Daily Encouragement

March 29 – Where Do Famines Come From?

Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32
Luke 8:22-39
Psalm 70:1-5
Proverbs 12:4

Deuteronomy 11:1 — How do we show love for God? By trusting Him. How do we keep His statutes? By obeying Him. We just need to trust and obey.

Deuteronomy 11:7 — Why should we trust God? Because we’ve seen what He’s done.

Deuteronomy 11:17 — God warned that He would shut up the heavens. Did He ever do this after this warning? Yes!

  • Ruth 1:1 in Bethlehem (because of Judges 21:25)
  • 2 Samuel 21:1 in the United Kingdom (why did it take David three years to ask God?)
  • 1 Kings 17:1 in Israel (because of 1 Kings 16:33)
  • 2 Kings 4:38 in Gilgal (on the whole, Gilgal hasn’t been a site of good things)
  • 2 Kings 6:25 in Samaria (not specified, general sinfulness)
  • 2 Kings 8:1 in Israel (God called it)
  • 2 Kings 25:3 in Jerusalem (because of 2 Kings 24:19-20)
  • Nehemiah 5:3 in Jerusalem (because of Nehemiah 1:7)
  • Acts 11:28 (prophesied)

How do you stop a famine? Hearken! (vs. 13)

Deuteronomy 12:5 — In what city did the LORD put His name? By the way, this is the first usage of this phrase.

Deuteronomy 12:8 — This is the first usage of “right in his own eyes.”

Luke 8:24 — This is exercising the power assigned to God in Psalm 65:7, 89:9, 107:29, and attributed to God in Jonah 1:15.

Psalm 70:5 — God uses the phrase “poor and needy” 17 times. If this psalm seemed familiar, it looks very similar to Psalm 40:13-17 (like Psalm 53 and Psalm 14 being similar to each other). Matthew Henry thinks that’s why it is called a “Psalm of Remembrance.” Sometimes in a hymnal it lists the verse and the chorus, and other times just the chorus. It could be that this “chorus” was used in worship by the Israelites as well. Spurgeon says, “As we have the words of this Psalm twice in the letter, let them be doubly with us in spirit.”

Proverbs 12:4 — Good advice for the young man looking for a wife, and a great commendation to the woman who exemplifies virtue!

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