Archive for January, 2020

Slow to Anger

January 31, 2020 Leave a comment

6 The Lord works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
14 For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.

Psalm 103:6-14

King David reflects upon God’s patience.

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The Lord’s Good Gifts

January 30, 2020 Leave a comment

3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103:3-5

David reflects upon the Lord’s many blessings.

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Psalm 103

January 27, 2020 Leave a comment

This is a psalm “of David.”

Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me (verse 1)

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Faithfulness Psalter

January 24, 2020 Leave a comment

39 out of 79 “faithfulness” references, 49%, appear in the Psalms.

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The Advantage of Being Jewish

January 23, 2020 Leave a comment

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Will their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Although everyone is a liar, let God be proved true, as it is written,

“So that you may be justified in your words,
and prevail in your judging.”

Romans 3:1-4

Paul explains that there is value in being Jewish in the era of Jesus’s sacrifice.

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God’s Faithfulness To The Israelites

January 22, 2020 Leave a comment

Thus says the Lord of hosts: Even though it seems impossible to the remnant of this people in these days, should it also seem impossible to me, says the Lord of hosts? Thus says the Lord of hosts: I will save my people from the east country and from the west country; and I will bring them to live in Jerusalem. They shall be my people and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.

Zechariah 8:6-8

Despite the challenging circumstances, in which the Israelites see no escape, the prophet reassures the people that God has not forgotten them.

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God Is Faithful Despite The People’s Unfaithfulness

January 17, 2020 Leave a comment

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over the transgression
of the remnant of your possession?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in showing clemency.
He will again have compassion upon us;
he will tread our iniquities under foot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and unswerving loyalty to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our ancestors
from the days of old.

Hosea 7:18-20

The prophet Hosea focuses on human faithlessness and God’s continued faithfulness. God even commands the prophet to marry an adulterous wife to illustrate this point.

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