God Centered Bible – Daily Devotions

September 7: Cost

September 07, 2016:

Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 17-20, Proverbs 21:17-31, Luke 22:14-23, Hebrews 4:12-16 Isaiah 17-20: Four chapters of extraordinary content, and great depth—who is equal to comment on these things, even in devotional form, in a few short words! In chapter 17 there is judgment against Damascus. They had “forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge” (17:10). There is some hope for there will be a “day” when “man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel” (17:7). Chapter 18 has a message for Cush, a message which sends people flowing to Mount Zion, to God, and to salvation. Then in chapter 19 there is judgment against Egypt. And then chapter 20! “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Cush…” so shall the Egyptian captives…

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September 6: Salvation Complete

September 06, 2016:

Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 14-16, Proverbs 21:1-16, Luke 22:1-13, Hebrews 4:1-11 Isaiah 14-16: Interwoven through Isaiah is this thread of restoration combined with judgment. Just because God used the pagan nations around his people to bring discipline upon his people in no way means that he will not in time to come judge those pagan peoples for their sins and rebellion against him. So chapter 14 begins with promise of restoration for his people (14:1-2). And then rapidly it moves—throughout the rest of these chapters—to various descriptions of judgment upon those who had thought they had triumphed over God’s people during their exile, while they were under God’s discipline. It is disconcerting to read of God’s people being encouraged to take up a “taunt” against anyone (14:4), even Babylon as a symbol of wickedness and evil, but this is not the yah-boo sneering and jeering politics of the school playground, but instead the formal…

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September 5: The Joy of the Christ

September 05, 2016:

God Centered Life is excited to announce a relaunch of its ministry on Tuesday, September 6. As a result, the ministry is going through a pre-launch test of the new website and app. As a subscriber to God Centered Life Ministries, we are pleased to give you a sneak preview of what will be made official on Tuesday. Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 11-13, Proverbs 20:16-30, Luke 21:29-38, Hebrews 3 Isaiah 11-13: These chapters begin with a prophetic hymn to the “shoot from the stump of Jesse” (11:1), that is, from David. This descendent will be characterized by various aspects that are exemplary, and more than exemplary. The “Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him” (11:2). His “delight shall be in the fear of the LORD” (11:3). He will not be partial to the powerful but instead “with righteousness he shall judge the poor” (11:4). The result of this exercise of justice will…

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September 4: A Great Light

September 04, 2016:

God Centered Life is excited to announce a relaunch of its ministry on Tuesday, September 6. As a result, the ministry is going through a pre-launch test of the new website and app. As a subscriber to God Centered Life Ministries, we are pleased to give you a sneak preview of what will be made official on Tuesday. Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 9-10, Proverbs 20:1-15, Luke 21:20-28, Hebrews 2:10-18 Isaiah 9-10: Words here made famous by Handel’s Messiah and sung at every Christmas around the world, they are rich with meaning and applicability as well. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (9:2). “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder” (9:6). For those who are tempted to believe that these prophecies refer to anything less than the God-Man Christ, the incarnate Son of God, look…

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September 3: God-Sized Vision and Mission

September 03, 2016:

God Centered Life is excited to announce a relaunch of its ministry on Tuesday, September 6. As a result, the ministry is going through a pre-launch test of the new website and app. As a subscriber to God Centered Life Ministries, we are pleased to give you a sneak preview of what will be made official on Tuesday. Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 6-8, Proverbs 19:15-29, Luke 21:1-19, Hebrews 2:1-9 Isaiah 6-8: Rather than attempt to explain each of these chapters—so rich with meaning—in such a short space of these few words, I’m going to focus particularly on chapter 6 and a few parts of chapter 7. Chapter 6 is the great famous vision calling of Isaiah. Note that at the heart of the vision is the holiness of God. This holiness is emphasized by the thrice repeated word “holy” (6:3), for in Hebrew the way to say that something is very holy is to…

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September 2: The Branch

September 02, 2016:

God Centered Life is excited to announce a relaunch of its ministry on Tuesday, September 6. As a result, the ministry is going through a pre-launch test of the new website and app. As a subscriber to God Centered Life Ministries, we are pleased to give you a sneak preview of what will be made official on Tuesday. Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 3-5, Proverbs 19:1-14, Luke 20:41-47, Hebrews 1:10-41 Isaiah 3-5: More extraordinary chapters from the great prophet Isaiah. First, in chapter 3, there is more judgment. Note the signs of judgment: they will have boys as their princes, infants shall rule over them (3:4). God’s judgment against a people is often shown in immature and infantile leadership. Some of our leaders may be older but still act like babies. Lack of fearing God leads to lack of maturity, and bad leadership is a scourge on all. In fact, people will no longer seek leadership…

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September 1: Stop Regarding Man

September 01, 2016:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 1-2, Proverbs 18, Luke 20:27-40, Hebrews 1:1-9 Isaiah 1-2: We enter now perhaps one of the greatest works of literature ever written. More to the point, Isaiah is perhaps the greatest of the Old Testament prophetic books. The style is at times sublime, the message not only “timeless” but timelessly profound, and its words, while deep and ever rich, have some of the most famous and clearest prophecies of “the servant” and “the suffering servant,” that is the Christ called Jesus and his cross. We will barely do justice to the brilliance of these words, certainly not in any finicky exactitude, but we can bask in the warmth of their light. Almost certainly, the best modern commentary on Isaiah was written by the recently deceased great scholar and Bible teacher Alec Motyer. It is not only extremely accurate technically, it also manages to be edifying and uplifting…

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August 26-31, 2016

August 26, 2016:

In keeping with the Bible reading plan we are using, the last days of each month are designated as “free days.” August 26-31 then are intended to allow you to catch up on reading you may have missed or to study passages more in depth that intrigued you during the first 25 days of the month. With this in mind, God Centered Bible will not have a devotional for August 26-31, but will pick back up on September 1, 2016, with Isaiah 1. We welcome your comments also during these days with insights you’ve found during the first 25 days. To receive God Centered Bible devotionals directly in your inbox, sign up here.

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August 25: No Such Thing as Luck

August 25, 2016:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Esther 9-10, Proverbs 17:15-28, Luke 20:20-26, Philemon 12-25 Esther 9-10: Some of this is hard for us to read, for it seems very much as if the Jewish people—now that they have been relieved of the threat—make the most of their new opportunity to exact revenge (9:1-3). Indeed, a large number of people are killed at the hands of the Jews (9:5-10), and the queen actually asks for another day to continue the killing (9:13). How are we to understand this bloodshed? It is possible, theoretically, that God’s people are exacting revenge injudiciously (it would not be the first time that God’s people have sinned), but we are given no hint in the text that their deeds were wrong—quite the reverse. The large point of Esther is that this story explains the feast of Purim (Pur = lot, celebrating the lot that was cast and turned by…

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August 24: Tears and Joy

August 24, 2016:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Esther 7-8, Proverbs 17:1-14, Luke 20:9-19, Philemon 1-11 Esther 7-8: Poor Haman, how could things get any worse? He who had thought to destroy God’s people on a whim of personal insult was now found to be begging for his life with the queen (7:7). Esther once more had proved very canny in her maneuvering of the situation. It was on the second day that the king had feasted before she made her request (7:2). And even then, she “set it up” so that the emotional impact of the disaster against her and her people was felt by the king before she revealed that it was Haman who was behind it (7:3-6). Then when the king returned from his furious foot stomping walk in the garden to find Haman begging for his life, it appeared as if he was even then assaulting the queen, and once the…

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