Devotional Notes Psalm 117+John 5

MORNING
Psalm 117
B1 What does this mean?
C1 All people are to praise Yahweh.
D1 God is not just God of Israel but all the universe and beyond.
D2 Nations are Gentiles.
E1 The Hebrew word for nations is גּוֹי gôwy. It means people who are not Jews, that is, the heathen.
D3 The word “people” is a parallelism for all humans (nations as in the first part of verse 1).
C2 We are to praise Him in who He is (His attributes) and what He does (creation, laws, decisions).
C3 Verse 2 gives 2 specific reasonsHis mercy and His faithfulness (the word has the ideas of truth, faithful, right, and sure).
C4 Adam Clarke comments: And the truth of the Lord endureth for ever – Whatsoever he has promised, that he will most infallibly fulfill. He has promised to send his Son into the world, and thus he has done. He his promised that he should die for transgressors, and this he did. He has promised to receive all who come unto him through Christ Jesus, and this he invariably does. He has promised that his Gospel shall be preached in every nation, and this he is doing; the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever. Therefore, Praise ye the Lord!
C5 The Old Testament Biblical Illustrator has: In God’s worship it is not always necessary to be long; few words sometimes say what is sufficient, as this short psalm giveth us to understand.
B2 How do I apply this to my life? I need to do it. I need to make it a priority.
EVENING
John 5
B1 What does this mean?
C1 Jesus Heals the Man at Bethesda Pool
D1 It is not known which feast this is, but most accept that it is the Passover.
D2 In John Lightfoot’s commentary, he writes: The other evangelists speak but sparingly of Christ’s acts in Judea; this of ours something more copiously. They mention nothing of the Passovers from his baptism to his death, excepting the very last; but St. John points at them all. The first he speaks of chapter 2:13; the third, chapter 6:4; the fourth, chapter 13:1; and the second, in this place. It is true he does not call it by the name of the Passover here, but only a feast in general. However, the words of our Saviour mentioned above, chapter 4:35, do give some kind of light into this matter.
D3 Verse 6 seems like a dumb question.
E1 But I have taken care of patients who did not want to get well, for they used their sickness for sympathy.
E2 Lightfoot considers it an appropriate question being that it is the Sabbath.
E3 Perhaps the sick man may have become discouraged and simply gave up hope.
E4 Jesus may have wanted him to focus his attention on Himself (JFB).
D4 After the man answers, Jesus commands him to get up, pick up his mat, and walk. All these things are considered work under the interpretations of the Scribes of Jesus’s time.
D5 Verse 10-12, immediately the man is healed, and the Jewish teachers criticize Jesus.
D5 Verse 14, the man goes to the Temple probably to pray, thanking God for his healing. Jesus warns the man to not sin anymore. Good advice for anyone.
C2 Jewish Leaders Start to Persecute Jesus
D1 Verse 17, Jesus teaches 2 things. One is that God is His father (see verse 18) and that since His Father is working, so will He. The Father may have finished creation in 6 days, but He has never stopped governing creation.
D2 Jesus teaches that as the Father has life and can give life, so Jesus can do also. We have been given life but cannot give life ourselves.
D3 Jesus is THE judge. See Daniel 7:10 and Revelation 20:12. So we must respect and fear this judge. Psalm 2:12 NLT Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities–for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
D4 Verse 23, if you Jews do not honor me now, you don’t honor the Father either.
D5 Verse 24 emphasizes faith and trust (believing) Jesus for salvation, not human effort as the Jews taught. The dead might be those dead in sins. I think if refers to 2 resurrections (see verse 29), the first for believers and the second for nonbelievers. Daniel 12:2 CSB Many who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, and some to disgrace and eternal contempt.
D6 Jesus does not seek His own will, but the Father’s will. So should we.
C3 Jesus Has Witnesses to His Identity
D1 The witnesses are Scripture (prophecies), John the Baptist, God the Father, and what He does (miracles authenticating that He is The Messiah).
D2 Verse 38, Jesus warns the listeners that they are not believers. It is a time of repentance and believing God. Note again, how Jesus deals differently with individuals. He wants all to believe the Gospel.
D3 Verse 40, it is not God who prevents them from believing (which would tend to be a Calvinist idea), rather it is people themselves.
E1 Numbers 14:11 NIV The LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?
E2 1 John 5:10 NKJV He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
E3 Isaiah 53:3 NIV He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
D4 John 5:44 WEL How is it possible for you to believe when you get praise from one another and are not seeking praise from the only God? We learn
E1 If we praise ourselves (compare Luke 18:9-14), we cannot praise and believe God.
E2 If we are seeking praise for ourselves, we cannot believe either, for we think we are good enough for God.
D5 Verse 45, the Jews did not believe Moses, that is, take him at his word. We see this in what the Jews do. They add to God’s law their own commandments. Matthew 15:9 LEB and they worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.
D6 We are to read and study the Scriptures in its plain, normal sense.
B2 How do I apply this to my life? As above.
Devotional Notes Psalm 117+John 5 Published 10 Apr 20
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