July 18 – Daily Notes – Amanda

serve the poor

What do you currently do for someone who can’t repay  you? I normally invite friends over for dinner who will eventually invite me over in return. I hangout with people who bring me joy. But today’s Proverb reminds us that we are to care for and serve those who have no means by which to repay us. When we do this, we know a far greater reward awaits us in heaven.

1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34:

  • 29-31 – Some of the Levites were given jobs outside of the temple.
  • 31 – David’s 40th year of reigning was his last.
  • 23-24 – David was not asked to run this census of the people and God was not pleased that he did. These verses seem to attempt to absolve him of his wrongdoing because the census was never completed.
  • 33 – It is funny that right in the middle of all the official positions and responsibilities is listed Hushai, the king’s friend, as if that is an official position too.

Romans 4:13-5:5:

  • 18-22 – It must have been difficult for Abraham to have faith that God would provide a child for he and his wife so late in life. His faith that God would fulfill his promises was considered his righteousness. We too can have faith that God has and will do the impossible for us too.
  • 3-5 – It is not easy to rejoice in our sufferings, but it becomes easier when we realize what it results in.

Psalm 14:1-7:

  • 7 – The good news is salvation does end up coming out of Zion. Jesus’ death and resurrection occur in Jerusalem.

Proverbs 19:17:

  • This is reminiscent of the separation of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25. Those who served the poor and needy actually served Jesus. Though the poor person is not able to repay the generous person, the Lord is able.

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