OYB January 16

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 17 January 2007; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 32:13-32, Genesis 33-34
NT: Matthew 11:7-30
Ps: Psalm 14
Pr: Proverbs 3:19-20

Gospel Thread - OT:

So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."

Genesis 32:30 (NIV)

Many believe that this event is an example of a pre-incarnate Christ interacting with man on earth, and also that it foreshadows Christ's work on the Cross:

For here, in a glimpse, we see clearly displayed those mighty attributes which he would later show forth more fully, as he walked among men. We see Christ, infinitely glorious, condescending to take upon human form, and walk among men. We see him powerfully prevailing against all who would oppose him; and we see him prevailed upon, so as to bring blessings to his people. Ah, Christian, is that not what he did upon the cross, so many years later? He allowed himself to be overcome, so that he might bring grace to his people and destruction to their enemies. This he accomplished on Calvary, where he was crushed and bruised; but bruised for our mercy and salvation! How mightily he foreshadowed this free and sovereign grace when he met with our forefather Jacob, as he was about to enter into the land of God’s presence. Let us remember how paltry our own feeble efforts are, and look to Christ, who condescends to be entreated of the humble, by free grace alone.

Whether or not Jacob wrestled with a pre-incarnate Christ, that is a great application of this story!

Gospel Thread - NT:

This is the one about whom it is written: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you."

Matthew 11:10 (NIV)

According to the NIV footnotes, this verse fulfills Malachi 3:1, prophesying that John would herald the coming of the Messiah.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 14:7 (NIV)

Israel's salvation came by and through Jesus Christ!

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Proverbs 3:19
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