OYB January 26

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 27 January 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 2:11-25, Exodus 3
NT: Matthew 17:10-27
Ps: Psalm 22:1-18
Pr: Proverbs 5:7-14

Gospel Thread - OT:

God said to Moses, "I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' "

Exodus 3:14 (NIV)

God gives Moses "I AM" as His Name. "I AM" is important, as Jesus' use of it is considered blasphemous (John 10:22-39) by the High Priest (Mark 14:61-63) and the Jews (John 8:57-59), since they see it for what it is: Jesus' claim to be God Himself.

Gospel Thread - NT:

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Matthew 17:20 (NIV)

Oh, that we could have even so little faith! Jesus here again illustrates that faith is the vehicle both for our salvation and for the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. It is the same faith exemplified by the Patriarchs.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Psalm 22 is a Messianic psalm:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?

Psalm 22:1 (NIV)

Jesus repeats these words: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? on the Cross (Matthew 27:46, Luke 15:34).

7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: 8 "He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him."

Psalm 22:7-8 (NIV)

In the same way, Christ was mocked on the cross (Matthew 27:42, Mark 15:31, Luke 23:35).

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.

Psalm 22:14 (NIV)

Christ was executed by crucifixion, which this and following verses describe.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.

Psalm 22:15 (NIV)

Jesus declared "I am thirsty" while being crucified (John 19:28).

Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.

Psalm 22:16 (NIV)

During His crucifixion, Jesus was surrounded by his accusers and those responsible for His execution. Jesus, as was custom, was fixed to the cross with nails through the hands and feet.

They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

Psalm 22:18 (NIV)

Jesus' garments were divided amongst the guards, who cast lots for his clothing (Matthew 27:35, Mark 15:24, Luke 23:34, John 19:23-24).

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I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 17:20 (NIV)
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