Daily Reading — Day 139

Today’s Readings: Psalms 60-61, Jeremiah 23, Job 23, Acts 13:13-52

My Thoughts

Jeremiah 23

– 23:1-7, The Exile is certain, and it is mainly the fault of the shepherds (prophets, priests, and kings), although in the immediate context, the focus is probably on the kings (vs. 5 and following). The LORD does promise, however, that He will bring deliverance and that He will give a righteous King to lead His people

– 23:7, the deliverance that the LORD will bring through the promised King will make the former deliverance (from Egypt) seem insignificant.

– 23:16-17, this is the main problem with the false prophets. They empower those who hate the truth and do evil and oppose those who love the truth and do right.

– 23:33, from the ESV Study Bible, “There is a wordplay here, because the same word can mean burden or “oracle,” according to the context…You are the burden. The false prophets hypocritically asking Jeremiah for an oracle are the burdens that God will cast…off.”

Job 23

– 23:8-10, In Job’s suffering he lacks a sense of God’s presence. The LORD seems hidden from him no matter how hard he searches. However, he knows that on the other side of the suffering, he will be as refined gold. Job trusts that the LORD has His purposes and that He does all He pleases.

– 23:12, this is the heart of true obedience. It’s not simply about outward action but about treasuring the Word of the LORD more than food.

Acts 13:13-52

– 13:13, Mark’s departure eventually becomes a source of disagreement between Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:37-40).

– 13:16, “Men of Israel and you who fear God…” There were people of Jewish descent in the Synagogue, but there were also those who were called “God-fearers” (Gentiles who had come to believe the Old Testament).

– 13:27, Paul points out the irony that the religious leaders fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy about the Christ specifically because they did not understand them.

– 13:33-37, Paul makes the same kind of argument that Peter made in Acts 2:25-36, appealing to David’s words about the LORD’s promise that His anointed would not see corruption and further making the case that David could not have been speaking about himself.

– 13:34, “no more to return to corruption” The people of Israel knew that even in the Old Testament prophets raised people from the dead. However, these people were raised again only for a short time. They would again be subject to death, and their bodies would see corruption. Paul is making clear that Jesus was raised in a new kind of way. He was raised to never taste death again.

– 13:45, it is a common pattern throughout Paul’s ministry that Jews will be His strongest opponents