January 3 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Genesis 5:1-7:24:

  • 24: The book of Hebrews also mentions Enoch and how, because he pleased God, he did not experience death but was simply taken.
  • 25-27 – Methuselah is the oldest recorded person in the Bible.
  • 6 – A powerful verse suggesting the extreme extent of man’s wickedness and the degree to which it pains God.
  • 8-9 – Noah seems to be the only person on earth who is purposefully walking with God.
  • 22 & 7:5 – It is noted throughout the Bible when people follow God’s instructions exactly. This should be our goal too.

 

Matthew 3:7-4:11:

  • 7-10 – John recognized that the Pharisees and Saducees were not getting baptized to put their faith in the Lord, but simply to check the box like they tended to do. Their lives did not bear the fruit of a life of repentance.
  • 14 – John understandably felt unworthy to baptize Jesus.
  • 17 – A powerful image for any witnesses that day as Jesus is filled with the Holy Spirit and publicly professed by God.
  • Note that the devil twists the meaning of Scripture to try to tempt Jesus. If we don’t know Scripture, how much more could the devil do this to us?

 

Psalms 3:1-8:

  • Though David continually faced formidable foes, he is just as frequently confessing his faith in God’s ability to protect him.

 

Proverbs 1:10-19:

Temptation is so enticing and it knows our weak spots. Ultimately, sin destroys us.

2 thoughts on “January 3 – Daily Notes – Amanda

  1. I love the image in Matthew 4:11 when the temptation period was over. “Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.” At first I wasn’t completely sure whether the angels were ministering to the devil or Jesus. It seems like Jesus. The image of angels showing up to minister to someone after an incredibly difficult period is interesting to me.

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    1. Yes! That is a beautiful image of God’s provision for us. Jesus was faithful through a series of temptation and God offered great care for him as he completed the trial. It’s nice to look back at trials in my own life and in the lives of those close to me to see where God was caring and providing throughout the situation.

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