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"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

Previous Month
October 2021
OCTOBER 31

Almighty God Hates Witchcraft

Moses said this to the Jewish people in Old Testament times, but his warnings about witchcraft also apply to us:

Deuteronomy 18:9: "When thou art
[when you (the children of Israel) have] come into the land [Canaan] which the LORD thy God giveth thee [gives you], thou shalt not [you shall not] learn to do after the abominations [wicked practices] of those nations."

Deuteronomy 18:10,11: "There shall not be found among you any one

"that maketh
[who makes] his [or her] son or his [or her] daughter to pass through the fire [in a religious rite (ceremony) involving Moloch, the fire-god, which involved sacrificing children to idols--see note below*],

"or that useth
[who uses or practices] divination [such as fortune-telling or other supernatural means] [to predict the future],

"or
[who is] an observer of times [i.e., an astrologer or stargazer (someone who looks to the stars for guidance); examples include checking a horoscope],

"or
[who is] an enchanter [a magician],

"or
[who is] a witch [a girl or woman with magic powers],

"Or
[who is] a charmer [a snake charmer or other person who uses the power of enchantment],

"or
[who is] a consulter with familiar spirits [someone, like a medium, who speaks to demons],

"or
[who is] a wizard [a boy or man with magic powers],

"or
[who is] a necromancer [a person who communicates with the dead]."

Deuteronomy 18:12: "For
[because] all [people] that do [any of] these things [listed above] are an abomination [a detestable (hateful) thing] unto the LORD: and because of these abominations [wicked practices] the LORD thy [your] God doth [does] drive them [the nations that do these things] out [of their land] from before thee [you, referring to the Jewish people]."
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*Here's how John Gill (a Bible commentator) explained what "There shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire" means:

"To Moloch
[a false god], which was a sort of lustration [ceremonial purification] by fire, two fires being made, and the child led by a priest between them, and which was an initiation of him [or her--the child] into the religion of that deity [god], and devoting him [or her] to it; so Jarchi says, this is the service of Moloch, making piles of fire here and there (on this side and on that), and causing (the children) to pass between them both. Besides this they used to burn them [the children] with fire to this deity, perhaps after the performance of this ceremony …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/deuteronomy/18-10.html, "John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible")

OCTOBER 29-30

Proverbs 29:9: "If a wise man [or woman or child] contendeth [contends; has an argument, disagreement, or debate] with a foolish man [person], whether he [or she, referring to the 'foolish man'] rage [becomes angry and/or violent] or laugh [makes fun of the 'wise man,' doesn't take the 'wise man' seriously, etc.], there is no rest [quietness, peace] [for the 'wise man']."
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In commenting on the above verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church said, "While Solomon doesn't make any specific commands in this proverb, the point is pretty clear: don't even ENTER into a debate with a fool!" That's because "It is a losing proposition."

If you want to read the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-29-index/proverbs-29_9/.

OCTOBER 28

Proverbs 28:17: "A man [or woman or child] that doeth [does] violence to the blood of any person [referring to someone who intentionally commits murder] shall flee [run away] to the pit [or cave, or other secret place, in order to hide himself (or herself)--or to the grave, by committing suicide due to a guilty conscience]; let no man [or woman or child] stay [protect or help] him [or her--the person who 'doeth violence'] [or try to prevent the murderer from being found and punished]."
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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse, which "teaches us what our attitude ought to be towards murder and murderers."

In paragraph 3 of the commentary, Pastor Delany says that in Noah's time, "… The earth was full of violence and murder so God destroyed them all
[i.e., all the people] and started over." Then, "… As the post-flood world began, God commanded that murderers be put to death …"

Next, Pastor Delany discusses the death penalty. In paragraph 3h, he asks, "WHY did God demand the death penalty for murderers?" and answers:

" Because destroying the image of God through murder is open rebellion against God Himself.
" God's purpose was to PREVENT the world from being filled with violence again. It had to be dealt with severely.
" Murder in society was to be treated like gangrene in a body. If it isn't cut off--it will spread and destroy the whole."

This is followed by an explanation of why a murderer may live in fear (i.e., due to a guilty conscience, fear of being caught, or fear of being punished by man and God) and why we shouldn't help murderers, even if they attempt to commit suicide.

As you know, murder is intentional (pre-planned, pre-meditated), but manslaughter (the unintentional, unplanned killing of someone) can result from an accident or a "crime of passion". According to Pastor Delany, this proverb is warning us against murder because, just as uncontrolled lust leads to adultery (per Matthew 5:28), "… Uncontrolled anger leads to murder
[Matthew 5:21,22]. It is the seed of murder." He added: "We might not think we are capable of murder or manslaughter--but so did a lot of men in prison for murder. Their anger got the best of them; they got in a fight that ended up in someone dying."

The commentary ends with this:

"4. One final note: God's law of no mercy for the murderer is God's law for the STATE… for the government.

"a. The state is not to ignore murder. They are to deal with it harshly so that it minimizes the amount of murders.

"b. But on an individual level, we as individuals (especially as Christians) should show mercy to a murderer.

"c. Though the state needs to carry out its exercise of justice, on a personal level we as individuals can forgive them.

"d. This is what
[Jesus] Christ was getting at when He explained an 'eye for an eye.'
" On a national level, justice is to be executed -- an eye for an eye.
" But on a personal level, we are to turn the other cheek.

"e. As Christians we should want the government to carry out justice.
" But we should also desire to show mercy to sinners of all stripes -- including murderers.
" Murderers can be saved
[spiritually, by being born again]. It [murder] is not an unpardonable sin."

If you want to read the rest of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-28-index/proverbs-28_17/.

OCTOBER 27

Proverbs 27:9: "Ointment [oil-based substances that are rubbed on the skin, such as lotions, creams, etc.] and perfume [especially when they smell good] rejoice the heart [have a calming, soothing effect on people]: so doth [does] the sweetness of a man's [or woman's or child's] friend by [the giving of] hearty counsel [i.e., through that friend's heartfelt, caring advice] [rejoice the counseled person's heart]."
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In other words, having "sweet fellowship" with a close friend that we can confide in and receive good advice from usually makes us happy and content.

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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. Here's an excerpt:

"4. Sometimes counsel from a friend is like medicine.

"a. It may come in the form of correction or reproof
[criticism for a fault].

"b. Medicine doesn't always go down very easily. It is often foul tasting and foul smelling.

"c. As a teaspoon of sugar helps the medicine go down, so too counsel and guidance and correction is often easier to swallow when it comes across as 'heartfelt' counsel.

"d. It adds a sweetness to the medicine (counsel) and makes it easier to swallow and digest.

"e. Two men can offer the same effective medicine to a young patient that will cure their ill
[illness, sickness]. If one is sweetened so that the child swallows it, then while the medicine is identical, the sweetened one is actually more effective: because the child took it and rejected the one without the sweetness.

"f. This proverb states that the same is true in giving counsel or advice.
" When counsel comes from a friend (a trusted person; a person the one receiving the counsel knows is on his team) then it is easier to swallow… and more likely to be taken.
" A person is less likely to follow the advice of someone who offers good advice in a bad manner.
" Bedside manners matter with a doctor; so too manners matter in giving counsel and advice.
" Good counsel should 'rejoice the heart' like ointment."

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-27-index/proverbs-27_9/.

OCTOBER 26

In a letter to the saints (born-again Christians) in Rome, the apostle Paul wrote:

Romans 6:6: "Knowing this, that
[when we get saved,] our old man [our sinful and corrupt nature, likened to a 'body of sin'] is crucified [put to death, as if on the cross] with him [Jesus], [so] that the body of sin might be destroyed [become inoperative and powerless], [and so] that henceforth [from now on, after salvation] we should not serve [be a slave to or be controlled by] sin [personified (likened to a person)--as a master]."
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According to Paul, everyone who is born again, or saved, can--and should--have victory over sin.

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Note: If you want to be saved God's way and don't know what to do, visit the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website. Here's the link: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

OCTOBER 23-25

Try not to worry about things that you can't control. If you are truly born again, God will supply your basic needs.

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his disciples (and--via the Bible--all Christians):

Matthew 6:25: "Therefore I
[Jesus] say unto you [regarding anxiety], Take no thought for your life [don't worry about how you'll obtain the necessities of life, including], what ye [you] shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on [wear]. Is not the life more [valuable] than meat [food], and [is not] the body [more valuable] than raiment [clothing]?"

Matthew 6:26: "Behold
[look at, observe, consider] the fowls of the air [the birds]: for they sow not [they don't plant or scatter seeds], neither do they reap [harvest crops], nor [do they] gather [the crops] into barns; yet your heavenly Father [God] feedeth [feeds] them [or makes sure they are fed]. Are ye not much better [more important] than they [are]?"

Matthew 6:27: "Which of you by taking thought
[by worrying] can add one cubit [the length of a forearm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger--about 18 inches] unto his [or her] stature [height--see note below*]?"

Matthew 6:28-29: "And why take ye thought for
[why do you worry about] raiment [clothing]? Consider the lilies of the field [the wildflowers], how they grow; they toil not [they don't work], neither do they spin [make yarn or thread by twisting fibers of wool, cotton, etc.]: And yet I [Jesus] say unto you, That even [King] Solomon in all his glory [splendor (i.e., while wearing his finest royal robes)] was not arrayed [clothed, dressed] like one of these [beautiful flowers]."

Matthew 6:30: "Wherefore, if God so clothe
[dress] the grass of the field [i.e., cereal plants, like wheat], which to day is [alive and growing], and to morrow [after the grain has been harvested] is [dead and dry and] cast [thrown, placed, inserted] into the oven [and used as fuel for baking, as was done in Bible times], shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?"

Matthew 6:31-32: "Therefore take no thought
[don't worry] [about the things that you need], saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal [with what] shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles [non-Jewish people] seek:) for your heavenly Father [God] knoweth [knows] that ye have need of all these things."

Matthew 6:33: "But seek ye first
[or 'first seek'] the kingdom of God [heaven], and his [God's] righteousness [in other words, make sure that you are saved, or 'born again']; and all these things [your basic necessities, such as food and clothing] shall be added unto [given to] you."
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This doesn't mean that we shouldn't work to buy the things that we need and to pay our bills. It simply means that we must not worry needlessly, because God promises to take care of us.

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*According to some commentaries, stature can also mean age in the Bible, so if that definition applies to this verse (Matthew 6:27), it means there is nothing that a person can do to increase the length of his or her life.

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GotQuestions.org has an article on the subject or anxiety and worry. It's entitled "Why should we consider the lilies of the field (Matthew 6:28)?" and can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/consider-the-lillies.html.

OCTOBER 22

1 John 5:7: "For there are three [persons] that bear record [bear witness, testify] in heaven [to the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God], [and they include] the Father [God the Father], the Word [Jesus Christ], and the Holy Ghost [Holy Spirit]: and these three are one [God, which means that the Godhead (or Trinity) consists of three separate and equal persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) with distinct personalities--see note below*]."
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*For many people, how one God could be made up of three persons is a difficult concept to grasp. The following articles were written in an attempt to explain the Trinity:

-- "What does the Bible teach about the Trinity?"
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html

-- "What does it mean that the Trinity is God in three Persons?"
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/God-in-three-persons.html

-- "How can there be subordination / hierarchy in the Trinity?"
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/subordination-Trinity.html

OCTOBER 19-21

Proverbs 19:23: "The fear of the LORD [having honor, respect, and love for God] tendeth [leads] to life [or 'results in God protecting us and prolonging our lives here on earth']: and he [or she] that hath [has] it [a God-fearing attitude] shall abide [remain, continue to be] satisfied [pleased, content] [with his (or her) life]; he [or she--the person with a God-fearing attitude] shall not be visited with evil [will not be punished or judged] [by God].
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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, the above verse means that:

"… Those who have genuine honor and respect for the Lord--as demonstrated in their lives and attitudes--can expect that God will provide refuge and deliverance in time of trouble… even preserving their physical lives … Those who do not fear God have no such promise."

"… This is a common theme in the Bible concerning God-fearers: God prolongs their days; God preserves them; God protects them; God delivers them; God provides for them; spares them… from danger, death, and misery …"

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Regarding the last part of the verse, about people who fear the Lord not being visited with evil, Pastor Delany says (in paragraph 2 of the above-mentioned commentary):

"b. Visits can be either good or bad. It depends on who's visiting and why! If the police visit with a warrant for your arrest, that's not a good visit. But if your boss pays you a visit at your office with a big promotion, that's a good visit.

"c. When God visits a person, it can either be to bless or to judge.

The commentary goes on to say:

"4. This does not mean that bad things never happen to God fearing people. They DO.

"a. But if a God fearing person IS afflicted with evil and calamity in life, he can know that it was not a visitation of Divine chastening or judgment.
[In other words, it did not come from God.]

"b. Rather, it was a test allowed by God, not for his [the God-fearing person's] ruin, but for his good… and like Job he [the God-fearing person] shall come forth as gold.

"c. Bad things may happen to God fearing people, but it does mean that they will not harm him."

The commentary ends with:

"h. The one who fears God is not visited with evil, because whatever kind of evil or calamity he may face, God is able to turn it to good… as He did with Daniel's friends
[who were cast into the fiery furnace and were not hurt]… and with Job [who ended up having more at the end of his 'trial' (test of faith) than he had before].

"i. All things work together for good to those who love God
[Romans 8:28]… and fear Him."

If you want to read more of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-19-index/proverbs-19_23/.

OCTOBER 18

Ephesians 6:2-3: "Honour thy [honor your] father and mother [in other words, obey your parents, and treat them with kindness and respect]; which is the first commandment [of God] with promise [i.e., a special promise for children--see note below*]; [do this (honor your parents) so] That [generally speaking, or in most cases] it may be well with thee [you], and thou mayest [you may] live long on the earth."
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Regarding the reference to a long life in the above verses, Albert Barnes says, in paragraph (2) of his commentary:

"It is still true that obedience to parents is conducive to
[or tends to produce] length of life, and that those who are most obedient in early life, other things being equal, have the best prospect of living long. This occurs because:

"(a) obedient children are saved from the vices and crimes which shorten life. No parent will command his child to be a drunkard, a gambler, a spendthrift, a pirate, or a murderer. But these vices and crimes, resulting in most cases from disobedience to parents, all shorten life; and they who early commit them are certain of on
[an] early grave [or early death]. No child who disobeys a parent can have any 'security' that he will not fall a victim to such vices and crimes.
"(b) Obedience to parents is connected with virtuous habits
[those with high moral standards] that are conducive to long life. It will make a child industrious [hard-working], temperate [calm], sober [clear-headed, not drunk]; it will lead him to restrain and govern his wild passions [strong emotions]; it will lead him to form habits of self-government [self-control] which will in future life save him from the snares of vice [immoral or wicked behavior] and temptation.

"(c) Many a life is lost early by disobeying a parent. A child disobeys a father and goes into a dramshop
[a place where alcoholic beverages are sold, such as a bar, tavern, liquor store, etc.]; or he goes to sea; or he becomes the companion of the wicked - and he may be wrecked at sea, or his character on land may be wrecked forever. Of disobedient children there is perhaps not one in a hundred that ever reaches an honored old age.

"(d) We may still believe that God, in his providence
[protective care], will watch over those who are obedient to a father and mother. If he [God] regards a falling sparrow … he will not be unmindful of an obedient child; if he numbers the hairs of the head … he will not be regardless of the little boy that honors him by obeying a father and mother."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ephesians-6.html, "Verse 3")

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*Honour thy father and mother is actually one of the Ten Commandments, which were written on two tablets of stone with the 'finger of God' and given to Moses on Mount Sinai (according to Exodus 31:18). The second commandment (see Exodus 20:4,5,6) promises mercy to who love God and keep his commandments, but the above commandment (fifth in the list) is the first one with a special promise--of a good and long life for obedient children. That commandment can be found in Exodus 20:12 and Deuteronomy 5:16.

OCTOBER 16-17

Christians: Let Your Spiritual Lights Shine

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said to his disciples:

Matthew 5:14-15: "Ye
[you born-again Christians] are the [spiritual] light of the world. [That's because by spreading the gospel, we enlighten people's minds (i.e., provide spiritual knowledge or insight), just as the sun illuminates (brightens) the earth by shining on it.] A city that is set [situated] on an hill [or mountain] cannot be hid [hidden]. Neither do men [or women or children] light a candle [or turn on a lamp], and put it under a bushel [a large container (about two gallons), like those used for measuring dry goods, such as grains and peas], but on a candlestick; and it [the candle or lamp] giveth [gives] light unto all [people and things] that are in the house."

Matthew 5:16: "Let your
[spiritual] light [meaning your Christian conduct] so shine before men [people], that they may see your good works [good deeds], and glorify [honor, praise, worship, and obey] your Father which is in heaven [i.e., God]."
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In his commentary on verse 16, Albert Barnes wrote, in part:

"… We learn here:

"1.That religion, if it exists, cannot be concealed.

"2.That where it is not manifest
[clear, obvious] in the life, it does not exist.

"3.That 'professors' of religion, who live like other people, give evidence that they have never been truly converted
[born again, or saved].

"4.That to attempt to conceal or hide our Christian knowledge or experience is to betray our trust, injure the cause of piety
[religion], and to render our lives useless. And,

"5.That good actions will be seen, and will lead people to honor God. If we have no other way of doing good - if we are poor, and unlearned, and unknown yet we may do good by our lives. No sincere and humble Christian lives in vain
[uselessness, ineffectiveness]. The feeblest [weakest, faintest] light at midnight is of use.

"'How far the little candle throws his beams!

"So shines a good deed in a naughty world!'"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/matthew-5.html, "Verse 16")

OCTOBER 15

In a letter to Timothy, a minister of the gospel, the apostle Paul warned:

2 Timothy 3:12: "Yea
[yes], and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus [referring to born-again Christians who obey the Bible and try to please God] shall suffer persecution [or 'can expect to be treated unfairly or unkindly by others due to their religious beliefs']."

OCTOBER 14

The apostle Paul wrote this in a letter to the Christians in Philippi regarding the gifts they had sent to him in his time of need:

 Philippians 4:19: "But
[even though I can't repay you for your kindness, I know that] my God shall supply all your need [everything you need, not necessarily everything you want] according to his riches in glory [or 'his glorious riches,' meaning unlimited resources] by [through] Christ Jesus."

OCTOBER 13

Christians Shouldn't Argue About Unimportant Things

The apostle Paul gave this advice to Titus, who had accompanied him on some of his missionary trips and had been left behind on the island of Crete for a time to carry on and strengthen Paul's work with the Christian churches there:

Titus 3:9: "But
[while teaching, you (Titus)--and all other ministers (and Christians, too) should] avoid foolish questions, and genealogies [pointless discussions about ancestry, family histories, family trees], and contentions [disagreements, arguments], and strivings [heated debates] about the law [of Moses (in Bible times), especially in regard to religious rites and ceremonies]; for they [all those things] are unprofitable and vain [useless, a waste of time]."

Titus 3:10-11: "A man
[or woman or child] that is an heretick [a heretic, meaning he (or she) tries to cause divisions within the church based on false teachings or beliefs,] after the first and second admonition [warning,] [ministers and all other Christians should] reject [shun, avoid, stay away from]; Knowing that he [or she] that is such [a person (i.e., a heretic)] is subverted [corrupted, perverted, changed for the worse], and sinneth [sins], being condemned of himself [or herself] [or 'being self-condemned'; i.e., shown to be guilty or blamed by his (or her) own actions or words]."

OCTOBER 11-12

Hebrews 11:6: "But without faith [without 'confidence' in God--in his fidelity (faithfulness, loyalty), truth, wisdom, promises,] it is impossible to please him [God]: for he [or she] that cometh [comes] to God [in worship and prayer] must believe that he [God] is [real] [i.e., that he exists], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently [earnestly, sincerely] seek him [see note below*]."
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*Examples of rewards that people receive for diligently seeking God include salvation and answers to prayer.

OCTOBER 10

To his twelve disciples (and to all Christians), Jesus said:

Mark 11:25-26: "And when ye
[you] stand [or sit or kneel, etc.--see note below*] praying, forgive [others], if ye have ought [anything, like hatred or grudges] against any[one]: [do this so] that your Father also which is in heaven [i.e., God] may forgive you your trespasses [offenses, sins]. But if ye do not forgive [others for their trespasses], neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."
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Grudges and resentment are a hindrance to prayer. If we want God to answer our prayers, one thing we must do is forgive others for things that they have done or said in the past.

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Regarding the importance of forgiveness, Matthew Henry said:

"… the want of this
[thing--forgiveness] is a certain bar [obstacle] to the obtaining of the pardon of our sins; 'If ye do not forgive those who have injured you, if he [or 'you'] hate their persons, bear them a grudge, meditate revenge, and take all occasion to speak ill of them, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses' …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/mark/11.html, "Verses 12-26," "(v. 25, v. 26)"

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*Regarding posture in prayer, Albert Barnes wrote:

"… It seems that the posture in prayer was sometimes standing and sometimes kneeling. God looks upon 'the heart' rather than upon our position in worship; and if the heart be right, any posture may be proper. It cannot be doubted, however, that in private, in the family, and wherever it can be conveniently done, the kneeling posture is more proper, as expressing more humility and reverence, and more in accordance with Scripture examples. Compare Psalms 95:6; 2 Chronicles 6:13; Daniel 6:10; Luke 22:41; Acts 7:60; Acts 9:40 …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/mark-11.html, "Verses 11-26")

OCTOBER 8-9

Jesus Said to Love Our Enemies--in Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

While preaching the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said to his disciples (followers):

Matthew 5:43: "Ye [you] have heard that it hath [has] been said [in Leviticus 19:18--see note below*], Thou shalt [you shall] love thy [your] neighbour [meaning, as interpreted by the Jews in this case, friends and people who treat you well], and hate thine [your] enemy."

Matthew 5:44: "But I
[Jesus] say unto you [disciples … and all Christians],

-- "Love
[have goodwill and compassion for] your enemies,

-- "bless
[speak kindly to and say nothing bad about] them that curse you,

-- "do good to them that hate you,

-- "and pray for them which despitefully use
[insult, mistreat, falsely accuse] you, and persecute [harass or bully] you;"

Matthew 5:45: "
[Do these things (i.e., love, bless, do good to, and pray for your enemies)] [so] That ye may be the children of [you may resemble, imitate, be like] your Father [God] which is in heaven: for he maketh [makes] his sun to rise on the evil [people] and on the good [people], and sendeth [sends] rain on the just [people--those who are law-abiding and morally good] and on the unjust [people--those who are bad] [in other words, God lets the sun shine and the rain fall on all people, both good and bad]."
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*The words and hate thine enemy that Jesus was referring to in verse 43 are not in the Bible. They were added later, by the scribes and Pharisees, to God's command (in the Old Testament--Leviticus 19:18) to love thy neighbour as thyself.

Regarding that addition, Charles Spurgeon said:

"In this case a command of Scripture had a human antithesis
[a direct opposite meaning] fitted on to it by depraved [morally corrupt, wicked]  minds and this human addition was mischievous [intended to cause harm or trouble]. This is a common method, to append [attach, add] to the teaching of Scripture a something which seems to grow out of it, or to be a natural inference from it, which something may be false and wicked. This is a sad crime against the Word of the Lord [i.e., the Bible]. The Holy Spirit will only father his own words. He owns the precept [the general rule of action], 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor,' but he hates the parasitical growth [the addition by someone else] of 'hate thine enemy.' …"

(Source: http://www.godrules.net/library/spurgeon/45spurgeon8.htm, C.H. Spurgeon, "Exposition to the Gospel of Matthew - Chapter 5," Verse 43)

OCTOBER 7

This advice for Christians about soul winning is from Jude, who was the brother of James and, most likely, the half-brother of Jesus and who may also have been one of the apostles:

Jude 1:22-23: "And
[concerning salvation,] of some [people] have compassion [kindness and love], making a difference [referring to the manner in which the gospel is presented]: And others save with fear [of hell], pulling them out of the fire; hating even [to come into contact with] the garment [clothing] [that is] spotted by the [sins of the] flesh [i.e., this is similar to keeping one's distance from people with leprosy, which is a very contagious disease--see note below*]."
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Although we should hate other people's sins and try not to be defiled (made unclean, contaminated) by them, we should love those sinners and show them how to be saved. Be aware that people respond differently to how the gospel message is presented. Some get saved when they learn of God's love (John 3:16), and others get saved when they hear about hell (Revelation 20:15, 21:8).

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Regarding the use of different tactics when presenting the plan of salvation, Albert Barnes wrote:

"… while we are to seek to save all
[people], we are to adapt ourselves wisely to the character and circumstances of those whom we seek to save … The young, the tender, the delicate, the refined [people], need a different kind of treatment from the rough, the uncultivated, the hardened [sinners]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/jude-1.html, "Verse 22")

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Note: For those who want to go to heaven someday, the plan of salvation is explained in detail in various ways (i.e.,using both love and fear) 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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*According to one Bible commentator:

"… Leprosy in the East
[i.e., Asia and the Middle East] was a very loathsome [repulsive, disgusting] disease, and fitly symbolises sin. And such was the virulence [severity, harmfulness] of his [the affected person's] malady [disease] that none [no one] might approach or touch him; for there was uncleanness, not only in his personal touch, but in his garments. The garments became 'spotted by the flesh'; they partook of the infection, and brought beneath a ban the unfortunate [person] who might touch them …"

(
Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/jude/1-23.html, "The Biblical Illustrator," "Abstinence from sin")

OCTOBER 5-6

Most People Want--and We All Need--Godly Rulers

According to the Bible (2 Samuel 23:1) and Bible commentators, these are "the last words" of King David, referring to his last words under the inspiration of God and/or the last words that were spoken before his death:

2 Samuel 23:2: "The spirit of the LORD
[the Holy Spirit] spake [spoke] by [through] me [King David], and his [God's] word was in my tongue [which means that King David's psalms were inspired by God]."

2 Samuel 23:3: "The God of Israel
[i.e., God the Father--Jehovah] said, [and] the Rock of Israel [i.e., God the Son--Jesus] spake [said] to me [King David], He [or she] that ruleth [rules] over men [and women and children] must be just [guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness], ruling in the fear of God [or 'with respect for God and obedience to his word (as found in the Bible)']."
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Regarding the meaning of the phrase He that ruleth over men must be just in verse 3, John Trapp said:

"… regimen
[government] without righteousness [morality] is [nothing] but robbery with authority, and soon turneth into tyranny [cruel and oppressive government and rule] …"

(
Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/2-samuel/23-3.html, "John Trapp Complete Commentary")

OCTOBER 4

This was written by David when he was suffering persecution (cruel or unfair treatment) during the reign of King Saul:

Psalm 140:12: "I know that the LORD
[God] will maintain the cause of the afflicted [meaning he will help his people who are suffering, physically and/or mentally], and [that he will defend] the right [the rights, justice, judgment] of the poor [people, or those who are poor]."
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The above statement applies to all Christians, not only those who lived in Bible times.

OCTOBER 3

Referring mostly to what he said in the preceding chapter of Romans, the apostle Paul wrote:

Romans 8:1: "There is therefore now no condemnation
[by God, referring to punishment in hell for sin] to them which are in Christ Jesus [meaning those who are saved, or born again], who walk [live their lives] not after the flesh [doing worldly things], but after the Spirit [of God] [i.e., as the Holy Spirit leads or prompts] [see examples of 'works of the flesh' and 'fruit of the spirit' in the note below*]."
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*Paul lists the following as:

WORKS OF THE FLESH

Galatians 5:19-20,21: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest
[obvious, evident], which are these;

"Adultery
[sex between a married person and someone other than his or her spouse],
"fornication
[sex between two unmarried people],
"uncleanness
[immorality, sinfulness],
"lasciviousness
[lustfulness],
"Idolatry,
"witchcraft,
"hatred,
"variance
[disagreements, controversy],
"emulations
[rivalry],
"wrath
[extreme anger],
"strife
[conflict],
"seditions
[uprisings],
"heresies
[beliefs or opinions contrary to established religious doctrines],
"Envyings,
"murders,
"drunkenness,
"revellings
[celebrations with out-of-control behavior],
"and such like:

"of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God
[or 'shall not go to heaven when they die']."

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

Galatians 5:22-23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is

"love,
"joy,
"peace,
"longsuffering
[patiently enduring hardship],
"gentleness,
"goodness,
"faith,
"Meekness
[humility, submissiveness],
"temperance
[moderation in eating and drinking]:

"against such there is no law."

AN INDICATION OF SALVATION

Galatians 5:24: "And they that are Christ's
[i.e., born-again Christians] have crucified the flesh [turned their backs on sin] with the affections [loves] and lusts [desires]."

OCTOBER 2

In the Old Testament, a man named Elkanah had two wives: Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children; Hannah did not. For a long time, Peninnah mocked (made fun of) Hannah because she was barren (unable to become pregnant). However, Hannah kept praying for a child, and when God finally answered her prayer and gave her a son (whom she named Samuel), she said this:

1 Samuel 2:7: "The LORD
[God] maketh [makes] [some people] poor, and maketh [makes] [some people] rich: he bringeth low [brings down, or humbles] [those who are full of pride] [i.e., he allows them to be humiliated (feel ashamed or stupid)], and [he] lifteth [lifts] up [or gives grace and honor to] [people who are humble (not arrogant, conceited, or full of pride)]."
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For more detailed background information on the above verse, read the GotQuestions.org article entitled "What is the story of Hannah and Samuel?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Hannah-and-Samuel.html.

OCTOBER 1

The apostle Peter's advice for Christians, especially those who have recently been saved:

1 Peter 2:2: "As newborn babes
[like newborn babies], desire the sincere [pure] milk of the word [of God; i.e., the Bible], [so] that ye [you] may grow [spiritually] thereby:"
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True Christians should have a desire to read the Bible. With the Holy Spirit's help, the more that we read, the more we'll understand. We begin with simple things, such as basic truths of the gospel (referred to as the "milk of the word"), and then progress to harder things (called "meat").

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In his commentary on this verse, Matthew Henry noted:

"… Strong desires and affections to the word of God are a sure evidence of a person's being born again. If they be such desires as the babe has for the milk, they prove that the person is new-born. They are the lowest evidence, but yet they are certain. Growth and improvement in wisdom and grace are the design and desire of every Christian; all spiritual means are for edification
[instruction] and improvement. The word of God, rightly used, does not leave a man as it finds him, but improves and makes him better …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/1-peter/2.html, "Verses 1-3")