Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 25 2015
Today’s Old Testament reflection: Exodus 12-13
The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread – Exodus 12:1-30 | v.1 “God said to Moses…” new 1st month of calendar year. v.3-7 10th day each household takes 1 lamb and cares for it for 4 days, then slaughter it at twilight and put some of blood on the top and sides of the doorframe. v.8-11 specific instructions on how to eat the lamb. v.12 Firstborn plague that night but God will passover all houses with blood on the doorframes. v.14-20 commemorate this night throughout generations. v.28 they did as God commanded.
The Exodus – Exodus 12:31-42 | v.31 Pharaoh released them hastily and wanted them to bless him. v.36 the Isrealites plundered the Egyptians. v.37 600,000 men plus women and children. v.40 430 years in Egypt. v.43 the Isrealites are to honor the Lord for this day throughout their generations.
Passover Restrictions – Exodus 12:43-51 | v.43 “God said to Moses…” regulations regarding the Passover meal.
Consecration of the Firstborn – Exodus 13:1-16 | v.1 again “God said to Moses…” 1st born male of man and animal belongs to God. v.3 observe Passover for generations to come. v.9-16 reminder on your forehead and hand, tell your children these things.
Crossing the Sea – Exodus 13:17-22 | v.17 God led the Israelites a certain way toward the Red Sea (or Sea of Reeds). v.19 took Joseph’s bones too. v.20 journeyed from Rameses to Sukkoth to Etham. v.21-22 God was in front to guide them – cloud by day and fire by night.
Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 16
The Deman for a Sign – Matthew 16:1-4 | v.1 Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus – wanted a sign from Him. This makes me wonder…how often do we demand signs from God? How often do we test Him? v.2 Red sky by night sailors delight, red sky by morn sailor take warn – I always thought his was just a nursery rhyme or something. I was floored when I read that it probably originated with Jesus. v.3 you know how to interpret the sky but not the times. v.4 a wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign but none will be given except the sign of Jonah (Matthew 13:38-43).
Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees – Matthew 16:5-12 | v.5-7 Jesus warned, “Be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Like us, it seems like the 12 had a hard time understanding Jesus’ parables too and they were on the inside, witnessing it 1st hand. v.8 “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand?” Jesus totally breaks it down for them. “Hello! Guys! I am not talking about bread but their personally fluffed and puffed teaching!” (Emphasis mine).
Peter Declares That Jesus is the Messiah – Matthew 16:13-20 | v.13 Who is Jesus? 16 Jesus is the Messiah, Son of the Living God. v.17 Blessed are those who believe who He is because flesh and blood do not tell us this Truth, it is only revealed to us by God. v.18 Peter’s very name means rock but I see an even deeper meaning here:
1) God revealed the Truth to Peter (Jesus = Truth)
2) Peter believed & had faith in the Truth (Faith = rock)
So then, if Jesus is the Truth, and the rock is our faith, then upon our faith Jesus builds His church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
I could be way off here but it makes sense to me 🙂
v.19 Jesus gives us the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven – whatever we bind on earth, we bind in Heaven, whatever we loose on earth, we loose in Heaven. Reminds me of the Our Father prayer – that His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:9-13).
Jesus Predicts His Death – Matthew 16:21-28 | v.21 Jesus told His disciples what must become of Him. v.22 Peter rebuked Him – “Never Lord, this shall never happen to you!” Okay, so this part is funny! Of all the times to take a stand and profess Jesus’ power! Peter was all, “No way, Lord, you are way to powerful for death. I mean come on now, Your God!” (Emphasis mine). But realistically Peter wasn’t boldly professing his faith and belief that Jesus was all-powerful. Satan had found an opportune time to speak temptation (discouraging lies, and weakness) into Jesus’ ear through Peter. v.23 I love this…Jesus turned to Peter but addressed the source – Satan – “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Ephesians 6:10-20 says, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” It would be wise of us to follow Jesus’ example and recognize this in our daily lives. As well as, having a mind set on what concerns God. v.24 Jesus once again breaks it down for them – fan of follower! Reminds me of a great series we did at church. I highly recommend you check out Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman – it’s awesome!
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 – squeaking it in with a few minutes to spare. Thank You Jesus!
I hope you enjoyed day 25 🙂 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