OYB January 29

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 8-9
NT: Matthew 19:13-30
Ps: Psalm 24
Pr: Proverbs 6:1-5

Gospel Thread - OT:

But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.

Exodus 9:16 (NIV)

In everything, God's purpose is to glorify Himself: creation, mankind, His plan of salvation - all bring glory to God.

Gospel Thread - NT:

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

Salvation, apart from God, is impossible. There is no "good thing" that we can do to earn for ourselves eternal life. We can only receive that which God offers us freely through Jesus Christ.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

Psalm 24:7 (NIV)

Jesus Christ is the King of glory! This psalm culminates the Shepherd Psalm Trilogy (Psalm 22-24). We saw in chapter 22 that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for his flock (portraying his death and resurrection). We saw in chapter 23 that Jesus is the Great Shepherd, who cares for, tends, and ministers to his flock (portraying his current ministry in heaven). Here in chapter 24 we see that Jesus is the Chief Shepherd, returning to his flock as the King of glory (portraying his second coming).

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