Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 12 2015
Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 29-30
Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram – Genesis 29 | v.11 when Jacob first kissed Rachel he wept – out loud! v.20 his affection for Rachel was so strong that he worked seven long years to marry her, yet the days felt few. v.22-28 Laban’s deceit – he should have told Jacob this from the beginning. This must have been very awkward for both Leah and Rachel. v.31 God saw Leah was not loved by her husband and blessed her with children (later verses show: 6 sons and 1 daughter) all of whom she acknowledged God for.
Jacob’s Children – Genesis 30 | v.1-2 Rachel demanded from Jacob what he had no control over – children are a gift from God. Like Sarah, Rachel tried to move ahead of God by giving her servant to Jacob to bear children for her. Eventually, Leah followed suit and both women had additional children through their servants. v.14-16 imagine the tension between these three – using Jacob as a pawn for the night! v.17 God listened, looked out, provided for, and cared for Leah over and over. v.22 God remembered Rachel too and she had her own child – a son named Joseph! v.37-43 God prospered Jacob and he remained humble and honest with Laban.
Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 9:1-17
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man – Matthew 9:1-8 | v.2 Jesus saw the paralyzed man’s faith and forgave his sin (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:23-25) and healed him. v.3-4 when we think things we entertain them – bad thoughts means we entertain evil in our hearts (Proverbs 4:23, Mark 7:21-23, Matthew 15:18).
The Calling of Matthew – Matthew 9:9-13 | v.1 “Follow Me.” No explanation, or details, just a two Word statement (or invitation) and Matthew followed like the other disciples. Jesus came for the sinners (for everyone) but over and over only those who are humble enough to admit their fault and weakness (see sin) can really grasp this concept.
Jesus Questioned About Fasting – Matthew 9:14-17 | v.16-17 they’ll fast after Jesus is gone because He will have made them new – like new wine skins!
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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Jesus, thank You for helping me complete today’s post. I actually finished this post before my 6PM CST submission goal but my younger brother John popped in for a visit! We spent time talking about the new life he’s been given in Christ and how he feels so good and peaceful when he makes an effort to get close to God 🙂 It makes me so happy 🙂 Thank You Jesus for this beautiful interruption while still allowing me to get my post done today. I love You God!
I hope you enjoyed day 12 🙂 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