“Jesus shut him up: ‘Quiet! Get out of him!’ The demonic spirit threw the man down in front of them all and left. The demon didn’t hurt him.”
When my youngest son was 11 he was afraid of monsters. He would not go upstairs at night alone. If his younger sister accompanied him, then together they would find the courage to ascend the steps and fend off fiends they found lurking behind doors or shower curtains.
My boy has never seen A Nightmare on Elm Street (and with any luck, he never will), but somehow he knew who Freddy Krueger is. He thought Freddy lived under his bed. You and I know Freddy Krueger is a fictional character in Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street horror film series. We know Freddy is actor Robert Englund under pounds of believable makeup. We all know Freddy Krueger cannot hurt anyone. But still, he’s pretty scary.
Horror is not my artistic genre of choice. I’ve never seen, nor do I ever care to see, a ‘slasher’ film. I did not watch The Exorcist in 1973 nor did I preview the sequels, Exorcist II and III in 1977 or 1990. I hear the 2004 Exorcist prequel is just silly. I won’t allow movies that portray the demonic into my mind or home. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the obvious creativity and hard work that must go into an excellent horror flick. It’s just that I choose not to tempt my imagination with the fears a frightening film might arouse in me or my family. Demons are real and I choose not to play around the edge of where fantasy and reality meet.
Demons have the power to influence and control human lives: “The demonic spirit threw the man down”. But the power of Jesus is even greater. In the presence of Christ, the demon knocked a man down but it “didn’t hurt him”. Jesus made the angel of darkness be “quiet” and “get out”. Thankfully, demonic impact is minimal for those who remain in contact with Jesus. Jesus is greater than all the demons I will ever face. They cannot hurt me. The devil may throw a good “man down”, but he cannot “hurt” him because...
“greater is He who is in you [and me] than he who is in the world.”
Tuesday, April 25 John 14 1st Samuel 30-31 2nd Samuel 1-2
Wednesday, April 26 John 15 2nd Samuel 3-5
Thursday, April 27 John 16 2nd Samuel 6-9
Friday, April 28 John 17 2nd Samuel 10-12
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Week 17: 1st Samuel 26 – 31; 2nd Samuel 1 – 12; John 13 – 17
The closing chapters of 1st Samuel describe with graphic detail the downfall and death of Israel’s first king, Saul. The book of 2nd Samuel provides an in-depth and intensely personal look at the life of David, the next king of the Jews.
David’s brilliant career was nearly destroyed by his self-absorbed decision to disobey the very God who elevated him from shepherd boy to ruler of a mighty nation. The king found God’s unexpected mercy when he humbled himself and admitted the truth:
“I have sinned against the Lord.” 2nd Samuel 12.13
This week’s reading in the Gospel of John is a record of the hours preceding Jesus’ arrest in the garden of Gethsemane including the washing of the disciple’s feet, a prediction of Peter’s denial, the promise of the Holy Spirit, and Christ’s timeless and faith-defining declaration:
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14.6
Bible Reading Plan
There are 52 weeks and 260 weekdays in any given year (52 X 5 = 260). Coincidentally, there are also 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter of the New Testament every Monday through Friday, you will finish the entire New Testament in a year.
If you are a little more ambitious, you may want to read the whole Old Testament in a year on this 5 day a week reading plan.
Avid Bible students may accomplish the entire Bible each year by simply reading both Old and New Testament columns in the reading plan provided at the link below.
If you fall behind, use the weekends to catch up. If you fall far behind, don’t worry about it. Just pick up your reading for the day. The study of God’s Word should not be approached as a competition or legal requirement for believers. You don’t have to read the Bible. You get to. Enjoy your time in the Scriptures and read with a spirit of anticipation. Jesus will speak to you through His Word.
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