Friday, July 24, 2015
Friday, 24 July 2015 Psalms 35-36; Acts 17: 1-15 Elizabeth
Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 35-36; Acts 17: 1-15
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 37-39; Acts 17:16-34
David appeals to God Almighty as divine warrior and righteous judge. He prays that God will come to his defense and rescue him from those who were once close friends but who now accuse, slander, and condemn him with malice. The Lord forbids that we accuse an innocent person, that he or she might be wrongly punished in body, property, or reputation. He bids us to err on the side of the Gospel in the case of our neighbor, unless guilt is clear. As we endeavor to treat our neighbors fairly and with mercy, our merciful Lord justifies us according to His righteousness.
At Thessalonica, Paul and Silas continue the pattern of preaching at the synagogue, gaining converts, and experiencing harsh opposition. The offense and foolishness of the cross may well provoke a harsh response from the world. Yet Jesus, the Messiah, suffered, died, and rose, and “turned the world upside down.” Sinners are forgiven, the humble and poor are raised up, and the proud and rich are brought low. The first will be last, and the last, first. Persecution follows the Gospel, even when the Bereans eagerly receive it. God’s people should follow the noble example of the Bereans, who studied the Scriptures daily in order to receive further truths and to examine what they were being taught. Because the OT Scriptures also testify to Jesus Christ, searching them brings God’s blessings of salvation.