Bible Commentary

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

Day 222: Time to Step Up

The Daily Word: Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Ezra 10:1-44
1 Corinthians 6:1-20
Psalm 31:9-18
Proverbs 21:3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! – 1 Cor 6:5-6

The Apostle Paul had a gripe with the church at Corinth. Members of the church who were in dispute were taking each other to civil court, instead of resolving their disagreements in private! If the members of the church had done their job of mediating the disputes, people wouldn’t have had to bring their issues to the government.

The church has failed when people go to secular sources instead of coming to us. We should be the first to put our hands up when disputes need to be mediated. We should be the first to offer food when hunger needs to be mitigated. We should be the first to offer assistance when finances need to be cultivated; the first to offer encouraging words when people need to be motivated!

Church: It’s time to step up. God filled us with power to solve every ill that ails society around us. Are we using what He’s given us, and doing what we can?

Prayer:

Father, help us to step up. Our neighborhoods, our cities, and our nation have some serious needs. We know You put us – the church – here to show people what the hand of God looks like. We want to step up, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 221: The Hand of God

The Daily Word: Friday, August 9th, 2019
Ezra 8:21-9:15
1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Psalm 31:1-8
Proverbs 21:1-2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem. And the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambush along the road. – Ezra 8:31

Ezra should have been dead. He led a group of exiled Jewish families back from Babylon to Jerusalem with no protection. That should have been suicide! But “the hand of our God was upon [them].” God delivered them from the enemy! Their journey was not only safe; it was not even delayed.

The hand of God changes everything. When you have the hand of God on your life, you will enjoy supernatural favor. When you have the hand of God on your life, you will experience supernatural protection! The hand of God will safely deliver you from where you are, to where God needs you to be to fulfill the thoughts and plans He has for your life.

So, how do you make sure the “hand of God” is upon you? First, receive Jesus. Jesus is “at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him” (1 Peter 3:22). When you are hidden in Jesus, the hand of God will be upon you! Second, humble yourself. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time…” (1 Peter 5:6). God is more than willing to have His hand on you! But you have to position yourself by humbly bowing at the feet of Jesus.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your hand on my life. Thank You for divine protection and provision, in Jesus’ name. Thank You that I have nothing to fear, because Your hand is upon me!

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Day 220: He Brought the Word

The Daily Word: Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Ezra 7:1-8:20
1 Corinthians 4:1-21
Psalm 30:1-12
Proverbs 20:28-30
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
…this Ezra came up from Babylon; and he was a skilled scribe in the Law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given. The king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him. – Ezra 7:6

What made Ezra so special? What was it about this man that gave him such incredible favor that the king of a foreign nation “granted him all his request?” He brought the Word. He was a “skilled scribe in the Law of Moses;” and because he was filled with God’s Word, he was covered by the hand of God.

When you get full of God’s Word, you will experience the feel of God’s hand! The more you know His Word, the more His hand will be on your life. Everything you need is found in God’s Word! You don’t have a money problem; you have a Word problem. You don’t have a relationship problem; you have a Word problem! Get full of His Word, and God will do the rest.

Prayer:

Father, fill me up with Your word. I want to get so full of Your Word that I am overflowing! I know the more I love Your Word, the more I will feel Your hand on my life, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 219: True Health

The Daily Word: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Ezra 4:24-6:22
1 Corinthians 3:5-23
Psalm 29:1-11
Proverbs 20:26-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart. – Prov 20:26-27

Do you want to know how healthy you are? Look at your spiritual life. Scripture says that your spirit is the, “…lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of [your] heart.” When Jesus wants to know what’s really going on inside you, He doesn’t look at how often you go to the gym, or your latest performance review at work. He looks at your spirit to search your heart!

Some of us measure health by the strength of our body; but even the strongest bodies will eventually buckle under the weight of gravity and decay. Others of us measure health by the success we experience at work; but even the greatest earthly achievements will fade with the passage of time. Spiritual health is the only metric that matters in the end! And it all starts with genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.

Take a few moments today to focus on your spiritual health. Emotional and physical well-being are important; but when all is said and done, your spiritual health will dictate where you spend eternity.

Prayer:

Father, help me to get healthy! I know I need to stop wasting time worrying about earthly measures of success. I want to focus on my spirit. I want to focus on my relationship with You!

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Day 218: The Altar

The Daily Word: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Ezra 3:1-4:23
1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4
Psalm 28:1-9
Proverbs 20:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren, arose and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God. – Ezra 3:2

Under the Old Covenant, God’s people built a physical “altar of the God of Israel.” The altar was a physical structure within the Temple; and on it people would present their offerings to God, and hope He received them.

Do you know where the New Covenant altar is? Your heart. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19), and the altar is inside the temple. God is not looking for lip service. He is not interested in shallow commitment! He desires for you to bring everything in your life to Him, and offer it on the altar of your heart.

Give God your heart, and He will take care of the rest.

Prayer:

Father, I want to worship You with my whole heart! Give me the courage to bring every circumstance that comes up in my life to You. I offer up all that I have to You on the altar of my heart, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 217: Effective Evangelism

The Daily Word: Monday, August 5th, 2019
Ezra 1:1-2:70
1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5
Psalm 27:7-14
Proverbs 20:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. – 1 Cor 2:1

The Apostle Paul was one of the world’s greatest evangelists. But he didn’t try to convince anyone to believe in Jesus. He knew he wasn’t going to win anyone to the Lord with a flawless argument, or with “excellence of speech!” Instead, He made a decision to simply demonstrate the power of God, and invite people to respond. 

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power… – 1 Cor 2:4

When you tell people about Jesus do your words have power? Does the Holy Spirit move?  Empty words – no matter how wise! – will do nothing; but a power-packed declaration of God’s goodness will change hearts and lives.

Pray with people who need Jesus. Invite the Holy Spirit to move in that moment, and change their situation. One powerful prayer can change more than a lifetime of excellent speech!

Prayer:

Father, make me an effective evangelist. I’m asking You to make my prayers powerful! When I pray, I want to plunder the devil’s work. I want to take back territory in the hearts of Your people that rightfully belongs to Jesus! I don’t want my words to be wise; I want them to be powerful, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 216: The Simple Solution

The Daily Word: Sunday, August 4th, 2019
2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23
1 Corinthians 1:1-17
Psalm 27:1-6
Proverbs 20:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? – Ps 27:1

The Lord is your light. The more light you have in your life, the less you have to fear. Darkness can only penetrate where light is absent. Are you struggling with sin? With fear? With depression and deception? The difficult solution is battling the darkness. The simple solution is turning on the light.

Turn on the light! Say yes to Jesus, and invite Him into even the darkest corners and furthest reaches of your life. He will flush out every ounce of darkness with His marvelous light.

Prayer:

Father, I open my heart to You. I give You every single part of my life! I invite Your Holy Spirit to come and move through my life like never before. Fill me with light, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 215: Right Sacrifice | Wrong Place

The Daily Word: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33
Romans 16:10-27
Psalm 26:1-12
Proverbs 20:19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Nevertheless the people still sacrificed on the high places, but only to the Lord their God. – 2 Chron 33:17

The right sacrifice in the wrong place is still imperfect. The people of Judah did right in sacrificing to God; but they did wrong in sacrificing on the “high places” (altars designed for pagan worship).

Are your sacrifices in the right place? Are you giving God what He’s asking for? Are you glossing over His request for you to spend more time in prayer by upping your financial offering instead? Are you ignoring His proddings for sexual purity and spending a little extra time in Bible study instead? Where God wants you to sacrifice is just as important as what. Ask God where He wants you to give more of yourself to Him!

Prayer:

Father, help me to honestly evaluate the sacrifices I am making for You. If there’s any area of my life I haven’t given over fully to You, speak to me and let me know! I’ll change whatever You want me to change, and give whatever You want me to give, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 214: On the Heels of Faithfulness

The Daily Word: Friday, August 2nd, 2019
2 Chronicles 32:1-33:13
Romans 15:23-16:9
Psalm 25:16-22
Proverbs 20:16-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
After these deeds of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah; he encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them over to himself. – 2 Chron 32:1

Hezekiah had just overseen a radical transformation in the Kingdom of Judah. He became king when we has twenty-five years old, and “…did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done” (2 Chron 29:2). He cleansed the temple and restored Biblical worship all throughout Judah (2 Chron 29). He reinstituted the Passover as a national holiday according to God’s command (2 Chron 30). He outlawed idol worship and re-commissioned the Levites and priests to live lives of service to the Lord (2 Chron 31). Hezekiah, “…did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God… [and] he did it with all his heart” (2 Chron 31:20-21).

You would think that after everything Hezekiah had done for God, God would have given him an easy life, right? Surely the enemy would leave Hezekiah alone so he could continue to serve God with all his heart, right? Wrong. As soon as Hezekiah completed this radical transformation, the enemy attacked. “After all these deeds of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah” (2 Chron 32:1).

The enemy attacks on the heels of your faithfulness. Satan wants to trick you! He wants you to think that the more you serve God, the more difficult and dangerous your life will become. He wants you to give up: to convince yourself that a life of service to God is not worth it if it’s going to open you up to spiritual attacks!

Don’t be discouraged. Just because the enemy is coming against you doesn’t mean your service to God was in vain. When the enemy attacked, Hezekiah prayed. Judah was delivered and the king of Assyria, “…returned shamefaced to his own land” (2 Chron 32:21). When the enemy attacks, it doesn’t mean you did something wrong; it often means you are on the right track! Just keep serving God, and He will give you victory in the end.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for defending me! Thank You for calling me to serve You. I want to live a life of complete service and dedication to You. Help me to do it with faith in my heart and a smile on my face, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 213: Finding Happiness

The Daily Word: Thursday, August 1st, 2019
2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21
Romans 15:1-22
Psalm 25:1-15
Proverbs 20:13-15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. – Romans 15:1

If you asked your best friend, “What is the meaning of life?” what would (s)he say? The Declaration of Independence would suggest the meaning of life is “the pursuit of Happiness.”[1] Life in the United States might imply that the meaning of life is the American Dream: the perfect family, a new car, and a big house with a white picket fence!

But Scripture has a different suggestion. Romans 15:1 says the purpose of life is not to find happiness (i.e. “please yourself”); it is to help those who are weak! Jesus could have “pleased Himself” and stayed in Heaven! He didn’t need to rescue us on the Cross. But instead, He chose to come down and rescue us from our sin.

God has put “weak” people in your life. They have “scruples:” real problems they face every day! Can you lay down your desire to “please yourself” and instead take up God’s calling to “please your neighbor?” As you do – then and only then! – you will find the happiness you seek.

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. – Romans 15:2

Prayer:

Father, thank You for putting people who need help into my life. Give me exactly what they need, and help me to minister to them in their moment of need! I never want to be too busy – or too proud – to bear the scruples of the people around me, in Jesus’ name!

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[1] “The Declaration of Independence: Rough Draft”. USHistory.org.