May 17: “Does God Listen to the Prayers of Unbelievers”

Matt’s Musings

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Today’s Bible Reading:

1 Samuel 20:1–21:15
John 9:1-41
Psalms 113:1–114:8
Proverbs 15:15-17

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

John 9:31 (NLT): “We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

The verse I have chosen for today may seem like an unusual choice, especially since it is presented as a truth-claim … that isn’t true.

Now that I’ve got your attention …

As students of the Bible, there is something significant that we must learn. In seminary, it’s called hermeneutics. In the real world, it’s just the ability to understand the different ways that Scripture is presented (poetry, narrative, apocalyptic, etc.) and how to interpret those various types of literature.

For instance, the book of Proverbs is written as wisdom literature. Along with the wise musings of the writer, it is a…

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