Today’s Bible passages are: Numbers 24, Psalm 66-67, Isaiah 14, and 1 Peter 2

Psalm 66 artBy Kendra Roberts

Today’s art is a response to Psalm 66:

Bless our God, O peoples;

let the sound of his praise be heard,

who has kept our soul among the living

and has not let our feet slip.

For you, O God, have tested us;

you have tried us as silver is tried.

You brought us into the net;

you laid a crushing burden on our backs;

you let men ride over our heads;

we went through fire and through water;

yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance (verses 8-12 ESV.)


Kendra adds:

I was intrigued by the rough path —a crushing burden, a smelting heat, fire, water, a trapping net— all along the way to abundance.

The beginning of Psalm 66 offers shouts of JOY and a directive…

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!”

Today I encourage you to look at the rough spots a little differently—gratefully? Believe and take courage that HE will not let your foot slip and will keep your soul among the living!

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Today’s Bible passages are: Exodus 36, John 15, Proverbs 12, and Ephesians 5

Exodus 36By Kendra Roberts

Today’s art is a response to all four of the day’s passages. Kendra explains:

The embellishment and coupling of the tabernacle curtains in Exodus 36 inspired me to thread together all of today’s Scripture selections. Some references are symbolic, others are obvious. Can you make the connections?

From Exodus 36:

He made the veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen; with cherubim skillfully worked into it he made it. (verse 35)

From John 15:

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (verses 1-2)

From Proverbs 12:

No one is established by wickedness,
but the root of the righteous will never be moved. (verse 3)

 

Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,
but the root of the righteous bears fruit. (verse 12)

 

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
but those who plan peace have joy. (verse 20)

From Ephesians 5:

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

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Today’s Bible passages are: Exodus 8, Luke 11, Job 25-26, and 1 Corinthians 12

By Kendra Roberts

1 corinthians 12
Today’s art is a response to 1 Corinthians 12:

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

 

For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be?

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Today’s Bible passages are: Genesis 29, Matthew 28, Esther 5, and Acts 28

matthew 28
By Kendra Roberts

Today’s art is a response to Matthew 28:

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20, ESV)


Kendra’s thoughts on her art follow here:

Water, fire…blood — all aspects that might be brought to mind by “baptism.” Mathew 28 begins with the two Mary’s heading to the tomb, the proclamation of resurrection by an angel and ultimately a face-to-face encounter with the risen Jesus. The chief priests want to pay the soldiers off to hide the mysterious events at the tomb:
“Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’” (verse 13)
Though, they might not have even bothered a cover-up considering some of Jesus’ own disciples doubted his appearance to them.… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Chronicles 31, Revelation 17, Zechariah 13:2-9, and John 16

By Kendra Roberts

2 Chronicles 31
Today’s art is a response to 2 Chronicles 31. As today’s artist Kendra Roberts writes:

Since Christmas was yesterday I thought everybody might want a break from excess… That’s why I decided to focus on giving abundantly. In this passage of Chronicles, the command went out to, “give the portion to the priests and the Levites that they might give themselves to the Law of The Lord…” The people in Jerusalem responded immediately—with the best goods and in ABUNDANCE. After months of this type of faithful, abundant giving, the priests and people were blessed. The goods were piled up in heaps! What strikes me is not the material aspect of abundance, but the response of the people to the call to give their portion. They seemed to give nothing except the best in great amounts, and God blessed them.

And Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and of the Levites, division by division, each according to his service, the priests and the Levites, for burnt offerings and peace offerings, to minister in the gates of the camp of the Lord and to give thanks and praise.

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Today’s Bible passages are: 1 Chronicles 24-25, 1 Peter 5, Micah 3, and Luke 12

By Kendra Roberts

Luke 12Today’s art is a response to Luke 12:

“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Luke 12:35-40, ESV)

Kendra’s thoughts on the inspiration of the piece follow here:

I thought the image of the Master serving his “good servants” at a table as they reclined seemed appropriate for Thanksgiving.… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: 1 Kings 6, Ephesians 3, Ezekiel 36, and Psalm 86

By Kendra Roberts Ezekiel 36

Today’s pick has art that responds to Ezekiel 36 and art applied to Ezekiel 36. The following are selections to Ezekiel 36, with emphases added by today’s contributor, Kendra Roberts:

Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God:

It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.

I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land.

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. … Continue Reading