Monday, September 16, 2013

DAY 485 - Need Jesus to Live out The Bible (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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Today's Reading: Romans 10:5-13

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Bible Study
      This is a very important but complicated passage. The message is so simple but they way of how Paul delivers is so deep and complex. Paul uses Deuteronomy 30(verses 5 to 8), Isaiah 28:16(verse 11) and Joel 2:32(verse 13) to lead people to understand that Jesus is the only answer.

Bishop N.T. Wright's says (
     Deuteronomy 28, 29 and 30 come near the end of Moses' long charge to the Israelites before they enter the promised land.  These chapters tell a story of what is going to happen to Israel in the days to come.  If Israel keeps God's commandments, God promises blessings; if they don't, he warns of curses to come. What's more, Moses solemnly predicts that israel will disobey, and so incur the curses.  And the worst of the curses is that they will be driven out of the promised land, sent off into exile.
    But then Deuteronomy 30 has a fresh word, a further promise to which God commits himself(that's the point of a 'covenant').  When Israel has gone into exile, they might suppose that everything is finished; but God promises that if they turn back to him even while they are in exile, he will rescue them.. More specifically, he promises to transform them, to change their hearts, so that they can at last keep his law the way he always intended.  It won't be a matter of people needing to climb up to heaven to get at the law; they won't have to go across the sea to find it.  It will come and find them! Then exile will be over; the curse will be undone; Israel will be saved.
    In order to make the connection between the gospel of Jesus and the promises of Deuteronomy, Paul quotes two other biblical texts: Isaiah 28:16 and Joel 2:32.  What counts as the badges in the present of those who will be saved, who will 'not be ashamed', in the future?  First, 'believing in him'; second , 'calling upon the name of the Lord'.  Verses 11, 12 and 13 thus explain verse 10, which in turn explains the crucial verse 9, which in turn makes the link with the quotation from Deuteronomy 30 in verse 8. 

N.T. Wright. Paul for Everyone:Romans: Part 2. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p.12-13.

     It is so complex! Have you got that? 

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Spiritual Journal

     What I heard from Jesus today is: Need Jesus to live out the Bible

    What I got from Jesus today is wonderful. When I read N.T. Wright's writing to this passage is the longest I ever read in one passage, it consists of 8 pages! Usually it is 4 to 6 pages.

    I do not want to make a long quotation each day because I do not know how much you can digest. Today we have a long quote from Bishop Wright but it is essential.

    Then I asked Jesus, "Can you give me a shorter version of all this in order that we can understand that complex idea Paul says?" Jesus gives me just seven words:
    Need Jesus to live out the Bible

    Ah, this is it! The whole Old Testament and New Testament time were full of God's people who knew the Bible so well. Who so wanted to do what the Bible says but failed. Why? Because we are human beings and we cannot live those things in the Bible out unless we repent of our sins and be willing to have Jesus as our Lord. We need Jesus to live out the Bible!

    I know quite a number of Christian leaders who know the Bible so well but their lives are so rotten. I know quite a number of Christian leaders who know the Bible so well but they cannot finish well. Why? Because knowing the Bible can be a pure knowledge. Living out the Bible is the way. We need Jesus to live out the Bible is the key! 

Dear Lord Jesus,
Lead us to be willing to follow you as our Savior, Lord and King so that we can live out what it says in the Bible and have a lifestyle of Christlikeness to glorify your Holy name. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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