OYB May 1

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Judges 13-14
NT: John 1:29-51
Ps: Psalm 102
Pr: Proverbs 14:15-16

Today´s notable verse:

He then added, "I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

John 1:51 (NIV)

The full meaning of Jesus' statement here eluded me until compared with an in-depth study of Genesis. Jesus is invoking the very patriarch of Israel, Jacob:

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the LORD, and he said: "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.

Genesis 28:10-15 (NIV)

The reference would not have been lost on these first disciples, nor would have its meaning or impact been lost. Jesus is confirming the proclamation of John the Baptist concerning him, that He is indeed the Messiah, the Lamb of God.

The One Year Bible Blog's commentary for today.