Holy Encouragement

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 26-28 (Morning)
Psalm 36 – 39 (Evening)
Genesis 9: 1-17
Hebrews 5: 7-14
John 3: 16-21
 


Holy Encouragement

Today’s lessons are filled with wonderful encouragement of God’s faithfulness, giving us a boost in our approaching the new year. Psalm 36:5-7 praises the Lord saying:

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the clouds
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;
you save both man and beast, O Lord.

The remainder of the psalms appointed for today reflect genuine repentance and a powerful and redemptive message to the faithful. The real message, however, is reserved for today’s Gospel lesson, which might be the most loved and memorized passage in the Bible, and the epistle lesson from Hebrews.

God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that everyone who has faith in him may not perish but have eternal life. It was not to judge the world that God sent his son into the world, but that through him the world might be saved.

You might note some differences in the words and phrases compared to the lesson you memorized as a child, which probably came from the Authorized or King James Version of the Bible. What version you use is not particularly important. What really matters is how we can embrace God’s faithfulness and the overwhelming generosity of the gift of the Savior.

In these difficult days we are now experiencing, I feel it most important to rely on the example our Savior gave that is noted in the Hebrews passage.

. . . Because of his devotion, his prayer was heard: son though he was, he learned obedience through his sufferings, and once perfected, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

 


Written by Dr. Doug Cummins

Doug studied theology and sacred music at Brite Divinity School and TCU. He now studies using The Oxford Study Bible, for which his New Testament professor at Brite, Dr. M. Jack Suggs, was one of the editors.

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