Devotional Passages 3/7/18

Psalms 27:4 (HCSB)
I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple.


Psalms 139:23-24 (HCSB)
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.


2 Peter 3:9 (HCSB)
The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.


Luke 16:16-17 (HCSB)
“The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is strongly urged to enter it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the law to drop out.


Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (HCSB)
I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, love the Lord your God, obey Him, and remain faithful to Him. For He is your life, and He will prolong your life in the land the Lord swore to give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


Psalms 118:22-24 (HCSB)
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This came from the Lord; it is wonderful in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


The Creation

I thought it was interesting as I was reading a devotional that they indicated that the word ‘beginning’ here is translated from the Hebrew word ‘bereshit’ (pronounced “ber- ee-sheet”). The writer suggested that while this commonly is translated as ‘In the beginning’ that it could also be translated as ‘Through the firstborn’.

I attempted to track this down, and perhaps someone who actually knows Hebrew could shed some light on this, but I found no corroborating information to back this up in any of my dictionaries, or commentaries.

From John chapter 1, it is clear that the creator was Son of God and not God the Father. So, while this interpretation really changes nothing, in the final outcome, if this is true, and translators had focused on ‘Through the firstborn’, then it would have made the fact that Jesus is the creator more evident to some.

Genesis 1:1 (HCSB)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

This is backed up a bit in Colossians.

Colossians 1:15-16 (HCSB)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.

You also pick it up in Revelation as Jesus being the ‘ firstborn of the dead’ (the resurrection).

Revelation 1:4-5 (HCSB)
To the seven churches in Asia.
Grace and peace to you from the One who is, who was, and who is coming; from the seven spirits, before His throne; and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth.


John 14:27 (HCSB)
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.


1 John 3:1-3 (HCSB)
Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him.
Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed.
We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.


John 8:12 (HCSB)
Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

Jesus came into the world to be ‘The Light of the world’. The same light lives in us through His Holy Spirit.

Matthew 5:14-16 (HCSB)
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.
No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”


Psalms 25:9 (HCSB)
He leads the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.

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