DAILY DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2020

Let your light shine before men, so that they may … give glory to your Father in the heavens.—Matt. 5:16.

“When we shine our light before others by living righteously, we are making visible the character of the Father. Some people might claim a contradiction between the instruction here to Let your light shine before men, and in 6:1–6, Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. However, there is a great difference between the two passages, and it has to do with who is glorified by the good works. In one case attention is drawn to God; in the other, it is drawn to self. It is the Christian’s commission to live in such a way as to make God visible in a world that is blind to him.” – Stuart K. Weber

DAILY DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020

If it seems slow, wait for it;
    it will surely come; it will not delay.—Hab. 2:3.

Habakkuk was told to wait patiently. Though it may take a while, the following prophecy of Babylon’s doom would certainly be fulfilled at the appointed time. The prophet had asked how God could use such a wicked nation to punish Judah. In the following verses God explained to the prophet that after he has used Babylon as his instrument of judgment on Judah and other nations, he will judge Babylon for its sins. God is just after all. The word end may refer not only to the termination of Babylon’s savage rule, but to the eschatological end when God’s victory over wickedness is complete.” – Stephen Miller

NTTC MARK 1:41: Was Jesus “Moved with Pity” or “Moved With Anger”?

The reason that this text is considered difficult is that one is compelled to think contrary to the leading internal textual principle: Which reading is it that the other reading(s) most likely came from? It is easy to see how “moved with anger” would have been changed to “moved with pity.” In that case, the scribe would have been softening the reading. It is very difficult to understand why a scribe would be tempted to change “moved with pity” to “moved with anger.”

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