OYB January 18

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 19 January 2007; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 37-38
NT: Matthew 12:22-45
Ps: Psalm 16
Pr: Proverbs 3:27-32

Gospel Thread - OT:

So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Genesis 37:28 (NIV)

Joseph here is a type of Christ. Joseph is sold for 20 shekels - the contemporary selling price for a slave in his day - and in the midst of his captivity would become the means of salvation for and reconciliation with his family. Joseph "dies" to his family, and is later "resurrected" as the ruler in Egypt, second-in-command only to Pharaoh. Likewise, Christ was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver - the contemporary price for a slave in His day - and in the midst of his captivity would become the means of salvation for and reconciliation with all mankind. Christ died on the Cross, and was resurrected to His rightful place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, sitting at the right hand of Father God.

Gospel Thread - NT:

39 He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Matthew 12:39-40 (NIV)

Jesus is predicting His death, burial, and resurrection.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

Psalm 16:10 (NIV)

This verse is a messianic prophecy: Christ, the Holy One, was not abandoned in the grave after His death on the cross, but Father God resurrected Him on the third day - not letting Christ see decay. Peter would later quote this Psalm when preaching about Christ in Acts 2:25-28.

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Psalm 16:9
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