Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 9 2015
Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 23-24
The Death of Sarah – Genesis 23 | Sarah died at 127 years old, she was buried in a cave at Hebron in the land of Canaan. Abraham, being approx. 10 years older than her, would have been closer to 140 years old. Isaac would have been around 30 years old.
Isaac and Rebekah – Genesis 24 | Abraham’s request was filled with faith and expectant hope that God will provide. Over and over these pages are filled with seeking God’s presence, Will, praising and worshiping Him, being immediately obedient to Him. v. 24:2 Isaac had come from the well at the place Hagar named “Beer Lahai Roi – the God who sees me – Genesis 16:13. How fitting is that? God just answered their prayers and requests. God certainly see us.
Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 7
Judging Others – Matthew 7:1-6 | Jesus tells us not to judge or we will be judged and the measure we use will be given to us. Think about that?! Mercy gets mercy, judgement gets judgment! 1st: We should take responsibility for our own faults, bring them to God, ask for His help to overcome them, so then we will be in a proper position (blameless, Christ-like) to help our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Ask, Seek, Knock – Matthew 7:7-12 | Jesus tells us ask and it will given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will opened to you. I wonder if these 3 (ask, seek, knock) are separate peices or examples of one action. How many of us – ask but not seek, or knock but do not ask? How many of us do all 3 continually? We should. Jesus said it applies to every one of His children.
The Narrow and Wide Gates – Matthew 7:13-14 | Jesus said it’s easy and many find the ‘wide gate’ and ‘broad road’ that leads to destruction. But much harder and only a few find the ‘small gate’ and ‘narrow road’ that leads to life. He tells us to be one of the few who find and enter through the narrow gate! Jesus has made clear the two ways we can go:
1) His Way = Life
2) anything else = death
True and False Prophets – Matthew 7:15-20 | Jesus warns us to watch out for false prophets – they look good but are nasty predators who promote the ‘wide gate, broad road’ agenda and false doctrine. Jesus says we will know them by their fruit – they will not embody the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) – they will walk in the flesh. See also 2 Peter 2, 1 John 4:1-6.
True and False Disciples – Matthew 7:21-23 | Only the one who does the Will of God is a true disciple and will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The Will of God is Salvation through Jesus Christ – repentance, submission, knowledge of Truth – God’s Word, and obedience. See also James 1:22-25; 2:26.
The Wise and Foolish Builders- Matthew 7:24-29 | Everyone who hears Jesus’ Words and does them is a wise person who sets a strong foundation for their lives. Everyone who hears Jesus’ Words and doesn’t do them is a foolish person who sets a weak, breakable foundation for his life. The life with a strong foundation in Jesus can withstand life’s storms, while the weak foundation is destroyed.
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 – include book, chapter, and verse.
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!
Jesus, thank You for helping me complete today’s post. I’m hours ahead of my 6PM CST submission goal! Wh…what?! I’m actually ahead of schedule today?! Thank you Lord!
I hope you enjoyed day 9 🙂 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