Verse of the Day
(May be more than one verse)
April 20-21, 2019
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John 2:18-22 - Jesus Speaks of His Death and Resurrection
This is what happened after Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple for the first time, at the start of his public ministry:

Verse 18: "Then answered the Jews and said unto him [Jesus], What sign [e.g., a miracle] shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?" [In other words, they wanted proof that he was authorized by God to cleanse the temple.]

Verse 19: "Jesus answered and said unto them [perhaps while pointing to himself], Destroy this temple [which meant 'kill my body'], and in three days I will raise it up [from the dead, thus proving that he was--and still is--the Son of God, and Messiah]."

Verses 20-21: "Then said the Jews, Forty and six
[46] years was this temple [referring to Herod's temple in Jerusalem] in building [or 'being built'], and wilt thou [will you] rear it up [rebuild it] in three days [if someone knocks it down]? But he [Jesus] spake [spoke] of the temple of his body."

Verse 22: "When therefore he
[Jesus] was risen from the dead[,] [three days after being crucified], his disciples remembered that he had said this [thing; i.e., 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up'] unto them; and they believed the scripture [i.e., verses in the Old Testament that predicted Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection--see note below*], and the word[s] which Jesus had said [about his death and resurrection--see note below*]."

The Bible gives hints but doesn't say exactly when Jesus died. Some people think that the crucifixion took place on Wednesday; some, Thursday; others, Friday. The article entitled "On what day was Jesus crucified?" addresses each of those views. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/three-days.html.
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*Bible verses pertaining to Jesus and his death, burial, and resurrection include the following:

-- Psalm 2:7: "I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee."

-- Psalm 16:10: "For thou [God] wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."

-- Matthew 20:19: "And shall deliver him [Jesus] to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again."

-- Luke 18:32-33: "For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again."





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John 2:18-22 - Jesus Speaks of His Death and Resurrection
This is what happened after Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple for the first time, at the start of his public ministry:

Verse 18: "Then answered the Jews and said unto him [Jesus], What sign [e.g., a miracle] shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?" [In other words, they wanted proof that he was authorized by God to cleanse the temple.]

Verse 19: "Jesus answered and said unto them [perhaps while pointing to himself], Destroy this temple [which meant 'kill my body'], and in three days I will raise it up [from the dead, thus proving that he was--and still is--the Son of God, and Messiah]."

Verses 20-21: "Then said the Jews, Forty and six
[46] years was this temple [referring to Herod's temple in Jerusalem] in building [or 'being built'], and wilt thou [will you] rear it up [rebuild it] in three days [if someone knocks it down]? But he [Jesus] spake [spoke] of the temple of his body."

Verse 22: "When therefore he
[Jesus] was risen from the dead[,] [three days after being crucified], his disciples remembered that he had said this [thing; i.e., 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up'] unto them; and they believed the scripture [i.e., verses in the Old Testament that predicted Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection--see note below*], and the word[s] which Jesus had said [about his death and resurrection--see note below*]."

The Bible gives hints but doesn't say exactly when Jesus died. Some people think that the crucifixion took place on Wednesday; some, Thursday; others, Friday. The article entitled "On what day was Jesus crucified?" addresses each of those views. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/three-days.html.
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*Bible verses pertaining to Jesus and his death, burial, and resurrection include the following:

-- Psalm 2:7: "I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee."

-- Psalm 16:10: "For thou [God] wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."

-- Matthew 20:19: "And shall deliver him [Jesus] to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again."

-- Luke 18:32-33: "For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again."





Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets to the above verse(s),
I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry
(which can be found online) and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs,
I also refer to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
Word definitions are taken from online dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 20

1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.
30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets
to the above verse(s), I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke,
Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry (which can be found online)
and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer
to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


*  *  *  *  *

Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 20

1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.
30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.