OYB February 6

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 23:14-33, Exodus 24-25
NT: Matthew 24:29-51
Ps: Psalm 30
Pr: Proverbs 7:24-27

Gospel Thread - OT:

Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in that month you came out of Egypt.

Exodus 23:15 (NIV)

Leaven (yeast) is symbolic of sin. Unleavened bread symbolized sinlessness and foreshadowed the Messiah. The Feast of Unleavened Bread pointed toward the burial of the sinless Messiah. (Note also, the Feast of Ingathering is symbolic of the Second Coming, which we will explore further in Leviticus.)

9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself.

Exodus 24:9-10 (NIV)

Some believe this appearance of God to be a pre-incarnate Christ. True or not, the entire scene - the voice of God, the physical appearance, and the shekinah glory of God descending as a consuming fire - cannot help but evoke imagery of the Trinity: the Triune God - Father, Son, Spirit.

Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.

Exodus 25:8 (NIV)

The Tabernacle was the place of God's dwelling, where God made His Presence known among man. Jesus, the Christ, was Emmanuel: God With Us - God in the presence of man. After the sending of the Holy Spirit, we believers are the Temple: the vessel of indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and witnesses to the presence of God among men.

Gospel Thread - NT:

At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.

Matthew 24:30 (NIV)

Jesus here is predicting His Second Coming, at the end of the age.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Psalm 30 is a psalm for the dedication (that is, Hanukkah) of the temple. Here is an explanation of the correlation between Hanukkah and the Christ, Jesus. Several verses of this psalm can easily be perceived as symbolic of Christ's death and resurrection.

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