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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

January 31 – Genesis 25, Judges 10-11, Psalm 32-33, Matthew 21:23-46

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Genesis 25
  • The first part of chapter 25 can be easily missed
  • Abraham dies, and fairly quickly afterward, God keeps His promise to Abraham by blessing Isaac with sons
  • Yet, God chooses to include verses 12-18
  • God reveals to us the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s foreign son
  • While all throughout Scripture, God is clear that Isaac is the son through whom all His promises will be fulfilled, God still chose to abundantly bless Ishmael and his descendants
  • As I reflected on this seemingly minor addition, my heart was freshly affected by the abundant goodness of God
  • (If God shows this much goodness and kindness to those outside His promise, how much more those inside!)
  • (It is very similar to chapter 36 as well, when God lists Esau’s descendants, who are many)
  • In the NT, in Romans 9, God says, Jacob I loved, Esau I hated.
  • (If God shows so much goodness and kindness toward Esau, how much more those descended from Jacob!)
  • (God’s common grace toward all people is amazing)

How Points to Christ

  • All of God’s common grace and special grace toward His people of promise are because of His Son Jesus Christ
  • No one deserves God’s grace
  • It is only because Jesus Christ came and bore what sinners deserved by dying on the cross, bearing God’s wrath, that sinners can receive undeserved grace from God

Apply

  • God’s kindness and goodness is shown to all
  • Please pray that I would grow in kindness and goodness to all
  • It is much easier to love those who are “lovable” or who are like me
  • Please pray that I would grow in love for all, ultimately seeking to share Jesus Christ with them as the ultimate expression of love
  • And please pray that many more sinners would not only experience God’s common grace, but His special grace in the Gospel of Jesus Christ
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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

January 30 – Genesis 24:29-67, Judges 9, Psalm 31, Matthew 21:1-22

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Genesis 24
  • After many more years of beginning to answer His promise to Abraham, God answers again
  • Without a wife for Isaac, there would be no descendants in Abraham’s line
  • But in His sovereign timing, God is the one who clearly provides a wife for Isaac
  • Through finding a wife, Abraham demonstrates great faith in God’s promise, making his servant swear not to take Isaac back to the land of his forefathers, but to stay in the land promised by God
  • Abraham knew that God would provide, and God was faithful to provide!

How Points to Christ

  • Through so many generations, God was always faithful to provide descendants to Abraham, leading ultimately the the ultimate promised seed of Abraham, the Lord Jesus Christ
  • God is always faithful to provide, ultimately in the cross of Jesus Christ

Apply

  • Please pray that I would grow in faith and trust in God’s faithfulness
  • Please pray that during times of trial, I would not give way to temptations towards irritation, impatience, frustration, lust, complaining, or anger
  • Please pray for a heart that trusts God, loves Him and loves others, in any and all circumstances, trusting that God is sovereign and faithful to keep all His good promises in Jesus Christ
  • God is in control and is GOOD and FAITHFUL!   =)

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

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Religion: Ethnic Religions

Evangelical: 0.59%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

January 26 – Genesis 23, Judges 7, Psalm 28-29, Matthew 19

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Judges 7
  • The story of Gideon is one of my favorites
  • He is a fearful man from a “weak” clan (in his own words)
  • But, God chooses people who will display His glory, not their own
  • God is explicit to Gideon that he has too many men for Him to give the Midianites over to them
  • Why? – “Lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.'”
  • (God is the Savior of His people!)
  • God gives the army of Midian over to Gideon and his 300 men

How Points to Christ

  • God is the Savior of His people ultimately through Jesus Christ
  • We did nothing to earn or deserve God’s salvation.
  • Jesus did it all, so that all glory goes to God

Apply

  • Please pray that I would always recognize and remember that I am who I am ONLY by the grace of God
  • My own hand accomplishes nothing!
  • It is God who saves
  • Please pray that I would grow in dependence upon God, constantly seeking His presence through His Word and prayer, and seeking to overflow and share His glory with others
  • And please pray that God, through Christ, would defeat sin in people’s lives, saving many from death to life

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

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Religion: Hinduism

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

January 25 – Genesis 22, Judges 6, Psalm 27, Matthew 18

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Matthew 18:21-35
  • Forgiveness is hard
  • Forgiveness often goes contrary to what our bodies and hearts want when we are wronged
  • Forgiveness seems incompatible with our desire for justice to prevail
  • Therefore, meditating on Matthew 18:21-35 is worth our constant meditation
  • We are called to forgive others no matter how often they sin against us
  • We are called to forgive others because of how much greater God has forgiven us in Jesus Christ
  • We are called to forgive others because God is the great judge who will make all things right in the end

How Points to Christ

  • Jesus Christ bore God’s justice against sin so that through repentance and faith, we can receive God’s merciful forgiveness in Christ
  • The debt we owed God was infinite, and Jesus paid it all as the eternal Son of God

Apply

  • The application from this passage is simple to understand, but hard in day to day life
  • Please pray that I would remember the Gospel at all times so that my heart would be moved to constantly forgive others who sin against me

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