Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 6 2015
Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 16-17
Hagar and Ishmael – Genesis 16 | v.1-6 Sarai’s flesh (human desire) wanted a child. Although God had promised her one, she lacked faith in His promise (Mark 9:23). As the years passed her by, one after another, Sarai lost all hope. She devised a plan (Proverbs 16:9) and decided to take matters into her own hands. By doing so, everything was turned upside on her. This is a good reminder for us to keep strong faith and wait patiently on the Lord (Psalm 27:14, Galatians 3:9 – her husband was called the ‘man of Faith’!) v. 7-13 Hagar tried to flee from all the drama (I don’t say this lightly). God appeared to her with a simple message – ‘Change your attitude, you’re pregnant, I’m in control!’ She was still under Sarai’s authority and God being perfectly just demands fitting behavior – submission to authority. She’d have a son and call him Ishmael, which change means ‘God hears’. Hagar called God, ‘the One who sees me,’ for she knew that He saw her.
In a previous study, I mentioned I wear a ring that says ‘Yahweh Roi’, which translates to the ‘Lord who sees’. Here is Hagar’s words pictured with my ring.
The Covenant of Circumcision – Genesis 17 | v. 1 what God commands from Abram, He wants from all of us – “…walk before Me faithfully and be blameless…” – YES, Lord! There is an obvious pattern emerging here: 1)command, 2)faith, 3)obedience, 4) blessing. v. 5 God renamed Abram (means exalted father), his new name is Abraham (means father of many). v. 8 God makes a covenant with Abram and gives the whole land Canaan to Abram and his descendants. Abram and all his men, were to be circumcised as a sign of the covenant with God. v. 15-16 God renamed Sarai (my princess), her new name is Sarah (princess). Sarai will be a mother of nations. v. 19-21 By the same time the next year Sarah will have a son and call him Isaac (he laughs). With Abraham at 100 yrs old, and Sarah at 90, boy, oh boy, did they laugh! God said He will bless and make a covenant with both Isaac and Ishmael. v. 22 says, ‘When He had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.’ – imagine God coming down to speak with you! v. 23-27 the same day he was commanded by God, Abraham and all his men were circumcised – he was quickly obedient.
Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 5:27-48
Adultery – Matthew 5:27-30 | Jesus clarifies our understanding of what constitutes adultery – everyone who looks at another with lust for them, has ready committed adultery with them in their heart.
Divorce – Matthew 5:31-32 | Jesus clarifies our understanding of what constitutes divorce – everyone who divorces for any reason other than sexual immorality commits adultery. See 1 Corinthians 7:15, Luke 16:18, Matthew 19:7-9.
Oaths – Matthew 5:33-37 | Jesus clarifies our understanding of what constitutes a false oath – everyone who takes an oath, takes it by God’s name, whether he says so or not, because God is the creator of it all. Recognizing this, we should speak truth always.
Eye for Eye – Matthew 5:38-42 | Jesus clarifies our understanding of an ‘eye for an eye’ – v. 38 explains that an eye for an eye was intended as a punishment for civil crime, not personal retaliation. v. 39-40 speaks of a full surrender of our personal rights. v. 41-42 tells us do and give more than we are required.
Love for Enemies – Matthew 5:43-48 | Jesus clarifies our understanding of ‘love your neighbor, hate your enemy’ – v. 43-48 explains that our ‘neighbors’ include our enemies and we should do good to all. See Proverbs 25:21.
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.
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I hope you enjoyed day 6 🙂 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