Skrifoordenkings en Bybel leesplanne vir 2014

1. Skrifoordenkings

Vir die wat belangstel, ek stuur daagliks (behalwe Sondae) per epos, die volgende Skrifoordenkings uit (as u wil inteken (stuur ‘n boodskap na met die subject ‘Skrifoordenkings’):

a. Afrikaanse Skrifoordenkings van ds MJ Booyens (GKSA) vanuit die Evangelie volgens Johannes (ons is reeds by Johannes 8):

b. Engelse dagstukkies oor die Heidelbergse Kategismus asook algemene Skrifoordenkings vanaf die volgende webbladsye:

(Hier onder is voorbeelde van elk van hierdie dagstukkies vir 1 Januarie)

2. Bybel leesplanne

Hier kan u ook verskillende Bybel leesplanne vir 2014 kry:

“Open my oë, dat ek kan sien die wonders uit U wet.” – Ps.119:18.


Slabbert Le Cornu

Oorspronklike Denkers

1 Kor. 1:17-24

“Ek spreek van wat Ek by my Vader gesien het, en julle doen ook wat julle by julle vader gesien het.” (Joh. 8:38)

‘n Mens kry soms die benydenswaardige geleentheid om ‘n “groot gees” in die wêreld teë te kom. Dit mag ‘n groot denker wees – só iemand soos Immanuel Kant of die ou Griekse wysgeer Aristoteles. Soms sit ‘n mens aan die voete van ‘n beroemde leermeester – een uit ‘n duisend. Jy kan jou ook met skugterheid en eerbied koester in die aroma wat ‘n groot digter of dramaturg of skrywer versprei. Die soort mense is in die omgang bekend as “oorspronklike denkers” en mense wat selfstandig kan optree. Hulle het ‘n kennis en insig en selfbeheersing; die vermoë om ons kleintjies en minder ingeligtes en huiwerendes se selfvertroue met ‘n enkele woord tot stof te laat verkrummel.

Terwyl Jesus nou besig is om ‘n groep “kleintjies” in die geloof te onderrig, gryp ‘n paar van hierdie leiersgeeste uit Israel in. Hoewel dit nie aan ons uitdruklik gesê word nie, is dit duidelik dat hulle, sy haters, nou ook weer in die gesprek inmeng. Hulle kon dit nie verdra dat hy vir “kinders van Abraham” – al is dit dan ook al mense uit die volk sonder kennis – sê dat hulle slawe is nie. Wat hulle presies gesê het, weet ons nie. Hulle is vry van slawerny en daarby skrifgeleerdes en selfstandige denkers, wat hulle nie só maklik as die skare laat mislei nie.

Hierop sê die Here Jesus dan: “Ek spreek van wat Ek by my Vader gesien het, en julle doen ook wat julle by julle vader gesien het.” Selfs ons Middelaar, Jesus, Christus, erken dat Hy dinge sê wat Hy by sy Vader gesien het. Hoe ons dit van Hom moet begryp, is onverklaarbaar. Hy praat hier vanuit sy vernederde staat as mens – vandaar sy “afhanklikheid” van sy Vader wat sy kennis betref. Meer kan ek nie sê nie.

Indien Hy sy afhanklikheid van sy Vader bely, hoeveel te meer is die “groot geeste” – wat per slot van sake sondaars met ‘n beperkte insig en vermoë is – afhanklik in hulle insigte van iemand of iets buite hulleself. Niemand op aarde kan iets sê of doen wat hy nie ontvang het nie. Alle gawes en talente kom van die Here. Die probleem is egter dat die gawes van die Here misbruik word deur die vader van die leuen. Hy gebruik denkers se verstand en kunstenaars se vermoëns om die volkere van die wêreld te mislei.

Dit is só werklik dat Jesus sê: “Julle doen wat julle by julle vader gesien het.” Julle vader – die duiwel – wys julle bepaalde dinge en julle sien dit. Hy het ook sy openbaringsmetodes. Hy is slimmer as enige mens en kan ook meer doen as enige mens. Mense “sien” dinge sogenaamd self in, terwyl dit in werklikheid vir hulle ingefluister word. Hulle word voorgesê en verkondig dit dan as hulle eie wysheid.

Stel die geeste op die proef.

January 1 – Lord‘s Day 1, Day 1: The Value of the Heidelberg Catechism

Wednesday the 1st of January

in Heidelberg Catechism Meditations

Lord’s Day 1

Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer. That I with [a] body and soul, both in life and death, [b] am not my own, but belong [c] unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with his precious [d]blood, hath fully [e] satisfied for all my sins, and delivered [f] me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me [g] that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair [h] can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be [i] subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me [j] of eternal life, and makes [k] me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.

Question 2. How many things are necessary for thee to know, that thou, enjoying this comfort, mayest live and die happily?

Answer. Three; [l] the first, how great [m] my sins and miseries are; the second, how I may be delivered [n] from all my sins and miseries; the third, how I shall express my gratitude [o] to God for such deliverance.

[a]: 1Cor. 6:19,20 [b]: Rom. 14:7,8,9 [c]: 1Cor. 3:23 [d]: 1Pet. 1:18,19 [e]: 1John 1:7 [f]: 1John 3:8; Heb. 2:14,15 [g]: John 6:39; John 10:28,29 [h]: Luke 21:18; Matt. 10:30 [i]: Rom. 8:28 [j]: 2Cor. 1:22; 2Cor 5:5 [k]: Rom. 8:14; Rom. 7:22 [l]: Luke 24:47 [m]: 1Cor. 6:10,11; John 9:41; Rom 3:10,19 [n]: John 17:3 [o]: Eph. 5:8,9,10

January 1 – LD 1, Day 1: The Value of the Heidelberg Catechism by Prof Herman Hanko

Read: John 14:16-18; 14:26-28; 15:26; 17:7-11; 17:13, 14.

The Reformation, begun in Germany by Martin Luther, spread throughout Germany and came to a province called, The Palatinate, with its capital in Heidelberg. Over this province Frederick the Wise ruled, who was persuaded of the truth of the Reformation doctrines taught by John Calvin in Geneva, a fairly short distance south of Heidelberg. He was a godly and pious man and was concerned that the children and young people of his province learned and understood the truths of Scripture taught by Calvin.

He himself had been raised a Lutheran, but had through a long time of study, become convinced that the doctrines taught by Calvin were more faithful to the Scriptures. He wanted the province over which he ruled to be a province faithful to the teachings of John Calvin.

For this action he was summoned before a general council, called together for purposes of condemning him. But his genuine piety, his love for the truth, and his deep sincerity made such an impression on the council that they did not care to condemn him. You may find the story of this great man in my “Portraits of Faithful Saints.”

Frederick, therefore, instructed a professor of theology in the University of Heidelberg, Zacharias Ursinus, and the court minister, Caspar Olevianus, to prepare a Catechism which could serve this purpose.

The result of their work was our wonderful Heidelberg Catechism (HC). Although, before its publication in 1563 it underwent a few changes, the final form was soon adopted by churches throughout Europe. Its simplicity (understandable by children), its beauty of expression, and its theme of comfort attracted the loyalty of thousands. It became the personal confession of the faith of multitudes.

The great Synod of Dordt (1618-1619) adopted it as the confessional bases of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, and so it has remained a part of the confessional heritage of the Reformed Churches throughout the world. This synod also saw that the book was a wonderful tool for the systematic instruction of God’s people in the “whole counsel of God.” And so they ordered that the HC be preached in the churches once a Sunday. Hence the HC has 52 Lord’s Days. This was done so that the ministers might go through the Catechism in its entirety every year.

It is a book of instruction ideally suited to preaching with its motif of comfort for the believer in the truth God revealed in Scripture.

The HC has been translated into many different languages and is loved by thousands in all parts of the world.

Glory at the End of the Road

Wednesday the 1st of January

in Meditations: Psalm 73:24   

What lies in store for us in the year we entered today we know only in broad, general terms. But we know not how long we will continue in this valley where the shadow of death is cast. For some, today will be the last day in this vale of tears. Others may be here for another week or month. Some of us will live through this whole year and beyond. And created as thinking, willing creatures we have faculties whereby we can and do plan, and whereby we judge whether what we desire to see happen this year is threatened by what takes place round about us.

The big question, however, is not whether the wishes of our flesh will be fulfilled. The all-controlling question is not what the year will bring to us, but where the year will bring us. And the Word of God contains such comfort for the child of God, because it not only tells us where we are going, but also assures us that all that which the year brings us will, without one exception, bring us to the glory of the kingdom of God’s dear Son. For the psalmist declares in Psalm 73:24, “Thou wilt guide me with Thy counsel and afterward receive me to glory.”

Take that truth with you today and every day throughout the years of your life. The all-wise and almighty God has the glory, of those whom He purchased by the blood of His Son, planned to the smallest detail. If you belong to that innumerable host that He gave to His Son, you will find heavenly glory at the end of the road you now travel on this earth.

Sing then that truth of Psalm 73:24 as versified with these words:

My soul with Thy counsel

Through life Thou wilt guide,

And afterward make me in glory abide.

Sing it as soon as you wake up in the morning and face a new day. Sing it no matter what the day may bring you.  For all that happens is bringing you to the glory Christ Himself now has and has purchased for His people.

Read: Psalm 73  Psalter versification 202:1

Through the Bible in One Year Read today: Genesis 1 ; Genesis 2:1-25  Matthew 1 ; Matthew 2:1-12  Psalm 1:1-6  Proverbs 1:1-6  ****

Quote for Reflection:

     Our Hope for the New Year:  “…let the dawn of the first day of the year find us on our knees, humbly seeking the face of Him who revealed Himself in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Not to ask Him for things He will never give.  Not to seek the things that are on the earth.  But to leave all things to Him, if only we may be assured of His everlasting mercy. Then all will be well!  “Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” (Psalm 33:22). ”  Herman Hoeksema

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