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Calendar of Quotations from Old and New Testament -

with applications to daily living by Philip G. Roets, priest, teacher, Biblical scholar. Translations of Bible are by Phil from Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT).

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April 1.

“On him rests the spirit of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:2.
The spirit or breath is the symbol of man’s total dependence on and full response to God.

“And Peter went outside and wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:75.
Peter sinned, repented, atoned and became a great man.

April 2.

“A spirit of wisdom and insight.” Isaiah 11:2.
This quality gives the leader honest judgments based on keen insight into people and problems.

“His blood be upon us and upon our children” Matthew 27:26.
Wild words, once unleashed, stop only when violently fulfilled.

April 3.

“A spirit of counsel and power.” Isaiah 11:2.
With this quality the leader becomes a man of resolute decisions and the strength to accomplish his goals.

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Matthew 27:46.
The goal of Christian action is realization of the family of man.

April 4.

“A spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord” Isaiah 11:2.
This quality enables the leader to acquire true values and a sense of family loyalty.

“So they sealed the tomb securely and stationed their own temple police.” Matthew 27:66.
Alone, dead, buried, deserted and hated -- but from the tomb comes the new life.

April 5.

“The grass withers, the flower fades but the Word of God remains forever.” Isaiah 40:8
The return of spring each year is strong evidence for the permanence of God's word.

“All authority has been given me in the heavens and on earth.” Matthew 28:18.
Jesus is able to command fully because he obeyed fully.

April 6.

“God created man in his image ... male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27.
Harmony demands that each part be totally itself and from this difference contribute to the other.

“Teach them to observe all the commands I have given you.” Matthew 28:20.
The one all-inclusive command of Jesus is sincere and effective love.

April 7.

“God blessed mankind: Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and multiply.” Genesis 1:28.
The kingship of God is to be established by the cooperative work of mankind.

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Matthew 2:27.
Each day is given you to make it what you will.

April 8.

“God saw all he had made and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31.
The positive outlook: everything is good when it is rightly used.

“The family of Jesus was convinced that he was out of his mind.” Matthew 3:21.
Misunderstandings arise in the lives of all people.

April 9.

“God blessed the seventh day and make it holy because on that day he rested.” Genesis 2:3.
All of time has a purpose. We work in order to rest, that is, to truly enjoy the fruits of our labor.

“If a person does the will of God, that person is my brother, my sister, my mother.” Mark 3:35.
The family of man is established by obedience in the fatherhood of God.

April 10.

“God breathed into man‘s nostrils the breath of life.” Genesis 2:7.
The symbol of breathing expresses well man's need for God and yet his free choice of following him.

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men whom God loves.” Luke 2:14.
God's love for man must be the bases for harmony and peace among men.

April 11.

“The Lord God settled man in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it.” Genesis 2:15.
Effective work is part of the original heritage of man.

“Jesus is not here. He has risen as he said he would.” Matthew 28:6.
The failure of Friday becomes the victory of Sunday.

April 12.

“It is not good for man to be alone.” Genesis 2:18.
Without the opportunity to share, man lives in sterile loneliness.

“Go - make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19.
These are the daily marching orders of the follower of Christ.

April 13.

“I will make him a partner like himself.” Genesis 2:18.
A clear statement of the perfect equality and clear-cut differences between men and women.

“And behold! I am with you all days until the full harmony of all things is established.” Matthew 28:20.
Jesus came not to destroy but to bring completion and fulness.

April 14.

“Among all the animals no partner like man could be found.” Genesis 2:20.
In the balance of nature, man is to be king but a king who rules wisely.

“So great a crowd gathered that Jesus could not sit down and eat.” Mark 3:20.
There was an urgency in the life of Jesus. His time was limited.

April 15.

“The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering.” Genesis 4:4.
A gift receives its main value from the motive that prompts it.

“A household divided against itself cannot stand .” Mark 3:25.
Internal dissension in self, family or society is self-destructive.

April 16.

“Noah was a just man, perfect among his companions: he walked with God.” Genesis 6:9.
To walk with God means establishing our self-worth and sharing it with others.

“Anyone who is not against us is for us.” Mark 9:40.
Human solidarity is founded on finding likenesses - not differences.

April 17.

“In the evening the dove came back to the Ark with a new olive branch in its beak.” Genesis 8:11.
The evening is the time of renwed peace, friendship and harmony.

“This child is set for the rise or the fall of all of Israel.” Luke 2:34.
No one can be indifferent to Christ and his ideals.

April 18.

“Because of your obedience, all the nations of the earth will be blessed in your descendants.” Genesis 22:18.
The value of good works and good example can never be put too high.

“He spent the whole night in prayer with God.” Luke 6:12.
Before every important decision, Jesus spent the whole night in meditative prayer.

April 19.

“Drink, sir! I will draw water for your camels, too, until they are filled.” Genesis 24:19.
The girl was generous and her reward was correspondingly great.

“Peace be to this house.” Luke 10:5.
Every time you meet a person, your message, as Christian, should be “peace.”

April 20.

“There are two nations within your womb.” Genesis 25:23.
It is well for parents to dream of the greatness their children will achieve.

“Which of these three showed himself a friend to the man who fell among robbers?” Luke 10:36.
All love must be expressed in appropriate action.

April 21.

“First sell me your birthright.” Genesis 25:31.
The salesman may be shrewd but may not capitalize on the misfortunes of others.

“My son, you are with me always and all I have is yours.” Luke 15:31.
The justice of God always works perfectly.

April 22.

“What good will my birthright do me if I die?” Genesis 25:32.
Too little self-confidence can easily lead be twisted judgments and false conclusions.

“Your brother was dead and has returned to life; he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:32.
The mercy of God tempers His justice when a person returns to Him.
April 23.

“Who are you, my son? ... Are you really my son, Esau?” Genesis 27:18, 24.
This scene stresses the meanness of taking advantage of the weakness of others.

“This poor widow has put in more than all of them -- she gave of what she needed for daily life.” Luke 21:4.
Generosity is measured by spirit, not by amount.

April 24.

“Go, stay with your brother, Laban. Remain until your brother‘s anger cools down.” Genesis 27:43.
The writer wishes to point out how lies have a way of catching up with the culprit.

“The Lord looked directly at Peter and Peter remembered what Jesus had said.” Luke 22:61.
Each evening, the wise person glances inward to see the balance sheet of the day.

April 25.

“Laban said to Jacob ... Tell me what wages you want.” Genesis 29:15.
Jacob now puts himself in the clutches of an uncle as crafty as he.

“Treat others as you would like them to treat you.” Luke 6:31.
If you want to hear happy words, speak happy words to others.

April 26.

“Jacob worked seven years to win Rachel... but at night, Laban gave him Leah.” Genesis 29:18, 24.
In the darkness of the night, Jacob was deceived just as he had deceived his father.

“If a person you greet is a man of peace, your peace will go and stay with him.” Luke 10:48:6.
Peacemaking is a two-way street: You cannot force peace onto another.
April 27.

“Jacob works another seven years to win the hand of Rachel.” Genesis 29:30.
Fourteen years of labor for a dowry that would have been given him by his father if he had not lied.

“He who is not with me is against me; he who does not gather with me scatters.” Luke 11:23.
Faith in Christ demands unswerving conviction in daily life.

April 28.

“Your father has cheated me, changing my wages ten different times.” Genesis 31:7.
No one seems to cry louder about rights and injustices than the crook who is cheated.

“The person who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great.” Luke 16:10.
How faithful are you in small unnoticed details of each day?

April 29.

“Joseph told his father of the evil spoken about his brothers.” Genesis 37:2.
The writers in no way try to whitewash the failings of their founding fathers.

“Were not ten made clean? Where are the other nine?” Luke 17:17.
An ungrateful person is the most selfish of all selfish people.

April 30.

“Joseph was Israel‘s favorite and he gave him a long-sleeved tunic.” Genesis 37:3.
A delicate balance: How show love without being partial?

“With an urgent desire have I longed to eat this Pasch with you before I die.” Luke 22:15.
This sense of intensity should carry into each day of our life.

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