Devotional Readings, M'Cheyne Bible Reading Notes

Back to the Bible

After my somewhat long winded rant on in the prior post, I am back to my M’Cheyne Daily Bible Reading Schedule. Today’s reading can be heard here:

Family: 1 Chronicles 7–8; Hebrews 11. Secret: Amos 5; Luke 1:1–38. (King James Version)

Just a few random thought after reading through it.

1 Chronicles – I can’t find my name listed here, at least it’s not the Book of Life.

Revelation 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

The closest I can come is HezRon, HebRon, AaRon, and a few more but not my name exactly. But seriously do note so many names list, and the potential for confusion since often a name refers to different people in different times.

Hebrews is another list of names but here the very important message is of faith. It’s also a great complement to the history we have been reading in the OT. The list of Martyr’s is just the beginning. Look at the history the last 2,000 years. Particularly in Rome, during the Pagan days and during the Reformation. And the conquests of Islam, and Communist movements.

Amos gives us the famous line..

Amos 5:18  Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

Old John Gill speaks of it in this way.

Amos 5:18

Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord,…. Either the day of Christ’s coming in the flesh, as Cocceius interprets it; and which was desired by the people of Israel, not on account of spiritual and eternal salvation, but that they might be delivered by him from outward troubles and enemies, and enjoy temporal felicity; they had a notion of him as a temporal Saviour and Redeemer, in whose days they should possess much outward happiness, and therefore desired his coming; see Mal 3:1; or else the day of the Lord’s judgments upon them, spoken of by the prophet, and which they were threatened with, but did not believe it would ever come; and therefore in a scoffing jeering manner, expressed their desire of it, to show their disbelief of it, and that they were in no pain or fear about it, like those in Isa 5:19;

to what end is it for you? why do you desire it? what benefit do you expect to get by it?

the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light; it will bring on affliction, calamities, miseries, and distress, which are often in Scripture expressed by “darkness”, and not prosperity and happiness, which are sometimes signified by “light”; see Isa 5:30; and even the day of the coming of Christ were to the unbelieving Jews darkness, and not light; they were blinded in it, and given up to judicial blindness and darkness; they hating and rejecting the light of Christ, and his Gospel, and which issued in great calamities, in the utter ruin and destruction of that people, Joh 3:19.

Finally, we end with a rereading of Luke. Very timely as we begin to enter the Advent season. Luke has become a favorite since Dr. Dilday’s OT class started teaching from the teaching in these verses.

Luk 24:44  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Luk 24:45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Luk 24:46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

Luk 24:47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Luk 24:48  And ye are witnesses of these things.

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