June 10 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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Jesus’ ministry was all about turning common understandings on their heads. One place we see this in a concentrated area is the Beatitudes found in the Sermon on the Mount. Today’s Psalm has a similar feel. This helps us understand that Jesus’ ministry wasn’t made up out of thin air. His ministry was a continuation of God’s work in the world and was reminded us of the areas we had missed the mark.

1 Kings 7:1-51:

  • 1 – Note, it took Solomon 7 years to build God’s house and 13 to build his own.
  • 2-51 – These are details on what Solomon’s palace looked like as well as some final descriptions of the temple.

Acts 7:30-50:

  • 30-38 – Stephen continues to recount Moses’ journey and experience.
  • 39-50 – Stephen continues to describe times when the Israelites’ ancestors interacted with God. He highlights their unfaithfulness at times.

Psalm 128:1-6:

  • 1-2 – Reminiscent of the Beatitudes when blessings are given to those who we wouldn’t normally think of as being blessed.

Proverbs 16:31-33:

  • 31-32 – With age normally comes wisdom and experience – and often, a more level head.
  • 32 – “Ruling your spirit” versus “taking a city”. One sounds much more glamorous, but the other is far more advantageous overall.

March 24 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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The law that Moses gave the Israelites was very just. If you sinned, you paid for it. If you sinned against someone, you had to give them back an equal amount. In our Luke reading today, Jesus introduces different ways to extend grace. Grace is like the greatest buy one get one free sale ever! You get far more than you deserve. If someone steals your cow, instead of asking for it back, give them another. It was revolutionary then and it still is today.

Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29:

  • Note that God had given specific land to people other than the Israelites, namely Lot and Esau. Esau was from the same family as the Israelites, but wasn’t included in the Promised Land because he gave up his birth right as a young man.
  • As the Israelites were faithful in trusting God and respecting the borders he gave them, he was faithful in giving them what he promised.

Luke 6:12-38:

  • 13-16 – The full list of disciples. Most often they are listed with only a few of them together.
  • 20-26 – Matthew’s account of the beatitudes only includes blessings while Luke’s records blessings and woes.
  • 27-31 – God’s law given to Moses for the Israelites was based on justice. If you kill your neighbors cow, you give him one that’s just as good. But Jesus introduces opportunities to offer grace and to give people better than what they deserve.
  • Much of Jesus’ teaching was countercultural.

Psalm 67:1-7:

  • The Psalmist asks that God be gracious to him so that he can then make God more known. This should be the purpose for the blessings we request.

Proverbs 11:27:

  • If you look for trouble, you’ll find it.

January 5 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Genesis 11:1-13:4:

  • 1-9 – Humans, once again, were trying to become more powerful and God could see the disasters that would ensue so he changed their languages so they would not be able to work all together anymore.
  • 27 – Enter Abram who will later be known as Abraham.
  • 1-3 – Though this sounds like a great deal for Abram, and it was, it would have been scary to leave behind the rest of your family and go to a land you don’t know.
  • 10-20 – Abram clearly didn’t trust God to take care of him in the place and situation God sent him. Trusting in things other than God seems to be the most prevalent sin in Scripture.

Matthew 5:1-26:

  • Matthew chapters 5-7 are Jesus’ most famous sermon, The Sermon on the Mount.
  • 2-12 – These are The Beatitudes, which means “blessings”. Jesus offers up very counter-cultural blessings, which go against who we think receive our earthly blessings. These saying nothing about success, wealth, or fame.
  • 16 – When we have and know the love of God and salvation of Jesus, they should be things we want to share because we recognize how powerful and necessary they are.
  • 17-20 – Jesus didn’t negate any of the laws, he simply took them further. Also, both Jesus and the writer of Matthew found it important to frequently remind the reader of the various ways Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecies.
  • 23-24 – Jesus calls us to love first and then to fulfill our religious obligations. We can show our love for God by loving others.

Psalm 5:1-12:

  • David asks God to hear his prayers and then becomes extremely raw about how he wants the Lord to punish a variety of his enemies. We truly can take anything to the Lord in prayer.

Proverbs 1:24-28:

  • Verses 26 through 28 do not sound like a godly, gracious response, but remember that this is Solomon writing from the perspective of wisdom. When we ignore wise counsel, we will feel mocked by what we were so clearly advised to do.