June’s daily Scripture readings, set #22:
– Genesis, chapters 46-47
– Psalm, chapter 21
– Matthew 9:1-13
– Acts 13:1-25
Just now as I read Genesis 46, I realized that God states clearly that his plan is for Jacob and all his family to go to Egypt: “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation” (vs 3). Fast-forward to Exodus and you find God’s promise of making Israel into a great nation has come true… except that they are in utter slavery. Presumably, from the way the rest of Genesis has been, God intended the slavery also.
Psalm 21 contains both the encouraging warm fuzzies of rejoicing in the Lord’s strength, and the sobering reminder that the Lord is wrathful against his enemies: “Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you. You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them. You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man” (vs 8-10). As I mentioned in a previous post, this aspect of God’s character isn’t popular, but it’s still Biblical.
Another passage I don’t quite understand is Matthew 9, verse 8: “When the crowd saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.” Why the word “men” here? Seems like the word should be “Christ,” who was a man (singular), not men (plural). Or is this in reference to Jesus AND his disciples? But that wouldn’t make sense either because of the context of forgiving sins and Jesus’ reference to the authority of the Son of Man. I don’t get it. Anyone have thoughts on this?
I’m noticing again how Paul’s sermon in Acts 13, like Phillip in Acts 8, starts with the Scriptures… even the Old Testament. Verses 17-25 contain a great summary of the Old Testament meta-narrative, and Paul uses this as his launch point into proclaiming Christ. The OT matters.
June readings, set #23:
– Genesis, chapter 48
– Psalm 22:1-11
– Matthew 9:14-26
– Acts 13:26-52
The only thing I’m going to make mention of in this particular set of readings is the fasting question that John the Baptist’s disciples have for Jesus in Matthew 9. This is a passage I’ve had questions about almost every time I read it, and I recently read this post and found it helpful in understanding Jesus’ analogies with wineskins and pre-shrunk clothe.