OYB February 4

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 19:16-25, Exodus 20, Exodus 21:1-21
NT: Matthew 23:13-39
Ps: Psalm 28
Pr: Proverbs 7:1-5

Gospel Thread - OT:

And God spoke all these words:

Exodus 20:1 (NIV)

Today we begin God's presentation of the Law to Israel. What is the significance of the Law, its importance to us, and its correlation to the gospel? First, the Law exposes sin (Romans 7:7-8). The Law convicts us of our sin (Romans 7:9-10). The Law defines sin as sin. (Romans 7:11-13). The Law demonstrates our utter hopelessness for life on our own (Romans 7:24-25), and our need for the Messiah (Romans 8:1-4). The Law foreshadows the saving work of the Messiah for the justification and redemption from sin for all mankind (Romans 5:12-21). Finally, through the Messiah, the Law gives us ultimate, unshakable hope of right relationship with God (Romans 8:37-39).

Gospel Thread - NT:

25 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean."

Matthew 23:25-26 (NIV)

Jesus is describing the insufficiency of the Law to bring righteousness apart from faith in the atoning work of the Messiah (as with yesterday's NT reference).

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

8 The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
9 Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Psalm 28:8-9 (NIV)

Whenever I see David speak of God's "annointed one" in the Psalms, I think of the Messiah. Perhaps not all such uses of "annointed one" refer to The Annointed One, but in this case, with verses 8 and 9 taken together, the reference is stronger. Jesus Christ is the Annointed One, the Savior of God's people, the One through Whom comes the blessing upon God's inheritance, and the Shepherd of God's people.

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