February 10 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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Today’s proverb paints a beautiful picture of the intricacy and wisdom with which God created the earth. As you read, picture what it’s describing in your mind.

Exodus 30:11-31:18:

  • 15 – How had people become rich or poor since they all came out of slavery and all have been wandering in the desert? Possibly some had plundered the Egyptians more fiercely than others.
  • 1-6 – Bezalel and Oholiab probably thought their talents were going to waste as they made bricks in Egypt and wandered in the desert, but God had a plan to use them.
  • 16 – Keeping the Sabbath holy is resting and dedicating a day to only worship God.

Matthew 26:47-68:

  • 51-54 – How often do we take matters into our own hands instead of trusting God’s plan for us?
  • 59-64 – The religious leaders have been trying to trick Jesus into saying something they can arrest him for throughout his ministry. Jesus calling himself the Son of Man and referencing that he would sit at the right hand of Power seems to be enough.

Psalm 32:1-11:

  • This is one of many Psalms where David references various ways God protects him. David was often at war and many nations were against Israel so it makes sense that he would relate to God in this way.

Proverbs 8:27-32:

  • God created the earth with wisdom – this makes sense because of the complex balance and intricacies in the environment.

January 8 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Genesis 18:20-19:38:

  • 23-33 – Here we see prayer working. Abraham humbly pleads with God for the sake of the righteous and God’s decision is changed.
  • 4-11 – No matter how you read this story, it’s disturbing. While it’s a good thing that Lot wanted to protect the angels of God, his decision to offer up his daughters is horrifying. In God’s mercy, Lot, his daughters, and the angels were all protected from harm.
  • 14-16 – It’s confusing why the angels made a special effort to save Lot, though he knowingly lingered, but not the sons in laws, who seemingly innocently, thought Lot was kidding about the city’s destruction.
  • 30-36 – Yet another disturbing story. Lot sins by allowing himself to get drunk. We cannot give God control of our lives when we don’t have control to give. The daughters sin by not trusting God to take care of them, but take matters into their own hands.
  • 37-38 – Both the Moabites and Ammonites were enemies of Israel throughout their existence.

Matthew 6:25-7:14:

  • 25-33 – One of the major tensions in the Bible is God proving himself faithful and asking humanity to trust him and then humanity failing to trust. This passage is a very practical representation of why we should trust God and how futile it is to worry.
  • 1-5 – It is hard to imagine that we can see the magnitude of someone else’s sin when we ourselves our immersed in sin. This does not, however, instruct us not to lovingly correct the sins of others as we examine our own flaws.
  • 6 – Encouragement not to offer the character-forming corrections of God to those who will not appreciate it and take it to heart.
  • 7-11 – Another reminder to trust God to be faithful and provide for us and to seek his blessings.

Psalm 8:1-9:

  • David writes this Psalm seemingly overwhelmed and in awe of the majesty of God’s creation and the goodness he shows to us through it.

Proverbs 2:6-15:

  • The Proverbs continue to teach us that wisdom protects us from destruction while folly leads us to it.

Jan. 1 – Genesis 1:1-2:25 – Andrew

1:12 – Note how everything in the Creation account is specifically ordered, even down to the seeds of the plants “each according to its kind.”

1:27 – Note how male and female together make up humanity, and somehow it is in their complementarity that men and women together bear the image of God.  I think this is important.  A man alone does not sufficiently reflect the image of God, nor a woman alone, but a man and a woman together.  How might gender relations be different if we believed that our counterparts bore the image of God in ways that we don’t?

1:30 – Note how, according to the author of Genesis, the original design was for the animals in nature to be vegetarians.  Having seen wild animals in Africa make a kill, I can understand why “nature red in tooth and claw” is a sign of the Fall.

2:4 – There are actually two Creation stories, back to back.  The 2nd story begins in 2:4 and is much more concerned with the Creation of Adam.

2:10-14 – I wonder if, for the original hearers of this passage, the first 2 rivers meant anything to them.  Today, we have no idea what or where is the Piston or the Gihon.  We do, however, know about the Tigris and the Euphrates.

2:14 – “Assyria.”  I think that suggests that this was written down or edited during a time when the ancient kingdom of Assyria would have meant something to folks.

2:19 – Love that detail–isn’t that exactly what happened?  We have named all of Creation, haven’t we?

2:24-25 – Again, there is something really important going on here.  We live in a world with a lot of gender confusion, but the opening passages of Genesis suggests that there is something about the coming together of a man and a woman that creates oneness, and somehow that relates to the image of God.  (See 1:27, above.)

–AF

 

January 1 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Genesis 1:1-2:25:

  • 2 – First mention of the Holy Spirit being present.
  • 26 – Note the use of “our”. This is God speaking amongst all 3 persons of the Trinity. Humanity is made in the image of God the Trinity. This is why we’re designed to create things, to love, and to be in relationship.
  • 2:1-3 – This is why we are to observe the Sabbath – a day of rest from our regular work.
  • Note that chapter 1 and chapter 2 of Genesis tell the story of the creation of humanity slightly differently.
  • Some people ask why God put the tree of good and evil in the garden if it wasn’t good for people. The better question might be, though, with all the other choices in the garden, why were the people drawn to the one tree that was forbidden.

Matthew 1:1-2:12:

  • The genealogy found in Matthew is that of Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father.
  • 17 – Abraham, David, exile in Babylon, and the Messiah are four of the most significant milestones in Jewish history that any ancient Jew would have understood and recognized.
  • Matthew’s birth account focuses on Joseph while Luke’s birth account focuses on Mary.
  • 6 – This is just one of the many prophecies Matthew notes as being fulfilled through Christ. Make note of all the prophecies fulfilled in this gospel.

Psalm 1:1-6:

  • This Psalm contrasts a person who’s delight is in the law of the Lord versus someone who is wicked.

Proverbs 1:1-6:

  • Consider this short passage as a statement of purpose for why the author wrote the book of Proverbs.