OYB January 30

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 10-11, Exodus 12:1-13
NT: Matthew 20:1-28
Ps: Psalm 25:1-15
Pr: Proverbs 6:6-11

Gospel Thread - OT:

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

Exodus 12:13 (NIV)

The Passover - so much theology is wrapped up in this event. Here we see that only death can satisfy a Holy God's wrath against sin. Here we see that an innocent sacrifice can stand in the place of the one for whom death is decreed. Here we see that it is the sign of the blood of the innocent one that signifies the one spared God's wrath. And for us, we find that Jesus Christ fulfills each of these: in His death, God poured the fullness of His wrath against sin; in His death, He died a perfect, blameless, sinless, atoning sacrifice; and it is by His blood that we are marked as justified.

Gospel Thread - NT:

...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:28 (NIV)

This principle is one of the primary reasons the Jews did not recognize Jesus as the Messiah who was to come: they were looking for a conquering king, rather than a servant-king. The Messiah must first have become the perfect Passover lamb, giving his life as a ransom for all. This truth was God's plan from the beginning, and it was only after Jesus became our Passover lamb that He could return as the Conquering King, reclaiming His rightful place of authority.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

No direct messianic/gospel references in today's Psalms/Proverbs reading.

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Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths
Psalm 25:4 (NIV)
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