OYB February 2

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 15:19-27, Exodus 16, Exodus 17:1-7
NT: Matthew 22:1-33
Ps: Psalm 27:1-6
Pr: Proverbs 6:20-26

Gospel Thread - OT:

I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, 'At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.'

Exodus 16:12 (NIV)

Perhaps the manna in the desert is the origin of the "daily bread" for which Jesus prayed in the Lord's prayer? Perhaps, or perhaps not; either way, God provided Israel with bread to sustain their physical life in the desert of Sinai - just as He provided Jesus, the Bread of Life, to sustain our spiritual life from out of the desert of our own sin.

Gospel Thread - NT:

The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

Matthew 22:2 (NIV)

The parable of the wedding banquet is an allegory for God's relationship with Israel and the gentiles. God chose Israel to be His people, and prepared them for salvation through His Son, Jesus. However, Israel rejected both the Son (Jesus), the king's servants (the prophets), and the servants' message (the gospel). So the king extended the invitation to the wedding banquet (salvation) to all the people who could be found (the gentiles).

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.

Psalm 27:2 (NIV)

Some see this verse as an example of David speaking both literally, of his own enemies who were pursuing him, and figuratively, of Messiah who would also be pursued by His enemies.

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