Riley Driver

Riley Driver

Matthew

Matthew 23:34-35

April 02, 2020 – Thursday Matthew 23:34-35  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. Comments The above verses come to…
Matthew

Matthew 13:20-21

April 01, 2020 – Wednesday Matthew 13:20-21  NKJV 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;  21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Comments Above we have Jesus explaining the parable of the sower which began this way 18“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the…
Matthew

Matthew 11:7-10

March 31, 2020 – Tuesday Matthew 11:7-10  NIV 7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?  8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces.  9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a…
Matthew

Matthew 11:6

March 30, 2020 – Monday Matthew 11:6  NIV 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of Me. Matthew 11:6  NKJV 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.  Comments The verse above is the last sentence from Jesus to two disciples of John the Baptist who wanted to know if He was the One to come or should they be expecting someone else? A truly odd question as John was the one who baptized Jesus…
Matthew

Matthew 10:26-31

March 27, 2020 – Friday Matthew 10:26-31  NIV 26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.  27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.  28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul…
John

John 15:20-21

March 26, 2020 – Thursday John 15:20-21  NIV 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed My teaching, they will obey yours also.  21 They will treat you this way because of My name, for they do not know the one who sent Me. Comments Are you a Christian? Do you call yourself a Christian? If indeed you are a Christian then those who…
John

John 5:16

March 25, 2020 – Wednesday John 5:16  NIV 16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. Comments What were the things Jesus was doing on the Sabbath? Earlier in verse eight He healed a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years, telling him “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk”.  Upon being cured the man got up, picked up his mat and walked. The Jewish leaders completely ignored…
Luke

Luke 11:49

March 24, 2020 – Tuesday Luke 11:49  NIV 49 Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ Comments This remark of Jesus comes towards the end of His list of woes for the Pharisees and experts on the law. While the Pharisees and experts on the law are listed separately, they were in effect one group with members with different roles to play…
Mark

Mark 10:29-31

March 23, 2020 – Monday Mark 10:29-31  NIV 29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the gospel  30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.  31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Comments These…
Matthew

Matthew 24:9

March 20, 2020 – Friday Matthew 24:9  NIV 9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. Comments Why would Jesus say such a thing? Well, let’s look at this chapter as a whole for context. The NIV gives it the title of The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times. An apt title as in the first two verses we have Jesus left…
Matthew

MTTHEW 23:33-36

March 19, 2020 – Thursday Matthew 23:33-36  ESV 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?  34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the…
Proverbs

Proverbs 3:5-6

March 18, 2020 – Wednesday Proverbs 3:5-6  NIV 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Comments One more day away from writing on persecution, at least not directly. With all that is currently going on in the world I thought to share a few verses that bring me comfort in this time of confusion, fear, and panic. Those are the two verses…