OYB February 10

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 30:11-38, Exodus 31
NT: Matthew 26:47-68
Ps: Psalm 32
Pr: Proverbs 8:27-32

Gospel Thread - OT:

You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.

Exodus 30:29 (NIV)

This consecration - both of the tabernacle implements as well as the priests - was accomplished by anointing with the sacred anointing oil. Again, any reference the anointing in such instances as tabernacle/temple worship and the priesthood remind me of the messiah. Especially in this instance, I am reminded of the messiah, since God explicitly states here that anything that is anointed with the sacred oil is holy, and that whatever touches them will also be holy.

Gospel Thread - NT:

But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?

Matthew 26:54 (NIV)

But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.

Matthew 26:56 (NIV)

This passage appears to be a fulfillment of Zechariah 13:7. Of particular note, though, is that Jesus knew what the scriptures foretold, exactly what would happen to Him, and how what would happen to Him would fulfill the messianic prophecies. Jesus had a choice of whether or not He would endure everything He suffered, and He chose to love mankind enough to endure it all.

63 But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." 64 "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."

Matthew 26:63-64 (NIV)

It doesn't get much more point-blank than this exchange: "Are you the messiah?" "Yes." Jesus' claim here is so explicit that those who do not believe Him consider His words to be blasphemy, for He claims to be both the Messiah, and also to be God.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Psalm 32:1-2 (NIV)

Forgiveness: one of the great blessings of salvation through Jesus! For the believer, sin is covered by Jesus' shed blood, and the result is forgiveness. God chooses not to count our sins against us, because those sins are covered in Christ. Anyone who has experienced this forgiveness can appreciate the emotions of gratitude and relief that David expresses in this Psalm!

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