Daily Bible Reading: Luke 18:1 – 17
Verse of the Day: Luke 18:13 – “But the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying, God, be thou merciful to me a sinner.”
The Greek word used here in the verb form, ιλασθητι, is used as a verb only one other time in the New Testament. This is in Hebrews 2:17 where it speaks of how Christ made reconciliation between God and man possible on the Cross. The verb means to be favorably inclined or to reconcile.
The noun form of this word is found in 1 John 2:2; 4:10, and in both places Jesus is called the propitiation for our sins. He appeased God on the Cross. The tax collector here was asking God for reconciliation. We can have this reconciliation today through Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Jesus, today I thank You for what You so willingly went through that I might be favorably viewed by the Father, that I am reconciled to Him. My sins have found Your mercy, they are removed, and I can stand before You clean and whole. Amen.