December 7 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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Like the minor prophets, the Johns are short books. Don’t make the mistake of skimming over them or discounting them because of their size. There is obviously a reason they were included and more words doesn’t always mean more important. So take the time to think on the 15 verses of 3 John today. See what you learn.

Hosea 6:1-9:17:

  • 4-11 – Judah and Israel are unrepentant and fickle. God reflects that they act as if they love him, but that love only remains for a short time.
  • 1-16 – This continues God’s lament over the Israelites’ continual choice not to repent.
  • 1-14 – God is promising that Israel and Judah will reap what they sow. They continue to live unfaithfully and will soon receive what they’re asking for.
  • 1-17 – Though painful to read, this section assures that Israel will be punished. Verse 17, in particular, confirms the rejection of Israel. We cannot expect to sin over and over and never face a consequence.

3 John 1-15:

  • 5-8 – This section is encouraging all churches who followed John to accept and be open to traveling pastors and evangelists so they can all work within the same cause.
  • 11 – The author has already explained what to do and then given an example of what not to do. This simply sums up that we should imitate the former.

Psalm 126:1-6:

  • 1-3 – When the Lord does great things for us, others notice it and are changed when we choose to accept his blessings.

Proverbs 29:12-14:

  • 12 – If leaders give their subordinates an opportunity to be unfaithful, they will often accept.

What to Expect – Week 49

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We are in the final month of our year of reading the Bible! You can practically see the finish line!! It’s within reach. Keep pushing!

This week, we get to spend some time in the John(s)…sorry for the potty humor. We’ll work through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John. These are three short letters likely written by the author of the gospel of John.

Some highlights from the Johns are an emphasis on having sound doctrine within Christianity, a reminder for unity within the church, and the significance of Christ’s incarnation to our salvation.

One particular highlight in 1 John is the thesis of the “why” of how we’re called to live. “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Love for others can be hard, especially when they seem undeserving, but if we fall back on this simple verse, we’re empowered to love simply because we were first loved.

We still have a lot of good stuff to read, so push through these last days of the plan. It will be well worth it.