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June 17: Acts 3; Nehemiah 7-9
Today's Bible Reading: Acts 3; Nehemiah 7-9
In Acts, God's love is reaveled in marked way through the healing of the lame man who was lame from birth. His healing got the attention of the people so Peter could preach the good news to them and so they could repent and be healed from the sickness of sin. In Nehemiah, I also see a beautiful picture of God's love in Nehemiah's prayer. While recounting God's faithfulness to the people of Israel and recounting their unfaithfulness, he prays "You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness, and did not forsake them." Nehemiah 9:17 What a beautiful picture of what God is like. It echos Moses encounter with God in Exodus 34.
Peter's sermon in Acts 3 is soaked witht the gospel of Jesus Christ! It is beautifully express in this part of his sermon, "But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Crist would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." Acts 3:18,19 I also saw te good news of the gospel in Nehemiah 9:28 "many times You delivered them according to Your mercies." Jesus, our Great Deliverer, has delivered us from the condemnation of sin according to His mercies.
Acts 3:19 was very meaningful to me today:"Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." Nehemiah 8:8 also spoke directly to me: "So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and help them to understand the reading."
Today, in Acts & Nehemiah, I hear God saying to me: "Live what you are preaching.When you preach the gospel, call the people to repentence that their sins may be blotted out. Also explain the scriptures to them that may get the sense of it."
Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 57 - 69; Prophets and Kings pgs 661 - 668