Bible Commentary

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

Day 147: Quick to Judge

The Daily Word: Monday, May 27th, 2019
2 Samuel 12:1-31
John 16:1-33
Psalm 119:65-80
Proverbs 16:4-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White: 
So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this shall surely die!” – 2 Sam 12:5

Nathan recited David’s sins. David thought Nathan was talking about someone else, so his response was, “He deserves to die!” Nathan then told him the truth: David had just declared a death sentence over himself.

We are often quick to judge others, but slow to own up to our own mistakes. When someone else sins, we give them death! We take it as a serious indicator of a character flaw: a fatal error. But when we sin, we brush it off as a mistake that deserves forgiveness. Why do we give ourselves the benefit of the doubt, but rarely extend that same courtesy to others?

Judge others the same way you judge yourself. Give others the same forgiveness you so quickly offer yourself! God sees; and because of the Cross of Jesus Christ, He forgives. We should do the same for others in His name!

Prayer:

Father, make me slow to judge and slow to criticize. Help me to see others through the same filter as I see myself: deserving of grace and forgiveness. Thank You for forgiving me! Help me to forgive others, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 146: Uncommon Kindness

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 26th, 2019
2 Samuel 9:1-11:27
John 15:1-27
Psalm 119:49-64
Proverbs 16:1-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White: 
So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.” – 2 Sam 9:7

Mephibosheth has nothing left. Jonathan, his father, was dead. David summoned him out of nowhere. For all he knew, David was calling him to kill. It was customary practice for a new king to kill all the descendants of a prior king; so nobody would have batted an eye if David killed Mephibosheth as a descendant of Saul.

But David didn’t call Mephibosheth into his presence to punish him; he called him to bless him! His message to Mephibosheth was clear: there is nothing but blessing for you in the presence of the king! Mephibosheth went home blessed because of the covenant that David had with Jonathan, his father.

You have a covenant with God through Jesus Christ. That means that whenever you come into God’s presence in prayer, there is nothing but blessing for you in the presence of the King! You will go home blessed because of the covenant that you have with God through Jesus Christ.

Thank God for His uncommon kindness. Come to God, and expect the best! He will bless you far more than you deserve because you have a covenant with Him.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your covenant kindness. You are an amazing God. I don’t deserve the kindness and the favor You show me! But You show it to me all the same. I am forever grateful, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 145: Partnering with God

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 25th, 2019
2 Samuel 7:1-8:18
John 14:15-31
Psalm 119:33-48
Proverbs 15:33
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Now, O Lord God, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have said. – 2 Sam 7:25

David had just received the most amazing promise of his life! He offered to build God a temple; and God’s response was, “God will make you [David] a house” (v 11). In response to David’s intention to honor God, God promised to make David’s descendants a royal dynasty!

But David had a role to play in the promise being fulfilled. David had to agree with God. He partnered with God to see His promise come to pass. Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov 18:21). We can either cancel God’s promises through doubt and unbelief, or confirm them by spoken faith!

Has God told you what He is going to do? There is still action required! You have to affirm His word. You must promise to participate and value the life God wants to give you, and the process He wants to take you through.

God will do everything He has promised to do. Will you let Him?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making amazing promises over my life. I say yes and amen to them, right now, in Jesus’ name. I pray I would never be a roadblock to Your promises unfolding over my life. I say yes to Your best, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 144: Time to Reign

The Daily Word: Friday, May 24th, 2019
2 Samuel 4:1-6:23
John 13:31-14:14
Psalm 119:17-32
Proverbs 15:31-32
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White: 
David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. – 2 Sam 5:4

The reigning is always longer than the waiting. David was between the ages of 12 and 16 when Samuel first anointed him as king over Israel (1 Sam 16:13). David patiently waited years to sit on the throne! But once he became king, he would reign for the rest of his life.

Maybe your destiny is taking some time. Maybe it doesn’t seem worth it to wait any more. But no matter how long you’ve been waiting, remember this: the reigning is always longer than the waiting. God will make it worth it in the end.

Prayer:

Father, I trust You. My destiny is taking more time than I thought it would to unfold; but I know it is coming, in Jesus’ name! You will do it; and I am forever grateful.

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Day 143: He Washed Their Feet

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
2 Samuel 2:12-3:39
John 13:1-30
Psalm 119:1-16
Proverbs 15:29-30
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After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. – Jn 13:5

Jesus knew God had “given all things into His hands” (v 3). He had “come from God and was going to God” (v 3). He cast out demons with a word (Matt 8:16). He raised men from the dead with a simple command (Jn 11:43).

Jesus had all power and all authority! So what did He do with it? He served. He spent His final moments as a free Man on Earth washing His disciples’ feet. His disciples were about to betray and abandon Him, and He knew it! Yet He served them, up until His last breath. And He did it to set an example for you and me.

You have been given His authority (Lk 10:19). You can, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, [and] cast out demons,” in Jesus’ name (Matt 10:8). But He didn’t give you His authority just to celebrate; He gave it to you to serve. What will you do with the authority Jesus has given you? Will you humbly use it to help others? Will you spend every moment up until your final breath on this earth washing the feet of people around you?

Prayer:

Father, help me to use my authority for good. I want to serve You! I want to save the lost. I know that can only happen when I get over my own agenda, and take up Yours instead. Help me to do it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 142: If It Dies…

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
John 12:20-50
Psalm 118:19-29
Proverbs 15:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White: 
But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” – Jn 12:23-24

The path to fruitfulness is death to self. Jesus knew that unless He died, the world could not be saved. If He didn’t choose the Cross, He would have spent eternity without us. So He chose death. He chose to sow His life as a seed, so the world could become His harvest. He chose to give up His life, so we could spend eternity with Him in Heaven!

Where do you want to see more fruit (i.e. the tangible manifestation of the goodness of God) in your life? Where are you sick and tired of feeling “alone” (v 24)? In your career? In your family? In your finances? The path to fruitfulness is death. Die daily to “selfish ambition and conceit” (Phil 2:3). Lay down your life – your own plans – in favor of God’s! As you die to self and embrace God’s will for your life, you will start to see the fruit of abundant life.

Prayer:

Father, I want to be more fruitful! I recognize selfishness is never the way to fruitfulness. Help me to lay down my life so that others might be free, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 141: He Needs You There!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26
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So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. – 1 Sam 30:3

David and his men had wanted to fight for the Philistines. Achish had been kind to David and had sheltered him from Saul, and David wanted to return honor for honor. Yet when the time for battle came, Achish wouldn’t let David fight. Instead, he sent David home. David didn’t understand! “But what have I done?” David asked Achish (1 Sam 29:8). “And to this day what have you found in your servant as long as I have been with you, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?”

But God needed David in Ziklag. The enemy was attacking David’s city, and had taken “their wives, their sons, and their daughters” captive. What David interpreted as a snub, was really God putting him in the right place, at the right time, to defend Ziklag! What David saw as a rejection from Achish, was really God calling him to victory and restoration in a different place!

Trust God. You might feel rejected or excluded; but God is making sure you are in the right place, at the right time. He will bring you to victory: either where you are, or in another place He needs you to be!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your will. Thank You for protecting me. I pray I would never interpret Your protection as a rejection. Thank You for making sure I am always in the right place, at the right time!

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Day 140: Covenant Kindness

The Daily Word: Monday, May 20th, 2019
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
John 11:1-54
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 15:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White: 
Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! – Ps 117:1-2

God’s kindness is different than man’s. The kindness another man (or woman) shows you is imperfect: it is well-intentioned, but often based on convenience rather than sacrifice. God’s kindness, however is perfect! It is based on sacrifice, and never convenience. God’s kindness is based on definitive, sacrificial love!

The Hebrew word for “merciful kindness” in Psalm 117 (above) is checed (Strong’s H2617). Checed is covenant kindness: “unfailing love, loyal love, devotion, kindness, often based on a prior relationship, especially a covenant relationship.”[1] God’s kindness towards you doesn’t depend on what you do or don’t do; it depends on the covenant you’ve established with Him! As long as your covenant with God is established, His kindness over your life is active.

If you are in covenant with God through Jesus Christ, there is merciful kindness waiting for you at the foot of the Cross! God is good to you: not because you deserve it, but because He loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for checed: covenant kindness. I don’t deserve Your mercy; but You’ve given it to me all the same. I am so grateful, in Jesus’ name!

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[1] *Kohlenberger/Mounce Concise Hebrew-Aramaic Dictionary of the Old Testament, eds. J. R. Kohlenberger and W. D. Mounce (electronic version 2.4, Accordance Bible program), see entry (chesed).

Day 139: Permanent Status

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 19th, 2019
1 Samuel 24:1-25:44
John 10:22-42
Psalm 116:1-19
Proverbs 15:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White: 
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. – Jn 10:28

No one can “snatch you” out of Jesus’ hand! As long as you “believe” (v 26), you are safe and secure. You are a child of God! You are Heaven-bound!

Don’t allow the enemy to scare you. He can never take your out of God’s plans and purposes for your life. As long as you believe in Jesus, Satan can never snatch you out of God’s hand!

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. – Jn 10:10

Prayer:

Father, thank You for my permanent status. I am a child of God. I am off limits from the enemy! Thank You for protecting me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 138: True Security

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 18th, 2019
1 Samuel 22:1-23:29
John 10:1-21
Psalm 115:1-18
Proverbs 15:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White: 
Now the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go to the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth. – 1 Sam 22:5

Saul was pursuing David with an entire army. David was hiding for his life. David felt safe in the stronghold: completely hidden from Saul! But God told David to move, so he listened.

True security doesn’t come from a “stronghold,” a fortress, or a safe. True security means being exactly where God wants you to be. Anything else –no matter how safe and secure you feel – is a counterfeit.

For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. – Psalm 61:3

Prayer:

Father, thank You for always shielding and sheltering me from the storms of life. I know I am safe and sound in You. I pray would always trust in You for safety and security: and nothing and no one else!

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