Thursday, December 12, 2019

60IN60 Day 39 - Thurs Dec 12

It's Day 39 and we're in Joshua 7.

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 7 - Our first instinct when things don't go well is to blame God. Usually, as is true here, the problem lies with us.

Help:
- Verse 1 - We read in Joshua 6:17-19 that the Lord specifically told them not to take any of this stuff.
- Verse 24 - This is a hard verse for me. I understand the guilt of the people who hid the treasure, but why their whole families had to die leaves me speechless. I do not have a good answer to that.

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you have a question or comment, email me at butcher@ymail.com.


Your Questions and Comments: 
- "Mark 13:24-27 - Is this claiming post tribulation? Who are the elect?" - On all things concerning Revelation, there are always various opinions.  The most likely possibility here is that vv. 24-25 are referring to events that will happen in the second half of the Great Tribulation and that the elect referenced here are those who come to believe in Christ during the Tribulation.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

60IN60 Day 38 - Wed Dec 11

It's Day 38 and we're in Mark 16.

What's the Bible say about the book you're reading today? "All Scripture is inspired by God. . ." (2 Timothy 3:16). So reading the Bible helps me know how God sees things. 

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 6 - That's pretty good news!

Help:
- Verses 9-20 - The earliest and best manuscripts don't have these verses, so they are probably a later addition. That's good because I really don't want to have to explain verse 18 as authentic.

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you have a question or comment, email me at butcher@ymail.com.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

60IN60 Day 37 - Tues Dec 10

It's Day 37 and we're in Mark 15.

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 8 - This must have seemed like an answer to prayer to Pilate. He wants to release Jesus but is afraid of the religious leaders. What's he going to do? Then the crowd asks for a prisoner to them because of the Feast. I wonder if he thought, "A way out! I can declare Jesus guilty to satisfy the religious leaders but then release him so I won't be guilty of killing an innocent man." Just a reminder that not every "open door" is from God.

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you have a question or comment, email me at butcher@ymail.com.

Monday, December 9, 2019

60IN60 Day 36 - Mon Dec 9

It's Day 36 and we're in Mark 14.

One thing that can impede God speaking to you is the presence of unconfessed sin in your life. Are you coming to the Word today with a clean heart or are you holding things back from God? 

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 72 - We need to watch ourselves that we don't become overconfident in our faith.  We are dependent on God for being able to stand strong.

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you have a question or comment, email me at butcher@ymail.com.

Your Questions and Comments:
- "Mark 10:29 - Is Jesus saying it is ok to abandon one's family to share the gospel?" - I don't think He's saying that it's ok to abandon your family casually.  I think He is anticipating that some will have to go away from the family in order to spread the gospel.  The most obvious example of that would be missionaries who move thousands of miles away from their extended family in order to share the gospel.  Certainly not something to be done lightly, but sometimes it is a calling from God.   
- "Mark 10:39 - Is this specifically for those two or generally speaking about all Christians?  If specifically for James and John, how did they drink from the same cup and be baptized like Jesus?" - I think this is specific to those two.  I think the references to "drink" and "be baptized" are not pointing to communion or baptism, but rather they are symbolic of the violent deaths these two disciples will eventually die as martyrs.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

60IN60 Day 35 - Sun Dec 8

It's Day 35 and we're in Mark 13.

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verses 24-25 - It's frightening to consider how difficult those days will be.

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you have a question or comment, email me at butcher@ymail.com.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

60IN60 Day 34 - Sat Dec 7

It's Day 34 and we're in Mark 12.

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 9 - When we have violently rejected God, there comes a moment of terrible judgment.  The anger of God is justified and it is a horrible thing to consider.

Help:
- Verse 14 - These two groups (v. 13) are trying to trap Jesus.  If He says to pay the taxes, the Pharisees will tell the people that Jesus is a patsy for the hated Roman occupation.  If He says not to pay the taxes, the Herodians will tell Rome that Jesus is preaching rebellion.
- Verses 35-37 - This is a little Bible puzzle Jesus gives them to show their limited knowledge.  The point He is making is that David came before the Christ, yet David (who should have been honored by his ancestor the Christ) calls his descendent by the honor of the title "Lord."  The key to solving the puzzle is knowing that Jesus was physically by His birth the ancestor of David but by His preexistence was superior to David, which means He's worthy of the title "Lord."

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you have a question or comment, email me at butcher@ymail.com.

Friday, December 6, 2019

60IN60 Day 33 - Fri Dec 6

It's Day 33 and we're in Mark 11.

One thing that's important as we read daily: being eager to hear Him speak to you. Go into your reading expectant that God desires to share something with you. 

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 23 - What mountain do I need to see God toss aside for me?

Help:
- Verses 12-21 - Jesus doesn't curse the fig tree because He's in a bad mood.  The fig tree is symbolic of the Temple - without fruit.  He curses it as a sign that He is cursing the Temple system.

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you have a question or comment, email me at butcher@ymail.com.