Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week May 9-14, 2016
Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week
May 9-14, 2016
Monday, May 9, Psalms 105, 106
These 2 Psalms review Israel’s history from Abraham to the Babylonian Captivity, over 1500 years. We know God heard the prayers of the faithful Jewish Christians in captivity (Ps. 106:47) and kept His covenant with them. He not only brought them back to Judah, He also fulfilled His covenant when He sent us Jesus, His only begotten Son, as our Savior. Through faith in Jesus, both Jews and Gentiles have eternal life. Read II Corinthians 5:19-21 and John 3:16.
Tuesday, May 10, Psalm 107
vv. 1, 8, 15, 21, 31 – This Psalm was probably written after Israel’s return from Babylonian Captivity. Notice the repeated prayer of thanksgiving. Verse one comprises the table prayer which many of us use at mealtime. In it we thank God not only for material blessings, but especially for spiritual blessings which are centered in God’s loving-kindness in Christ which lasts forever and assures us, through Christ’s redeeming work, of eternal life.
Wednesday, May 11, Psalm 108
vv. 1-5 – Can we count on God’s love, goodness and help, or are these unkept promises, as with our government? Doesn’t verse 4 give us the answer? “For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Yes, God’s wisdom, power and love engulf the universe. What an astounding God we have!
Thursday, May 12, Psalm 109
vv. 1-5 – David had many lies and slanderous accusations brought against him in his life. He chose to deal with this problem in prayer. This is good advice for us in a society which repays someone who did them wrong with revenge. Turn the matter over to the Lord in prayer. What does God assure us in Ps. 50:15?
v. 20 -Revenge is not something we are to carry out. David correctly places this in the hands of the Lord. He looks to Him for justice. While justice does not always come according to our timetable, it does come. If the wicked do not receive their just desserts in this life, at the end of life they will, because they have rejected God’s Son. Read again Acts 12:23 and Rev. 20:14, 15
Friday, May 13, Psalms 110, 111
Ps. 110:1 — This is a Messianic Psalm. Jesus Himself refers to this prophecy of David in Matt. 22:41-45 as pointing to Himself.
Ps. 110:4-6 – Jesus was a king like Melchizedek. Melchizedek meant “King of Righteousness.” In Heb. 5-7 and vv. 5-6 of Ps. 110 we see that Jesus was far superior to Melchizedek. As Melchizedek appeared to have no beginning and no end, Jesus truly is the Son of Righteousness for He is eternal. Read Heb. 7:21. He also actually brings us righteousness, freedom from sin. (II Cor. 5:21, Heb. 7:23-27)
Ps. 111:10 – Without the fear of the Lord, people have no wisdom that makes any impression on God. That’s because they reject the only wisdom that counts, the wisdom of God unto salvation. Read II Tim. 3:15. Only those who truly fear (respect) the Lord will not reject Jesus as their Savior, and will also make use of earthly wisdom correctly. They’ll use it not to glorify themselves, but to glorify God. (v. 3)
Saturday, May 14, Psalm 112
vv. 6-9 – The heading of this Psalm in the NKJV is “The Blessed State of the Righteous.” How blessed are the righteous, the Christians? These answers are especially in vv. 6-9. The Christian is not afraid of bad news. That’s because God makes all things work out for His good, and, as David wrote, he never saw “the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread.” (Rom. 8:28; Ps. 37:25) The other great blessing of the righteous is that through Christ’s redemption, they exist forever. (v. 6)