John 6—Bread. This is the great bread chapter in the Bible. •Multiplying of bread: this miracle of feeding 5,000 is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels. Involved in the miracle was a challenge (Christ tested Philip about supplying bread); contribution (a lad gave five loaves and two fish); creating (Christ multiplied the bread from the few loaves and fish); cleanup (twelve baskets); consequences (people honored Christ). •Movement after bread: the trip across the sea at night during a storm. The purpose of the movement (to go to Capernaum); the problem in the movement (storm at sea); the phenomena in the movement (Christ walked on the sea to the boat and the boat came to shore as soon as Christ got in it). •Message about bread: in this major discourse, Christ spoke about spiritual bread (He is the Bread of Life). The learning from Christ (about the work, wonders, will, and Wheat of God [Jesus the Bread of Life]); the loathing of Christ (the people loathed the person and power of Christ); the leaving of Christ (the message caused all the people to leave Christ except the twelve). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Great devotional from Adrian Rogers today! I just had to take a moment to share it. BIBLE MEDITATION: “And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Philippians 3:9 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: A woman worked as a maid in the house of a mean innkeeper. One day God saved her and she could not hide her happiness. What used to be drudgery turned into joy. The innkeeper was furious and began to belittle her. He hated her for being happy. Finally, he said to her, “You say you’re saved and I can see your happiness. Can you tell me what being saved means?” And she said, “To me, it feels as though I am standing in Jesus’ shoes, and He is standing in mine.” A theologian couldn’t have said it better. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” ACTION POINT: Have you come to realize that, in Jesus, you have been made “the righteousness of God”? It is the gift of God, in Him.
Romans 1:17–3:21—Condemnation. The longest section in today’s reading is on the subject of condemnation. •Cause of condemnation: wicked living in willful rejection of God. •Consequences of condemnation: in summary they are abandoned by God (1:24, 25, 28), and they are sentenced to “tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil” (2:9). •Court in condemnation: the fidelity of the court (“according to truth” [2:2]); the fairness of the court (“render to every man according to his deeds” [2:6] and “there is no respect [prejudice] of persons with God” [2:11]). •Crowd for condemnation: all persons are condemned, both Jews and Gentiles, for “there is none righteous, no, not one” (3:11). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading Great Devotional from Adrian Rogers BIBLE MEDITATION: “Upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Any great church is built on these four things that begin with the letter B. The Book – the inspired, infallible Word of God. The Blood – the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Birth – the new birth. The Blessed Hope – the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ. God tells us in Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, […]