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"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

Current Month
December 2021
DECEMBER 8

The writer of this psalm, probably King David, said to God:

Psalm 119:89: "For ever, O LORD, thy
[your] word [as recorded in the Bible] is settled [fixed, established] in heaven."
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In other words, the Bible (containing God's laws, counsel/advice, promises, etc.) is complete and will never change.

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Commenting on the above verse, Albert Barnes said:

"… The meaning here is, that the word - the law - the promise - of God was made firm, established, stable
[not easily moved, altered, or destroyed], in heaven; and would be so forever and ever. What God had ordained [decreed] as law would always remain law; what he had affirmed [stated as fact] would always remain true; what he had promised would be sure forever."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-119.html, "Verse 89")

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And Pastor Chuck Smith, another Bible commentator, wrote:

"You have nothing more permanent than the Word of God …

"… God's commandments and laws don't change because the mores
[morals--acceptable customs, norms, and behaviors] of our society are so changed. The truth of God is absolute [fixed]. The law of God is absolute. It is not relative to a situation. It is not relative to a society. It is not relative to the mores of a society. God has established the absolute law. His Word is forever settled in heaven. If you find yourself arguing with the Word [of God], you're wrong. God's Word is a settled issue."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/psalms/119-89.html, "Smith's Bible Commentary")

DECEMBER 6-7

In Bible times, the nation of Israel frequently rebelled against God and committed idolatry and other wicked sins. To them, and to all sinners today, God said:

Isaiah 1:18: "Come now, and let us reason together, saith
[says] the LORD [God]: though your sins be as scarlet [a bright red color, which is impossible to remove from fabric when used as a dye, just as it is impossible for people (without God's help) to remove the sins that have stained their souls] [and though they're scarlet now--before salvation], they [your sins] shall be as white as snow [after you get saved; that's because, when a person gets saved, or born again, his or her sins are pardoned by God, and his or her soul is cleansed and made pure]; though they [your sins] be red like crimson [a deep purplish red] [now], they shall be as [white as undyed] wool [when you are saved]."
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What God said (through Isaiah) in the above verse is what born-again Christians mean when they sing, "What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus."

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If you want to become a born-again Christian and have your sins washed away, please follow the instructions in one of the tracts listed in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

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Commenting on the colors used in Isaiah 1:18, one Bible commentator (quoted in "The Biblical Illustrator") wrote:

"Scarlet and crimson sins

"Sins are here likened
[compared] to scarlet and crimson [red] dye, and with good reason, indeed. For, first of all, scarlet and crimson are the most glaring and flaunting of colours [i.e., they attract attention]; and sin is the most audacious [shocking] as well as self-delusive [misleading, deceptive] appearance, under which man affronts [offends] the majesty of God in the sight of heaven and earth. Scarlet and crimson, also, are the blush of shame. And what so shameful as sin, or rather what can be shameful but sin! Scarlet and crimson are also the colour of blood; and blood is on the head of every sinner, as St: Paul [the apostle], told the unbelieving Jews when they refused to be converted from their sins: [']Your blood be upon your own heads' And scarlet and crimson were (whatever they may be now) colours which it was beyond all men's power and skill to discharge [remove] from the cloth which had been ones dyed with them. And is it not equally beyond all man's power to cleanse his own soul from the dye [stain] of sin? …"

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Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tbi/isaiah-1.html, "Verse 18")

DECEMBER 5

After Moses died, God told Joshua (a great military leader and Moses' successor--see note below*), perhaps in a dream or vision:

Joshua 1:8: "This book of the law
[of God, as recorded in the Bible--in this case, referring specifically to the part that had been written by Moses] shall not depart out of thy [your] mouth [this was to insure that all of Joshua's commands to the children of Israel would be based upon God's word]; but thou shalt [you shall] meditate therein [think about what is written in it (the Bible)] [during the] day and night, [so] that thou mayest [you may] observe to do according to all that is written therein [i.e., in the Bible] [this was another way of saying that God wanted his people to obey his commands]: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
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Like Joshua, we should study, memorize, and obey God's word (the Bible) if we want to be successful in life.

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*For background information on Joshua, read "Who was Joshua in the Bible?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Joshua.html.

DECEMBER 3-4

Regarding our Christian journey through life, the prophet Isaiah wrote:

Isaiah 40:31: "But they that wait upon the LORD
[for help and guidance] shall renew their strength [become strong in faith]; they shall mount up with wings as eagles [do, which means that they will fly heavenward spiritually (get closer to God), and fly strongly, quickly, and high, out of the reach of danger]; they shall run [through this life], and not be weary [tired, worn out]; and they shall walk [with God through life], and not faint [from fatigue or exhaustion]."
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One of the best things that a Christian can do is learn to depend upon God.

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Here are some interesting facts about eagles, from "The Biblical Illustrator":

"God's eagles

"I. The eagle is built for FLIGHT.

"1. His structure marvellously combines strength, lightness, and muscular power. The anatomy of the bird shows feathers, bones, muscles, and sinews
[tendons or ligaments] to be designed by the Creator [God] for the purpose of flying; and a master specimen of perfect adaptation e.g., the cylindrical [curved] structure of bones and feathers makes each virtually a balloon, so that when the wings are spread for flight, the tendency is upward instead of downward, and no effort is needed to support the body upon the air, which rather buoys it up [keeps it afloat].

"2. Built for high flights, capable of mounting
[going up, climbing, ascending] above all other birds, no other being capable of rising to such elevations [heights], or being so at home in the upper atmosphere. In fact, as the air becomes more ratified [rarefied? (meaning it contains less oxygen)], the bird seems to soar [fly high in the air] with greater ease and rapidity [speed], and finds it the more natural to ascend [climb, go higher].

"3. Built for sustained and tireless flights, maintaining himself without exhaustion for any length of time, and resting on the wing. Those who have watched the eagle's flight have observed that there is no apparent effort; he rather finds in it rest and recreation than a struggle to maintain himself.

"4. Built for fearless flight. The eagle soars above the abyss
[a deep or seemingly bottomless chasm] without even a trace of timidity, a stranger to all fear. What to us is danger, is to him delight, challenging and provoking his flight.

"II. The eagle is built for REPOSE. No bird can be so still and motionless when he rests. When the eagle perches
[alights (descends and settles), rests] on the crag [a steep, rugged rock or cliff], and grasps it [tightly] with his talons [claws], the more he settles down, the firmer and more immovable his clutch [grasp]. The anatomy of his legs exhibits the adaptation of his whole structure to the purposes of perching. The weight of the body, resting upon the lower portion of the legs, increases the tenacity [tightness] of the hold upon whatever is chosen as a resting-place. His sleep, therefore, is secure, for h,.'s [his?] grasp can only relax as he rises upon his feet and so releases all the sinews by which his talons grip the rock. He goes to sleep, therefore, without a doubt that he will find himself there in the morning.

"III. The eagle is built for the STORM. He perceives
[senses, recognizes, becomes aware of] it afar off and is not afraid. This king of birds detects the approach of the storm-cloud, not only with eyes and ears, but with mysterious senses to which we are strangers; and, when as yet there is no appearance of the coming tempest [violent storm] above the horizon [the line at which the earth's surface and sky seem to meet], he scents [smells] its approach, lifts up his majestic head, looks toward the coming storm, and prepares himself for a gigantic grapple [fight, struggle] with the forces of nature. He welcomes tempests before which wild beasts flee to their dens in terror. He preens [straightens and cleans] his feathers, shakes himself as tornado and tempest approach, actually takes the very front and leads the storm, outflying it [flying faster than the storm] at its most rapid pace, rejoicing [feeling joyful] in its violence, and, when he will, rising far above it into the clear heights of cloudless day, whence [from where] he looks down upon it.

"IV. The eagle LIVES A SOLITARY LIFE. There is no bird so alone. Other birds go in flocks
[large groups]; the eagle, never; if two [eagles] are seen together, they are mates [a pair--male and female]. Its majesty consists partly in its solitariness [solitude, being alone]. It lives apart because other birds cannot live where and as it lives, and follow where it leads.

"V. The eagle is TRAINED BY DISCIPLINE. The parent bird trains the young
[birds] to fly; and, if need be, the mother pushes the young bird off the edge of the cliff, and lets it fall over into the abyss, and tumble screaming and screeching [squealing], apparently doomed to be dashed in pieces; but the mother bird watching, drops like a plummet, with incredible rapidity [meaning she drops down rapidly], beneath the young bird, and receives it on her broad maternal [motherly] wings and bears [carries?] it up to the heights only to let it drop again; until, by and by, the fledgling [a young bird that has grown feathers] is prepared [to fly], as the mother bird swoops down to arrest [stop] its fall, to take the wing and follow the parent on her majestic flight.

"VI. The healthy eagle IMPARTS STRENGTH. A sick eagle, whose vitality
[energy] had been reduced by long confinement, was set loose and placed on the heather [uncultivated countryside], but only drooped and seemed ready to die. Then another eagle, that from the heights [from high in the sky] saw the feeble [weak] bird, swept down and touched and fanned it with his great wings. This was repeated until the sick bird, gradually feeling the inspiration of the other's vitality, preened itself [with its beak], expanded its wings, and ultimately followed [the other eagle] in the upward flight. We seldom get an upward look, aspiration, or ascent, unless someone from the heights sweeps down add [and?] touches us.

"VII. The eagle, thus built for the heights, is NOT CONTENT TO DWELL ON EARTH …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tbi/isaiah-40.html, "Verse 31")

DECEMBER 2

Jeremiah 17:11: "As the partridge [a  short-tailed game bird that is similar to, but larger than, a quail] sitteth [sits] on eggs [that it probably stole from other birds], and hatcheth [hatches] them not [is unable to hatch them because they are broken, rotten, stolen by other birds, etc.]; so he [or she] that getteth [gets, obtains] riches, and not by right [not lawfully; i.e., dishonestly--through theft, lies, etc.], shall leave them in the midst [middle] of his [or her] days [life], and at his [or her] end [of life] shall be a fool."
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Like birds that attempt, without success, to hatch other birds' eggs, covetous (greedy) people suffer disappointment and eventually are parted from money that is not rightfully theirs. This may happen, for example, when they die (from natural causes, accidents, murder, etc.) or end up in jail.

DECEMBER 1

Psalm 100:1-2: "{A Psalm of praise.} Make a joyful noise unto the LORD [God], all ye [you] lands [or 'all of you nations, or people, on earth']. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence [both publicly and privately, in person and through prayer] with singing."
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As I've mentioned before, singing (which is one way to 'make a joyful noise') is a great way to praise and worship God. In fact, if we pay attention to the words of Christian hymns (for example, the kind used in Baptist churches--see Hymnary link below) while singing, it will not only give us joy but also help to strengthen our faith.

Click here for a list of "Most Popular Hymns" plus "the 250 hymns published the most frequently in modern hymnals indexed by Hymnary.org":
https://hymnary.org/browse/popular.

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Regarding serving the Lord with gladness, one Bible commentator wrote:

"… Now if you can't serve the Lord with gladness, it's better that you not serve Him. It is a shame and a disgrace that people gripe
[complain] about what they've done for the Lord or their service for God. But that's usually the result of people being pushed into something that God hasn't led them into. And the church, unfortunately, has been very guilty of pushing people into jobs or into things that the people's heart really isn't in it. People are oftentimes pushed to support a new building program or pushed to support a new budget or something for the church. And everytime the month comes around and you get your little notice that your pledge is due, you get upset, you know, and you write out your pledge and mail it in, but you're angry about it. You've been pressured into it. They caught you at a weak moment.

"'Serve the Lord with gladness.' If you can't give joyfully to the Lord, you're much better off not to give, because if you give grudgingly
[in a reluctant or resentful manner], that's going to go against you. That's not going to count. That will count against you. So you're much better off not to give at all. If you can be happy about not giving at all, you're much better off doing that rather than giving grudgingly to God. And that's giving of your time and serving the Lord or giving of your finances or whatever. If you can't give unto the Lord with a joyful heart, if you cannot serve the Lord with gladness, then it's best you not serve Him at all. God doesn't want any kind of grudging in your gifts to Him. God doesn't want your giving ever to be out of pressure, out of constraint, out of someone pushing you. …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/psalms/100-1.html, "Smith's Bible Commentary")