Daily Reading 2/10 Day 21

Today’s Readings: Genesis 22, Judges 6, Psalms 27, Matthew 18

Pastor Tim’s Thoughts:

Genesis 22

– 22:2, “Moriah” in 2 Chronicles 3:1 we are told that Solomon built the temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.  A connection is certainly possible here, although we cannot know for sure.

– Hebrews 11:17-19 helps us to understand how Abraham was able to obey the command of the LORD.  Believing that God would fulfill His promise, Abraham had confidence that if Isaac was sacrificed, God would raise him from the dead in order to fulfill His promise.

– 22:12, Abraham’s faith in the LORD was vindicated by his willingness to give up that which he valued most in order to obey.  

– The parallel themes between this story and Christ’s crucifixion are staggering.  

– 22:20-24, This insertion paves the way for the explanation of Isaac’s marriage to Rebekah (vs. 23)

Judges 6

– 6:7-10, the sending of this prophet breaks up the pattern we have seen so far where the people crying out leads directly to the LORD raising up a judge.  This time, the cry of the people leads to a prophetic warning before the judge comes to bring deliverance.

– 6:12, The angel address Gideon according what he will become rather than what he is at the time “mighty man of valor”

– 6:13, “where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us…” this is evidence that “forgetting the LORD” does not mean that the people had lost all knowledge of God.  It seems that the LORD was included among the other gods that the people worshipped (Gideon’s father had an altar of Baal vs.25).  Again, this is the same as apostasy in the LORD’s eyes.  

– 6:15-16, it does not matter how weak and insignificant Gideon might be.  Since the LORD is with him, He is able to overcome.

– 6:25-27, before the LORD delivers His people, He has to show them that it is He who is doing the delivering.  Gideon will destroy the altars of the pagan gods and use the wood to make an offering to the LORD.

– 6:31-32, Joash seems to reason with the men of the town saying that Baal can defend himself if, in fact, he is a god.  

– 6:39, although the LORD answers Gideon’s request, Gideon’s fear to make the request a second time shows that he knows there is something wrong with asking for the sign.

Psalms 27

– 27:4, David desires most to be in the presence of the LORD.  His knowledge of God is not only cerebral.  He desires to “gaze upon the beauty of the LORD”

– 27:6, the LORD’s salvation leads him to obedience and sacrifice motived by joy

Matthew 18

– 18:3, “unless you turn” to have the humility that is necessary to enter the Kingdom of Heaven is opposed to our natural disposition.  

– 18:5-6, “one such child” refers to those who have placed their faith in Christ (His disciples).  

– 18:8-9, we have already seen this line of argumentation in Matthew 5:29-30 in the context of lust.  

– 18:10, again, “one of these little ones” refers to His disciples.  “Their angels” does not imply that disciples have guardian angels.  

– 18:15, it could be that verses 15-20 are meant to be understood in the context of 12-14.  If so, admonition, rebuke, correction, etc. among believers is meant to be a means by which the “little ones” are kept from perishing. 

– 18:15-20, gives the prescription of how to address a brother or sister who has sinned without repentance.  

– 18:17, “let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector” this a way of saying “treat him as though he is an unbeliever”.  The hope is always that the brother will be restored.  But restoration can only happen through true repentance.  

– 18:18-20, Jesus is encouraging His disciples in the difficult process of rebuke and admonition.  The authority by which they go through this process is ultimately Christ’s since He is with them in the process (vs. 20).  

– 18:20, often used in the context of a small gathering, but here, Jesus is intending to give the disciples confidence in the process of church discipline.  

– 18:21-22, Again, the goal is always restoration.  Jesus says there is no limit to the forgiveness that is offered to those who repent.

– 18:23-35, regardless of how terrible the offense, anyone who refuses to forgive is like the wicked servant because the level of forgiveness that has been granted to us is far greater than any amount of forgiveness that we could ever offer to someone else.  Vs. 35 “from your heart” means that forgiveness cannot only be outward but must be genuine.