March 27 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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In today’s Deuteronomy reading, God knows the Israelites will be afraid to face their enemies who are bigger and stronger. He needs them to know that he is with them and he will make a way for them. He reminds them of the way he made away for them as they escaped the Egyptians. Our memories of what God has done for us previously can help is tremendously in trusting him with our next steps.

Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20:

  • It is difficult to read that entire people groups were destroyed by God’s command. We wonder where God’s mercy is, but verse 10 reminds us that his punishments were in return for people who hated and mocked him. In fact, God’s love and protection for the Israelites should be seen as an extension of immense mercy since they also often disobeyed God. We can also extend this thought that anything good that comes to us is an act of great love from God since we too disobey and mock him continually.
  • 1-5 – Moses explains to the Israelites why they must wipe out the other people groups. God commands this in order to protect them from the temptations they will certainly fall to to worship other gods.
  • 17-19 – God knew that the Israelites would be fearful to face those they were to fight, but they are reminded of God’s intervention with the Egyptians so they can have confidence that he will be faithful again.
  • 3 – Though the Israelites were so worried about food throughout their time in the desert, God provided miraculously to help the Israelites rely on him, not food. Jesus also quotes this verse when tempted by the devil in the desert.
  • 11-20 – A great reminder for us today that God is the giver of all of our gifts and we shouldn’t abandon him once we’re comfortable.

Luke 7:36-8:3:

  • 36-40 – Jewish custom, at the time, did not allow men to touch or speak to women they weren’t married or related to. It is also presumed that this woman was a prostitute, which added extra scandal to the mind of the Pharisee.
  • 41-50 – This is not encouragement to sin more so we can be forgiven, but instead to be aware of our sinful nature and need for forgiveness so we can be grateful for the gift we’ve been given.
  • 2-3 – Just like he focused on Mary’s perspective rather than Joseph’s in the birth narrative, Luke tends to include and highlight the participation of women in ministry.

Psalm 69:1-18:

  • When David seems to be abandoned by everyone, he still has God to reach out to.

February 8 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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We would all like to identify with the sheep in Matthew 25, but there are still hungry people, those who are cold in the winter, and those who sit lonely in prison. So who are we really? Read and find out.

Exodus 28:1-43:

  • 1 – Aaron and his sons become Israel’s priests.
  • 2 – The priestly garments are made “for glory and for beauty.” The tabernacle was built in similar fashion as are sanctuaries today. Places and things that represent God should do so to reflect who God is including his majesty and beauty.
  • 42- Other than the fig leaves in the garden, this is the first time underwear is mentioned.

Matthew 25:31-26:13:

  • 31-46 – A famous passage calling us to serve those who are the least in our society as if we were serving Christ.
  • 6-13 – Interesting placement after the mandate to serve the least of these and then the woman is praised for using expensive things on Jesus that could have been used for the poor. This is a case of doing what is good versus doing what is best.

Psalm 31:9-18:

  • Encouragement to call on and trust in God even in the worst of circumstances.

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.

January 2 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Genesis 3:1-4:26:

  • So what was the first sin actually? It seems that it was trusting something else more than God.
  • 12-13 – Neither Adam or Eve takes direct responsibility for their actions.
  • Adam and Eve couldn’t obey God’s commands on their own so in order to protect them he put a barrier between them and more opportunity to sin.
  • 5 – Did God not have regard for Cain’s offering because he was not offering his best? Or was there another reason?
  • 26 – Before this, individuals had called upon the name of the Lord, prayed, and worshipped, but now families and people groups were gaining size and began to worship corporately.

 

Matthew 2:13-3:6:

  • 15 – Prophecy fulfilled.
  • 18 – Prophecy fulfilled.
  • 23 – Prophecy fulfilled.
  • Nazareth was a small village that couldn’t boast much.
  • 3 – Prophecy fulfilled.
  • John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Jesus. He taught similar messages, baptized, and encouraged people to repent and believe.

 

Proverbs 1:7-9:

  • All that we know should be filtered through our fear and respect of the Lord.

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.