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Daniel 8:1-27 ~ 1 John 2:1-17
Psalm 120:1-7 ~ Proverbs 28:25-26
Old Testament - Daniel chapter 8 is quite a chapter... I'm not 100% sure how to post up on this chapter - so I went over to bible.org to see what they had to say and I came across this paragraph over there - "Daniel chapter 8 is a preacher’s nightmare. Even noted scholars hesitate to be dogmatic in their interpretation of this chapter. Daniel himself has not the foggiest notion of the vision’s meaning, even after the angel Gabriel has interpreted the vision for him." I think I best just link over to what bible.org has to say about this chapter today. :)
The closing verse 27 of this chapter certainly stands out to me today - "Then I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for several days. Afterward I got up and performed my duties for the king, but I was greatly troubled by the vision and could not understand it." Think you'd be sick of you saw a vision like this?
New Testament - 1 John chapter 2 is full of tons of wisdom today. Verses 5 & 6 are so strong - "But those who obey God's word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did." Do we realize that obeying God's Word, the Bible, demonstrates our love for God? Do we live our lives as Jesus did?
Verse 9 certainly gives us much to consider in our lives - "If anyone says, "I am living in the light," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness. " Are we living in the light?
Verses 15, 16 & 17 are worth looking at. Zondervan's commentary says that the "world" in these verses is not the created world or people - but the world of sin, which is the dominion of Satan. "Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world. And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever." Are we doing the will of God in our lives?
Psalms - Psalm 120 is the beginning of 15 Psalms titled "songs of ascent." This could mean the ascent of the 15 stairs to the Temple in Jerusalem - or more like the annual religious pilgrimages and the ascent to Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
Verse 1 in this Psalm should be encouraging to each of us - "I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer." Do you have troubles in your life? Have you brought them to God in prayer? Will you? Will you allow him to answer your prayer?
Proverbs 28:26 is a good reminder to seek wisdom continually in our lives. And not just to rely on our own senses. Where can we find wisdom in our lives? Do you believe reading the Bible each day can bring wisdom into your life?
What verses or insights jumped out for you in today's readings? Please post up in the Comments section below!