Posts from February 2020

Posts from February 2020

Psalms

Psalm 119:157

February 28, 2020 – Friday Psalm 119:157 NKJV 157 Many are my persecutors and my enemies, Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies. Comments Today we return to Psalm 119 and an amazing verse where in spite of persecutors and enemies, the Psalmist’s focus is on God’s testimonies. Benson’s Commentary shows there is a temptation to turn from God and His testimonies, but David was not going to do so: Though they tempt me so to do, and persecute me because I will not…
Luke

Luke 14:15-24

February 27, 2020 – Thursday Luke 14:15-24 NKJV 15 When one of those at the table with Him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” 16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.  17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 “But they all alike began to make…
Psalms

Psalm 119:84-86

February 26, 2020 – Wednesday Psalm 119:84-86 NKJV 84 How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me? 85 The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law. 86 All Your commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully; help me! Comments First a quick reminder, the 119th Psalm has eight verses for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet making it the longest Psalm with 176 verses. The verses above are from the eleventh letter kaph. Each…
Psalms

Psalm 109:14-20

February 25, 2020 – Tuesday Psalm 109:14-20 NKJV 14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord,  And let not the sin of his mother be blotted out. 15 Let them be continually before the Lord, That He may cut off the memory of them from the earth; 16 Because he did not remember to show mercy, But persecuted the poor and needy man, That he might even slay the broken in heart. 17 As he loved cursing, so let it…
Psalms

Psalm 69:22-28

February 24, 2020 – Monday Psalm 69:22-28  NIV 22 May the table set before them become a snare; may it become retribution and a trap. 23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever. 24 Pour out your wrath on them; let your fierce anger overtake them. 25 May their place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in their tents. 26 For they persecute those you wound and talk about the pain of those you hurt. 27 Charge them with…
Psalms

Psalm 7:1-2

February 21, 2020 – Friday Psalm 7:1-2  NKJV 1 O Lord my God, in You I put my trust;  Save me from all those who persecute me;  And deliver me, 2 Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver. Comments The introduction of this Psalm tells us it is A Mediation of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite. Why Cush, a Benjamite, was attacking David we do not know, but it…
Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 30:7

February 20, 2020 – Thursday Deuteronomy 30:7  NIV 7 The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you. Comments Almost all versions have hate along with persecute in the verse above, which makes a certain kind of sense. If you are going to persecute someone, it is likely going to be someone you hate. Even checked at the online interlinear Old Testament and found ones hating you just prior to they persecute you. The definition of the Hebrew…

Questions & Answers – Persecution

February 19, 2020 – Wednesday Questions and Answers Last night I was working on Wednesday’s Verse of the Day with a verse from the Old Testament when I came down with a terrible head cold. When I went back to work on it I got around to reading a reply to Tuesday’s Verse of the Day (below). It read as follows slightly reformatted: So walk me through this, is being mocked or harassed for openly expressing Christian principles, genuine persecution? Not…
Matthew

Matthew 5:10-12

February 18, 2020 – Tuesday AGAIN: Matthew 5:10-12  NIV 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Comments Monday I wrote about how I ended up choosing…
Matthew

Matthew 5:10-12

February 17, 2020 – Monday Matthew 5:10-12  NIV 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Comments This morning, over breakfast, my bride of almost 49 years…
Luke

Luke 14:12-14

February 14, 2020 – Friday Luke 14:12-14  NIV 12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.  13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,  14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at…
Luke

Luke 5:17

February 13, 2020 – Thursday Luke 5:17  NIV 17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Comments Today we come to the third iteration of this story. We have already looked at it, first in Matthew and then in Mark. Today, in Luke, we have additional details…
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