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JEREMIAH 36-37:
In yesterday’s reading in Jeremiah, he gave more specific warnings to King Zedekiah. And then we heard of the inspiring example of the Recabites.

PROVERBS 4b:
Yesterday in the first half of chapter 4, we heard again about Lady Wisdom. I highlight these important words:

Prov. 4:7 GNT Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do. Whatever else you get, get insight.
10 Listen to me, my child. Take seriously what I am telling you, and you will live a long life.
11 I have taught you wisdom and the right way to live.
12 Nothing will stand in your way if you walk wisely, and you will not stumble when you run.

Solomon introduces some of these words saying that he was taught them by his father, which would be, of course, King David. It is interesting to consider that we could be hearing some of David’s wisdom in those verses.

1CORINTHIANS 13:
Spiritual gifts are important! They are sovereignly given by the Holy Spirit. We will be happiest and the most productive in our ministries when we function in accordance with our gifting from God. Every believer is given a gift, and chapter 12 portrays with clear analogies how the gifts are to used in the context of the body. So don’t assume that you can go off anywhere outside your local body and use your gift. My experience is that gifting can change a bit based on what local body your are participating in. The Holy Spirit can loan a gift to you at any time. The gifts are to help us function as a unified body, NOT to divide us? as so sadly has happened again and again. Selfishness is diametrically opposed to spiritual gifts. So, as important as spiritual gifts are, there is something more important, as we will hear today.

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JEREMIAH 36-37:
In yesterday’s reading in Jeremiah, he gave more specific warnings to King Zedekiah. And then we heard of the inspiring example of the Recabites.

PROVERBS 4b:
Yesterday in the first half of chapter 4, we heard again about Lady Wisdom. I highlight these important words:

Prov. 4:7 GNT Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do. Whatever else you get, get insight.
10 Listen to me, my child. Take seriously what I am telling you, and you will live a long life.
11 I have taught you wisdom and the right way to live.
12 Nothing will stand in your way if you walk wisely, and you will not stumble when you run.

Solomon introduces some of these words saying that he was taught them by his father, which would be, of course, King David. It is interesting to consider that we could be hearing some of David’s wisdom in those verses.

1CORINTHIANS 13:
Spiritual gifts are important! They are sovereignly given by the Holy Spirit. We will be happiest and the most productive in our ministries when we function in accordance with our gifting from God. Every believer is given a gift, and chapter 12 portrays with clear analogies how the gifts are to used in the context of the body. So don’t assume that you can go off anywhere outside your local body and use your gift. My experience is that gifting can change a bit based on what local body your are participating in. The Holy Spirit can loan a gift to you at any time. The gifts are to help us function as a unified body, NOT to divide us? as so sadly has happened again and again. Selfishness is diametrically opposed to spiritual gifts. So, as important as spiritual gifts are, there is something more important, as we will hear today.

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GN-DBRP_219 JER.34 JER.35 PRO.4.1-14 1CO.12

JEREMIAH 34-35:
In yesterday’s reading, Jeremiah bought a field according to the Lord’s instructions. Under the circumstances, that seemed a futile thing to do. He prayed, and the Lord used the situation as a backdrop for wonderful promises to the nation of Israel.

 I highlighted a verse earlier in Jeremiah where the coming Righteous King was named, ‘The Lord Our Salvation.’ In yesterday’s reading it was the city of Jerusalem that is so named.

Jer. 33:16 GNT The people of Judah and of Jerusalem will be rescued and will live in safety. The city will be called ‘The Lord Our Salvation.’

There is no conflict in this. The Lord is emphasizing something! Keep it in mind.

PROVERBS 4a:
Proverbs 3 extolled the virtues of Lady Wisdom and ended with various nuggets of wisdom. Here are verses that stood out to me from that chapter:

NLT Prov. 3:21 My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.
Hang on to them,
?
24 You can go to bed without fear;
you will lie down and sleep soundly.
25 You need not be afraid of sudden disaster
or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
26 for the LORD is your security. ?

1CORINTHIANS 12:
Yesterday’s chapter has two clear parts. The second section is the often-quoted teaching about the Lord’s supper. My opinion is that ‘discerning the body’ is about recognizing the symbolism of the Lord’s body in the communion elements, not about the church as the ‘body of Christ’.

The first section of chapter 11 has to do with visually portraying the God-ordained hierarchy of leadership within the main church worship services. (Note: Paul was not talking about general dress everywhere else, but just the worship services.) There is good information about the head ‘covering’ in a NET footnote. (See lumina.bible.org.) That note shows why long hair cannot be considered to be the head covering Paul was talking about. (That is a frequent misunderstanding.) I do NOT think we may just dismiss what Paul teaches here by saying that our culture does not visually portray male/female roles in the same way as the Judeo/Roman culture of Paul’s day. Yes, our cultures are so different. But rather than dismissing Paul’s ideas, I challenge us to explore how we may visually display the same spiritual considerations in our worship services in a way that makes sense in our cultures. Remember that he closes with these emphatic words:

1Cor. 11:16 NLT But if anyone wants to argue about this, I simply say that we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s other churches.

I think it is a good idea to pay attention any time Paul becomes emphatic.

GNT Translation notes:
Jer. 34:6 Then I gave [that//this] message to King Zedekiah in Jerusalem
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1Cor. 12:9 One and the same Spirit gives [full belief//faith] to one person, while to another person he gives the power to heal.
11 But it is [the] one and the same Spirit who does all this; as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person.
14 For [any body//the body itself] is not made up of only one part, but of many parts.
20 As it is, [in the body of Christ,] there are many parts but one body.
27 All of you are Christ’s body, and each one [of you] is a part of it.

NLT Translation note:
1Cor. 12:29 Are we all apostles? [No.] Are we all prophets? [No.] Are we all teachers? [No.] Do we all have the power to do miracles?  [No.]

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JEREMIAH 34-35:
In yesterday’s reading, Jeremiah bought a field according to the Lord’s instructions. Under the circumstances, that seemed a futile thing to do. He prayed, and the Lord used the situation as a backdrop for wonderful promises to the nation of Israel.

 I highlighted a verse earlier in Jeremiah where the coming Righteous King was named, ‘The Lord Our Salvation.’ In yesterday’s reading it was the city of Jerusalem that is so named.

Jer. 33:16 GNT The people of Judah and of Jerusalem will be rescued and will live in safety. The city will be called ‘The Lord Our Salvation.’

There is no conflict in this. The Lord is emphasizing something! Keep it in mind.

PROVERBS 4a:
Proverbs 3 extolled the virtues of Lady Wisdom and ended with various nuggets of wisdom. Here are verses that stood out to me from that chapter:

NLT Prov. 3:21 My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.
Hang on to them,
?
24 You can go to bed without fear;
you will lie down and sleep soundly.
25 You need not be afraid of sudden disaster
or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
26 for the LORD is your security. ?

1CORINTHIANS 12:
Yesterday’s chapter has two clear parts. The second section is the often-quoted teaching about the Lord’s supper. My opinion is that ‘discerning the body’ is about recognizing the symbolism of the Lord’s body in the communion elements, not about the church as the ‘body of Christ’.

The first section of chapter 11 has to do with visually portraying the God-ordained hierarchy of leadership within the main church worship services. (Note: Paul was not talking about general dress everywhere else, but just the worship services.) There is good information about the head ‘covering’ in a NET footnote. (See lumina.bible.org.) That note shows why long hair cannot be considered to be the head covering Paul was talking about. (That is a frequent misunderstanding.) I do NOT think we may just dismiss what Paul teaches here by saying that our culture does not visually portray male/female roles in the same way as the Judeo/Roman culture of Paul’s day. Yes, our cultures are so different. But rather than dismissing Paul’s ideas, I challenge us to explore how we may visually display the same spiritual considerations in our worship services in a way that makes sense in our cultures. Remember that he closes with these emphatic words:

1Cor. 11:16 NLT But if anyone wants to argue about this, I simply say that we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s other churches.

I think it is a good idea to pay attention any time Paul becomes emphatic.

GNT Translation notes:
Jer. 34:6 Then I gave [that//this] message to King Zedekiah in Jerusalem
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1Cor. 12:9 One and the same Spirit gives [full belief//faith] to one person, while to another person he gives the power to heal.
11 But it is [the] one and the same Spirit who does all this; as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person.
14 For [any body//the body itself] is not made up of only one part, but of many parts.
20 As it is, [in the body of Christ,] there are many parts but one body.
27 All of you are Christ’s body, and each one [of you] is a part of it.

NLT Translation note:
1Cor. 12:29 Are we all apostles? [No.] Are we all prophets? [No.] Are we all teachers? [No.] Do we all have the power to do miracles?  [No.]

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You’ve come back for the second episode! That’s great! This is day number 2 in the Digging Deeper Daily reading plan, and this is in the NE series, which means we will read from the N.E.T.

I suggest listening to the Daily Bible Reading Podcast episodes using any player that will allow you to see the full episode notes, and I suggest everyone try our dedicated listening app for Android and Apple devices. If you’re reading along with the podcast, I recommend following the Digging Deeper Daily reading plan within the Youversion Bible reading app. The days of that plan match each day number in this podcast series. However, please note: The Devotional Content page for every day’s readings in Youversion reading app is limited to only 400 words. Look inside your podcast player app for the complete episode notes.  If you listen while driving to work, you obviously should not be looking at the episode notes. But there may be something you hear? such as the mention of a link, or an alternative translation, that you will want to check out when you aren’t driving.

For digging deeper in the NET Bible, the bible.org folks in Dallas have created a fantastic coordinated Bible study environment found at lumina.bible.org. There are also other great free Bible study tools on the Internet, and I list my favorites on the Shovels page at dailybiblereading .info.

You will note that when I read the Bible text, I read most of the person and place names phonetically? rather than the using normal English pronunciation. This means that the letter A will have a consistent sound ‘ah’ and the letter I will be pronounced ‘ee’. This makes the names sound more like they are pronounced in most of the world’s major languages. Pronouncing the names this way also makes them sound more like they were pronounced in the Biblical source languages? Hebrew and Greek. That’s my practice when reading the actual Bible text, but when I make introductions or comments, I read the normal English pronunciations of the names.

The Scripture texts quoted are from the NET Bible┬«, which can be found at http://netbible.org. The copyright┬ę dates are 1996-2016, and this text is used by permission of Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C.  All rights reserved.
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GENESIS 3-4:
In chapter 2 of Genesis, we saw that Eve was created and introduced to Adam. And the pair at the end of the chapter were “naked and not embarrassed/unashamed.” As I said in yesterday’s introduction, I have seen first-hand in my work in Indonesia that when a people group misunderstands and twists the story in Genesis 1-3, it will have far-reaching consequences for their lives. In the case of the Orya people, twisting the story of the fall caused much suffering and misery among families.

JOB 2:
The book of Job is likeny to be the oldest book of poetry in the Bible. However, note that the first two chapters, the prologue of this book, are in prose. The reason I designed the Digging Deeper Daily reading plan to include just one chapter per day in Old Testament poetry is that poetry is a harder genre to read and appreciate. This works well through much of the Old Testament, but unfortunately it doesn’t work so well for the book of Job. When we get into this book, there will be speeches by certain characters that go for several chapters. So, in such passages, please attempt to keep in mind who is talking and what was said by that same speaker before.

At the close of chapter 1, Job had lost virtually everything he had, including his possessions, livestock, and children. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” Here is our second prose chapter before the poetry begins.

MARK 1b:
In our first reading in Mark 1, Jesus was baptized by John, called his first disciples, and cast out an evil spirit from a man in a synagogue.

NET Translation notes:n. 3:20 The man named his wife Eve, because she was [to be] the mother of all the living.  Gen. 3:21 The Lord God made garments from [animals’ skins//skin] for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.
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Job 1:21 [GNT He said, “I was born with nothing, and I will die with nothing. The Lord gave, and now he has taken away. May his name be praised!”//NET He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will return there.The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.]
[Job wasn’t going to return to his mother’s womb! It is always better in my opinion for a translation of NET’s type to put the meaning in the Bible text, and the literal in a footnote, not the other way around!]
Job 2:3 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil. And he still holds firmly to his integrity, so that [it was in vain that you stirred me up to destroy him.// you stirred me up to destroy him without reason.]”
Job 2:7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and he afflicted Job with [malignant ulcers//a malignant ulcer] from the sole of his feet to the top of his head.
Job 2:10 But he replied, “You’re talking like one of the godless women would do! Should we [just] receive what is good from God, and not also receive what is evil?” In all this Job did not sin by what he said.
Job 2:12 But when they gazed intently [at him] from a distance but [could barely//did not] recognize him, they began to weep loudly. Each of them tore his robes, and they threw dust into the air over their heads.”
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Mark 1:31 He came and raised her up by [0//gently] taking her hand. Then the fever left her and she began to serve them.
[I’m sure that Jesus would have done the action of taking her hand and raising her up gently. But the ‘gently’ idea is nowhere in Greek. The Greek word ‘kratesas’ often has a much stronger meaning, like ‘seize’, ‘take hold’, or ‘grasp’.]
Mark 1:33 [It was as if] The whole town gathered by the door.”
[It is likely that hyperbole is intended here.]
Mark 1:38 He replied, “Let us go elsewhere, into the surrounding villages, so that I can preach there too. For that is [why I came.//what I came out here to do.]”
[I agree with NIV/HCSB that Jesus was speaking in a broader way (and perhaps broader than the disciples would have understood it). The reason he came and started his ministry was to give the message of the Good News. He went to the deserted place to pray.]
40 Now a leper came to him and fell to his knees, asking for help. “If you are willing, you can [heal me and] make me clean,” he said.
41 Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be [healed and] clean!””
Mark 1:44 He told him, “See that you do not say anything to anyone, but go [and//,] show yourself to [one of the priests//a priest], and bring the offering that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to [everyone//them].”

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Main discussion points:

  • Mark 1:17 is a difficult verse to translate!
  • Figures of speech in Genesis 3-4
  • In Job, did God incite Satan, or Satan incite God?
  • What’s wrong with just picking a fruit?
  • How getting a part of the story of the fall caused misery for the Orya people in Papua, Indonesia.
  • And about the long term spiritual battle between God and Satan.

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GN-DBRP_218 JER.32 JER.33 PRO.3.18-35 1CO.11

JEREMIAH 32-33:
In yesterday’s reading we heard some of Jeremiah’s most important words:

Jer. 31:33-34 NLT ? this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the LORD.

“I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. ? I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

When you think about it, what God has always wanted is rather simple: He would like to be our God, and He would like us to be? and act like, His people.

PROVERBS 3b:
Let’s read verses 5-8 as a reminder, because these represent the core of Proverbs.

Prov. 3:5 GNT Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know.
6 Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.
7 Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong.
8 If you do, it will be like good medicine, healing your wounds and easing your pains.

1CORINTHIANS 11:
In chapter 10 Paul wrapped up his discussion about food offered to idols. And an important part is to learn from what happened to Israel. Finally he summarized:

1Cor. 10:31 NLT “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Don’t give offense to Jews or Gentiles or the church of God.”

GNT Translation note:
1Cor. 11:20 When you meet together as a group, it [turns out not to be//is not] the Lord’s Supper that you eat.

NLT Translation notes:
Prov. 3:14 For [she,] wisdom[,] is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.
15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with [Lady Wisdom//her].
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1Cor. 11:3 But there is one thing I want you to know: The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is [the] man [(her husband or her father)], and the head of Christ is God.
5 But a woman dishonors her headc if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this [would be//is] the same as shaving her head.
6 Yes, if she refuses to wear a head covering, she should cut off all her hair! But since it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut [short] or her head shaved, she should wear a covering.
8 For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man.
9 And [the first] man was not made for [the first] woman, but [the first] woman was made for [the first] man.

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