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December 23, 2019

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 2 Peter 1-3
Audio:2 Peter 1-3

Psalm 12 (ESV)

For the choir director: according to Sheminith. A psalm of David.

Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains;
the loyal have disappeared from the human race.
They lie to one another;
they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips
and the tongue that speaks boastfully.
They say, “Through our tongues we have power;
our lips are our own—who can be our master?”

“Because of the devastation of the needy
and the groaning of the poor,
I will now rise up,” says the Lord.
“I will provide safety for the one who longs for it.”

The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in an earthen furnace,
purified seven times.

You, Lord, will guard us;
you will protect us from this generation forever.
The wicked prowl all around,
and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.

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  1. The words of the Lord are pure words,
    like silver refined in an earthen furnace,
    purified seven times (Psalm 12:6)

    The Words of the Lord Are Pure Words

    Words. They communicate thoughts and intentions. They can soothe. The can harm. They can be kind and they can be cruel. But words can also be misunderstood, changed, distorted, twisted and misapplied. How we define words can impact how we receive the words we hear and read. 

    Throughout history people have tried to rid the world of God's Word. There have been attempts to confiscate Bible from governments. There have been raids conducted that if a Bible is found, the people in the home are killed. And yes, people have lost their lives for either giving someone a Bible or simply possessing it. 

    The hatred for the Bible still exists today. Although the threat of violence is rare in America, even people who go to church – and as hard as it might be to believe, even some pastors – hate God's Word. They may not think they hate it, but when leaders refute what is clearly taught in Scripture (and explain away their rebellion), that is a form of hatred for the Bible. 

    While it's true we do not follow the ceremonial and civil laws found in the Old Testament, the principles of these laws still apply. Certainly the moral law (the Ten Commandments) apply for all-time because their root in found in the character of God (unlike the ceremonial and civil laws which were given to Israel for that period of time). 

    If the Bible says something is a sin, then it is sin. If people are bothered by what the Bible says, that doesn't mean it's "hate speech" (as I've heard it referred to by people who are living in rebellion and who want to continue to).

    Ultimately, we have the choice to either submit ourselves to God's authority and bring glory to Him or ask God to submit Himself to our authority and bring glory to ourselves.

    God would NEVER submit Himself to anyone or anything because HE is God, WE are not.

    Who are we to be God's editor?

    Who are we to pick and choose what commands to follow?

    Who are we to impose 21st century ideologies and social constructs on the Bible (and God Himself)?

    Whether or not we believe the words of the Lord are pure (according to our standards) they are. May God have mercy on anyone who believes otherwise (and teaches others to do the same).

  2. "The words of the Lord are pure words,
    like silver refined in an earthen furnace,
    purified seven times."

    I love the illustration of God's word being tested and purified over and over again as silver in a refiner's fire in an earthen furnace — the dross being burned off and removed, the silver being refined again, the dross burned off and removed, the refining of the silver again…always with the Holy Spirit at work, burning off what is false and leaving only what is tested and found pure. 

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