Bible Commentary

A collection of Michael White’s One Year Bible Commentaries.

Day 55: Getting Honest with God

The Daily Word: Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Leviticus 15:1-16:28
Mark 7:1-23
Psalm 40:11-17
Proverbs 10:13-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

For innumerable evils have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head; therefore my heart fails me. – Ps 40:12

David’s life was far from perfect. He had some things to work on! He was expecting some answers to prayer that hadn’t come yet. But he refused to put on a fake smile and pretend everything was okay. David got honest with God. He cried out, and God heard his prayer.

Faith is not denial. It’s ok to admit you’re having a tough time! It’s ok to tell God what you’re really going through, because He knows anyway. Faith does not mean pretending everything is going well; it means trusting that even when things aren’t going well, God will work it out. If you’re struggling: tell Him. If you messed up, tell Him! In the end, He will work all things together for good.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for always listening. Help to be honest with You, no matter what, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 54: Anxiety and Patience

The Daily Word: Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Leviticus 14:1-57
Mark 6:30-56
Psalm 40:1-10
Proverbs 10:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. – Psalm 40:1

It is possible to wait patiently; and it is also possible to wait anxiously. When we wait anxiously, no results are guaranteed; but when we wait patiently, God hears!

Waiting patiently (Hebrew qavah, Strong’s #6960) means waiting with expectation and hope. God’s response to our faithful waiting is profound: He, the God of the universe, inclines His ear to us!! When we wait patiently, He inclines; and when He inclines, He hears.

God will do it. Trust Him! And once you trust Him, know there is no reason to be anxious. Wait patiently – with expectation and with hope – and He will answer your prayer.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for hearing me. Thank You for answering my every prayer! I trust You, and I know You are good, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 53: God Knows Best

The Daily Word: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Leviticus 13:1-59
Mark 6:1-29
Psalm 39:1-13
Proverbs 10:10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. – Mk 6:5

The people saw Jesus and were offended (v 3). “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary…?” (v 3). How could this Boy they had seen grow up claim to be the Son of God?

Their offense (v 4) canceled the miraculous. They missed out on miracles because they didn’t believe Jesus could be the One! The people were offended, so Jesus could do “no mighty work” in that place. The people expected God to come in a different package, so they missed out on everything He wanted to do!

God shows up as He pleases, in whatever form He wants. Don’t despise the shape He takes, or the way your miracle unfolds! God knows best. Do you believe Him?

Prayer:

Father, You are in control of my miracle. I don’t want to be in charge of my breakthrough! Make it look however You want, and make it happen whenever You want, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 52: Bold Declaration

The Daily Word: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Leviticus 11:1-12:8
Mark 5:21-43
Psalm 38:1-22
Proverbs 10:8-9
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” – Mk 5:39

Genuine faith means declaring a reality that contradicts what you see. Jairus’ daughter was dead, and everyone knew it. There were people all over the house, weeping and wailing loudly (v 38), because the girl had died. Yet here was Jesus, declaring a new reality: “the child is not dead, but sleeping” (v 39)!

The people ridiculed Him (v 40). They thought He was crazy! But He didn’t care. He knew the truth, and He didn’t care what anyone else said.

God’s word is your reality. Forget what you see with your eyes, and declare what He says in His word.

Prayer:

Father, help me to see Heaven’s reality for my life! No matter what I see with my eyes, I will declare Your word with my mouth. If You’ve said it, it will be done; in Jesus’ name!

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Day 51: God’s Fiery Wrath

The Daily Word: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
Leviticus 9:7-10:20
Mark 4:26-5:20
Psalm 37:30-40
Proverbs 10:6-7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. – Lev 10:1

When Aaron’s sons offered an unholy offering to God, He “devoured them” with fire. Wow! Under the Old Covenant, there were no second chances. If you messed up, the wrath of God would be kindled and that was it for you! If you intentionally did something God didn’t ask you to do, you were toast!

Aren’t you glad we live under the New Covenant? Under our New Covenant with God, all His wrath has already been poured out on Jesus. That means there is no wrath left for you! We don’t have to tip toe around God, worrying that He might “devour us” when we make a mistake. Thank God He poured out His wrath on Jesus, so that we could be forgiven and redeemed.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for giving me a second chance whenever I need it. Thank You that Jesus already absorbed the wrath I should have to face. He did it for me, so that I can be free!

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Day 50: Get Alone with God

The Daily Word: Monday, February 19th, 2018
Leviticus 7:28-9:6
Mark 3:31-4:25
Psalm 37:12-29
Proverbs 10:5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. – Mk 4:10

Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables; but He spoke to His disciples in plain language. The disciples had a relationship with Jesus; and because they knew Him, and He knew them, He revealed to them the secrets of God!

Revelation comes from relationship! If you don’t know Jesus, His words will seem like mysteries; but when you know Him face to face, everything He says will give you life!

Prayer:

Father, I need time alone with You! Help me to make space, and get the time I need with you: no matter the cost, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 49: The Old and the New

The Daily Word: Sunday, February 18th, 2018
Leviticus 6:1-7:27
Mark 3:7-30
Psalm 37:1-11
Proverbs 10:3-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

“So the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord, and he shall be forgiven for any one of these things that he may have done in which he trespasses.” – Lev 6:7

Under the Old Covenant, the priest had to make atonement for God’s people. Under the New Covenant, Jesus has already made atonement; all we have to do is accept His sacrifice.

Under the Old Covenant, God spoke to Moses, and Moses communicated the message to the people. Under the New Covenant, God speaks to every believer directly: through His word, and by His Spirit.

Under the Old Covenant, the sinful desires of our flesh inevitably overwhelmed our ability to follow God’s law. Under the New Covenant, when we believe in Jesus, we become “a new creation” (2 Cor 5:21). God writes His law on our hearts (Jer 31:33); and that means we don’t have to follow His law to earn His love, but we get to follow His law because we know we already have His love!

Aren’t you glad you live under the New Covenant?

But now [Jesus] has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. – Heb 8:6

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your New Covenant, sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ! I am so eternally grateful for everything Jesus died for me to have, and I receive it all with great joy!

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Day 48: You Need A Savior!

The Daily Word: Saturday, February 17th, 2018
Leviticus 4:1-5:19
Mark 2:13-3:6
Psalm 36:1-12
Proverbs 10:1-2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And it shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing… – Lev 5:5

The first step to restoration is confession. You’re not perfect; and that’s okay. God has already made provision for your imperfection in the Person of Jesus Christ. When you trust in Jesus, all your sins are forgiven! But your first step is to admit that you need a Savior.

There is no such thing as being “mostly perfect.” You are either perfect, or you’re not. There is no in-between. We cannot think that when we stand before God at the end of our lives, it will be enough to say, “I tried hard and lived a good life.” If you’ve made even one mistake, you might as well have made them all:

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. – Jas 2:10

So, are you perfect? Of course not; and that is why you need a Savior. Confess – admit to God – that you are not perfect. Trust that Jesus died for your sins on the Cross! Receive God’s perfect forgiveness, and know that God has separated you from your sin, “…as far as the east is from the west” (Ps 103:12).

Prayer:

Father, I admit that I am far from perfect; but I know that confession leads to restoration. Restore me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 47: A Move of God

The Daily Word: Friday, February 16th, 2018
Leviticus 1:1-3:17
Mark 1:29-2:12
Psalm 35:17-28
Proverbs 9:13-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. – Mk 1:32-33

When Jesus healed, whole cities came out to see it. And when they “gathered together at the door” to see what Jesus could do, here is what they saw:

Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. – Mk 1:34

Will you help us pray for a genuine move of God in New York City? One in which healing, signs, and wonders are not based on hype, but on truth? It will not be manufactured; it will be manifested. It will not be invented; it will be imparted. When a move of God is real, whole cities will stop and take notice that Jesus is Lord.

Our city needs a move of God, now more than ever; and our prayers will carve a path for everything God is ready and willing to do. Will you join us?

Prayer:

Father, I want to see a move of God in New York City! Pour out Your Spirit on all flesh. I want to see miracles, signs and wonders, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 46: Engraved On His Heart

The Daily Word: Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Exodus 39:1-40:38
Mark 1:1-28
Psalm 35:1-16
Proverbs 9:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

There were twelve stones according to the names of the sons of Israel: according to their names, engraved like a signet, each one with its own name according to the twelve tribes. – Ex 39:14

The priest wore the names of the tribes of Israel over his heart whenever he ministered before God. Even though all God’s people could not be physically present to worship, the priest would continually minister to God on their behalf.

Do you know who has your name on His heart? Do you know who is ministering to the Lord on your behalf? Jesus! Scripture says, “It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Rom 8:34). Right now, Jesus is advocating on your behalf. He is confessing your name before God at this very moment!

No matter where you are: Jesus has you on His heart. He is making intercession for you. He is bringing your name before God. You are well-represented in Heaven, and God is looking to show His glory through you!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for not only knowing my name, but also asking Jesus to bear my name before You. Thank You that He makes up for every area where I fall short, and supplies everything I lack!

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