A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, January 23, John 14
  • Monday, January 24, John 15
  • Tuesday, January 25, John 16
  • Wednesday, January 26, John 17
  • Thursday, January 27, John 18
  • Friday, January 28, John 19
  • Saturday, January 29, John 20

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John 11 (ESV)

11 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4 But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. 7 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

  1. To be by Jesus does not grant us from illness, suffering, and death.

  1. We should Jesus’ and — even when we don’t understand them fully.

  1. If we are Christ-followers, the events and circumstances of our lives are not ultimately about – they are for the of God.

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”

  1. When someone we love dies, it is not unusual for us to have some right alongside our in Jesus.

 

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

  1. Because Jesus is “the resurrection and the life,” . . .
  • Death does not get the word.
  • All who in Jesus will even though we die.

 

  1. When someone we love dies, it is the time to answer and the question of what we believe about Jesus.

28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”

  1. Jesus is toward those who .

38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

  1. Jesus his teaching by raising Lazarus back to life (and by his own resurrection from the dead on the third day after he was crucified).

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.

  1. So, what is your response to Jesus? Will you trust and him?  Or will you him?

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, January 16, John 7
  • Monday, January 17, John 8
  • Tuesday, January 18, John 9
  • Wednesday, January 19, John 10
  • Thursday, January 20, John 11
  • Friday, January 21, John 12
  • Saturday, January 22, John 13

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Hebrews 12:1-3

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (Hebrews 12:1-3, ESV)

On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being “not much,” and 5 being “a lot.”

  1. Weariness 
  2. Discouragement 
  3. Opposition 
  4. Frustration 

My power to persevere will increase . . .  

  1. When I gain from those who have gone me. (v. 1a)

  1. When I (v. 1b)

  1. When I adjust my to match the and of my race. (v. 1c)

“endurance”

 Greek NT, hupomone

  literally, “a remaining under”

“capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances” (Greek-English Lexicon)

“steadfastness; constancy; perseverance; in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings” (Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon)

  1. When I with others who share my values and purpose. (v. 1)

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25, ESV)

  1. When I my on . . . day after day after day. (vv. 2-3)

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, January 9, 2 Peter 3
  • Monday, January 10, John 1
  • Tuesday, January 11, John 2
  • Wednesday, January 12, John 3
  • Thursday, January 13, John 4
  • Friday, January 14, John 5
  • Saturday, January 15, John 6

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As the New Year begins, we all have basic needs and desires . . .

(1) To

(2) To

(3) To

(4) To

(5) To a

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. (Proverbs 13:22, ESV) 

1 Peter 1:3-9 (ESV)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you. (ESV)

  1. We have been by God even though in the world.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

  1. In Christ, God has given us . . .
  • that reaches beyond the grave

  • an that we will never lose

  • that is secure

 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

  1. God has a for our .

 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9, ESV)

  1. God expects us to Jesus, Jesus, and find great   in Jesus – even as we face an uncertain New Year.

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, January 2, 1 Peter 1
  • Monday, January 3, 1 Peter 2
  • Tuesday, January 4, 1 Peter 3
  • Wednesday, January 5, 1 Peter 4
  • Thursday, January , 1 Peter 5
  • Friday, January 7,  2 Peter 1
  • Saturday, January 8, 2 Peter 2

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3 John, ESV

Gaius, the beloved

1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Question 1: Am I in the truth?

 

 5 Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, 6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

Question 2: How am I supporting ?

Diotrephes, the trouble-maker

9 I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

Question 3: Am I characterized by pride or ?

3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:3-7, ESV)

Question 4: Do I prize and protect the of the church?

Demetrius, the example

11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.

“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1, ESV) 

Question 5: Whose am I following?

John, the leader

13 I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.

15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, each by name.

 

Question 6: Am I prioritizing relationships?

Question 7: Who am I investing in ?

“It is very grievous to see how some professedly Christian parents are satisfied so long as their children display cleverness in learning, or sharpness in business, although they show no signs of a renewed nature. If they pass their examinations with credit, and promise to be well-fitted for the world’s battle, their parents forget that there is a superior calling, involving a higher crown, for which the child will need to be fitted by divine grace and armed with the whole armor of God. Alas, if our children lose the crown of life, it will be but a small consolation that they have won the laurels of literature or art.”
(Charles Spurgeon, The Parent’s and Pastor’s Joy)

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, December 26, Matthew 28
  • Monday, December 27, James 1
  • Tuesday, December 28, James 2
  • Wednesday, December 2, James 3
  • Thursday, December 30, James 4
  • Friday, December 31 , James 5
  • Saturday, January 1, 3 John

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Matthew 11:20-30, ESV

20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

  1. Jesus’ disposition toward unrepentant sinners is one of and .

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. (Matthew 23:2-4, ESV)

10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? (Acts 15:10, ESV)

  1. Jesus offers rest to those who are spiritually  and .

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

  • “πραυς” (“gentle”) – humble, , meek (BDAG, 861)

  • “ταπεινός” (“lowly”) – undistinguished, of no account, (BDAG, 989)

 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ (Matthew 11:19, ESV)

  1. Jesus’ disposition toward repentant sinners is , , and .

 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

  • “χρηστός” (“easy”) –, loving, benevolent (BDAG, 1090)
  • “ελαφρός” (“light”) – lightweight (BDAG, 314)

These verses “take our hands, and lay them upon Christ’s breasts, and let us feel how his heart beats and his bowels yearn towards us…”
(Thomas Goodwin, The Heart of Christ, p. 16)

How should we respond?

1. to Christ.

Father, I confess that I am a sinner, and I need you to forgive me, save me, and make me new. I believe that Jesus died in my place for my sins and that he came back to life, and I now want him to be Lord of my life. Amen.”

2.  coming to Christ.

 

  1. Our mission is to .  

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV)

  1. Our message is the .

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:1-6, ESV) 

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16, ESV)

  1. Our master is .  

15 He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20, ESV)

  1. Our methods are .

38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. (Luke 5:38, ESV)

19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. … I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19, 22b-23, ESV)

  1. Our motive is the of .

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21, ESV)

The best is yet to come!

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, December 19, Matthew 21
  • Monday, December 20, Matthew 22
  • Tuesday, December 21, Matthew 23
  • Wednesday, December 22, Matthew 24
  • Thursday, December 23, Matthew 25
  • Friday, December 24, Matthew 26
  • Saturday, December 25, Matthew 27

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A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, December 5, Matthew 7
  • Monday, December 6, Matthew 8
  • Tuesday, December 7, Matthew 9
  • Wednesday, December 8, Matthew 10
  • Thursday, December 9, Matthew 11
  • Friday, December 10, Matthew 12
  • Saturday, December 11, Matthew 13

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Matthew 1

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7 and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8 and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9 and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15 and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. (ESV)

  1. The birth of Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s that spanned multiple .

 

  1. God has used of people to accomplish his purposes – and he still does so today.

 

  1. God always keeps his .
  • To Abraham (c. 2166-1991 B.C.; c. 2000-1825 B.C.; ESV Study Bible, p. 32)

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3, ESV)

and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, (Genesis 22:18a, ESV)

 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16, ESV; cf. Galatians 3:29)

  • To David (c. 1010-971 B.C.; ESV Study Bible, p. 32)

When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. (2 Samuel 7:12-13, ESV)

 

  • To Us – For all who trust and follow Jesus, . . .

God has promised us .

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, ESV).

 

God has promised never to us  nor to us. “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:37-40, ESV).

 

God has promised that his will never let us go.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:35-39, ESV)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, November 28, 2 Thessalonians 3
  • Monday, November 29, Matthew 1
  • Tuesday, November 30, Matthew 2
  • Wednesday, December 1, Matthew 3
  • Thursday, December 2, Matthew 4
  • Friday, December 3, Matthew 5
  • Saturday, December 4, Matthew 6

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The Background:

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17, ESV)

Genesis 3, ESV

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

  1. We should God’s word and His goodness.

 

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

  1. Sin sometimes looks .

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”

17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 

  1. Consequences of sin:
  • Lost with God (vv7-10)

  • in childbirth (v16)

  • Marital (v16)

  • in work (v17)

  • with creation (v18)

  • (v19)

15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
     and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
     and you shall bruise his heel.” 

  1. God promised a .

 

12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. (2 Samuel 7:12-13, ESV) 

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, ESV)
 

2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel, (Micah 5:2, ESV)
 

4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5, ESV) 

  1. God kept His promise by sending .

 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4, ESV)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, November 21, Leviticus 24
  • Monday, November 22, Leviticus 25
  • Tuesday, November 23, Leviticus 26
  • Wednesday, November 24, Leviticus 27
  • Thursday, November 25, 2 Thessalonians 1
  • Friday, November 26, 2 Thessalonians 2
  • Saturday, November 27, 2 Thessalonians 3

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Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV)

 

If I am a follower of Jesus, I can always give thanks for . . .

  1. The of God that me.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10, ESV)

  • grace – he chose me before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4)
  • grace – he purchased my pardon through the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:7)
  • grace – he will sustain me and see me all the way home (2 Corinthians 12:9)

  1. The of God to always be me and never to me.
    I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20b, ESV)

for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5b-6, ESV)

  1. The God has designed for me.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, ESV)

 

  1. The God is making in me.

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, (Romans 5:3-4, ESV)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4, ESV)

 

  1. The God is preparing for me.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:1-3, ESV)

 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
(Psalm 118:1, ESV)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, November 14, Leviticus 17
  • Monday, November 15, Leviticus 18
  • Tuesday, November 16, Leviticus 19
  • Wednesday, November 17, Leviticus 20
  • Thursday, November 18, Leviticus 21
  • Friday, November 19, Leviticus 22
  • Saturday, November 20, Leviticus 23

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  1. Questions to Ask When We Read the Bible

(1) Where does this in the biblical storyline?

(2) What does it teach me about ?

(3) What does it teach me about how to in a way that pleases God?

(4) How should I understand this in light of , the gospel, and the New Testament?

  1. The Biblical Storyline:

Adam → Abraham → → David → Jesus

  1. An Overview of Leviticus

(1) The Five Major Sacrifices/Offerings (Chapters 1-7)

(2) Establishing the Priesthood (Chapters 8-10)

(3) Clean and Unclean: Ritual Purity (Chapters 11-15)

(4) The Day of Atonement (Chapter 16)

(5) A Call to (Chapters 17-27)

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota,
not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
(Matthew 5:17-18, ESV)

 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for
reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man
of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV)

 “The New is in the Old concealed, the Old is in the New revealed.”
(Augustine)

So what are our big takeaways from Leviticus so far?

  1. God expects us to be from the world and to the Lord.

“For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground. 45 For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44-45, ESV)

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16, ESV)

  1. Because God is holy and we are sinful, we all need a (a mediator, a go-between) to bridge the gap between us and God.

• In Leviticus, the priests were “Aaron and his sons” (8:1, ESV).

• Now, is our Great High Priest.

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. (Hebrews 4:14, ESV)

  1. As our Great High Priest, Jesus has offered the full and final for  sins.

• In Leviticus, sacrifices were offered – “And the priest shall make atonement for him for the sin he has committed, and he shall be forgiven” (5:10b, ESV).

• Now, Jesus has offered on the cross “ for ”to secure the forgiveness of all who repent and believe in him.

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
    15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, . . .

    For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:11-15a, 24-28, ESV)