February 8 – Daily Notes – Amanda

sheep-goat

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.