The bible is a book of life. Jesus lived in it, declared it, and was submitted to it. He knew the word written must be fulfilled. He was fearless in the face of a storm, a crowd who sought His life, and lack of resource to feed five thousand. God’s word must be fulfilled. He submitted to the word and resisted the devil on the Mount of Temptation. Jesus submitted to the word and was arrested at Gethsemane. He said to His disciples, who sought to prevent His arrest, “How then can the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus? Matthew 26:54
Word became flesh and the Son of Man submitted to the Word of God unto death. Then The Word of God was resurrected from the dead. Oh, what a glorious gift we have been given to walk this life on earth in the power of His word.
Luke 13 – 19
This week, we will walk through some amazing parables, exhortations, warnings and kingdom truths. Most of which are recorded only in Luke’s gospel. Take time to ponder these amazing truths, all given by Jesus, to establish in the truth of the gospel and heart of God. On Saturday, we enter Jerusalem in Jesus’ triumphant entry, as He weeps over the City because, “You did not know the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:44b
Paul calls us to honor and love in child/parent relationships, fear of God in employee and employer relationships, and into the armor of God in standing in Christ and praying always. This is a powerful chapter.
Philippians 1 – 4
Paul is writing from Rome, sharing his heart of love and sincerity of service. He calls us to one mind and that being the mind of Christ – humility – that brought Jesus to the exalted place He now holds. We model this working out our salvation with fear and trembling. In chapter three, he calls us to embrace our loses as exchange for gaining Christ. Also, the greatest freedom being found not having to sustain our own righteousness through works, which is entirely impossible. We are encouraged to know Christ in His resurrection and sufferings. Chapter four are practical truths being worked out in joy, gentleness, and generosity.
Colossians 1, 2
As we begin Colossians, we notice similarities to the book of Ephesians, both in the revelations, prayers, and practical applications. I love this book because it expands in areas of God’s provision for us in Christ. In chapter two are warnings to not go backwards into the law as a means to righteousness, but to be vigilant that “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” Colossians 2:6
Exodus 11 – 19
The Journey has begun with the tenth plague, the plundering of the Egyptians wealth, and leaving on the exact day that the Lord had prophesied to Abraham these events four hundred and thirty years prior. God now begins removing the mindset of Egypt out of the Hebrews during the forty-year training in the wilderness. First stop in the Red Sea and now way out! The Song of Moses is sung, Israel is led to bitter waters made sweet, to Mana “What’s that?” Now water from the rock, then Jethro’s (Moses’s father-in-law) advice and then to Mount Sinai for Moses to bring the people to meet with God in chapter nineteen.
Psalms 11 – 14
These Psalms of David establish David’s unaltering trust in the Lord. They are also the source of one of Diana Andersons Songs “In the Lord I put my trust.” Allow confidence to come to you in your circumstances because of God’s unfailing love and salvation.
Isaiah 53 – 57
The most complete heart prophecy of God’s provision of the suffering servant is found in Isaiah 53. Read our Lord’s submission to the Father’s decision to become the offering for sin once and for all. Isaiah 54 calls those, forsaken yet carriers of His promise, to assurance of His commitment to fruitfulness. In Isaiah 55, we are in the new way, in God’s word never returning void. In Isaiah 56, we are promised, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
In Isaiah 57, Idolatry is being addressed by its futility and God’s promise of delivering His people from it.