Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 19 2015
Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 46-48
Jacob Goes to Egypt – Genesis 46-47:1-12 | v.1-2 offered sacrifices and God spoke to him. God was with him. v.15-24 66 direct descendants – like the number of books in the Bible, but with Joseph’s family 70. v.29-30 Joseph and Israel see each other for the 1st time in years. v.34 shepherds were detestable to Egyptians. 47 v.9-13 Israel said his 130 years had been few and difficult. They settled in Goshen and Joseph provided for them.
Joseph and the Famine – Genesis 47:13-31 | v.13 severe famine, they took in all the money in Egypt and Canaan. Then took all the livestock. Next, land and people into slavery. v.27 but the Israelites prospered. v.28 Israel lived another 17 years (147) and was close to death. He made Joseph swear that when he dies Joseph will bury him in the land where with his fathers are buried. v.31 Israel worshipped God after this.
Manasseh and Ephraim – Genesis 48 | v.9 again Joseph acknowledged God’s hand in the birth of his children. v.11 this is sweet and made me cry v.15-22 beautiful blessing. Joseph was displeased when Israel put the younger son ahead of the older (just like Jacob and Esau).
Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 13:1-30
The Parable of the Sower – Matthew 13:1-23 | v.1-2 crowds so large he climbed in a boat, pushed off shore a bit and taught the people in parables. v.3-9: farmer sows his seed – scattered seed & some fell:
1) on the path – no soil = birds eat up seed & take away
2) mixed/rocky soil = no root, dries up & dies
3) mixed/thorn soil = plants choked out by thorns
4) good soil = produces harvest 100, 60, 30 times sown
v.10-11 disciples asked why He talks in parables and Jesus said because the knowledge of the Kingdom of Heaven is given to those who believe – the others will not see, hear, or understand although they can – this fulfilled Isaiah 6:9-10 (this was really beautiful). v.16 blessed are those who hear and see – the prophets wanted to. v.18-23 Jesus explains the parable of the sower:
1) seed sown on path (no soil) = when hears the Word of God and doesn’t understand it, the devil comes and steals it away.
2) rocky ground (mixed/rocky soil) = hears Word of God and receives it with joy but since it’s not deep and has no root, they last only a short time – when trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, they fall away.
3) among thorns (mixed/thorn soil) – hears the Word of God but the worries (troubles) of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the Word, making it unfruitful (you will know an Christian by their fruit).
4) good soil = hears and understands the Word of God (lives by it – conforms to Christ). Fruitful – produces a crop 100, 60, 30 times what was sown.
This is something every person who has ever heard the Word of God can examine and ask themselves what number am I? Then you can begin to see how you got where you are in your walk (or lack thereof) with Christ. Christians, especially should evaluate their ‘soil’ and ‘crop yeild’ and then make any necessary adjustments to be like the good soil in #4.
The Parable of the Weeds – Matthew 13:24-30 | v.24-30 the Kingdom of Heaven is like this:
1) a man sows wheat seed in good soil
2) while he’s resting/sleeping (hint, hint – unexpecting, unprepared) an enemy comes in a sows weeds in the same ground.
3) the man could try to pull up the weeds but that may also pull up the immature, good wheat roots with it.
4) the man decides to leave them to grow and mature together until harvest time. Then pull everything and separate them – burn the weeds, keep and store the wheat.
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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Thank You Jesus – I made my 6PM CST submission goal by a few minutes! YES!
I hope you enjoyed day 19 🙂 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