December 31 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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You did it! You finished! Today is your last day of reading…for 2017. I hope you gained so much from your reading and now feel closer, in some way, to God. It may be too soon, but may I encourage you to pick up the new plan tomorrow? The Bible is the living word of God. As you read through it again, you’ll gain new insights, read things differently, and hear from God in a new way. It was worth it this year. It will be worth it in 2018 too!

Malachi 3:1-4:16:

  • 1-7 – Part of this prophecy sounds like it’s talking about the Messiah and part sounds like it’s John the Baptist. Either way, it is later fulfilled.
  • 1-3 – A day of judgment is prophecied.
  • 5-6 – John the Baptist was often associated with Elijah.

Revelation 22:1-21:

  • 8-9 – As we all do, John confused something of God with God and worshipped the angel. The angel quickly redirected him to worship God.
  • 17 – This is an open invitation to all who recognize their need for Christ to come and receive new life.

Psalm 150:1-6:

  • Whatever you have, praise God with it. No excuses.

Proverbs 31:25-31:

  • These verses make it clear what should matter in a woman’s worth. Physical beauty is not one of them.

December 30 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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How do you imagine perfection? Not just partial perfection or perfection in one person, but full, true perfection? God’s kingdom fully on earth is what true perfection looks like. The end of Revelation depicts what the new Jerusalem will look like. It is the return of what God intended for earth. This is something we should long and pray for.

Malachi 1:1-2:17:

  • 1-5 – The words love and hate could be exchanged for “chose” and “did not choose”. God chose Jacob to set up his people. He did not choose Esau. Not only did Esau forego his blessing and birthright, but his descendants often fought against the Israelites. They brought God’s curse upon themselves.
  • 6-14 – The Lord denounces the blemished offerings the priests put before him. These half-hearted offerings showed their lack of devotion to God.
  • 1-9 – The priests had been given special authority. God asked that they honor him and lead the rest of the people in spiritual practices. Here he rebukes them for failing to do so.
  • 10-16 – Scholars disagree on whether this is actually talking about marriage and marrying foreign women or metaphorically speaking of idolatry. Either way, the Judeans were practicing things God did not approve of.

Revelation 21:1-27:

  • 1-7 – This scene depicts God’s kingdom officially and completely coming to earth, like we pray in the Lord’s prayer.
  • 9-27 – The scene depicts the new Jerusalem where God will dwell negating the need for a temple, any other source of light, and presumably many other things necessary in our current construct.

Psalm 149:1-9:

  • 1-5 – So many of the psalms instruct us to praise God and a large percentage of those instruct us to praise him specifically with songs. It is important that we, as a people, do not get out of this habit.

Proverbs 31:10-24:

  • 10-24 – These verses describe an excellent wife. Her characteristics include productivity, generosity, care for others, integrity, and preparedness.