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Daily Bible Podcast Day 331 – Psalm 125, Matthew 26-27

September 27, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, ‘Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.’

Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, ‘I don’t know the man!’

Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: ‘Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.” ~Matthew 26:73-75

Observation:
Just as Jesus had predicted, Peter disowns Jesus in public. Despite this, Jesus ultimately doesn’t hold it against him, and Peter goes on to be a great leader in the early church.

Application:
I have disowned Jesus, not with words, but with actions; by failing to do what Jesus would have had me do. I have also failed to acknowledge Him when I should have.

Prayer:
Father, like Peter, I have “disowned” Jesus. I know that You don’t hold that against me any more than You held it against Peter. Empower me to complete my mission as You empowered him. Help me to be more faithful in the future than I have been in the past and I will do my best to acknowledge Jesus when given the chance.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 130 – 2 Samuel 18, Psalm 56, Matthew 27

March 11, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. ‘I have sinned,’ he said, ‘for I have betrayed innocent blood.’

‘What is that to us?’ they replied. ‘That’s your responsibility.’” ~Matthew 27:3-4

Observation:
Judas, having handed over Jesus is confessing his sin to the very people who he thinks should be sympathetic. They are not. They are supposed to be spiritual leaders, but they don’t care, even though what he did was largely for their benefit. Jesus is a threat to their power and Judas was their pawn. When confronted with the full weight of what he has done, Judas has no one to turn to.

Application:
The decisions I make are no one’s but my own. Sin is sin and if I commit it, even if at the order or suggestion of someone else, the responsibility is mine alone. The so-called Nuremberg Defense is no defense at all.

Prayer:
Father, let me never sin on the suggestion or even order of another. I know that I am fully responsible for my own actions. Thank you for Jesus’ sacrifice that covers my sin and that I have someone to turn to, even when I am guilty.

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