Thursday, February 28, 2008

Day 59/90: 2 Samuel 6-10, Jer 31-36, Eph 1-3

Highlights from today's reading:
  • This section of 2 Samuel records the awesome victories that David experienced as he honored God in all that he did. David was sure to follow the Lord and seek the Lord. This section of David's reign reminds me of Paul's words in Romans - If God is for us, who can be against us? Even against overwhelming odds, David found victory time and again solely because the Lord was with Him. The question for us is relatively straight-forward, if not always easy: are we following God's lead?
  • Jeremiah 31-36 is a very hopeful part of Jeremiah. While God has consistently promised destruction and captivity for the people of Judah through the book, in these chapters, we see the heart of God to restore His people after they have repented from the hardheartedness. God promises to restore them to their land, to write a new covenant with them, to be their faithful God, and to establish the throne of David forever - all very Messianic language that points us to what God has done in Jesus.
  • Ephesians 1-3, a passage I have studied and preached often, reminds of three key aspects of NT theology:
    • Christ should always be highly exalted - He is the One who has accomplished our salvation and now leads His church.
    • God is sovereign and has worked out His plan from the beginning of time - including rescuing us from darkness and death through Jesus.
    • The church is united as one body because we all have access to God through the unique work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.

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