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The Bible Day 11: (Psalm 8, Matthew 9:14-38, Genesis 24) "Sucess and Prosperity, Our Wondrous Lord

Introduction:


Having success or being prosperous is sometimes seen as a bad thing depending on who your audience is, but to God, it's' not wrong to allow our LORD to help us succeed if we stay faithful in our walks with our Creator. Today's' reading mentions success-prosperous five times in Genesis 24 (v. 12, 21, 40, 42, and 56). The LORD brings us success and prosperity through our ministries, teachings, jobs, and relationships. Married or not, He is always there, ensuring the prosperity of His faithful servants.

 

Wisdom: Reading Psalm 8:1-9


Prophetically, Psalm 8 speaks of the Incarnation of our LORD: (1)- It is His name that is wondrous in all the earth, and He is exalted far beyond the heavens (v. 1; see also Philippians 2:9-11). (2)- Our LORD also brings forth all the praise from His humble people, His faithful, who are likened to little children (v. 2; see also Matthew 18:1-4; and Matthew 21:15-16). (3)- Our LORD is also the Creator of the universe (v. 3; see also Hebrews 1:10-12). (4)- Our LORD remembered the man and his mortal nature; here is an example: his fall into death and decay, and so He became Incarnated to redeem humanity from death and to "crown him wi"h glory and honor (vv. 4-9; see also Hebrews 2:6-10). (5)- The things mentioned above, the Incarnate LORD's name iLORD'srous in all the earth.

 

The New Testament: Reading Matthew 9:14-38

 

The New Wine of the Kingdom – vv. 14-17:

Historically, the Jews fasted twice a week (Luke 18:12); the days were Monday and Thursday. This was an addition to public fasts, which were regularly observed and occasionally proclaimed (2 Chronicles 20:3), and this was done primarily on the day of Atonement (Lv. 16:31-34). Also, in times of mourning (Zechariah 7:5 and 8:19). The Jews, however, saw the day of the Messiah as a wedding feast- which was supposed to be a time of joy and gladness. We see Jesus proclaiming that day and declaring Himself the Messiah/Bridegroom. As Christians, fasting is not to be gloomy but desirable, having a bright sadness, for by fasting, we gain self-control and prepare ourselves for the Wedding Feast. THE OLD AND NEW WINESKINS: This stands for the Old Covenant and the Law, viewed as imperfect and temporary; the new wineskins are the New Covenant and all those who are now in Christ. The new wine is the Holy Spirit, who dwells within all the newly renewed people of faith in Christ, whom the old precepts of the Law cannot constrain.


A Healing and a Resurrection vv. 18-26


First, Jesus brings the woman good cheer that is because of her great faith in Him; next, He corrects her thinking, for she could not hide her touch from Him, and he didn't exclude her because of her illness and from the fact everyone else thought of her as unclean. Lastly, she exhibits her faith to all so we will all imitate her.


The Two Blind Men Healed and a Demoniac is Healed- vv. 27-33:


According to the writings of Isaiah, the messianic age is signified when "the eyes of "the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall hear" (Isaiah 35:"). These healings were the signs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. We see the title "Son of David" by the blind men expressing their faith and the truth about Jesus.


In v. 34, it was interesting to cast out demons "by the ruler" of the demons" is seen as "possible because the objective of Satan is to try and consolidate power, but not destroy it—the works of Christ, our holy works that demons can never perform.


In v. 36- Our LORD does not condemn sinners. Instead, He sees us as lost sheep to be found and brought home. In this case, He felt compassion for His people during His time, which means He suffered with them. Jesus' illustJesus' of sheep having no shepherd is drawn from the OT (Numbers 27:17; Ezekiel 34:5, and 3 Kingdoms 22:17), and this accusation Jesus is using is directed against the Jewish leaders whom our LORD charged them with the care, the duty of shepherds, but instead, they acted like wolves.


A Plentiful Harvest: vv. 36-38:


The harvest suggests the abundance of all ready to accept the Kingdom of God. Jesus is seen as both the Sower and the LORD of harvest. Jesus sends out His disciples not to sow, but instead, they are to reap what he had successfully through His prophets (see John 4:36-38). The number sent out to the harvest is less critical than what power they all go into the harvest with (see Matthew 10:1).

 

The Old Testament: Reading Genesis 24:1-67

Issac and Rebekah:

 




 Introduction:

Having success or being prosperous is sometimes seen as a bad thing depending on who your audience is, but to God, it's' not wrong to allow our LORD to help us succeed if we stay faithful in our walks with our Creator. Today's' reading mentions success-prosperous five times in Genesis 24 (v. 12, 21, 40, 42, and 56). The LORD brings us success and prosperity through our ministries, teachings, jobs, and relationships. Married or not, He is always there, ensuring the prosperity of His faithful servants.


Wisdom: Reading Psalm 8

Psalm 8 is prophetic, with Jared focusing on the themes of the Lord's glory, creation, and the incarnation of Christ. They connected these biblical passages to Christ as Creator, Redeemer, and Ruler of the universe, emphasizing the Lord's dominion over all things.


The New Testament: Reading Matthew 9:14-38

Jared discussed a passage from Matthew, chapter 9, focusing on Jesus's teachings and actions. They highlighted Jesus's response to the Pharisees' question about why their disciples do not fast and their explanation about the importance of new wine and new wineskins. Jared also recounted several instances where Jesus performed miracles, such as restoring a girl's life, healing a woman, and bringing two blind men back to sight. They ended the discussion by emphasizing the compassion of Jesus and encouraging prayer for more laborers in the harvest.


Jared discussed the historical practice of Jewish fasting, which occurred twice a week on Monday and Thursday and was observed during the morning. They emphasized that fasting was not meant to be gloomy, but instead, it was to prepare oneself for the wedding feast of the Messiah. Jared also touched upon the healing and resurrection of a girl and the healing of two blind men and a demon-possessed man. The Pharisees' claim that Jesus cast out demons through the ruler of the demons was refuted, as it was a holy act that demons could not perform. Jesus was seen as both the Sower and the Lord of the harvest, who sent out their disciples to reap what had been sown by the prophets and apostles.


The Old Testament: reading Genesis 24

Jared discussed the biblical story of Isaac and Rebecca. They explained that Abraham, Isaac's father, sent their servant to find a wife for Isaac in their family in their homeland. Following Abraham's instruction, the servant identified Rebecca from their family and brought her back to Isaac. Isaac and Rebecca eventually married.


Jared led a Bible study focused on Abraham, Isaac, and Rebecca. They highlighted the importance of faith and free will, noting that Abraham and Rebecca made decisions based on their own free will. They also discussed the concept of predestination and the role of the Holy Spirit. The study concluded with a prayer, reiterating faith, peace, and love themes.


In Christ, love Jared W. Campbell


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