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Daily Bible Reading Podcast Phil Fields

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    Genesis 40; Job 24; Mark 15:1-32

    Genesis 40; Job 24; Mark 15:1-32

    GENESIS 40:
    In Genesis yesterday, some listeners to these podcasts were probably shocked. We heard the less than auspicious beginnings of Judah's line— particularly involving Tamar, who was more righteous than Judah. Then we heard of Joseph working for Potiphar and then being thrown in jail. Even in jail, he rose to the top.
    JOB 24:
    Job continues his response to Eliphaz.
    MARK 15a:
    At the end of chapter 14, Jesus was arrested, was tried before the council, and Peter denied knowing Jesus.
    GNT Translation notes:
    Mrk. 15:2 Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
    Jesus replied, “[Yes, as you said.//You have said it.]” (NLT)
    [Jesus says “You say” in Greek. I am told that this would normally be interpreted as an affirmative response. For English, I don't like the NLT here, because “You have said it” might mean an enthusiastic affirmative. On the other hand, if we say something like “Those are your words,” it implies that Jesus is disagreeing. Probably the best way to translate an affirmative is to add a 'Yes' to make clear the meaning. I also am not completely happy with the GNT. When we say, ‘So you say,’ in English, we are implying that we are skeptical of the previous speaker’s statement. In this case, Pilate has asked a question, and the response ‘So you say’ seems inappropriate.]
    18 Then they began to [mockingly] salute him: “Long live the King of the Jews!”
    26 The notice of the accusation against him [read//said]: “The King of the Jews.”
    30 [Come down now//Now come down] from the cross and save yourself!”
    NLT Translation notes:
    2 Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
    Jesus replied, “[Yes, as you said.//You have said it.}”
    [Jesus says “You say” in Greek. I am told that this would normally be interpreted as an affirmative response. For English, I don't like the NLT here, because “You have said it” might mean an enthusiastic affirmative. On the other hand, if we say something like “Those are your words,” it implies that Jesus is disagreeing. Probably the best way to translate an affirmative is to add a 'Yes' to make clear the meaning.]
    3 [The//Then the] leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes,
    32 Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe [in/0] him!” Even the men who were crucified with Jesus ridiculed him.

    • 12 min
    Genesis 38-39; Job 23; Mark 14:43-72

    Genesis 38-39; Job 23; Mark 14:43-72

    GENESIS 38-39:
    In yesterday's reading, we heard of Joseph's dreams, his brothers' jealousy, and Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt.
    JOB 23:
    Yesterday Eliphaz said:
    GNT 4 It is not because you stand in awe of God
    that he reprimands you and brings you to trial.
    5 No, it's because you have sinned so much;
    it's because of all the evil you do.
    And he also said,
    21 Now, Job, make peace with God
    and stop treating him like an enemy;
    if you do, then he will bless you.
    22 Accept the teaching he gives;
    keep his words in your heart.
    23 Yes, you must humbly return to God
    and put an end to all the evil
    that is done in your house.
    24 Throw away your gold;
    dump your finest gold in the dry stream bed.
    25 Let Almighty God be your gold,
    and let him be silver, piled high for you.
    28 You will succeed in all you do,
    and light will shine on your path.
    Beware that some teachers of prosperity in our age say things just like that, and quote such verses without understanding the message of this book.
    MARK 14b:
    Yesterday we heard the story of the Last Supper, the prophecy that Peter would deny Jesus three times, and the prayers at Gethsemane.
    GNT Translation note:
    Gen. 38:6 For his first son Er, Judah [arranged a marriage with a woman named//got a wife whose name was] Tamar.
    ====
    Mrk. 14:62 “I am,” answered Jesus, “and you will all see [me—] the Son of Man[,] seated at the right side of the Almighty and coming with the clouds of heaven!”
    64 You heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?”
    They all voted against him: [He was judged guilty and sentenced to death.//he was guilty and should be put to death.]

    • 19 min
    Genesis 37; Job 22; Mark 14:1-42

    Genesis 37; Job 22; Mark 14:1-42

    GENESIS 37:
    The focus of Genesis 36 was on the descendants of Esau, and the ethnic groups they spawned.
    JOB 22:
    In chapter 21, Job gave a very convincing argument that God does not always punish wicked people— refuting what Zophar said. Today Eliphaz begins the third set of exchanges between Job and his ‘friends’. Eliphaz’ promises at the end of his speech sound rather hollow to me.
    MARK 14a:
    Yesterday we read the prophecy chapter of Mark, chapter 13. The theme of that chapter is “Be ready” and Jesus says, “Keep watching for Me.”
    GNT Translation notes:
    Mrk. 14:10 Then Judas[, the man from the village of Cariot// Iscariot], one of the twelve disciples, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Jesus to them.
    40 Then he came back to the disciples and found them asleep; they could not keep their eyes open. And they did not know what [excuse they could give to him//to say to him].
    NLT Translation notes:
    Gen. 36: 2 This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked [with/for] his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.
    6 “Listen to [my/this] dream,” he said. 7 “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!”
    ====
    Job 22:28 [Then you/You] will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you.
    29 [Then if/If] people are in trouble and you say, ‘Help them,’ God will save them.
    ====
    Mrk. 14:21For [I,] the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays [me/him]. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”

    • 18 min
    Genesis 36; Job 21; Mark 13

    Genesis 36; Job 21; Mark 13

    GENESIS 36:
    Jacob's daughter Dinah was raped, and the perpetrator Shechem was killed and all the males in his town. God then told Jacob to return to Bethel. At the end of yesterday’s reading, Rachel and Grampa Isaak died.
    JOB 21:
    In Zophar's angry speech yesterday in chapter 20, he did not directly say that Job was wicked, but he clearly implied it.
    MARK 13:
    Chapter 12— which gives an overview of the interactions with the enemies and critics of Jesus, basically marks the end of Jesus' public ministry as related by Mark.
    GNT Translation note:
    Job 21:9 God does [NOT//not] bring disaster on their homes;
    they never have to live in terror.
    17 Was a wicked person's light ever put out? [— as you claim,]
    Did one of them ever meet with disaster?
    Did God ever punish the wicked in anger
    22 Can anyone teach God,
    who judges even those in high places?
    ====
    Mrk. 13:14“You will see ‘The Awful Horror’ standing in the place where he should not be.” ([[I, Mark, write this note//Note] to the [one who reads out loud to others//reader]: [Explain//understand] what this means!) “Then those who are in Judea must run away to the hills.
    [In Greek can be interpreted as ‘read out loud (to others)’ and the word ‘understand’ could mean that the reader should ‘explain’. This would make three Greek words to be Mark’s parenthetical comment, saying, “Hey public reader, explain this!” This makes sense because Jesus was speaking and Mark was the one writing. We must bear in mind that in Mark’s day, only a small percentage of a congregation would be able to read. Since I think that interpretation likely, it behooves me to explain this!
    In saying ‘the Awful Horror’ Jesus is referring to the Antichrist, which was first clearly prophesied in Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11. Here we see a prime example of the way God repeats the fulfillment of important prophecies. In the immediate context in Mark 13 of fleeing to the hills, we can clearly see that Jesus was talking about the destruction of Jerusalem that happened in AD 70— about 40 years after he gave this prophecy. But Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 teaches that ‘the man of lawlessness’ or alternately translated ‘Wicked One’ “will oppose every so-called god or object of worship and will put himself above them all. He will even go in and sit down in God’s temple and claim to be God.” While there have been many intermediate fulfillments of the Antichrist, the ultimate Antichrist still has not been revealed. We all still must keep watch. (More information about the Antichrist can be found in 1 John.)]
    16 Someone who is [out] in [a//the] field must not go back to [his//the] house [to get his//for a] cloak.
    27 He will send [out the angels//the angels out] to the four corners of the earth to gather God's chosen people from one end of the world to the other.
    37 What I say to you, then, I say to all: [Keep on watching!//Watch!]”
    NLT Translation notes:
    Mrk. 13:8 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But [these things are only like//this is only] the first of the birth pains [of a pregnant woman— meaning, more is to come//with more to come].
    14 “The day is coming when you will see [the one who sets up a//the] sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing where hef should not be.” ([The one reading out loud to others should explain this!//Reader, pay attention!]) “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills.
    26 Then everyone will see [me coming as the Son of Man coming//the Son of Man coming] on the clouds with great power and glory.
    27 And [I/he] will send out [my/his] angels to gather [my/his] chosen ones from all over the world— from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
    (Verses 29, 32, 34, and 35 are changed similarly to 26-27.)

    • 21 min
    Genesis 34-35; Job 20; Mark 12:24-44

    Genesis 34-35; Job 20; Mark 12:24-44

    GENESIS 34-35:
    Yesterday we heard about Jacob wrestling all night with a mysterious heavenly figure, and about Jacob's reunion with Esau.
    JOB 20:
    This chapter is Zophar’s second response to Job. In chapter 19, Job responded to Bildad's second speech. Job expressed amazing belief that he would see his defender (often translated ‘redeemer’). He says,
    25 But I know there is someone in heaven
    who will come at last to my defense.
    26 Even after my skin is eaten by disease,
    while still in this body I will see God.
    27 I will see him with my own eyes,
    and he will not be a stranger.
    MARK 12b:
    Yesterday in the first half of Mark 12, Jesus told a pointed parable against the Jewish religious leaders, then he went on to refute the Sadducees. We re-read several verses today.
    NLT Translation notes:
    Gen. 34:17 But if you don’t agree to be circumcised, we will take [Dinah/her] and be on our way.”
    30 Afterward Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have ruined me! You’ve made me stink among all the people of this land—among all the Canaanites and Perizzites. We are so few [, and now//that] they will join forces and crush us. I will be ruined, and my entire household will be wiped out!”
    15 And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him [again/0] there.
    ====
    Mrk. 12:26 “But now, as to whether the dead will be raised— haven’t you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 27 So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error.”
    [In my reading in the 019, I modified the translation like this, “I am the God Abraham worships… (present tense).” While this is justified in stating Jesus’ meaning at that point in the discourse, it is going too far in translating the Hebrew and Greek of the Old Testament passage. Jesus’ point is that the continuing relationship of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is implicit in God’s statement. So, I admit my mistake, and say that to make that explicit in the translation is going a bit too far.]
    37 Since David himself called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah [just/0] be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with great delight.

    • 19 min
    Genesis 32-33; Job 19; Mark 12:1-27

    Genesis 32-33; Job 19; Mark 12:1-27

    GENESIS 32-33:
    Yesterday we heard how Jacob and his big family got away from Laban and started the journey home. When Laban caught up with him, he and Jacob got into a quarrel and ended up making a covenant.
    JOB 19:
    In chapter 18, Bildad once again gave a speech about what happens to wicked people, and by implication, he said, “You're just getting what you deserve.” Job’s response in today’s chapter includes amazing revelations. Verses 23-27 can be compared with the second half of 1Corinthians 15.
    MARK 12a:
    In Mark 11, Jesus was welcomed in triumph in Jerusalem, he cursed a fig tree and taught about prayer, and cleansed the temple of merchant activity. Then he answered and confuted the chief priests who challenged his authority to “do these things,”— in particular, taking their businesses out of the temple.
    GNT Translation note:
    Mrk. 11:27 PET God spoke of our three forefathers as men who still live and worship Him. …
    NLT Translation notes:
    Job 19:15 My servants and maids [even/0] consider me a stranger.
    I am like a foreigner to them.
    16 When I call my servant, he doesn’t [even/0] come;
    I have to plead with him!
    ====
    Mrk. 12:1 Then Jesus began teaching them with stories [like this one]: “A man planted a vineyard. …
    13 Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of [king/0] Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.
    16 When they handed [one/it] to him, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped [here//on it]?”
    26b Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, ‘I am the God [Abraham worships//of Abraham], the God [Isaac worships], and the God [Jacob worships].’
    27 PET God spoke of our three forefathers as men who still live and worship Him. …
    [In Lumina.Bible.org Constable quotes Lane:
    “If the death of the patriarchs is the last word of their history, there has been a breach of the promises of God guaranteed by the [Abrahamic] covenant, and of which the formula ‘the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob’ is the symbol. It is in fidelity to his covenant that God will resurrect the dead.”
    Using a present tense verb makes it obvious to the English-speaking listener that the three patriarchs are still living. However, the problem becomes that if the Hebrew had been that specific, everyone would have understood that the patriarchs were still living. So my fix here, I now admit, goes too far.]

    • 19 min

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jehami ,

Blessing

I love that the reader always ends with a prayer.

B.Sy.1235 ,

Excellent

The narrator has a strong, calming voice and offers just the right amount of commentary. I also enjoy the prayer at the end of each reading, which pulls in the content from the scriptures that were just read.

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Robotic

I just started listening to this. While the word is rich as Gods word always is, the way it is being read is throwing me off. I am pushing through though because I want to hear the word. I am hoping, like the narrator says, it becomes more natural as he gets used to it.

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