OYB February 11

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Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 32-33
NT: Matthew 26:69-75, Matthew 27:1-14
Ps: Psalm 33:1-11
Pr: Proverbs 8:33-36

Gospel Thread - OT:

And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."

Exodus 33:19 (NIV)

The humbling truth of the gospel is that we have salvation only because God chose to have compassion for us, and to have mercy on us. Not one of us deserves anything other than physical and spiritual death and eternal separation from God because of our sin. How great is our God, that, though not all will choose to accept what He has freely given, He chose to offer His mercy to every person who will accept it!

Gospel Thread - NT:

7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. 8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: "They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."

Matthew 27:7-10 (NIV)

According to the NIV footnotes, this passage fulfills the prophecies of Zechariah 11:12-13, Jeremiah 19:1-13, and Jeremiah 32:6-9.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Psalm 33:11 (NIV)

Already, not even 1/6th of the way through the Bible, it is obvious that God's plan for man's salvation were woven into the very creation of the world, and that God has remained active in carrying His plan through to completion. It is a blessing and a privilege to have such a candid view of God's plan and His working to fulfill that plan!

For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.

Proverbs 8:35 (NIV)

Proverbs 8 is a proverb about wisdom. Thus, this verse tells us that whomever finds wisdom finds life. An overall reading of this chapter reveals a strong allusion of the Holy Spirit as wisdom. This verse also connects the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ, who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). The point is clear: the way to life - to wisdom, to the Father - is a renewed spirit through Jesus Christ, who bestows upon us the Holy Spirit and life and wisdom.

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