Daily Reading — Day 143

Today’s Readings: Psalms 62-63, Jeremiah 28, Job 28, Acts 17

My Thoughts:

Jeremiah 28

– As is often the case when the LORD raises up a prophet to warn of coming judgment, false prophets also arise to undermine the true word and give a false sense of security.

– 28:2, “I have broken the yoke…” It should be noted that Hananiah does not undermine Jeremiah’s prophecy by completely denying it. Rather, he accepts Jeremiah’s prophecy and then adds to it, contradicts parts of it, and redirects it.

– 28:6-9, Verse 9 might be sarcasm. From verse 8, it is clear that Jeremiah does not trust Hananiah’s prophecy, specifically because he is prophesying peace.

– 28:10, We do not know how much time had passed from chapter 27 to chapter 28. It was in the same year, but it possibly could have been weeks or months that Jeremiah wore the yoke.

Job 28

– Although mankind has explored the earth with its mysteries, seeking out riches and knowledge, wisdom is still scarcely found.

– 28:13, “Man does not know its worth…” May mean that man is unable to understand the value of wisdom, or it may mean that man has not discovered wisdom, and therefore, does not know its worth.

– 28:23-28, the only way true wisdom can be found is in God. Verse 28 sounds much like the beginning of Proverbs (1:7).

Acts 17

– 17:2, although Paul knew that he had been given a special commission to preach to the Gentiles, he also knew that the Gospel should first be preached to the Jews.

– 17:3, The Jews were waiting for the Christ, but they did not expect a Christ who would suffer and die. Paul proved from the Scriptures that this, in fact, was the case and that Jesus was this Christ.

– although it might have seemed like failure (because of the persecution), Paul’s two letters to the Thessalonian church demonstrate the success of his mission.

– 17:17, knowing his context, Paul “reasoned” with the people in Athens. Certainly, Paul reasoned in every city, but the people of Athens had a unique attraction to philosophy and reasoned argument.

– 17:23, Paul is not saying that the people of Athens were somehow unknowingly worshipping the LORD. He is simply using something familiar to them as a tool to teach them the truth.