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Daily GNT Bible Reading Podcast Phil Fields

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Join us in reading through the whole Good News Bible (GNT) in 365 24-minute-long podcasts!

    2 Chronicles 14-15; Proverbs 30:1-17; Matthew 12:22-50

    2 Chronicles 14-15; Proverbs 30:1-17; Matthew 12:22-50

    2CHRONICLES 14-15:
    Yesterday we heard the conclusion of Rehoboam’s reign, and the writer classed him as a wicked king. Then his son, King Abijah gave a truly amazing speech before his epic victory over Israel.
    PROVERBS 30a:
    Today I chose to highlight two verses:
    Pro. 30:5 [NLT Every word of God proves true.
    He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
    //GNT “God keeps every promise he makes. He is like a shield for all who seek his protection. ]
    6 If you claim that he said something that he never said, he will reprimand you and show that you are a liar.”
    MATTHEW 12b:
    How ironic that the religious leaders would make a problem about picking and eating a few heads of wheat, or healing a man with just a word and no actions on the Sabbath, then on the Sabbath they went out and plotted to kill Jesus. That, is the kind of work that God forbids— not just on the Sabbath but any day of the week! Note that this wasn’t casual opposition.
    GNT Translation notes:
    Mat. 12:29 [NLT For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone [like Me, who is] even stronger—someone who [can//could] tie him up and then plunder his house.//GNT “No one can break into a strong man's house and take away his belongings unless he first ties up the strong man; then he can plunder his house.]
    32 Anyone who says something against [Me,] the Son of Man[,] can be forgiven; but whoever says something against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven—now or ever.
    40 In the same way that Jonah spent three days and nights in the big fish, so will [I,] the Son of Man[,] spend three days and nights in the depths of the earth.

    • 20 min
    2 Chronicles 12-13; Proverbs 29:15-27; Matthew 12:1-21

    2 Chronicles 12-13; Proverbs 29:15-27; Matthew 12:1-21

    2CHRONICLES 12-13:
    Yesterday we heard of David’s grandson, Rehoboam, and the unfortunate start to his reign. The northern tribes revolted and went with Jeroboam. Rehoboam seems to have made wise choices after that, at least for a short time.
    PROVERBS 29b:
    Today’s highlighted verse:
    Pro. 29:23 GNT Arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.
    MATTHEW 12a:
    Yesterday’s reading included the judgements against the cities that refused to repent even though they witnessed Jesus’ miracles. Chapter 11 also includes Jesus’ prayer of thanksgiving, and closes with Jesus’ famous words:
    Mat. 11:28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
    GNT Translation note:
    Mat. 12:1 Not long afterward Jesus was walking through some wheat fields on a Sabbath. [We,] His disciples were hungry, so [we//they] began to pick heads of wheat and eat the grain.
    4 He went into the house of God, and he and his men ate the bread offered to God, even though it was against the Law for them to eat it—only the priests [are//were] allowed to eat that bread.
    8 for [I,] the Son of Man [am//is] Lord of the Sabbath.”

    • 17 min
    2 Chronicles 10-11; Proverbs 29:1-14; Matthew 11:16-30

    2 Chronicles 10-11; Proverbs 29:1-14; Matthew 11:16-30

    2CHRONICLES 10-11:
    Yesterday we completed the story of Solomon’s achievements.
    PROVERBS 29a:
    A highlight for today:
    Pro. 29:11 GNT Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back.
    MATTHEW 11b:
    Yesterday we heard Jesus’ teaching about John the Baptist.
    GNT Translation notes:
    Mat. 11:19 [But now I, the Son of Man have come, and I eat and drink (normally), and everyone says,//When the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and everyone said,] ‘Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!’ God's wisdom, however, is shown to be true by its results.”
    23 And as for you, Capernaum! Did you [think you would be lifted//want to lift yourself] up to heaven? You will be thrown down to hell! If the miracles which were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would still be in existence today!
    25 At that time Jesus said, [NLT “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.  //GNT “Father, Lord of heaven and earth! I thank you because you have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned.]
    26 [NLT Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!//GNT Yes, Father, this was how you were pleased to have it happen.]
    27 “My Father has given me all things. No one knows [Me, the Son,//the Son] except the Father, and no one knows the Father except [Me, his Son,//the Son] and those to whom [I choose//the Son chooses] to reveal him.

    • 16 min
    2 Chronicles 9; Proverbs 28:15-28; Matthew 11:1-19

    2 Chronicles 9; Proverbs 28:15-28; Matthew 11:1-19

    2CHRONICLES 9:
    Yesterday we heard God’s famous response to Solomon, which is so often applied as a promise to America. It is stretching it past the breaking point to apply that promise to America. First of all, our country does not have a personal relationship with God like that of Israel in Solomon’s time. We also skate over all the conditions of humbling ourselves, turning from wicked ways, and praying. And we are not in the position of having made corporate sacrifices to the Lord.
    PROVERBS 28b:
    Here is today’s highlighted verse:
    Pro. 28:26 GNT It is foolish to follow your own opinions. Be safe, and follow the teachings of wiser people.
    MATTHEW 11a:
    Jesus’ instructions to the disciples in chapter 10 show that He wants total commitment— even if it means dying in his service.
    Mat. 10:38 NLT If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.
    GNT Translation note:
    Mat. 11:19 [But now I, the Son of Man have come, and I eat and drink (normally), and everyone says,//When the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and everyone said,] ‘Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!’ God's wisdom, however, is shown to be true by its results.”

    • 17 min
    2 Chronicles 7-8; Proverbs 28:1-14; Matthew 10:16-42

    2 Chronicles 7-8; Proverbs 28:1-14; Matthew 10:16-42

    2CHRONICLES 7-8:
    Yesterday we heard Solomon’s famous prayer at the dedication of the temple. He understood that the people would need forgiveness from the Lord, and requested the Lord’s mercy.
    PROVERBS 28a:
    Another favorite:
    Pro. 28:8 NLT Income from charging high interest rates
    will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.
    MATTHEW 10b:
    Yesterday we heard the list of the twelve apostles, and the beginning of the instructions to them. It is clear that Jesus gave this message for all of us, not just the twelve. The word ‘apostle’ (which is a word transliterated from Greek) means ‘one sent with a message’ or a ‘representative’. This happens to be the exact meaning of a word transliterated from Latin: missionary.
    GNT Translation notes:
    2Chr. 8:4 GNT and fortified the city of Palmyra in the desert. He rebuilt all the cities in Hamath that were centers for storing supplies.
    [GNT uses the name Palmyra is called by today, which comes from its Greek name. In the Hebrew and most translations, it is named Tadmor. Both names mean ‘Palm Tree’.]
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    Pro. 28:2 When a nation sins, it will have one ruler after another. But a nation will be strong and endure when it has intelligent, [and] sensible leaders.
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    Mat. 10:4 Simon the Patriot, and Judas[, from the village of Karioth//Iscariot], who betrayed Jesus.
    23 When they persecute you in one town, run away to another one. I assure you that you will not finish your work in all the towns of Israel before [I,] the Son of Man[, come//comes].
    25 So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If [I,] the head of the family[, have been//I] called Beelzebul, the members of [my//the] family will be called even worse names!

    • 20 min
    2 Chronicles 6; Proverbs 27:14-27; Matthew 10:1-33

    2 Chronicles 6; Proverbs 27:14-27; Matthew 10:1-33

    2CHRONICLES 6:
    Yesterday we heard of the various things that Huram-abi made under Solomon’s direction for the temple, and of the dedication of the temple. In today’s (not reverent) language, we might say that the Lord ‘showed up’ for that dedication, just like He did for the dedication of the tabernacle.
    PROVERBS 27b:
    Our hightlighted verse for today:
    Pro. 27:21 [GNT Fire tests gold and silver; a person's reputation can also be tested. //NLT
    Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
    but a person is tested by being praised.]
    MATTHEW 10a:
    Many stories were brought together by Matthew in chapter 9, including the calling of Matthew— who is most likely the writer of this book. Note that opposition is ramping up against Jesus from the religious teachers and the Pharisees. Like at the end of John 4, Jesus spoke of the need for God to send workers into the spiritual harvest.
    GNT Translation notes:
    Mat. 10:4 Simon the Patriot, and Judas[, from the village of Karioth//Iscariot], who betrayed Jesus.
    23 When they persecute you in one town, run away to another one. I assure you that you will not finish your work in all the towns of Israel before [I,] the Son of Man[, come//comes].
    25 So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If [I,] the head of the family[, have been//I] called Beelzebul, the members of [my//the] family will be called even worse names!

    • 20 min

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These daily readings of the three Bible selections from the Good News Translation, and the prayer that follows, are very well done; with clear pronunciation and reverence for God. Well done! And, thank you!

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