Reading for Monday September 30, 2019
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Because of Zechariah, people were expecting the Messiah to come into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. When Jesus fulfills this prophecy, the people greet him with cheers and waving palm fronds.
Reading for Sunday September 29, 2019
Zechariah 6: 12-13
And say to him, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts, "Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord. It is he who shall build the temple of the Lord and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both."'
In Matthew 2:23 It says that the prophets had said that Jesus would be called a Nazarene. However, it never says this in the Old Testament. Rather, it never says this in the English translation of the Old Testament. The word Nazarene is a specific derivative of Nazareth which comes from the Hebrew root word "branch". Several times in the Old Testament, including Zechariah 12, it refers to the Messiah as "The Branch". And not only will this Branch be the Jewish Messiah, but from Isaiah and Romans, we know that this Branch is also the hope of the gentiles.
Reading for Saturday September 28, 2019
Haggai 2: 12-13
'If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does it become holy?'" The priests answered and said, "No." Then Haggai said, "If someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body touches any of these, does it become unclean?" The priests answered and said, "It does become unclean.
This reminds me of the saying: "If you drop a white glove into the mud, the glove becomes muddy. The mud does not become glovey." A little bit of bad can ruin a lot of good, but a little bit of goodf doesn't effect a big batch of bad.
Reading for Friday September 27, 2019
At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it. Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!
Zephaniah 3: 16-20
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach. Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you in, at the time when I gather you together; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes," says the Lord.
With God in your midst you are capable of so much more than when you consider you own might as godly.
Reading for Thursday September 26, 2019
Nahum 1: 6-7
Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by him. The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
God is our safe harbor. He knows those who seek refuge with Him.
Reading for Wednesday September 25, 2019
Micah 2: 6-13
"Do not preach"--thus they preach-- "one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us." Should this be said, O house of Jacob? Has the Lord grown impatient? Are these his deeds? Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly? But lately my people have risen up as an enemy; you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly with no thought of war. The women of my people you drive out from their delightful houses; from their young children you take away my splendor forever. Arise and go, for this is no place to rest, because of uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction. If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, "I will preach to you of wine and strong drink," he would be the preacher for this people!I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob; I will gather the remnant of Israel; I will set them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in its pasture, a noisy multitude of men. He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it. Their king passes on before them, the Lord at their head.
The Daily Way is not about preaching, but about God's Word. We are merely a multitude of noisy men following the Lord through the narrow gate.
Reading for Tuesday September 24, 2019
Jonah 4: 1-4
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, "O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live." And the Lord said, "Do you do well to be angry?"
Jonah gets angry and makes excuses to God.
Is God showing His sense of humor by responding with "how's that working for you?"
Reading for Monday September 23, 2019
Amos 8: 3
The songs of the temple shall become wailing in that day," declares the Lord GOD.
Amos 9: 14-15
I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them," says the Lord your God.
Today, what is left of the temple is known as the wailing wall. Also today, the Jewish people have been restored to the land where they have planted vineyards and gardens of fruit.
Reading for Sunday September 22, 2019
Amos 5: 4
For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live"
After hundreds of pages of prophecy, God gives Israel a succinct summary.
Reading for Saturday September 21, 2019
The Lord utters his voice before his army, for his camp is exceedingly great; he who executes his word is powerful. For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome; who can endure it?
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls
All authority belongs to God. When we execute God's Word, we carry great authority. And God will call His people from all places, from all nations.
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