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May 1 – The Lamb of God


May 1
Judges 13:1-14:20
John 1:29-51
Psalm 102:1-28
Proverbs 14:15-16

Judges 13:2 – Exodus 23:26 and Deuteronomy 7:13-14 promises fruitfulness to the people, the land, the crops, even the cattle – if we obey (Deuteronomy 7:12). But God can make the barren woman into a joyful mother of children (Psalm 113:9).

The Sacrifice of Manoah

Judges 13:8 – Manoah is asking God for advice on child rearing. God sends the angel again to Manoah, and the angel repeats the message. But God had already told them how to raise a Nazarite in Numbers 6:2-21.

Judges 14:9 – Numbers 6:6 warned about dead bodies, but the boy raised by Biblically illiterate parents broke his vow and didn’t tell his parents.

John 1:29 – John is the only Gospel writer who records John the Baptist’s declaration of Jesus to be the Lamb of God. Later in Revelation John writes about the Lamb who was slain (Revelation 5:6) who was Worthy (Revelation 5:12-13). The Lamb was glorified in Revelation 7:9-10, and the blood of the Lamb was the power to overcome (Revelation 12:11). Throughout Revelation we read about the Lamb, that was foreshadowed in the Old Testament.

As the hymn says, O Lamb of God, I Come.

Psalm 102:1-11 – Most of us would say this is a needlessly long prayer. Won’t God always hear His people? Luke 11:8 uses a great word – “importunity.” Shameless insistence. A “proper prayer” won’t be heard (Luke 18:11). But a shameless prayer intreating the Lord from someone humble will be heard (Psalm 57:15). Daniel’s prayer was held up for 21 days (Daniel 10:13), but Daniel kept praying.

Psalm 102:12-22 – Following 11 verses of begging, we have 11 verses of blessing the LORD. Eternal, Memorable. Merciful. Fearful. Glorious. Builder. Hearer. Praiseworthy. High above the earth. Deliverer. Master.

Proverbs 14:15Trust, but verify.

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April 30 – Family Tension in Judges

April 30
Judges 11:1-12:15
John 1:1-28
Psalm 101:1-8
Proverbs 14:13-14

Judges 11:2 – We’ve seen the family tension between Gideon’s concubine’s son and his other sons (Judges 9:5), and now Gilead’s family problems because of his son with a harlot. National success starts with success in the home!

Judges 11:14 – Land disputes in the Holy Land… sounds familiar…

Deutsch: Der siegreiche Feldherr Jephta begegnet seiner Tochter (1661)

Judges 11:35 – Did Jephthah offer his daughter as a human sacrifice? Tim Chaffey argues that it is unfortunately very likely. Solomon warns against breaking vows (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5).

John 1:1 – Was Jesus really God ? Not just a great teacher, but Elohim – the same God that created the World (John 1:3 says yes). Was He the same as YHWH – the covenant making God that made and fulfilled His promises to Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses? A great comprehensive book on this topic is Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ.

John 1:12 – The common teaching of the world today is that God is panentheistic, and has 6.7 billion children. Only those that believe on His name have the power to become the sons of God. Are you a son of God?

From Earl Martin:

Psalm 101 – What is your personal commitment to holiness?

  • Behavior and walk (Psalm 101:2)
  • Eyes and work (Psalm 101:3)
  • Companions (Psalm 101:4)
  • Tongue and attitude (Psalm 101:5)
  • Toleration (Psalm 101:7)

Proverbs 14:13 – Satisfaction is the goal not just in customer service, but in “self-actualization.” What does the Bible say about being satisfied?

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April 29 – Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord!

April 29
Judges 9:22-10:18
Luke 24:13-53
Psalm 100:1-5
Proverbs 14:11-12

Judges 9:45 – “Salting the city” was a way to curse a city.

Judges 9:56 – Proverbs 26:27 and Ecclesiastes 10:8 talk about this.

Judges 10:6-7 – Those who forsook the LORD bring His anger. If you don’t incur God’s anger – you are not His son (Hebrews 12:8). We don’t forsake the LORD today by spending more time in TV, leisure, sports, eating, drinking, shopping, etc than with our LORD, or do we?

Judges 10:14 – Jeremiah echoes this verse centuries later in Jeremiah 2:28. Moses warned that God would say this in Deuteronomy 32:37.

Luke 24:27 – We’ve made it thru Moses – have you seen in the Torah the things concerning Jesus?

Luke 24:45 – Let’s be sure to pray that Jesus would open our understanding as well that we can understand the Scriptures!

Luke 24:47 – Repentance and Remission – God will forgive us if we call to Him!

Psalm 100:1-3 – Patch the Pirate has done a great job of putting this to music (word perfect)!



Proverbs 14:12 – Jeremiah 17:9 reiterates the warning of trusting your heart.

salvationWhich way?

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April 28 – Gideon, Abimelech, and Shechem

April 28
Judges 8:18-9:21
Luke 23:44-24:12
Psalm 99:1-9
Proverbs 14:9-10

Judges 8:27John MacArthur says Gideon’s intentions were good with this ephod:

This was certainly a sad end to Gideon’s influence as he, perhaps in an expression of pride, sought to lift himself up in the eyes of the people. Gideon intended nothing more than to make a breastplate as David did (1 Chr. 15:27) to indicate civil, not priestly, rule. It was never intended to set up idolatrous worship, but to be a symbol of civil power. That no evil was intended can be noted from the subduing of Midian (v. 28), quietness from wars (v. 28), and the fact that idolatry came after Gideon’s death (v. 33), as well as the commendation of Gideon (v. 35).

Judges 8:30 – Even though Gideon did not want to be king (Judges 8:23), he should have hearkened to the command of Deuteronomy 17:17.

Judges 9:1 – We have secular records referencing Lab’ayu the King of Shechem that indicate collaboration between the Israelites and the Shechemites. From the Associates for Biblical Archaeology:

A number of the Amarna Letters indicate that the Shechemites were working with the habiru/Israelites to expand their territory. Since Lab’ayu was a third generation ruler (EA 253), there was continuity in leadership from the time of the conquest. This could account for a continuing relationship between the Shechemites and the Israelites/habiru. We have three letters from the king of Shechem (EA 252-254). In one letter, Lab’ayu has a somewhat defiant tone, much different than the letters from the other city states (EA 252; Campbell 1965: 195-196; Hess 1993: 99) This, coupled with the fact that Shechem was fortified during this period, suggests that Shechem was somewhat independent of Egyptian control and was pursuing its own best interests.

Luke 24:6 – He Is Risen!

Psalm 99:1 – The LORD is not just a friend, but He is our reigning monarch! What does it mean when it says to let the people tremble? “ragaz: to be agitated, quiver, quake, be excited, perturbed.” Throughout this Psalm we are commanded to tremble, be moved, praise Him, exalt Him, and worship Him.

Proverbs 14:9 – What do Americans think about sin? From Gallup:


  • a record high 73% believe divorce is morally acceptable
  • a record high 69% believe premarital fornication is morally acceptable
  • a record high 57% believe doctor-assisted suicide is acceptable
  • a record high 36% believe pornography is acceptable
  • a record low 58% believe the divinely-instituted death penalty is moral.

Coincidentally, those dissatisfied with the moral climate of America is at a record low.

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April 27 – The Patience of the Lord

April 27
Judges 7:1-8:17
Luke 23:13-43
Psalm 97:1-98:9
Proverbs 14:7-8

Judges 7:3 –  Deuteronomy 20:8 says to let the fearful and fainthearted go home. Gideon had to wait for God to reiterate this command.

English: Gideon and His Three Hundred; as in Judges 7:9-23; illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company

Judges 7:10 – If thou fear… Ever notice how merciful God was as He orchestrated this victory?

  • Israel did evil (Judges 6:1)
  • Israel cried unto the LORD (Judges 6:6)
  • The LORD allows Gideon to ask a sign (Judges 6:17)
  • The LORD puts up with Gideon thinking he will die (Judges 6:23)
  • The LORD helps Gideon even though his father has an altar to Baal (Judges 6:25)
  • The LORD helps Israel even though the townsmen wanted to kill the obedient Gideon (Judges 6:30).
  • The LORD helps Gideon even though he asks a second sign (Judges 6:37)
  • The LORD helps Gideon even though he asks a third signs (Judges 6:39)
  • The LORD helps Israel even though 22,000 of them were fearful and afraid of trusting in the LORD (Judges 7:3).
  • The LORD helps Gideon even though he’s still scared (Judges 7:10)

The LORD was patient and victorious – all Israel did was sin and cry.

Luke 23:14 – Notice the contrasts:

  • The man charged with perverting all of the people, is found with no fault at all. (v.14)
  • Bar-abbas (Son of the father) was desired instead of the Father’s Son (Luke 23:18)
  • The rebel to authority was traded for the King of the land (Luke 23:19)
  • The typically bloodthirsty Romans (Luke 13:1), wanted to release a prisoner (Luke 23:20).
  • The priests of mercy (Hosea 6:6), want death (Luke 23:23).
  • The governor obeys the governed (Luke 23:24).
  • The guilty murder was released, the innocent victim was punished (Luke 23:25).

Luke 23:42 – The guilty malefactor did what the Israelites did (Judges 6:6) and cried to the LORD.

Psalm 97:9 – The LORD who puts up with Gideon and Israel, who humbles himself to accept the judgment of His Creation, is the same LORD who is high above all the earth.

Proverbs 14:8 – Deceit blinds your eyes to the truth. Understanding opens your eyes to the truth. Not all truth is immediately visible – Proverbs 25:2.

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April 26 – Alter the Altar

April 26
Judges 6:1-40
Luke 22:54-23:12
Psalm 95:1-96:13
Proverbs 14:5-6

Judges 6:1 – 20 times in the Old Testament the phrase “did evil” occurs. 7 times is in this book of Judges. As a result of their evil, God delivered them into the hand of their cousins, the Midianites.

However, the relations between the Israelites and the Midianites began to sour when the Midianites joined forces with the Moabites in order to hire Balaam to curse Israel (Numbers 22). Later, when Israel fell into idolatry and sexual sin with the Moabite women (Numbers 25), we find that a prominent Midianite woman was also involved (Numbers 25:6). The Lord then told Moses to wage war against the Midianites (Numbers 25:17-19).

Judges 6:17 – John MacArthur examines if Gideon’s request violates Deuteronomy 6:16.

Like Moses (Ex. 33), Gideon desired a sign when the Lord directed him to rise up and lead a deliverance (v. 17). In both incidents, revelation was so rare and wickedness so prevalent that they desired full assurance. God graciously gave it. In vv. 18–23, the fire from God brought the realization of the presence of God to Gideon, filling him with awe and even the fear of death. When he saw the Lord, he knew the Lord had also seen him in his fallenness. Thus he feared the death that sinners should die before Holy God. But God graciously promised life (v. 23).

Gideon and His Men Destroying the Altar of Baal

Judges 6:25 – Gideon joins a small group of people who destroyed the false altars in the land in accordance with Exodus 34:13 and Deuteronomy 7:5.

  • Asa (2 Chronicles 14:3)
  • Jehoiada (2 Kings 11:18, 2 Chronicles 23:17)
  • Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 30:14)
  • Josiah (2 Kings 23:15, 2 Chronicles 34:4)

Luke 22:61 – This is the only gospel to record that the LORD looked at Peter.

Psalm 95:5-6 – Note the increasing emphasis of the creation of the Creator. It starts out that the sea is His, then the land, but even more so we are made by him!

Proverbs 14:5 – Was just listening to a radio preacher who said that he knew someone who wasn’t able to speak for 6 months due to a surgery. They said their opportunity to sin dropped almost 50%.

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April 25 – Barak vs. Daniel

April 25
Judges 4:1-5:31
Luke 22:35-53
Psalm 94:1-23
Proverbs 14:3-4

Judges 4:8 – Barak is refusing a command of the LORD if Deborah won’t go with him. In contrast, Daniel stood alone (Daniel 6:13).


Luke 22:36, 38, 49, 51. What is the normally peaceful Jesus doing telling his people to buy swords and then finally tells his people to put down their sword.  In Matthew Jesus comes across anti-sword (Matthew 26:51-52), so why the contrast here in Luke 22?

Jesus, the omniscient, knew they would be coming with swords (Luke 22:52) and was demonstrating that his followers had weapons, not to mention his twelve legions of angels had weapons (Matthew 26:53). It is clear that no man took Jesus life from Him (John 10:18), but He laid it down, just as He told Peter to lay down the weapons (Luke 22:51, Matthew 26:52).

Psalm 94:7 – What does God call those who think He cannot see or regard something? Psalm 94:8 says “brutish and fools.”

Proverbs 14:4 – The verse of encouragement to young mothers who are discouraged over their house being a mess because of their toddlers.

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April 24 – More problems in Judges

April 24
Judges 2:10-3:31
Luke 22:14-34
Psalm 92:1-93:5
Proverbs 14:1-2

Judges 2:12 – A violation of the vow of Joshua 24:16

Judges 3:6 – Direct violation of Deuteronomy 7:3

Judges 3:7 – God warned them about the groves in Deuteronomy 16:21

Judges 3:9 – Caleb and Othniel form a godly line of leadership in stark contrast to their surroundings.


Luke 22:29-30 – It’s not just the apostles that will reign – we will too (2 Timothy 2:12, Revelation 5:10, Revelation 20:6, Revelation 22:5).

Psalm 93:3 – This is a great example of anthropomorphism.

Proverbs 14:2 – Not only does the “wise man build his house…” but the wise woman does as well!

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April 23 – Judges starts well, but not for long

April 23
Judges 1:1-2:9
Luke 21:29-22:13
Psalm 90:1-91:16
Proverbs 13:24-25

Judges 1:1 – The book of Judges starts on a high note! “The children of Israel asked the LORD.” Unfortunately it ends on a bad note (Judges 21:25).

Judges 2:2 – “ye have not obeyed my voice.” The pre-incarnate LORD spoke, not a messenger who said “Thus saith the LORD.” And it was a rebuke. Obedience is what God desires.

Judas sells Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Lippo Memmi, 14th Century.

Luke 22:5 – “and they were glad.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 says that the Lord loveth a cheerful giver, but these givers although cheerful, were not giving to the Lord, but to a man possessed by Satan who would help them kill the Lord.

Psalm 90:12 – There’s “Death Clock” websites that you can punch in your date of birth, sex, smoking habit, body mass index, personality, alcohol consumption, and country you live in, and it will tell you how much time you have left on earth, statistically speaking. When we number our days, we can stop and think about what we are putting our most valuable resource (not our talent, not our treasure, not our tools, but our time) into.

Psalm 91:2 “my God; in him will I trust”

Proverbs 13:24 – A goal of parenting is to set the appetite of your children. You want them to love good, and be repulsed by evil. Obedience brings blessing, and disobedience brings consequences. A danger is when we overemphasize the behavior from our children, the child may be tempted to lie about their improper actions to please you (or rather not infuriate you). While we are pleased with his words, he may feel rewarded for lying about doing wrong, and punished for admitting when he did wrong. Make sure that you’re not just encouraging verbal conformity, but truth telling as well!

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April 22 – Walk with the Wise!

April 22
Joshua 24:1-33
Luke 21:1-28
Psalm 89:38-52
Proverbs 13:20-23

Joshua 24:19 – In the middle of the people claiming to serve the LORD once (Joshua 24:18), twice (Joshua 24:21), and three times (Joshua 24:24), Joshua tells them they cannot serve the LORD because He is holy and jealous! But why does Joshua say He cannot forgive their sins? Similar to Jesus warning of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Luke 12:10), these passages indicate God cannot save those who have hardened their hearts against Him, only those who have repented and called upon the LORD.

Luke 21:14 – How do we reconcile this with 1 Peter 3:15? 1 Peter 3:15 is for our dispensation (the age of Grace / church age), while here Jesus is prophesying about those in Jerusalem in AD 70, according to Jimmy DeYoung.

Is this the mountains that the Judaeans are to flee to (Luke 21:21)?

Psalm 89:47 – Remember how short my time is. That’s why we need to Redeem the Time!

Proverbs 13:20 –  Let’s go to our good friend Patch the Pirate to teach us this verse! (Think this is tied to Joshua 24:31)?

and if you want to memorize the verse – Earl Martin can help you!

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