Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 28 2015
Today’s Old Testament reflection: Exodus 19-20
At Mount Sinai – Exodus 19 | v.1 1st day of the 3rd month since God gave them freedom. v.3-6 “God said to Moses…” obey Me fully and keep My covenant then you’ll be My treasured possession – kingdom of priests and holy nation. v.7-8 people agreed and Moses told God. v.9-10 “God said to Moses…” consecrate the people, on the 3rd day, He will come on Mt. Sinai as a dense cloud and the people will hear Him speaking. Set limits on mt. Do not let them come until the horn sounds or they will die. v.14 Moses did as God said, he told the people prepare themselves for the 3rd day. v.16 thunder and lightning, thick cloud, horn sounded. v.18-19 mt. covered in thick smoke – God descended upon it in a fire (smoke) and the mt. shook violently – God spoke to Moses. v.20-24 tell the people not to come up here but bring Aaron with you. No one else or they will die. v.25 Moses did as God asked.
The 10 Commandments – Exodus 20:1-21 | v.1 God spoke these Words:
v.2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
v.3 1) One God – He is the only God, there is no other god but Him.
v.4 2) No idols – put nothing – and when I say nothing, I mean N.O.T.H.I.N.G. – physically or mentally before God and worship nothing and no one but Him. E.V.E.R.
v.7 3) Do not take His name in vain or misuse it. – no side talking or careless use of the most powerful name in all existence – this so common today, unbelievers and believers alike use His name as nothing more than a mere filler word. His name draws the attention of the entire world – shouldn’t we as believers be aware of that? Believers: why use His name so irresponsibly?
Unbelievers: why call upon and use the name of a God you don’t believe in? I’m grasping at straws here but perhaps, deep down they know He is real?!
v.8 4) 7th day is rest – Sabbath – holy – rest, eat, and worship God.
v.12 5) Respect you parents. – honor and treat rightly.
v.13 6) Do not murder – mentally hate or physically kill the body.
v.14 7) Do not commit adultery. – one husband, one wife – no mental, emotional, physical cheating.
v.15 8) Do not steal. – it doesn’t belong to you if…it wasn’t given to you or you didn’t specifically pay for it – don’t take it what’s not yours.
v.16 9) Do not lie – includes all variations; white lies, sugar-coated truths, half-truths, stretched and twisted details – a lie, is a lie, is a lie.
v.17 10) Do not covet what’s not yours – we all appreciate nice things but when that desire is the driving force in all you do – that’s a problem.
Idols and Altars – Exodus 20:22-26 | v.22 “God said to Moses…” tell the people that they have seen God speak to them from Heaven, they should not create any gods or make one from gold or silver. v.24 gave them specific instructions on how to make an altar to God.
Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 18:21-25
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant – Matthew 18:21-35 | v.21 Peter asked Jesus, “How many times shall I forgive a bro or sis who sins against me?” Peter is all when is enough, enough…up to 7 times? I can picture Jesus laughing…”oh, no-siree…try 70 times 7!” Can you imagine forgiving someone who sinned against 490 times? It’s basically the same as ‘forever forgiveness!’ v.23 the Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. v.24 he told the servant who owed him 10,000 bags of gold to go and sell all he and his family had to pay the king back. v.26. servant fell on his knees before the king and begged him for mercy, to be patient, he will pay it all back. v.27 the king took pity on him, let him go, and forgived him of the entire debt. – my Bible says 10,000 talents -1 talent equal to 20 yrs wages. Can you imagine someone erasing your million dollar debt, just like that? Wow! Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus! you’d think the servant would have been humbled by this, eager to ‘pay it forward’ but he wasn’t. v.28 instead he went out and found one of his servants who owed him 100 peices of silver (100 denarii – 1 denarii = a day’s wage). He grabbed and choked him – pay me now! v.29 servant begged for mecy and patience just like his master did with the king. v.30 but he did not take to heart what good the king had done for him, this master threw his servant in prision until the debt was paid off. v.31 some of the king’s servants saw this and reported it to the king. v.32-34 the king called the unmerciful servant in and called his behavior out, then had him jailed and tortured until his previously forgiven debt was paid back. – ouch!
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 way early today – yes! Thank You Jesus!
I hope you enjoyed day 28 🙂 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