OYB February 9

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 29, Exodus 30:1-10
NT: Matthew 26:14-46
Ps: Psalm 31:19-24
Pr: Proverbs 8:14-26

Gospel Thread - OT:

For the generations to come this burnt offering is to be made regularly at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting before the LORD. There I will meet you and speak to you;

Exodus 29:42 (NIV)

The shedding of the blood of the sacrificial animals symbolized the blood of the Messiah to be shed for ultimate and perfect atonement for sin and propitiation of God's wrath upon the sin of mankind.

Gospel Thread - NT:

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 26:28 (NIV)

Jesus and His disciples were celebrating the Passover meal known as the seder, which consists of a particular order of events and rituals, including the recounting of the Passover story, the eating of foods reminiscent of and as commanded by God for the Passover, the washing of hands, the offering of various blessings, and, in particular, the partaking of four cups of wine: the First Cup, the Cup of Sanctification; the Second Cup, the Cup of Plagues; the Third Cup, the Cup of Redemption; and the Fourth Cup, the Cup of Praise. The entire meal is rich in messianic symbolism. Matthew here is recounting the part of the Passover meal centered around the Third Cup of wine. First, the eating of the afikoman, then the bareich, and finally the Third Cup of Wine.

The afikoman is a piece of bread, broken earlier, wrapped in linen cloth and set aside. It is the afikomen that Jesus breaks and distributes to the disciples during the Lord's Supper. The bareich is the blessing spoken over the Third Cup. It is this blessing that Jesus offers. The Third Cup of Wine is the Cup of Redemption (or Cup of Blessing). It is this cup that Jesus refers to as "my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." Jesus is indicating that His blood will be shed in order to establish a new covenant between God and man. His blood will be shed as a propitiation for the punishment due for the collective sin of mankind, as an atonement and forgiveness for that sin, to redeem mankind from the bondage of and slavery to sin, and to bring God's blessing to man.

I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom.

Matthew 26:29 (NIV)

The Fourth Cup of Wine is the Cup of Praise, and this cup symbolizes the time when God will gather His people to Himself. It is fitting that Jesus should tell His disciples that He will not drink of the cup again until He drinks of it in His Father's kingdom. For Christians, this fourth cup represents Christ's second coming, when He will gather His people to Himself, and prepare His bride for the great wedding banquet in His Father's kingdom.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

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

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