Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 14 2015
Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 33-35
Jacob Meets Esau – Genesis 33 | v.1-2 Jacob wasn’t sure how Esau would respond to him. Even though God was with him, Jacob was still fearful. v.3 Jacob bowed 7 times in Esau’s presence – he was making sure to show Esau respect and to his surprise his brother ran up to him, hugged, kissed and wept. v.5 Jacob acknowledged children are a gift from God. v.10 maybe God worked on Esau’s heart. v.18 Jacob built an alter and called on El Elohe Israel – “God of Israel.”
Dinah and the Shechemites – Genesis 34 | v.2 Shechem raped Dinah but v.3 says, “his heart was drawn to her, he loved her, and spoke tenderly to her.” – these verses confused me a bit. Perhaps, afterward he developed feelings for her? v.13 Shechem agreed to the terms of circumcision for him and all his men – he must love Dinah. But the terms were made deceitfully by her brothers. v.25-29 Simeon and Levi killed every male, plundered their belongings, took all the women and children, and Dinah. They took revenge themselves instead of letting God handle it.
Jacob Returns to Bethel – Genesis 35:1-15 | v.1 God spoke to Jacob and guided him again. v.2 they purified themselves and got rid of all the foreign gods – recognized the need to do this to go into the presence of God. v.5 God protected them from harm. v.6 El Bethel = House of God. v.9 God blessed him. v.11 like Genesis 32:28 – God renamed him Israel.
The Deaths of Rachel and Issac – Genesis 35:16-29 | v.16 Rachel had 1 more son named Benjamin. v.19 after his birth she died. v.22 3rd son of Jacob’s that acted disrepectfully to his father by acting on his own accord. v.27-29 Jacob comes home and Isaac (180 years old) died. Jacob and Esau buried him.
Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 10:1-20
Jesus Sends the Twelve – Matthew 10:1-20 | v.1-4 Jesus selects the 12 disciples (Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew, the sons of Zebedee – James and his brother John, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot – who betrayed Jesus. Jesus gives the 12 authority to: 1) drive out impire spirits and 2) heal every disease and sickness.
v.5 Jesus gives them instruction and sent them out:
1) v.6 go to the lost sheep of Isreal.
2) v.7 proclaim “The Kingdom of Heaven has come near!”
3) v.8 heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.
4) v.8 freely you were given, so freely give.
5) v.9 don’t take any gold, silver, or copper with you.
6) v.10 take no bag or extra shirt, sandals, or staff.
7) v.11-14 wherever you go stay in a worthy person’s home, and bless it. If not worthy take your blessing.
8) if not welcomed or listened to, leave that town or home with no worries – just brush it off. v.15 God will take care of it.
9) v.16 sent as sheep among wolves – be shrewd (sharp, smart, intelligent, perceptive) as snakes and innocent as doves.
10) v.17 be on guard – you’ll be handed over to concils and flogged in synagogues. v.18 On account of Jesus you’ll be brought before authorities as witnesses. v.19 When arrested don’t worry about what to say. v.20 God’s Spirit will speak through you at the right time.
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 with a few hours to spare. With His help, I was able to make my 6PM CST submission goal! I love working with Jesus – He is sooo Awesome!
I hope you enjoyed day 14 🙂 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