The Eyes of the Lord are Everywhere

Daily Bible Reading

eyes lord everywhere

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. Proverbs 15:3

Eyes of the Lord see everywhere, everybody, and everything that goes on all of the time. He never stops his looking and no one can hide from his sight. He sees into our hearts. He will give strength to those whose hearts he sees are fully committed to him.

Let’s not worry then how the wicked may prosper; let the Lord take his vengeance on evil in his own time, and let us continue to be seen loving him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength

Into the Scripture on the Eyes of the Lord

  • Proverbs 5:21; 15:3
  • 2 Chronicles 16:9
  • Job 31:4
  • Hebrews 4:13
  • Job 10:4; 34:21
  • Job 26:6
  • Psalm 139:8
  • Jeremiah 16:17; 32:19

Jesus’ Authority, Testimonies and Feeding of Thousands

40For40 Daily Bible Day 6: John 5:16-47; 6:1-15

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24

Today’s 40For40 Bible reading in the writings of John covers:

  • The Authority of the Son, John 5:16-30, and three more “Very truly” statements Jesus’ makes. I think that makes 7 so far out of the total of 26 in John’s Gospel.
  • Testimonies About Jesus, John 5:31-47. This and the above passage are set in the context of Jesus defense of doing good work on the Sabbath, in violation of the Jewish leaders so-called “regulations” that were never part of God’s decree in the Scriptures. And so Jesus takes them to task with a few “very truly” statements and a rebuke (v39 – 47) that points out they’ve basically missed the main point and purpose of the Scriptures and Moses having to do with pointing to him.
  • Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand, John 6:1-15. If you’re counting (and I am), this is the fourth of John’s seven signs or miracles. Jesus turned five small loaves and two small fish into an all-you-can-eat feast.

That’s all I have to say about today’s reading because last night and today was kind of a busy one. It’s late now, and my routine got thrown off with travel and helping my mom out.

I wonder if Jesus had days like I had. Oh wait, he did. The last couple days was all about life disrupted. Makes me feel better Jesus went through times of exhaustion, hunger, thirst, weariness, misunderstood accusations, and people who wanted him to be a certain way.

No wonder he “withdrew again to a mountain by himself.” John 6:15

 

Shocking Truths Revealed About a Woman and Worship

40For40 Bible Reading Day 4: John 4:1-38

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24

This chapter in John’s Gospel is the account of Jesus conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. He was tired and thirsty from his journey, probably hungry too, for his disciples had gone into the town to buy food.

“Will you give me a drink?” asked Jesus of the Samaritan woman who came to draw water from the well. And so began a conversation that would ultimately lead to many in the town believing in Jesus because of the testimony of the woman, “He told me everything I ever did.”

Sandwiched between (no pun intended) the conversation starter and Samaritans flocking to meet Jesus was an in-depth back-and-forth involving differences of opinion on religious beliefs, a promise of living water, matters of eternal life and five husbands!

To which the Samaritan woman endeavored to change the conversation away from Jesus’ personal and penetrating insight to something, she thought, less revealing: the place of true worship.

And even after Jesus set her straight on the essence of true worship, and declared to her he was the Messiah, the thing that mattered most was the personal revelation that not only was she with a guy who wasn’t her husband (a big no-no back then), but she had five previous husbands – a considerable number even in today’s day and age!

Sure, she exaggerated. Jesus didn’t exactly tell her everything she ever did. He knew and told her enough though.

And it was because of that that she was open to consider more.

Isn’t it this that brings us to worship the Father in the Spirit and in the truth?

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Jesus: Very Truly I Tell You

40For40 Bible Reading Day 3: John 3:1-36

big announcement very truly i tell you

He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Nicodemus, John 3:2

It sounds as though Nicodemus, a higher-up in Jewish religion of the day,  got who Jesus was. That is until Jesus gave him three big, “Very truly I tell you,” announcements – things Nicodemus should have been aware of in the first place.

There’s so much Jesus packs into his discourse that it kind of leaves your head spinning. Until finally, we come to one of the most well-known (if not the most well-known) verses of the entire Bible, John 3:16. I don’t even need to quote it. You know it.

It’s what comes before that is sometimes overlooked, but is a very big deal when it comes to understanding Jesus’ purpose and testimony.

Between verses 3 and 11 John quotes Jesus as prefacing his discussion with Nicodemus with the words, “Very truly I tell you.” The “very truly I tell you” phrase is used by Jesus in John’s gospel a total of 26 times. It’s used in John more than in any other Gospel, and is used nowhere else in all of the New Testament. It’s used here three times.

So when we read this phrase, we should pay very close attention to what follows. Because what follows is obviously an extremely important truth Jesus, through John wants us to know, and believe.

Very Truly I Tell You…

No One Can See the Kingdom of God Unless They are Born Again

Born again means “born from above” in the Greek. In other words, “born of God” (see 1:13). So then to just see the kingdom of God one needs to have God’s involvement. But there’s more…

Very Truly I Tell You…

No One Can Enter the Kingdom of God Unless They are Born of the Water and the Spirit

To the first “very truly,” to see the kingdom, Jesus adds no one can enter it either unless they’re born of the water and the Spirit (v 5). First we are born of water – human birth, but then we must be born of God – Spiritual birth. But there’s more…

Very Truly I Tell You…

We Speak of What We Know, and We Testify to What We Have Seen, But Still You People Do Not Accept Our Testimony.

In verse 11, Jesus, after chiding Nicodemus a bit for not understanding basic things, uses the third “Very truly I tell you” phrase that John recorded in this chapter. But with a bit of a twist, he uses three plural pronouns (we, we, and our) that brings other people into the conversation.

Who’s the “we” in this statement? It could be in reference to Jesus and John the Baptist. And, since Jesus brings up Moses in verse 14, it could be in reference to him and Moses, and perhaps all of the prophets throughout all of Scripture. And it could be in reference to Jesus and God and the Holy Spirit. Which is it? I think it could be all of the above. The point Jesus is making is that Nicodemus and all of Israel (“you people”) should have by now accepted their testimony.

The testimony that points to the love of God in sending Jesus, the Son of God and savior of the world (John 3:16).

It’s like Jesus was saying to Nicodemus it’s right in front of you. Why can’t you see it? “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?” (v10). You should have seen me coming. You should know this stuff by now.

Sometimes, we Christians have the Nicodemus syndrome. We keep asking, doubting, reasoning, questioning. When the answer is right before us – right inside us, all along.

And in verse 18, when John writes, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned,” he’s speaking of ongoing and settled beliefs, not one-time or momentary convictions.

We should know then, and move forward with great confidence, hope and ongoing belief in Jesus words. We should pay particular attention to the “Very truly I tell you” statements in the Gospel of John. They have the power unto eternal life, and life in his name both now, and forever more.

Here’s a list of the other 23 references to “Very truly I tell you” in John’s Gospel:

  • 1:51 – you will see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending…
  • 5:19 – the Son can do nothing by himself…
  • 5;24 – whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life…
  • 5:25 – a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God…
  • 6:26 – you are looking for me…
  • 6:32 – it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven…
  • 6:47 – the one who believes has eternal life.
  • 6:53 – unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood…
  • 8:34 – everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
  • 8:51 – whoever obeys my word will never see death.
  • 8:58 – Jesus answered, before Abraham was born, I am!
  • 10:1 – Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen…
  • 10:7 – I am the gate for the sheep
  • 12:24 – unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies…
  • 13:16 – no servant is greater than his master…
  • 13:20 – whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me…
  • 13:21 – one of you is going to betray me.
  • 13:38 – before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!
  • 14:12 – whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing…
  • 16:7 – it is for your good that I am going away…
  • 16:20 – you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices…
  • 16:23 – my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
  • 21:18 – when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted…

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Foundations of Belief From Jesus’ Words, Signs and Authority

40For40 Bible Reading Day 2: John 1:43-51; 2:1-25

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31

From the very beginning of John’s gospel we get a glimpse into the purpose of his writing it: That you may believe…

There are three episodes that stood out to me as I read today’s 40For40 plan about John’s purpose for writing. And they all have to do with foundations of faith in who Jesus was, why he came, and what it all meant to his disciples, and in a broader sense, to those of us who read and likewise believe.

Jesus’ Revealing Words

Nathanael, brought to Jesus by Philip, had been sitting under a fig tree, a common and shady place for study and prayer in hot weather. It’s not revealed what Nathanael was studying, praying or thinking about under the shade of that tree, but Jesus said something that resonated with Nathanel: “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

This, along with the revealing that Jesus saw him under the fig tree before Philip called him to meet Jesus led Nathanael to declare, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” A clear and remarkable declaration of faith.

To which Jesus replied, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” And he went on to say exactly what those greater things would be.

The foundation of faith or belief in Jesus begins with a heart that is open and doesn’t seek to hide anything from God. In Nathanael’s case, Jesus saw him (under the fig tree probably praying and seeking to get his heart right with the Lord) and revealed to him he saw no spirit of deception in Nathanael. In other words, Nathanael was being honest and open and was therefore in a receptive state.

Likewise, Jesus reveals his true self and plan to us when we reveal our true condition to him. It’s a two-way street. I came to the foundation of faith in Jesus many years ago while reading John’s gospel and praying for a miracle for a friend who was dying of cancer. I thought if God could save my friend I could then believe in him. My friend died, but through the praying and reading with an open and honest heart, God revealed himself to me and performed the miracle on my heart.

That was my fig tree. Do you have a fig tree? Jesus sees you under your fig tree. He knows your thoughts, your troubles, your hopes and dreams. Are you being open and honest with him about them?

Jesus’ Revealing Sign

The second episode that struck me about how the first disciples came to faith in Jesus was when he turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana. This is the first of seven signs in John’s gospel. And if you carefully read it you come to the understanding that the changing of water into wine wasn’t done to save the master of the banquet or bridegroom from a devastating embarrassment, rather it was to reveal Jesus’ glory and initiate belief among his disciples.

In John’s own words: “What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” John 2:11

There were six more signs to come.

It reminds us that faith and belief in Jesus is a process. There’s a beginning, and faith in Jesus may begin with a miraculous transformation. But it doesn’t end there. Pastor Ken Jensen of Northgate Christian Fellowship in Benicia, California often reminds believers that faith is an ongoing journey, we are all a work in process, and each person is at a different stage along the path.

Jesus’ Revealing Authority

The third occasion of Jesus’ experience with his disciples that brought about belief was his claim: “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” John 2:19

This came after he had cleared the Temple courts of the people who had turned it into a personal place of business. “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this,” the Jews asked.

But it was his body he was referring to. And it wasn’t until after he was dead and raised did his disciples recall and believe in what he had spoken. “After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.” John 2:22

Sometimes connecting the dots between what we’ve read in the Scriptures and what it means isn’t immediately revealed or understood. Yet believing in the authority of Jesus and his word should hold out great hope and promise to keep on trusting and believing in a bright and glorious future.

Jesus holds the ultimate plan and authority for accomplishing what he’s said he would do. This will become even more evident as we continue to read the writings of John. Just wait until the book of Revelation – talk about words, (symbolic) signs and works of authority!

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What’s stood out to you about this passage of John’s gospel?