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Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18

Jeremiah 25:1-7

Galatians 5:2-6


Historical Documents 062311

Sometimes when we read the Bible, especially the Old Testament we are confronted with promises, rules and goals that must have made sense to someone, at some time in history, but make less sense to us now. Today’s Psalm is an example when it speaks of promises to David and his descendants forever.

As far as I know, I have no lineage traceable to King David, who are chosen and blessed forever. But when I, or any Christian looks at the spiritual and religious history of Christ and Christianity, the story beginnings with Abraham and runs through David to Jesus and us. The meaning of the Bible is a meaning spoken in Hebrew and later, Greek.

We have many spiritual ancestors, and sometimes understanding who is speaking is difficult. But today’s Psalm is also clear.’ 1I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. 2I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.’

It is helpful and interesting to look back at the source of the songs of David in Psalm, but their relevance inspires us today. Pray for insight and understanding and pray for peace, but pray without ceasing.

(brother) Bill





Psalm 89

1I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

2I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

3You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David:

4‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah

15Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance;

16they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.

17For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.

18For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Jeremiah 25:1-7

25The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah (that was the first year of King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon), 2which the prophet Jeremiah spoke to all the people of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: 3For twenty-three years, from the thirteenth year of King Josiah son of Amon of Judah, to this day, the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken persistently to you, but you have not listened. 4And though the Lord persistently sent you all his servants the prophets, you have neither listened nor inclined your ears to hear 5when they said, “Turn now, everyone of you, from your evil way and wicked doings, and you will remain upon the land that the Lord has given to you and your ancestors from of old and forever; 6do not go after other gods to serve and worship them, and do not provoke me to anger with the work of your hands. Then I will do you no harm.” 7Yet you did not listen to me, says the Lord, and so you have provoked me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm.

Galatians 5:2-6

2Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law. 4You who want to be justified by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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