Through the Bible Week 26, Psalm 66 – 95


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Psalm 67:1–4 (NKJV) —
1 God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah
2 That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
4 Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth. Selah

Psalm 67 is one of those beautiful psalms that speaks of God’s greatness. Let’s look closely at the first four verses. The very first statement is a request to God for His mercy. God have mercy on us. God forgive us. We have sinned and we ask for Your great mercy. This opening request acknowledges that we are all sinners, helpless and without a way to save ourselves. But God is merciful. God’s mercy is talked about in scripture more than any of His other attributes. This is because God freely gives mercy to all who repent and come to Him. Once we receive His mercy, we can then receive His blessings. Blessings flow constantly from God.

Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV) — 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

God pours out blessings on us. He pours out blessings on everyone, but especially on those of us who are born again…those of us called by His name.

After this request in verse 2, the psalmist acknowledges that God’s mercy and blessings for His people will be seen among all the nations. All the nations will see His great salvation.

Revelation 21:24 (NKJV) — 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.

God’s mercy shines throughout the nations. People see His great mercy every day and come to Him. In the Kingdom that is coming, the nations of those who are saved shall walk in the light of Jesus. What an awesome thing to look forward to.

Verses 3 and 4 of Psalm 67 speak of this time. The nations will praise Him. We will all be glad and full of joy at the great reign of Jesus Christ. When Jesus reigns over the nations on the earth, then we will see the world as it should be. His judgment will be pure righteousness. His reign will be pure joy for His people.

Are you one of those who will walk in His light? Are you born again?

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Psalm 96-102
  2. Day 2 – Psalm 103-105
  3. Day 3 – Psalm 106-107
  4. Day 4 – Psalms 108-114
  5. Day 5 – Psalms 115-118
  6. Day 6 – Psalms 119
  7. Day 7 – Psalms 120-125

Through the Bible Week 25, Psalm 26 – 65


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Psalm 32:1–2 (NKJV) —
1 Blessed is he whose
transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man to whom
the LORD does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

King David wrote this Psalm as a reflection on the Lord’s forgiveness of his sin with Bathsheba. He said he was truly blessed. We are truly blessed when we submit and turn to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Blessed because our transgressions are forgiven and our sin is completely covered. Blessed that God does not impute our sin to our account, even through we are still sinners.

David wrote another Psalm (well he actually wrote many) about this same thing. I love this one line:

Psalm 103:12 (NKJV) — 12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

How far is the east from the west? infinitely far. God has removed our sin from our account. He will not have it on our record in the day of judgment. That is why David knows he is blessed. That is why we should know we are blessed. There is no greater blessing than being forgiven of our sin. What should be our response? David ends Psalm 32 with it.

Psalm 32:11 (NKJV) —
11 Be glad in the LORD and
rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you
upright in heart!

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Psalm 66-69
  2. Day 2 – Psalm 70-73
  3. Day 3 – Psalm 74-77
  4. Day 4 – Psalms 78-79
  5. Day 5 – Psalms 80-85
  6. Day 6 – Psalms 86-89
  7. Day 7 – Psalms 90-95

Through the Bible Week 24, Job 35 – Psalm 25


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Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV) — 1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

I love the way the Psalms start. Right here in Psalm 1, in the first three verses, we have the standard by which the Lord wants us to live. I have to admit, this is not always easy. This verse is the single verse which I keep a copy on my desk. It speaks so directly to me in my life. The reason is that my nature is to do the opposite of what the Lord says here. I am a christian, I love the Lord, but I live and work in the world. It is very difficult to have to be in the world and not follow the world.

As I looked at my life, especially the people I work with, I see some of the very behavior the Lord tells us to avoid. It is hard to live and have to deal with people who are ungodly, who think only of themselves, who try to destroy others for their own personal gain.  It is a world full of the scornful and ungodly that expects you to behave the same way. But the real problem in the end is that these people are not blessed. They are miserable, hateful, ungodly people who spend their every waking hour trying to get more and more at whatever cost. But the great thing is that the Lord lets me see it. By letting me see the exact behavior He wants me to avoid and by His Spirit making me understand it, it helps me see it for what it is, avoid it in myself, and live in peace in Him. It’s not always easy, but He is always there to correct me and turn me back to the peaceful path.

Most importantly, the Bible says we are blessed when we don’t do these things. Blessed when we don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the path of sinners (follow the path of sinners). When we get direction and hear advice from the ungodly or watch their behavior, we must understand that it is ungodly. I have to weigh everything I hear and see against the counsel of the word of God. That is what it comes down to in the end: the counsel of the ungodly vs the counsel of the Word of God. It really should be a no-brainer to follow the counsel of the Word of God, but what do I hear all the time…the words “Yeah, but”! Yeah, but what!? There should never be a “yeah but” with the word of God. Even if you don’t understand why or think you know better, you must follow the Word. It doesn’t matter your circumstances or what has happened to you, whether you are a man or woman, adult or child, rich or poor, black or white or any other thing, you must follow the Word of God. The result: blessedness, happiness, peace, joy. Otherwise, you are guaranteed to have chaos, bitterness, envy, strife.

So how do we walk correctly? We must know the word of God. Look at verse 2. We delight in the law of the lord and in His law we meditate day and night. That means we are constantly in the word, hearing the word, loving the word. Even if you don’t think you can understand it, just read it. He will bring it to your understanding. Find godly people and discuss the Word from them. Find a Bible teaching church and sit under good sound teaching. Simply think about His word day and night…all the time, every minute. Be in the Word!

If you do, you will be like a tree planted by rivers of water. You will be abundantly fed and from that abundant feeding, you will bear much fruit. You will never falter and everything you do (because you are doing it for and in the Lord) will prosper.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Psalm 26-31
  2. Day 2 – Psalm 32-35
  3. Day 3 – Psalm 36-39
  4. Day 4 – Psalms 40-45
  5. Day 5 – Psalms 46-50
  6. Day 6 – Psalms 51-57
  7. Day 7 – Psalms 58-65

Through the Bible Week 23, Job 11 – 34


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As Job is going through his trial, he has three friends come visit him to “comfort” him. Some comfort they are! They basically tell Job that all this calamity has come upon him because he is a sinner. Job challenges them to find his sin. He complains that God is treating him like a sinner even though he is blameless. These lousy three friends start naming all kinds of things that Job is probably guilty of since he is being punished by God.

Man, I am glad I don’t have friends like that. Well, I guess most of my friends aren’t like that! Anyway, what a terrible thing to think about someone and about God. Calamity does not come from God because someone is a sinner. We already see God’s intent here with Job. God is proving something to Satan and bringing something better for Job. God is merciful. God does not rejoice in bringing correction but is slow to anger and abounding in mercy.

Psalm 103:8 (NKJV) — 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

Joel 2:13 (NKJV) — 13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.

One of the friends, Elihu, comes to Job and chastises his two other friends for their foolishness (Job 32-34). They called Job a sinner, but couldn’t actually name any sin or accuse him. Yet, Elihu also chastises Job because Job was making himself righteous in his own eyes. Elihu is partially correct and knows that every man is a sinner. But God had called Job righteous and blameless. So Job was righteous and blameless. Yet, Elihu is still right. The attitude Job must have is one of humility. To know that I am righteous in Jesus Christ does not mean to think of myself as sinless or to think I am not a sinner. My sin nature still exists. It wars with the spirit. Paul fully understood this.

Romans 7:23–25 (NKJV) — 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

And Paul called himself the chief of sinners!

1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV) — 15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

Paul knows he is still a sinner. But, Paul also knows that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners!  Just as with Paul, my flesh (or my human sin nature) is at war with the Spirit within me. I must take care to know my sin in humility. Only then can I know the grace of Jesus that conquers the sin nature. And it will be through Jesus Christ that I will be delivered from this body of death.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Job 35-37
  2. Day 2 – Job38-39
  3. Day 3 – Job 40-42
  4. Day 4 – Psalms 1-8
  5. Day 5 – Psalms 9-16
  6. Day 6 – Psalms 17-20
  7. Day 7 – Psalms 21-25

Through the Bible Week 22, Nehemiah 10 – Job 10


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God says that Job was “a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8). What an amazing statement for God to make about a person. We must remember that Job was a sinner and Job knew his righteousness couldn’t stand before God. Yet, God calls him blameless. Why? Because he feared God and shunned evil. Job is faithful like Abraham. And like Abraham, Job believed God and God accounted it to him as righteousness. Because Job believes God and follows God, God considers him blameless in all things. What a tremendous showing of Grace. What a tremendous outpouring of mercy and love. This is the heart God has towards all men.

Not so the enemy; Satan comes to try to destroy the righteous. Satan’s attempt is to always drag the righteous into sin. Satan will attack and bring trials and tribulation and hope that you curse God. Satan wants you to turn from faith by whatever means and he is very cunning in his attempts. With Job, Satan takes everything from him: family, property, health. The only thing Satan can’t take away from Job is God himself. Job knows this and even in his trial, he acknowledges the sovereignty of God.

Job 1:20–22 (NKJV) — 20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.

21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Job fell to the ground and worshipped. In all his trials, Job comes to one conclusion and a singular understanding: God will do what God will do and “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Satan was fooled by God. Satan thought he would show God up by causing Job to fall. Little did Satan know that God was proving Satan to be limited and nothing compared to Himself.

I pray that in your trials and tribulations, when the world is crashing in, when nothing seems to be going right, that you remember that God is in absolute control. Maybe He is refining and maturing you. Maybe He is cleaning you. Whatever God is doing, it is His right and authority to do it, and it will end in good for you.

Blessed be the name of the Lord

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Job 11-13
  2. Day 2 – Job 14-16
  3. Day 3 – Job 17-20
  4. Day 4 – Job 21-23
  5. Day 5 – Job 24-28
  6. Day 6 – Job 29-31
  7. Day 7 – Job 32-34

Through the Bible Week 21, Ezra 1 – Nehemiah 9


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The Book of Ezra details the return of the Jews to Jerusalem at the end of the Babylonian captivity. They have been in captivity 70 years. Ezra returns in a second wave of sojourners, but chronicles the whole return and in one place tells us about the return of worship in Jerusalem.

Ezra 3:1–3 (NKJV) — 1 And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem. 2 Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren, arose and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God. 3 Though fear had come upon them because of the people of those countries, they set the altar on its bases; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, both the morning and evening burnt offerings.

The people who have returned to Jerusalem are surrounded by enemies. All the nations around them don’t want them to return and rebuild a nation. The Jews are afraid. Nevertheless, they trust in God and return to worship. Jeshua (Joshua) the high priest, Zerubbabel the governor, and their brethren all come together to rebuild the altar of God. It was destroyed by Babylon 70 years earlier and its destruction, along with the Temple, was very symbolic of the fall of Israel spiritually. But now, God is lifting His people back on their feet and they endeavor to return to true worship. This starts with the altar. For them, they must be able to make sacrifices to God above all things and they need the altar to do it. For us, it’s a little different. Blood sacrifices are not what the Lord wants from us. Jesus is the final blood sacrifice to atone for sin.

Hebrews 7:26–27 (NKJV) — 26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Jesus died once for all people. There is no longer a sacrifice needed. But God never really desired sacrifice. God has always desired a contrite and faithful heart. King David knew this and wrote of it when confronted with his own sin.

Psalm 51:16–17 (NKJV) — 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.

God wants a broken and contrite spirit. A person humble and following Him. God later speaks through Micah and confirms this.

Micah 6:6–8 (NKJV) — 6 With what shall I come before the LORD, And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old? 7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

What are your sacrifices to the living God? Do you do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly? Do you have a broken and contrite heart?

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Nehemiah 10-11
  2. Day 2 – Nehemiah 12-13
  3. Day 3 – Esther 1-5
  4. Day 4 – Esther 6-10
  5. Day 5 – Job 1-4
  6. Day 6 – Job 5-7
  7. Day 7 – Job 8-10

Through the Bible Week 20, 2 Chronicles 13 – 36


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At the very end of the books of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah (1 & 2 Chronicles), the fall of Jerusalem and Judah comes about.

2 Chronicles 36:15–21 (NKJV) — 15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy. 17 Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. 19 Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions. 20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

Verse 15 starts out by telling us that God rose early and sent His messengers because He had compassion. God always sends word to us when we need correction. God is slow to wrath and quick to mercy. God didn’t want to chastise His people, so for many many years, He kept sending them prophets to warn them of their evil ways and to turn back to the living God.

Jesus even speaks of this.

Matthew 23:34–39 (NKJV) — 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

Again, we see the compassion of the Lord. The Lord lays out the record of guilt against the people of Israel. God sent them prophets but they killed them all from righteous Abel, the son of Adam, to Zechariah, whom they killed in the temple at the altar. They are guilty. But their guilt against the prophets is nothing like their guilt at the death of Jesus Christ. It is here with the death of their Lord and Messiah, whom they deny, that the worst calamity comes on them. In Matthew 23:38, Jesus says, “See! Your house is left to you desolate”. They are left without their deliverer. They missed the day of the visitation. It is here that many in the church today want to say God has forsaken the Jew. May it never be. Even Jesus says they will see Him again. They will see Him the day they call Him Messiah. They will see Him when, as a nation, they come to know and believe He is the one. They will say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” One day, as a nation, every Jewish man, woman, and child will accept Him.

Jesus is returning. He will save His people. He will rule. Come, Lord Jesus!

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Ezra 1-3
  2. Day 2 – Ezra 4-7
  3. Day 3 – Ezra 8-10
  4. Day 4 – Nehemiah 1-3
  5. Day 5 – Nehemiah 4-6
  6. Day 6 – Nehemiah 7
  7. Day 7 -Nehemiah 8-9