OYB February 3

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 17:8-16, Exodus 18, Exodus 19:1-15
NT: Matthew 22:34-46, Matthew 23:1-12
Ps: Psalm 27:7-14
Pr: Proverbs 6:27-35

Gospel Thread - OT:

4 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.

Exodus 10:4-6 (NIV)

God's purpose with bringing the Israelites out of Egypt was to reveal Himself to Israel, to bring them to Him, and to make them His people - a holy nation and a kingdom of priests. This purpose for Israel foreshadows God's purpose for all mankind, through Jesus Christ; for it is through Christ that God reveals Himself to us (Matthew 1:23, John 14:6-14), reconciles us to Himself (II Corinthians 5:16-21), and makes His people, a holynation and a kingdom of priests (I Peter 2:9-10).

Gospel Thread - NT:

37 Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

Jesus is again pointing out that the Law, given by God to the Israelites, was intended to point to God's ultimate standard. The Law set Israel in the direction of God's holiness and love, but the Law could not be perfected without the Messiah to whom it also pointed. Not only could the Law not be followed perfectly by mere men, but also, even explicit conformance to the letter of the Law could only bring external cleanliness. The external, physical cleanliness imparted by the Law could not save apart from the foundation of the internal, spiritual cleanliness imparted by the Messiah.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.

Psalm 27:12 (NIV)

As with yesterday's Psalm reference, 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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