Shaped by the Word is a daily, Bible-reading devotional. I do not publish supplemental material on Sundays, but I do include a suggested Scripture reading. Please be sure to subscribe to this page so you can follow along every day. We are currently reading through the life of Jesus Christ.
Reading the Word
Matthew 24:9–14 (ESV)
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Parallel Texts: Mark 13:9-13; Luke 21:12-19
Reading the Word
Psalm 119:41–48 (ESV)
41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; 42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word. 43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. 44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, 45 and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. 46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame, 47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. 48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Boldness. This is the theme of these verses. The psalmist writes of speaking boldly to the world concerning the word of God. He will answer the one who taunts and he will speak before kings.
Too many of us are reluctant to share the word of God with those we know. Why is this? Is it because we do not believe it ourselves? Is it because we do not trust God’s word? Or, is it because we do not think of it as highly as we ought? We do not cherish it and love it as the very thing that gives us life and hope in this world. May we grow in our love for God’s word and may we proclaim it to a world that needs it more than ever.
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