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10 April 2020

Devotional Notes Psalm 117+John 5

10 Apr 20


Psalm 117
B1 What does this mean?
C1 All people are to praise Yahweh.
D1 God is not just God of Israel but all the universe and beyond.
D2 Nations are Gentiles.
E1 The Hebrew word for nations is גּוֹי gôwy. It means people who are not Jews, that is, the heathen.
D3 The people is a parallelism for all humans (nations as in the first part of verse 1).
C2 We are to praise Him in who He is (His attributes) and what He does (creation, laws, decisions).
C3 Verse 2 gives 2 specific reasonsHis mercy and His faithfulness (the word has the ideas of truth, faithful, right, and sure).
C4 Adam Clarke comments: And the truth of the Lord endureth for ever - Whatsoever he has promised, that he will most infallibly fulfill. He has promised to send his Son into the world, and thus he has done. He his promised that he should die for transgressors, and this he did. He has promised to receive all who come unto him through Christ Jesus, and this he invariably does. He has promised that his Gospel shall be preached in every nation, and this he is doing; the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever. Therefore, Praise ye the Lord!
C5 The Old Testament Biblical Illustrator has: In God's worship it is not always necessary to be long; few words sometimes say what is sufficient, as this short psalm giveth us to understand.

B2 How do I apply this to my life? I need to do it. I need to make it a priority.


John 5
B1 What does this mean?
C1 Jesus Heals the Man at Bethesda Pool
D1 It is not known which feast this is but most accept that it is the Passover.
D2 In John Lightfoot’s commentary, he writes: The other evangelists speak but sparingly of Christ's acts in Judea; this of ours something more copiously. They mention nothing of the Passovers from his baptism to his death, excepting the very last; but St. John points at them all. The first he speaks of chapter 2:13; the third, chapter 6:4; the fourth, chapter 13:1; and the second, in this place. It is true he does not call it by the name of the Passover here, but only a feast in general. However, the words of our Saviour mentioned above, chapter 4:35, do give some kind of light into this matter.
D3 Verse 6 seems like a dumb question.
E1 But I have taken care of patients who did not want to get well, for they used their sickness for sympathy.
E2 Lightfoot considers it an appropriate question being that it is the Sabbath.
E3 Perhaps the sick man may have become discouraged and simply gave up hope.
E4 Jesus may have wanted him to focus his attention on Himself (JFB).
D4 After the man answers, Jesus commands him to get up, pick up his mat, and walk. All of these things are considered work under the interpretations of the Scribes of Jesus’s time.
D5 Verse 10-12, immediately the man is healed and the Jewish teachers criticize Jesus.
D5 Verse 14, the man goes to the Temple probably to pray, thanking God for his healing. Jesus warns the man to not sin any more. Good advice for anyone.
C2 Jewish Leaders Start to Persecute Jesus
D1 Verse 17, Jesus teaches 2 things. One is that God is His father (see verse 18) and that since His Father is working, so will He. The Father may have finished creation in 6 days, but He has never stopped governing creation.
D2 Jesus teaches that as the Father has life and can give life, so Jesus can do also. We have been given life but cannot give life ourselves.
D3 Jesus is THE judge. See Daniel 7:10 and Revelation 20:12. So we must respect and fear this judge. Psalm 2:12 NLT Submit to God's royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities--for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
D4 Verse 23, if you Jews do not honor me now, you don’t honor the Father either.
D5 Verse 24 emphasizes faith and trust (believing) Jesus for salvation, not human effort as the Jews taught. The dead might be those dead in sins. I think if refers to 2 resurrections (see verse 29), the first for believers and the second for nonbelievers. Daniel 12:2 CSB Many who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, and some to disgrace and eternal contempt.
D6 Jesus does not seek His own will, but the Father’s will. So should we.
C3 Jesus Has Witnesses to His Identity
D1 The witnesses are Scripture (prophecies), John the Baptist, God the Father, and what He does (miracles authenticating that He is The Messiah).
D2 Verse 38, Jesus warns the listeners that they are not believers. It is a time of repentance and believing God. Note again, how Jesus deals differently with individuals. He wants all to believe the Gospel.
D3 Verse 40, it is not God who prevents them from believing (which would tend to be a Calvinist idea), rather it is people themselves.
E1 Numbers 14:11 NIV The LORD said to Moses, "How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?
E2 1 John 5:10 NKJV He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
E3 Isaiah 53:3 NIV He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
D4 John 5:44 WEL How is it possible for you to believe when you get praise from one another and are not seeking praise from the only God? We learn
E1 If we praise ourselves (compare Luke 18:9-14), we cannot praise and believe God.
E2 If we are seeking praise for ourselves, we cannot believe either, for we think we are good enough for God.
D5 Verse 45, the Jews did not believe Moses, that is, take him at his word. We see this in what the Jews do. They add to God’s law their own commandments. Matthew 15:9 LEB and they worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.
D6 We are to read and study the Scriptures in its plain, normal sense.

B2 How do I apply this to my life? As above.

hope to have a devotional every day on John’s Gospel starting with the last chapter of Luke’s Gospel. This is the way I do my devotions. You may notice grammatical and spelling errors. It is my hope you will also start or continue in your daily reading and thinking about the Scriptures. I do this Monday through Friday. It is a 3 year plan of reading and thinking on 1 chapter in the Old Testament, which takes 3 years, and reading and thinking on 1 chapter in the New Testament once a year for a total of 3 times. So, I read through the Old Testament 1 time and the New Testament 3 times over a period of 3 years. I do this Monday through Friday and use Saturday and Sunday for other devotions.

08 April 2020

Devotional Notes Psalm 115+John 3

8 Apr 20


Psalm 115
B1 What does this mean?
C1 Among many reasons to praise God are His love and faithfulness.
C2 Note the difference between “gods” and Yahweh.
C3 God is living, thinks, acts, talks, decides, moves, etc.
C4 Verses 9-11 speak to those who should praise God: Jews, Priests, and everyone else.
C5 The opposite of praising God is seen in Romans 1:
D1 Romans 1:21 NET For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened.
D2 Most often people do not give God the credit for what He has done, is doing, and will do.
D3 Not only that, but they are not thankful either.
C6 The fear of God is
D1 Recognizing that He is the Judge.
D2 Thanking Him for forgiveness and salvation, for perfect love cancels fear. 1 John 4:18 GNB92 There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment.
C7 Verse 17
D1 The dead refers to those who cannot praise God in the flesh, because the flesh has composted.
D2 Others
E1 Adam Clarke: The dead praise not the Lord - המתים hammethim, those dead men who worshipped as gods dumb idols, dying in their sins, worship not Jehovah; nor can any of those who go down into silence praise thee: earth is the place in which to praise the Lord for his mercies, and get a preparation for his glory.
E2 Dake (exercise discernment):
dead praise not the LORD The dead-those who are dead physically. Only the body dies at physical death (James 2:26). It returns to dust at death and can't praise the Lord (Gen 2:7; 3:19; Eccl 3:19-21). This doesn't refer to soul-sleep (see No Soul-Sleep Taught in Scripture). This could also refer to the spiritually dead-the idolaters of Psa 115:8 who don't worship God in life or praise Him after death. One must meet God's terms of salvation in this life if he expects to be saved, for there will be no opportunity in the intermediate state or after the resurrection. After this, the judgment (Heb 9:27).
go down into silence This refers to physical death, not spiritual (Psa 94:17). In Sheol/Hades there is no silence (see Hell).
D3 Scripture never teaches the temporary existence of humans.
D4 Death is not extinction, it is living in a different mode (earth versus hades and finally heaven versus lake of fire (hell)).
D5 Most who believe in annihilationism/conditional mortality redefine eternal, soul, justice, punishment, etc. We must believe God and interpret the Bible in its plain, normal sense.

B2 How do I apply this to my life? Read and study the Bible in its plain, normal sense. Praise God. Give God credit.


John 3
B1 What does this mean?
C1 Nicodemus
D1 A respected leader of the Sanhedrin. See John 7:50-52.
DHe was a Pharisee. William Barclay (exercise discernment) describes the Pharisees, their devotion to the Law of Moses, and examples of how they changed the law by adding their ideas. Keeping their definition did not and could bring citizenship in the Kingdom of God.
D3 Along with Joseph of Arimathaea, he did not vote to condemn Jesus. See John 19:38-39.
D4 Didn’t understand exactly who Jesus was.
E1 He acknowledged that he did miracles and that he could not have done so unless God was the source.
E2 That’s better understanding than the others who claimed the source of miracles was the devil (Matthew 9:34).
E3 There were others also who acknowledged Jesus as being from God (John 9:16-17).
C2 Born again
D1 Physical birth (especially as a Jew) does not guarantee a place in the Kingdom of God.
D2 The Kingdom of God is where God reigns. The Jews of that day expected a warrior messiah who would overthrow the Romans and re-establish the Kingdom of Israel.
D3 Verse 5 is explained by verse 6. There is a physical birth and there needs to be a spiritual birth as well.
D4 2 Corinthians 5:17 CSB Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!
D5 Verse 8: The new birth from above (God) is from the Holy Spirit.
C3 Jesus begins to describe the importance of belief in God. We have the Scriptures (to be understood in it plain, normal sense) which teach us God’s ways, His standards, He desires, His decisions, He deeds, etc. We must be God. Jesus is God, and we must believe Him. Nicodemus struggled with the idea here.
C4 Verse 13 is questioned by many people, so they teach that this was teaching that Jesus is not in heaven and earth at the same but after His ascension, He was in heaven. Wilbur Pickering writes in his Bible translation:
About 1% of the Greek manuscripts, of inferior quality, omit "who is in Heaven" (as in NIV, NASB, LB, TEV, etc.). Presumably those copyists couldn't figure out how Jesus could be on earth and in Heaven at the same time, so they altered the Text. But let's stop and think about what this verse says—Jehovah the Son came down out of Heaven all right, but when did He go up? If "the Angel of Jehovah" in the O.T. was Jehovah the Son, as I believe, then He had been back and forth many times. In Joh 5:19 Jesus said that He could only do what He saw the Father do—so when and how could Jesus see the Father? Even though Jehovah the Son was in the human body of Jesus Christ, evidently there was some sense in which He was also in Heaven; He existed there. Well, that's what 1:18 says, "who exists in the bosom of the Father."
C5 Verse 14. Believing God when they were bitten by serpents would mean those who looked at the bronze snake would be healed. Those who didn’t would die. One believed; the other did not. See Numbers 21. As the bronze snake needed to be lifted up, so Jesus would be lifted up on the cross. Those who believe are saved; those who refuse are not.
C6 Verse 21: we have to acknowledge we are sinners, we are not good in God’s sight, and we need God’s salvation because we cannot do it ourselves.
C7 Jesus and John the Baptist baptizing.
D1 John’s disciples had a question about Jesus and His baptizing.
D2 John explained that he had testified that Jesus was the one who is greater, so we should expect these things.
D3 Verse 32: those who believe Jesus’s testimony affirms that God (Jesus) is true.
D4 Verse 34: God (the Father) sent God (the Son), who is Jesus. Jesus teaches the words of God. Those who believe have everlasting life and those who do not have God’s fierce anger. We have been warned.

B2 How do I apply this to my life? We have not reason to not believe, so I believe. Jesus’s existence, teaching, deeds, etc. are a reasonable faith.

hope to have a devotional every day on John’s Gospel starting with the last chapter of Luke’s Gospel. This is the way I do my devotions. You may notice grammatical and spelling errors. It is my hope you will also start or continue in your daily reading and thinking about the Scriptures. I do this Monday through Friday. It is a 3 year plan of reading and thinking on 1 chapter in the Old Testament, which takes 3 years, and reading and thinking on 1 chapter in the New Testament once a year for a total of 3 times. So, I read through the Old Testament 1 time and the New Testament 3 times over a period of 3 years.

04 April 2020

A Few Thoughts About Psalm 111

Psalms 111:1-10 GW Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company of decent people and in the congregation. 2 The LORD's deeds are spectacular. They should be studied by all who enjoy them. 3 His work is glorious and majestic. His righteousness continues forever. 4 He has made his miracles unforgettable. The LORD is merciful and compassionate. 5 He provides food for those who fear him. He always remembers his promise. 6 He has revealed the power of his works to his people by giving them the lands of other nations as an inheritance. 7 His works are done with truth and justice. All his guiding principles are trustworthy. 8 They last forever and ever. They are carried out with truth and decency. 9 He has sent salvation to his people. He has ordered that his promise should continue forever. His name is holy and terrifying. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Good sense is shown by everyone who follows God's guiding principles. His praise continues forever.

The Psalmist
B1 Praises God
B2 Gives thanks to God
B3 Offers praise and thanks publicly

God is described as
B1 Doing spectacular deeds
C1 To a Jew this would cause reminders of God’s deliverance from Egypt and all the miracles that happen then and in their 40 years of wandering.
C2 To a Christian, not only the above, but also all the miracles of the Lord Jesus. We see His authority over death, sickness, weather, demons, evil people, etc.
B2 Righteous
C1 To be righteous, there must be a standard to measure.
C2 God’s standard is primarily the 10 Commandments. God always has, is, and will live perfectly by that standard in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
B3 Doing miracles
C1 Miracles show Yahweh is the creator. Only the creator can create in these ways as healing, etc.
C2 Miracles authenticate one’s qualifications.
D1 The devil can do miracles: Exodus 7:11 WEB Then Pharaoh also called for the wise men and the sorcerers. They also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same thing with their enchantments.
D2 The devil’s miracles are limited: Exodus 7:12 WEB For they each cast down their rods, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
D3 God can do miracles: Exodus 7:8-10 WEB Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 9 “When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Perform a miracle!’ then you shall tell Aaron, ‘Take your rod, and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it become a serpent.’” 10 Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, as Yahweh had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
D4 God’s miracles are superior: Exodus 7:12 WEB For they each cast down their rods, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. [Emphasis is mine]
B4 Merciful
C1 God has the authority to judge and sentence. 2 Timothy 4:1 NET I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
C2 God has given conditions under which one can receive His mercy. He does not have to, but enjoys doing so because of His love.
D1 John 3:18 WEB He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
D2 James 2:13 GW No mercy will be shown to those who show no mercy to others. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
C3 Ephesians 2:4 NET But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,
B5 Compassionate
C1 Showing concern for other’s hurts and needs
C2 2 Corinthians 1:3 GW Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who is compassionate and the God who gives comfort.
B6 Providence
C1 Able to, wanting to, and does supply our needs.
C2 For example:
D1 2 Corinthians 9:10 BSB Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your store of seed and will increase the harvest of your righteousness.
D2 Philippians 4:19 BSB And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
B7 Keeps His promises: Hebrews 6:16-18 BSB Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and their oath serves as a confirmation to end all argument. 17 So when God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath. 18 Thus by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be strongly encouraged.
B8 Does everything in truth
C1 Truth is reality.
C2 John 14:6 WEB Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.
C3 Hebrews 6:18 EMTV in order that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong encouragement, who have fled to take hold of the hope being set before us;
B9 Does everything with justice
C1 Justice is treating all equal when judging, etc.
C2 Deuteronomy 32:4 LEB The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just; he is a faithful God, and without injustice righteous and upright is he.
C3 Psalms 9:8-9 CPDV But the Lord remains in eternity. He has prepared his throne in judgment. 9 And he will judge the whole world in equity. He will judge the people in justice.
B10 His wisdom is trustworthy
C1 1 Thessalonians 5:24 NET He who calls you is trustworthy, and he will in fact do this.
C2 Psalms 19:7 GW The teachings of the LORD are perfect. They renew the soul. The testimony of the LORD is dependable. It makes gullible people wise.
C3 When we read His words in Scripture, we know they are 100% true.
D1 Direct quotations of God are 100% true.
D2 Direct quotations of others are a 100% truthful recording of what they said and did.
B11 Does everything decently
C1 God has standard.
C2 He lives by His standard.
C3 What He requires of others, He, Himself, lives by.
C4 The word for decency (uprightness in the KJV) is a word meaning (via Thayer)
D1 straight, upright, correct, right
E1 Straight, level
E2 Right, pleasing, correct
E3 Straightforward, just, upright, fitting, proper
E4 Uprightness, righteous, upright
E5 That which is upright
D2 Psalms 119:137 MKJV You are righteous, O LORD, and Your judgments are right.
D3 Nehemiah 9:13 GW You came from heaven to Mount Sinai and spoke with them from heaven. You gave them fair rules, trustworthy teachings, and good laws and commandments.
B12 Holy
C1 The Hebrew word is קָדוֹשׁ qâdôwsh meaning separated from evil, dedicated to God for service, etc. Free from defilement of crimes, idolatry, and other unclean and profane thing (Gesenius Hebrew Chaldee Lexicon).
C2 Psalm 78:41 NLT Again and again they tested God's patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
C3 Zechariah 14:5 NLT You will flee through this valley, for it will reach across to Azal. Yes, you will flee as you did from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all his holy ones with him.
B13 Awesome (worthy of reverence)
C1 The Hebrew word is יָרֵא yârêʼ. It means fear of something (thus running away from it), to fear God (as in fear of the one who can judge, sentence, and punish), to tremble for joy (as in Isaiah 60:5), and something so wonderful we are in shock and awe (as in Psalm 66:3 and 5).
C2 Revelation 19:16 NLT On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

One more thing
B1 Psalm 111:10 CSB The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his instructions have good insight. His praise endures forever.
B2 God’s ways are best. Look at the mess in the world of all societies and nations.
B3 Commenting on this verse Whedon writes:
10. The beginning of wisdom—Not only in the sense of order of time, but also as chief or first in dignity. See Proverbs 1:7; 4:7, where the same word, “beginning, ” occurs. Understanding must here be taken in its ethical sense of wisdom, prudence, discretion; which was always looked upon as the gift of God and the guaranty of success and happiness. Job 28:28Proverbs 13:15.
His praise endureth—Whose praise? Some suppose the praise of the wise man, who keeps the commandments, is meant, as in Psalms 112. But Jehovah in his works is the theme of the psalm, and the pronoun more properly refers to “Lord ” in the first member of the verse, to whom all praise is due.

Revelation 22:17 NLT The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." Let anyone who hears this say, "Come." Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.