is to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Without Him we are headed for death and destruction. With Jesus Christ as our Savior we can look forward His blessings in this life and the life to come.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 9:1-6

1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

 

Things to think about:

  • What do we learn about wisdom in this Scripture?
  • What did Lady Wisdom do to prepare for her guests in this Scripture?
  • Once Lady Wisdom was prepared what did she do next?
  • For whom did Lady Wisdom call out?

 

Prayer of the day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Proverbs which shows us that those who are wise have prepared themselves. When opportunity knocks they are ready. Help us to be like Lady Wisdom and prepare ourselves not only now, but for our future with You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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In the book of Ephesians Paul reminds us that we are chosen of God. He encourages us to walk in unity in the church. He talks about our various relationships including our relationship with Christ, with each other, the husband-wife relationship and others. He also exhorts us to put on the full armor of God so that we are clothed for battle against the enemy.

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Daily Bible Reading “Be Wise” (Proverbs 8:32-36)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 8:32-36. Today we are picking up where we left off with the book of Proverbs before Christmas. Can you hear Jesus saying, “Listen to me. Blessed are those who keep my ways?”

He tells us to be wise and listen to instruction and don’t reject it. One of the signs of wisdom is being able to take instruction and correction.

Blessed are those who hear me. They watch daily at my gates and wait at the posts of my doors. Are you watching and waiting for the Lord?

Whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor with the LORD. Have you found Jesus as your Savior? If so, this Scripture tells us that you have found favor with God.

Those who sin against me wrongs his own soul. When we sin against God, we not only hurt Him but we do harm to ourselves.

Those who hate me love death. Those who reject Jesus as their Savior will be condemned to eternal death.

Which one are you?

Are you one who loves the Lord and keeps His ways? The Scripture says you are blessed not only in this life, but in the life to come. You have accepted Jesus as your Savior and look forward to life eternal.

Or are you one who rejects the Lord and looks forward to eternal death. It’s not too late. Surrender your life to Him today. Accept Jesus as your Savior. Love and serve Him and look forward to eternal life.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 8:32-36

32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

 

Things to think about:

  • In what ways do you consider yourself to be wise?
  • How do you respond to instruction and correction?
  • Have you put your faith and trust in Jesus? If so, do you remember when and where it took place?

 

Prayer of the day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this Scripture in the book of Proverbs. Help us to realize the difference between those who love and accept Your Son as their Savior and those who reject You. Help those who have not yet accepted Jesus as their Savior to realize their need for Him. For those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Savior we thank You for the precious gift of salvation which was sent to us through Your Son. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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In the book of Ephesians Paul reminds us that we are chosen of God. He encourages us to walk in unity in the church. He talks about our various relationships including our relationship with Christ, with each other, the husband-wife relationship and others. He also exhorts us to put on the full armor of God so that we are clothed for battle against the enemy.

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Daily Bible Reading “Parable of the Sower” (Matthew 13:1-30)

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Jesus is telling a story or parable of the sower to the multitudes who followed Him to the seashore. He explains how we hear the Word of God and how we share the Word of God. Only the seed that is planted on good ground grows and multiplies.

In Matthew 13:9 Jesus says, “Who has ears to hear let him hear.” Sometimes we have a problem with listening, paying attention, and understanding. The disciples ask Him why He is speaking in parables. God does not force His will or way on anybody. He only wants people who want Him.

Through this parable Jesus is telling us that some will see and some will hear, but those who don’t want to see or hear, won’t. This story also helps those of us who are trying to share the Word of God with others to realize that not everyone who hears the Word will receive it.

It depends on the condition of their heart and mind as to whether they are open to hear and receive the truth of the gospel or if they want to continue in their sin. We can’t make people accept the truth of the Word of God; all we can do is share it with them and hope and pray they’ll accept it.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Matthew 13:1-30

1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

 

Things to think about:
• What is Jesus trying to show us through this parable?
• Why did Jesus speak in parables?
• Do you use stories when you are sharing the gospel with others?
• Have you ever tried sharing the gospel with someone who wouldn’t receive it?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture that helps us to know not everyone who hears Your Word will receive it. We pray for those who do hear it that you might open their hearts and minds to it so they may be able to receive it. Help us to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. We ask that Your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Daily Bible Reading “Jesus Warns the People” (Matthew 12:25-50)

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In this Scripture, Jesus is telling the people every kingdom, or city, or house divided against its self can’t stand. Jesus warns them if they sin against the Holy Spirit, it won’t be forgiven them. Be careful not to commit this sin, if the Holy Spirit has been dealing with you to come to Jesus, don’t keep putting it off, it could get to the point that He quits speaking to you.

Jesus goes on to tell them that every tree is known by its fruit. He reminds them that every idle word we speak, we’ll have to give an account for them in the Day of Judgment. They ask Jesus for a sign. He tells them there will be no sign; it’s an evil generation that seeks after signs. We are supposed to live by faith.

Jesus says, “Just as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so will the Son of man be in the heart of the earth,” speaking of His burial after His crucifixion. He tells them there is one greater than Jonas and Solomon here, yet they don’t believe. He explains to them we can’t just reform people, we have to point them to Jesus, because unless the inside of a person is changed, they won’t change.

They tell Jesus his mother and brother are waiting to see Him and He says to them His mother, sister, and brother are those who do the will of His Father which is in heaven.

 

Daily Bible Reading:
Matthew 12:25-50

25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

 

Things to think about:
• How can we quench the Holy Spirit?
• Can a house stand that is divided?
• Who did Jesus say was His mother, sister and brother?

 

Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the Scripture You gave us. Help us not to be divided and not to quench the Holy Spirit. Thank You for Your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins, and was resurrected and sits at Your right hand, interceding for us in heaven. Help us to do Your will. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Daily Bible Reading “Jesus Talks about the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:1-25)

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This Scripture is about the Sabbath day and what is lawful or unlawful to do. The Sabbath day in Israel was considered to be the day of rest. They had many rules about what you couldn’t do on the Sabbath. There was no way they could rest for worrying about breaking the laws they had set forth for the Sabbath. Hebrews 4 reminds us it is in Jesus we find rest.

The Pharisees rebuke Jesus and the disciples for eating corn on the Sabbath. Then they ask Jesus if it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath. Notice as the man held out his hand he was healed. If we just do what the word says, God will help us to do it. In Matthew 12:8 Jesus says, “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” The Pharisees held a council to see how they might destroy Him. When Jesus heard this He left and went about teaching and healing people as He had before.

Colossians 2:16-17 tells us, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Matthew 12:1-25

1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

 

Things to think about:

• Was it more important to Jesus: to obey the laws of the day, or to carry out His work?
• Jesus was concerned for the people. Do you have compassion for other people?
• Can you imagine being one of the people who got to witness the miracles of Jesus?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You that in this Scripture You show us all these laws that had been put into place weren’t what was important to Jesus. We see it was important for Him to go about teaching and healing the people. You show us how important man is to You through this Scripture. Help us to have the compassion for others that You have. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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