Yesterday we heard of Adonijah’s almost successful bid to become the next king. The prophet Nathan’s intervention saved the day.
God is telling us how important His Word is! In yesterday’s reading I find NLT’s rendering of this verse interesting:
Ps. 119:45 I will walk in freedom,
for I have devoted myself to your commandments.
Note that following God’s commandments does not violate freedom.
To me, it was meaningful to read yesterday that, “The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life.” The fields are certainly ripe. And I note, with a wink and a wry smile, that Jesus is talking of _heavenly wages_ because we missionaries don’t get top wages here on earth. But we remember that Paul said, “The difficulties we face on earth are nothing to be compared with the glories that await us.”
About the meeting between Jesus and the official, I want to give this observation: Observe how often it happens that Jesus speaks about or encourages believing in Him before his miracles of healing. The implication is clear: Belief is important in healing.
GNT Translation note:
John 5:28 Do not be surprised at this; the time is coming when all the dead will hear [the voice of the Son of Man, my voice,//his voice]
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