OYB January 25

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 27 January 2007; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 50, Exodus 1, Exodus 2:1-10
NT: Matthew 16:13-28, Matthew 17:1-9
Ps: Psalm 21
Pr: Proverbs 5:1-6

Gospel Thread - OT:

And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath and said, "God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place."

Genesis 50:25 (NIV)

Joseph displays the same faith as did his father, Jacob. He so believed that God would fulfill His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that he made his descendants swear an oath to carry his bones with them when God brought the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.

Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live."

Exodus 1:22 (NIV)

Pharaoh's command to kill all newborn Hebrew boys in Egypt is similar to Herod's command to kill all Hebrew infants at the time of Jesus' birth. In the former case, the command is out of a fear of over-population of Hebrews in Egypt; in the latter case, the command is out of a fear of the birth of a conquering Messiah. In both cases, the command directly opposed God's fulfillment of His promise that His Messiah and myriad blessings would come through the lineage of Abraham. This similarity is only the beginning of the comparison of Moses as a type of Christ.

Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,

Exodus 2:1 (NIV)

The significance of Moses being a Levite will become more apparent as we get into Exodus and Leviticus. Eventually, God will set apart the house of Levi (Exodus 31:25-29) and ordain the Levites as His priesthood, and the line of Aaron, Moses' brother, as High Priest. Likewise, God has ordained we who are grafted into Christ as His royal priesthood (II Peter 2:9), with Jesus Christ Himself as our High Priest (Hebrews 4-9). Much more detail as we get into Leviticus and Hebrews.

Gospel Thread - NT:

Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Matthew 16:16 (NIV)

The entire gospel rests on this truth: Jesus is the Christ - the Messiah - through Whom we have salvation from sin, redemption, and new life.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

3 You welcomed him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him— length of days, for ever and ever.
5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
6 Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

Psalm 21:3-6 (NIV)

(See also: verse 1) Apparently, Christian scholars don't typically consider this Psalm to be messianic, but Hebrew scholars do. The references to a glorified, eternal king seem pretty obvious to me here.

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Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live."
Exodus 1:22 (NIV)
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