Daily Bible Reading “Listen to Me” (Proverbs 5:7-14)

Listen to Me

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 5:7-14. In this Scripture, Solomon tells his children to listen and not depart from the words of his mouth. He warns his sons again to stay far away from the strange or adulteress woman, and do not even go near the door of her house.

He tells them if they do so, they will give their honor to others, and their years to those who are cruel. He tells them that strangers will get their wealth; and their efforts will be in the house of a stranger.

He says in the end they will mourn when their flesh and body are consumed. He warns them saying, “You will ask, Why have I hated instruction, and my heart despised correction?”

You will say, I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor listened to those who instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the middle of the gathering of the congregation.

Solomon reminds me of something I’ve heard my husband say, “Danger, Will Robinson, danger, danger.” This is a quote from “Lost in Space.”

Over and over again Solomon warns his sons and tries to keep them from walking down a dangerous path. He explains the consequences of getting involved with strange women.

Do you ever do this with your children? We warn them and try to keep them from danger. We try to keep them from making choices that they will regret later. That is what Solomon is doing in this Scripture. He wants to make sure his sons know the dangers that are out in the world. He doesn’t want them to head down the wrong path in life.

In this Scripture, a father is talking to his sons, but as mother’s, we too need to warn our children of the dangers in this world.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 5:7-14

7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

 

Things to think about:

  • What are some of the consequences of being with strange women that Solomon mentioned in this Scripture?
  • What did he say would happen to their wealth?
  • What did he say would happen to their bodies?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in Proverbs we hear Solomon repeatedly warning his sons about the dangers of living a rebellious life. He warns them about getting involved with strange women. Help us not to walk down the path of unrighteousness. Keep us safely on the right path loving and serving You. Forgive us of the times we have failed You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Help, LORD” (Psalm 12:1-8)

 Psalm_12-1Help, LORD

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 12:1-8. Psalm 12 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician on Sheminith, an eight-stringed instrument.

Some biblical scholars think this may be a prophetic psalm, speaking about the end of time. Does any of this sound familiar as you look around the world we live in today?

David cries out to God for help saying that godly men die off. He declares that the faithful have vanished from the children of men.

He says they are double-tongued. They speak flattering words and talk about proud things. David says the LORD will cut off those who are bold enough to declare who we should accept as lord, or ruler, over us.

The LORD says he will protect the poor and needy from the proud. David declares that the words of the LORD are pure, as pure as silver that is refined in an earthen vessel seven times. David cries out to the LORD to preserve them from the wicked that are all around them from his generation forward.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 12:1-8

1 [[To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.]] Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

 

Things to think about:

  • What was David’s concern in this Scripture?
  • What does David say about the words of the LORD?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Thank You for protecting the poor and needy. Help us to be faithful. Help us to be careful what we say. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Daily Bible Reading “Jesus Tempted by the Devil” (Matthew 4:1-11)

Jesus_temptationJesus Tempted by the Devil

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 4:1-11. In this Scripture, Jesus was led by the Spirit to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and nights, and then He was hungry. Wouldn’t you be hungry if you fasted forty days and nights? Of course you would.

The devil knew Jesus was hungry and tried to tempt Him to turn the rocks into bread, saying, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” Jesus answers him by quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3, saying, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” This was a physical temptation. This is the same temptation Satan used against Eve in the garden.

Then in Matthew 4:5 the devil takes Jesus to the holy city, and sets him on a pinnacle of the temple and tells him to cast himself down. Jesus quotes Psalm 91:11-12, “For he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in (their) hands, lest thy dash thy foot against a stone.” This is a spiritual temptation for the pride of life.

In Matthew 4:8 the devil takes Jesus to a high mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of the world. Then he tells Jesus he’ll give Him all this if He worships him. Again, Jesus answers him with Scripture. This is a psychological temptation. This time Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 6:13 and Deuteronomy 10:20. Jesus tells Satan, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Here we see Jesus basically tells him to get away and leave Him alone. Sometimes we need to do that as well.

Notice every time the devil tempts Jesus, He quotes Scripture. This is why we need to read and study the Bible, so when temptation comes our way we can say this is what the Word of God says. We see also the same ways the enemy tempted Jesus are the ways he tries to tempt us. So, we need to be ready with our armor of Scripture to defend ourselves.

After the devil leaves Jesus, the angels came and ministered to Him. We can also use the Scripture to minister to ourselves and to give us comfort when we have a bout with the enemy.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Matthew 4:1-11

1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

 

Things to think about:

  • Have you ever fasted? If so, for how long?
  • Can you imagine how hungry Jesus must have been after fasting for forty days and nights?
  • Have you ever tried quoting Scripture when the enemy tempted you?
  • I challenge you to use the Scripture when temptation comes.

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this example in Your Word of how we are to handle temptation. When we are tempted help us to recall the Scripture to respond to our tempter. Help us to not let anything come before You. We love you, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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