Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 5 2015
Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 13-15
Abram and Lot Separate – Genesis 13 | Abram worships God again after he left Egypt. Due to overcrowding in the land, he offered best choice of all the land to his nephew Lot and the men parted ways peacefully. God spoke to Abram and reaffirmed His covenant with him.
Abram Rescues Lot – Genesis 14 | Lot now living in Sodom, was unfortunately caught up in a war – Sodom was overrun and Lot was taken captive. When Abram heard this, he gathered 318 trained men for a successful nighttime rescue mission. Abram followed through on his oath to God and took nothing in return for this.
The Lord’s Covenant With Abram – Genesis 15 | God is Abrams shield and his very great reward. Whoo hoo, praise God, He sure is! God said Abram will have a son and his offspring will be as numerous as the stars. Genesis 15:6 is a BIG, BIG verse for me – God counted Abram’s faith as righteousness. See also Hebrews 11.
Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 5:1-26
Intro to the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5:1-2 | Jesus taught his disciples on a mountainside
The Beatitudes – Matthew 5:3-12 | Jesus describes the characters of true faith followers. See also: 1) Matthew 5:3 – humility and dependence on God Luke 18:13, 2) Matthew 5:4 – comfort Isaiah 40:1-2, 3) Matthew 5:5 – gentleness and meekness Galatians 5:23 and Psalm 37:11, 4) Matthew 5:6 hunger and thirst for righteousness Philippians 3:9 5) Matthew 5:7 mercy James 2:13 6) Matthew 5:8 see God Hebrews 12:14 and 7) Matthew 5:9 peacemakers Romans 12:18 8) Matthew 5:10 persecuted James 5:10-11 and 1 Peter 4:12-14.
Salt and Light – Matthew 5:13-16 | Salt preserves and enhances. The Light shines and testifies to Truth. See 1 Peter 2:12.
The Fulfillment of the Law – Matthew 5:17-20 | Jesus affirmed the OT as the Word of God, and the fulfillment of it through Him, the truths contained therein, though they remain, they’re satisfied.
Murder – Matthew 5:21-26 | Jesus clarifies our understanding of what constitutes murder – everyone who is angry with a brother or sister is subject to the same type of judgment as a murder.
Now, it’s your turn to get involved – your turn to take action! Are you ready?
A) What popped off the page at you? Share your reflections and insights from these passages in the comments below.
B) Share your reflections and insights from your own daily scripture study.
D) Go public – make an announcement on social media using #DWB2015. This will be an easy way to find and connect with other participants – iron sharpens iron!
Please join in and encourage one another – sharing is caring!
So, we have a new format today. What do you think? I played around with it a bit and managed to shorten it dramatically – yay! I hope the new format sticks around for the duration! Oh, and I managed to get this post uploaded within 40 minutes of my 6PM CST goal. It’s late but it got done and I’m okay with that. I’ll mark it off as another sweet success – thank You Jesus!
I hope you enjoyed day 5:) I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. The goal and purpose of Bible study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.
God bless you all!
Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory