Scripture Reading: Luke 21:19-38
I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
Stranger—foreigner, in a place not my home. Commandments are chief support and guide.
The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.
Of all the evidences of God’s mercy on earth, knowing His law is the greatest, doesn’t want it in the earth, but in his heart.
For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
Settled—stands firm in the place it came from. They—the heavens and earth are waiting to fulfill what the Creator has said in heaven, could refer to generations—people in general.
Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
Puttest away—terminates, destroys, end, a process the righteous can see even if the world can’t. Love—have an appetite for. The word of the wicked passes away, makes him hunger for what is true and lasting.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Meek—mild, gentle, not resentful, tranquil and untroubled, doesn’t mean wimpy. In classical usage, usually applied to something strong—horses, kings. Opposite is self-assertion, anger.
Inherit earth—will be provided for here and enjoy new earth for eternity. Meek receive things and give things, they don’t fight to take things. If I get it, I don’t have to fight!
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Salt of the earth—JFB-- to preserve it from corruption, to season its insipidity, to freshen and sweeten it.
Lost savor—insipid, flavorless, also means Foolish—following wisdom of man. No different—conformed to the world. Lose desire for God’s Word you lose any ability to be different from the world and thus unhelpful to it. Trodden—treated as common dirt.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth pass—picturesque way of maintaining stability. This is a sure thing. As long as there is human life on earth, God’s word is still true and abiding.
Fulfilled—come to pass, whatever God has proclaimed for earth will happen. Not one pen stroke will change let alone overriding promises.
Matthew 6:9-11—humble dependence on the Father. We want His Word done here.
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Treasure—hoard. Rust, moth, thief—perishable, have to protect and worry over. Eternal character/fruit rather than temporal stuff.
1 Corinthians 15:47-50
The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Of the earth—from dust of ground, from same elements, and subject to return to dust.
Second man—Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Bear image—already a likeness here.
Earthy/Heavenly—your life will show who you are related to. Want the heavenly? Then become heavenly! That requires one to leave off the earthy.