Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 20 2015
Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 49-50
Jacob Blesses His sons – Genesis 49:1-28 | v.10 possibly referring to Jesus? v.24 Shepherd possibly referring to Jesus? This is a blessing we can say over our own lives too.
The Death of Jacob – Genesis 49:29-33 – 50:1-14 | v.29-33 after blessing his sons and giving them burial instructions Jacob died. 50:2-14 embalmed in Egypt, took 40 days wow! Even the Eqyptians mourned 10 days.
Joseph Reassures His Brothers – Genesis 50:15-21 | v.15 rational fear from his brothers v.16-17 brothers lied to protect themselves but wanted Joseph to forgive their sins, Joseph cried. v.18 brothers bowed before him. v.19-21 “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You inteneded to harm me but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives…” – AMEN! There is nothing God can’t use for our good.
Joseph Reassures His Brothers – Genesis 50:22-26 | v.22-26 Joseph died at 110 years old, he saw 3 generations of his sons – Ephraim’s and Manasseh’s. But before Joseph died he reminded his brothers that God will provide for them and bring them to the place promised by God to Abraham. He asked them to bring his bones with them when they eventually leave Egypt. Side note: 1 book down – 65 to go 🙂
Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 13:31-58
The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast – Matthew 13:31-35 | v.31-32 the Kingdom of Heaven is like a small seed that grows to be the biggest of all plants, and becomes a tree. v.33 the Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast mixed into flour that multiplies many times it’s original size. v.34 Jesus speaking in parables fulfilled Psalm 78:2.
The Parable of the Weeds Explained – Matthew 13:36-43 | v.36-43 Jesus explains the parable of the weeds: (Matthew 13:24-29 recap: 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.)
1) the man who sowed the good seed is Jesus, the good seed is the people of the Kingdom.
2) the enemy is the devil, the weeds are the people of the evil one.
3) the harvest is the end of age, the harvesters are angels. Jesus will send the angels to weed out from His Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil and throw them in the fire.
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl – Matthew 13:44-46 | v.44-46 the Kingdom of Heaven is like someone who comes across something of great value and sells everything he owns to obtain it.
The Parable of the Net – Matthew 13:47-52 | v.47-50 the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net cast out in open water to catch fish, once filled, it’s hauled in and the catch is separated, they keep the good fish, and throw away the bad ones. So it will be at the end of ages, the angels will come and separate the good and burn the bad. v.51Jesus asked, “Have you understood these things?” v.52 every teacher of the Law who has become a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven – shares both treasures – the Old Testament (Law) and the New Testament (Grace).
A Prophet Without Honor – Matthew 13:53:58 | v.54 Jesus came to His hometown, people who likely knew Him His whole life, they wondered where His wisdom and power came from. v.55 they noted several things, and explained Him away as ‘normal’ or nothing special. 1) carpenter’s son 2) mother was Mary 3) brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas 4) his sisters with them. v.57 they took offense at Him, they knew Him, the began to discredit Him. It makes sense that Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honor except in His hometown and in His own home.” To everyone who knew Him prior to His ministry he was just normal ol’ Jesus, just like them, nothing special, no one to be honored. v.58 important to note that Jesus did not do many miracles there…not because He didnt want to but because of their lack of faith! That is something for us to really take in and drink from. Our faith holds Him up.
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!
Thank You Jesus – I made my 6PM CST submission goal a few hours early today! Thank You JESUS! Now, I just need to get to my #GiftsToGod2015 update post done – God-Willing!
I hope you enjoyed day 20 🙂 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