OYB February 7

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 26-27
NT: Matthew 25:1-30
Ps: Psalm 31:1-8
Pr: Proverbs 8:1-11

Gospel Thread - OT:

Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the Testimony behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.

Exodus 26:33 (NIV)

Some people see symbolism in the description of the tabernacle; although, while such symbolism is imaginative and perhaps inspired, I haven't found a great deal of scriptural support to consider it to be doctrinal. Unmistakable, though, is the symbolism of the tearing of the curtain preventing access to the Most Holy Place upon the death of Christ. The curtain separated the Most Holy Place, and symbolized the separation of the people from the presence of and access to God. The tearing of the curtain represented the restoration of access to God.

Gospel Thread - NT:

After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

Matthew 25:19 (NIV)

An important part of the gospel message is that each of us will be held accountable for that which we have been given in this life. Life does not end with physical death. God gives to each of us according to His will and our ability (which also comes from God), and will one day make an accounting of that which He has given. He has given us the revelation of His plan for salvation, and we are responsible for receiving and responding to that revelation.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

Psalm 31:5 (NIV)

"Into your hands I commit my spirit" - Jesus spoke these words on the Cross before He breathed His last (Luke 23:46).

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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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OYB February 5

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 21:22-36, Exodus 22, Exodus 23:1-13
NT: Matthew 24:1-28
Ps: Psalm 29
Pr: Proverbs 7:6-23

Gospel Thread - OT:

If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull must be stoned.

Exodus 21:32 (NIV)

Thirty pieces of silver is the price to redeem oneself for the loss of a slave - the purchase price for a slave. Jesus was betrayed for the same thirty pieces of silver: the price of a slave (Matthew 26:14-15).

Gospel Thread - NT:

...but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Matthew 24:13 (NIV)

This is our great hope: no matter what we face in this world, we have but to stand firm in our faith in Christ Jesus, and we will be saved.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 29:10-11 (NIV)

Jesus Christ is the rightful King of the earth, for, by, and through whom all things were created. God's blessing of peace to His people comes through Christ.

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World Champions!

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Super Bowl XLI

Final Score: Colts 29, Bears 17

Colts Lombardi Trophy

Peyton Manning, MVP

Manning, MVP

Kelvin Hayden seals the deal with an interception returned for a touchdown:

Hayden INT

Dungy gets the Gatorade bath:

Dungy Gatorade Bath

This game was one wild ride...

And somehow I have to try to go to sleep tonight, so I can get up and go to work tomorrow...

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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OYB February 3

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 17:8-16, Exodus 18, Exodus 19:1-15
NT: Matthew 22:34-46, Matthew 23:1-12
Ps: Psalm 27:7-14
Pr: Proverbs 6:27-35

Gospel Thread - OT:

4 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.

Exodus 10:4-6 (NIV)

God's purpose with bringing the Israelites out of Egypt was to reveal Himself to Israel, to bring them to Him, and to make them His people - a holy nation and a kingdom of priests. This purpose for Israel foreshadows God's purpose for all mankind, through Jesus Christ; for it is through Christ that God reveals Himself to us (Matthew 1:23, John 14:6-14), reconciles us to Himself (II Corinthians 5:16-21), and makes His people, a holynation and a kingdom of priests (I Peter 2:9-10).

Gospel Thread - NT:

37 Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

Jesus is again pointing out that the Law, given by God to the Israelites, was intended to point to God's ultimate standard. The Law set Israel in the direction of God's holiness and love, but the Law could not be perfected without the Messiah to whom it also pointed. Not only could the Law not be followed perfectly by mere men, but also, even explicit conformance to the letter of the Law could only bring external cleanliness. The external, physical cleanliness imparted by the Law could not save apart from the foundation of the internal, spiritual cleanliness imparted by the Messiah.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.

Psalm 27:12 (NIV)

As with yesterday's Psalm reference, some see this verse as an example of David speaking both literally, of his own enemies who were pursuing him, and figuratively, of Messiah who would also be pursued by His enemies.

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OYB February 2

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 15:19-27, Exodus 16, Exodus 17:1-7
NT: Matthew 22:1-33
Ps: Psalm 27:1-6
Pr: Proverbs 6:20-26

Gospel Thread - OT:

I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, 'At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.'

Exodus 16:12 (NIV)

Perhaps the manna in the desert is the origin of the "daily bread" for which Jesus prayed in the Lord's prayer? Perhaps, or perhaps not; either way, God provided Israel with bread to sustain their physical life in the desert of Sinai - just as He provided Jesus, the Bread of Life, to sustain our spiritual life from out of the desert of our own sin.

Gospel Thread - NT:

The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

Matthew 22:2 (NIV)

The parable of the wedding banquet is an allegory for God's relationship with Israel and the gentiles. God chose Israel to be His people, and prepared them for salvation through His Son, Jesus. However, Israel rejected both the Son (Jesus), the king's servants (the prophets), and the servants' message (the gospel). So the king extended the invitation to the wedding banquet (salvation) to all the people who could be found (the gentiles).

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.

Psalm 27:2 (NIV)

Some see this verse as an example of David speaking both literally, of his own enemies who were pursuing him, and figuratively, of Messiah who would also be pursued by His enemies.

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OYB February 1

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 2 February 2007; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 13:17-, Exodus 14, Exodus 15:1-18
NT: Matthew 21:23-46
Ps: Psalm 26
Pr: Proverbs 6:16-19

Gospel Thread - OT:

While the presence of the Pillar of Fire (Exodus 13:21-22) and the passage through the Red Sea remind me of the words of John the Baptist: "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." (Matthew 3:11 NIV, and also Luke 3:16), I don't think these are intended allusions.

Gospel Thread - NT:

Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?

Matthew 21:42 (NIV)

Jesus is speaking about himself, and according to the NIV footnotes, is quoting Psalm 118:22-23.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

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

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