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    365 Bible Reading

    April 9 – Matthew 3

    LOOK:  John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus.  That was his whole life purpose…to prepare the way for Jesus!  John was such a wild man, eating bugs and wearing Fred Flintstone clothing.  He calls the Pharisees a bunch of snakes when they come out to see what John was up to.  He preaches about salvation through Jesus only.  Jesus comes to John and asks to be baptized and John says that he is not worthy and should be baptized by Jesus but he obeys and baptizes Jesus in the Jordan (I’ve been to the Jordan and baptized people there…I was even baptized in that location).

    LISTEN:  John was Jesus’ cousin.  John jumped in his mother’s womb when Mary came to visit with Jesus in her womb.  John was all about Jesus…he existed to proclaim Jesus! 

    LEARN:  Are you all about Jesus?  How are you proclaiming Him today?

     
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    April 7 – Matthew 2

    LOOK:  This passage is mostly about the wise men from the East that come to worship the child Jesus.  King Herod tries to use these men to help him find Jesus and have him killed.  God’s protection was on the child Jesus and the wise men were warned not to go back to Herod.  The sad truth in this section is that Herod had all the boys in Jerusalem that were two years old and younger murdered in an attempt to kill Jesus.

    LISTEN:  The contrast in this passage is very clear.  Herod wants to find Jesus to kill Him, while the wise men want to find Him to worship Him.  What will you do with Jesus?

    LEARN: Probably the most overused saying every Christmas is, “Wise men still seek Him”.  The sentiment is good.  Are you seeking Him?  For what purpose?

     
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    April 6 – Proverbs 14

    LOOK:  “There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death… The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.”

    LISTEN:  I’ve posted two of the most famous proverbs from this chapter.  The first is a good reminder to check your ways and examine if they are wise or leading to death.  The second is another one of those hopeful statements that is meant to encourage the listener to be faithful and righteous.

    LEARN:  Do you believe that living a righteous life will bring reward?  Are you living a life that God desires?

     

     
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    April 5 – Matthew 1

    LOOK:  “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”)

    LISTEN:  You might be tempted to skip over the list of genealogy in Matthew chapter 1 but it is important.  Matthew was tracing Jesus’ genealogy from Abraham through King David all the way to Joseph.  This would be important for the Jews to see that Jesus was the promised Messiah that the Old Testament promised.

    LEARN:  The last portion of this chapter is about Joseph accepting Jesus as his son.  We can all learn from the selfless humility Joseph displayed in a difficult situation.  Selfless humility is something we should always default to.

     
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    April 4 – James 5

    LOOK:  “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

    LISTEN:  James teaches us the importance of functioning as the body of Christ.  We are called to care for each other and to hold each other accountable.  The goal is restoration not attacking a brother in Christ. 

    LEARN:  Are we living in community?  Are we allowing people to have input into our lives and are we loving others enough to lovingly confront them?

     
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