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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

September 30 – Zechariah 8-14

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Zechariah is a prophet during the post-exilic period, when Persia is now in power, and some Jews returned to Judah
  • Looking at the book on the whole, there are at least 4 key themes
  • First, Repentance and Covenant Renewal
  • Second, Hope Rooted in God’s Sovereignty
  • Third, Social Justice
  • Fourth, Messiah

How Points to Christ

  • There are many passages in Zechariah that are Messianic and quoted in the NT
  • They are all pointing toward Jesus Christ
  • In God’s Sovereignty, God will send His Messiah to be the Good Shepherd who gives up His life for His sheep

Apply

  • Please pray that I would seek to address people’s hearts and obeying the Lord from the heart instead of outward religion
  • God desires repentance, not religion
  • Yet, with repentance, religion is a means of grace given by God to know Him more and delight in Him more
  • Please pray that Christians and churches would understand the relationship live in daily repentance and religion, in seeking to know God more (not to please God or earn God’s favor)

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
Please pray for the …

Population: 33,000

Language: Mongolian, Peripheral

Religion: Buddhism

Evangelical: 0.02%

For more details…

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

September 29 – Zechariah 1-7

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Zechariah is a prophet during the post-exilic period, when Persia is now in power, and some Jews returned to Judah
  • One of Zechariah’s concerns is the sin and wickedness of the people, the same sins and wickedness that led to their exile in the first place
  • Zechariah begins his prophecy by calling the people to return to the Lord, not to harden their heart like their fathers, but to repent and turn back to the Lord
  • And a huge part of a right relationship with the Lord is treating those created in the Lord’s image with justice
  • Chapter 7 is powerful
  • Zechariah tells the people that their attempted fasting and religious works are worthless if they do not follow the Lord and treat people properly
  • Verses 9-10 says, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, 10 do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.

How Points to Christ

  • The Lord shows true judgments, kindness and mercy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • We are the spiritually poor, and Jesus became poor to give us His richness

Apply

  • Please pray that I would grow in compassion and conviction to treat people properly
  • Please pray that I would seek to care for those in need and to defend those who cannot defend themselves
  • And please pray that God’s people would care more about internal repentance in the heart than external religion in the world

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
Please pray for the …

Population: 80,000

Language: Lampung Api

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.01%

For more details…

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Why Does God Save Sinners?  <a href="http://player.vimeo.com/video/29513673?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0Mark Dever – Why Does God Save Sinners? – 1 Timothy 1:15-17 from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo.

“>Here is a sermon from Mark Dever on 1 Timothy 1:15-17

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All people have had to wait for something before.  And for many of us, waiting is hard, especially if we are waiting for God to answer a question or an expectation or a prayer we have.  WHY?

Paul Tripp writes an excellent article on God’s Will for Your Wait.  Read it, meditate on the truths expressed in it, and apply it to your life.  May we all continue to grow in redeeming the times we are waiting, and to grow in faith.

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September 28 – Haggai 1-2

Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

September 28 – Haggai 1-2

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Haggai is a prophet during the post-exilic period, when Persia is now in power, and some Jews returned to Judah
  • In reading this book as a whole, there are at least three key themes
  • First, the Importance of Establishing Proper Priorities
  • Second, the Value of the Temple as a Covenant Symbol for Israel
  • Third, the Faithfulness of God in renewing His Covenant promises to David’s descendants
  • One of the big concerns of Haggai is that the people spent so much of their time, energy, and resources building their own houses (their own kingdoms) instead of rebuilding the Temple of God (God’s house)

How Points to Christ

  • The second temple is not nearly as glorious as the first temple
  • But God promises a coming temple whose glory will be so much greater than the former
  • God’s true Temple is the Lord Jesus Christ

Apply

  • Please pray that I would grow in having proper priorities
  • I am convicted how much time I “waste” building my own kingdom and serving the comforts of my kingdom instead of using my time, energy, and resources to build up God’s Kingdom
  • Please pray that I would love and value God’s Kingdom infinitely more than any kingdom here on earth, so that my heart would delight and love to prioritize God’s Kingdom over everything

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