October 3 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Scott Peterson

When we cheer for or celebrate the tragedies of others, God is not pleased. Today’s proverb reminds us of that. We may disagree with the person or their actions or principles, but we are not to find joy in their misfortune. Try to remember this nugget of wisdom next time you think someone “gets what they deserve”.

Jeremiah 1:1-2:30:

  • 4-10 – Like several others called by God, Jeremiah has an excuse of why he can’t possibly be God’s instrument. God disagrees and assures him that he will.
  • 13-14 – Babylon is to the north and eventually fulfills this prophecy.
  • 18 – Jeremiah will be protected by God as long as he is serving God.
  • 1-30 – Through Jeremiah, God remembers the connection he had with Israel and then how sharply they turned from him. They cannot deny how much they’ve forsaken him because he gives specific examples.

Philippians 4:1-23:

  • 2 – Just so you don’t feel dumb, here are phonetic spellings of the two names here: You-o-de-uh and Sin-te-kay.
  • 4-7 – When we release things to God in prayer, we are free not to worry anymore. God’s peace can comfort us and give us confidence that the situation will be resolved.
  • 8 – This verse reminds us where our minds should be. We allow so much filth into our thought life, it is hard to be focused on the good, true, and pure.
  • 10-13 – Paul doesn’t speak simply in “what if’s”, he had learned to trust God with a little or a lot.

Psalm 75:1-10:

  • This psalm delineates the differences in the treatment of the righteous and the wicked.

Proverbs 24:17-20:

  • 17-18 – Everyone is God’s child. We should not gain joy from another’s misfortunes.

March 12 – Daily Notes – Amanda

priestly-garments

Remember these from Exodus? These were the priestly garments. They were worn by the Levites. The Levites were a tribe set apart to be the priests who handled sacrifices, atonement, and all sorts of other special tasks. Today’s Numbers reading gives us a helpful rundown of the Levites.

Numbers 16:41-18:32:

  • 48 – God spared the rest of the people because Aaron guarded them.
  • 8-11 – Aaron and his family are given everything that is offered to the Lord. They receive this instead of an inheritance because the Lord is to be their portion.
  • The Levites also got no inheritance of the people of Israel. Instead, they got the tithes offered to God.
  • 26 – The Levites were supposed to tithe off of the tithes they received. This is kind of like pastors tithing since they are paid by the tithes of the church members.

Mark 16:1-20:

  • It is significant that the first witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection are women. Women’s testimony in court or otherwise did not count.
  • 16-18 – These verses have been used to justify some of the more extreme versions of Christianity.

Psalm 55:1-23:

  • David feels particularly tortured because he is being betrayed by someone he once felt close to.
  • 22 – A great reminder that we can cast our worries, burdens, difficulties, etc. on God and he will carry them for us.

January 8 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Genesis 18:20-19:38:

  • 23-33 – Here we see prayer working. Abraham humbly pleads with God for the sake of the righteous and God’s decision is changed.
  • 4-11 – No matter how you read this story, it’s disturbing. While it’s a good thing that Lot wanted to protect the angels of God, his decision to offer up his daughters is horrifying. In God’s mercy, Lot, his daughters, and the angels were all protected from harm.
  • 14-16 – It’s confusing why the angels made a special effort to save Lot, though he knowingly lingered, but not the sons in laws, who seemingly innocently, thought Lot was kidding about the city’s destruction.
  • 30-36 – Yet another disturbing story. Lot sins by allowing himself to get drunk. We cannot give God control of our lives when we don’t have control to give. The daughters sin by not trusting God to take care of them, but take matters into their own hands.
  • 37-38 – Both the Moabites and Ammonites were enemies of Israel throughout their existence.

Matthew 6:25-7:14:

  • 25-33 – One of the major tensions in the Bible is God proving himself faithful and asking humanity to trust him and then humanity failing to trust. This passage is a very practical representation of why we should trust God and how futile it is to worry.
  • 1-5 – It is hard to imagine that we can see the magnitude of someone else’s sin when we ourselves our immersed in sin. This does not, however, instruct us not to lovingly correct the sins of others as we examine our own flaws.
  • 6 – Encouragement not to offer the character-forming corrections of God to those who will not appreciate it and take it to heart.
  • 7-11 – Another reminder to trust God to be faithful and provide for us and to seek his blessings.

Psalm 8:1-9:

  • David writes this Psalm seemingly overwhelmed and in awe of the majesty of God’s creation and the goodness he shows to us through it.

Proverbs 2:6-15:

  • The Proverbs continue to teach us that wisdom protects us from destruction while folly leads us to it.