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The Bible Day 39: “God’s Revelation” (Psalm 19:1-6, Matthew 26:1-30, & Exodus 1-3)

The Bible Day 39: "God's Revelation" (Psalm 19:1-6, Matthew 26:1-30, & Exodus 1:1-3:22)

In examining God's revelation through diverse contexts, Psalm 19:1-6 underscores the divine glory manifested in nature, setting the stage for understanding how spiritual truths unfold. Matthew 26:1-30 directs our attention to the Last Supper, illuminating communal meals as a vehicle for profound spiritual teachings. Meanwhile, the narrative of Exodus 1:1-3:22 reveals God's guidance through adversity, establishing a thematic link to both Psalm 19 and Matthew 26. Together, these passages weave a rich tapestry of God's revelation, spanning the awe-inspiring magnificence of creation, the communal significance of shared meals, and the divine guidance amidst life's challenges.

 

 Psalm 19:1/6(NIV)/breakdown:

1. Verse 1-2: The heavens and skies are pronounced as declaring the glory and work of God continuously, day and night. It emphasizes the constant communication of God through His creation.

 

2. Verse 3-4: Although nature doesn't use audible words, the message of God's greatness is universally understood. The silent testimony of creation reaches every corner of the earth, conveying knowledge and revelation.

 

3. Verse 5-6: The imagery shifts to the sun, portrayed as a bridegroom and a champion. Its daily course symbolizes the majesty and reliability of God's creation, providing warmth and light to everything. This reinforces the idea that God's revelation is present everywhere.

 

Spiritual Teachings:

1. Divine CommunicationThe passage highlights how nature is a form of divine communication. Observing and appreciating the natural world can deepen our understanding of God's glory.

 

2. Universal Revelation: The message is not confined to a specific group or location; it reaches the ends of the world. This emphasizes the universality of God's revelation and the accessibility of His knowledge to all.

 

Scripture Examples:

Romans 1:20 (NIV): "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."

 

Acts 14:17 (NIV): "Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy."

 

These verses echo the idea that creation itself testifies to God's existence and attributes, as expressed in Psalm 19:1-6.

 

Matthew 26:1-30 (NIV) covers the events leading up to Jesus' betrayal, the Last Supper, and the beginning of His journey to the cross.

 

Verses 1-2: Jesus predicts His death, signaling the approaching climax of His earthly mission. This underscores the fulfillment of God's plan and prophecies regarding the Messiah.

 

Verse 3-5: The religious leaders plot to arrest and kill Jesus. This reflects the opposition Jesus faced from those who misunderstood or rejected His divine mission.

 

Verse 6-13: A woman anoints Jesus with expensive perfume. Jesus sees this as a preparation for His burial, emphasizing the significance of His sacrificial death. This act is a demonstration of love and devotion.

 

Verse 14-16: Judas agrees to betray Jesus. This sets the stage for unfolding God's redemptive plan, as Jesus willingly goes to the cross.

 

Verse 17-30: The Last Supper is instituted, where Jesus has the Passover meal with His disciples. He introduces the Lord's Supper, signifying the new covenant through His body and blood. This event holds profound spiritual significance, pointing to the atonement and the ongoing remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice.

 

Spiritual Teachings and Understandings:

1. Fulfillment of Prophecy: The events in these verses fulfill Old Testament prophecies, showcasing the divine arrangement of Jesus' life and mission (e.g., Zechariah 11:12-13).

 

2. Sacrificial Love and Devotion: The anointing by the woman and Jesus' acceptance of it highlight sacrificial love and devotion. This teaches about the depth of personal commitment to Christ.

 

3. Betrayal and Redemption: Judas' betrayal is a dark moment, but it plays a crucial role in the unfolding redemption story. Even in betrayal, God's plan for salvation prevails.

 

4. New Covenant through the Lord's Supper: The institution of the Lord's Supper signifies establishing a new covenant through Jesus' sacrifice. This ritual is a remembrance of His redemptive work (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

 

Scripture Examples:

- Isaiah 53:10 (NIV): "Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand."

 

- 1 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV): "Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed."

 

These verses complement the teachings and events in Matthew 26, emphasizing the prophetic fulfillment, sacrificial nature, and redemptive significance of Jesus' actions.

 

 The passage from Exodus 1:1-3:22 (NIV) covers the early events in the narrative of the Israelites' enslavement in Egypt and the calling of Moses.

 

Exodus 1:1-22:

- Verses 1-7: The descendants of Jacob, the Israelites, multiply in Egypt. Despite their growth, they face oppression as a new Pharaoh who does not know Joseph arises. This sets the stage for the enslavement of the Israelites.

 

- Verses 8-14: Pharaoh fears the increasing number of Israelites and subjects them to harsh slavery, yet they continue to thrive. This reflects the struggle between God's promise of multiplication to Abraham and the oppressive actions of Pharaoh.

 

- Verses 15-22: Pharaoh orders the midwives to kill Hebrew male babies, but they fear God and do not comply. This disobedience to Pharaoh's command is an act of faithfulness to God.

 

Exodus 2:1-10:

- Verses 1-10: Moses is born and placed in a basket in the Nile. Pharaoh's daughter finds and adopts him. This illustrates God's providence in preserving Moses, who will play a crucial role in the liberation of the Israelites.

 

Exodus 2:11-25:

- Verses 11-15: Moses kills an Egyptian who was mistreating a Hebrew. Fearing punishment, Moses flees to Midian. This event foreshadows Moses' future role as a deliverer and prophet.

 

- Verses 16-25: Moses marries Zipporah, and God hears the cries of the Israelites. This sets the stage for God's intervention and the revelation of His plan to Moses.

 

Exodus 3:1-22:

- Verses 1-6: God reveals Himself to Moses through a burning bush, symbolizing His holy presence. Moses is instructed to remove his sandals, recognizing the sacred ground. This encounter signifies God's revelation and the commissioning of Moses for a divine mission.

 

- Verses 7-10: God expresses concern for the suffering of the Israelites and reveals His plan to rescue them, promising to lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey.

 

- Verses 11-17: Moses questions his ability to lead, and God reveals His divine name, "I AM WHO I AM." This signifies God's eternal, self-existent nature and is a source of authority and assurance.

 

- Verses 18-22: God instructs Moses to approach Pharaoh and demand the release of the Israelites.

 

Spiritual Teachings and Understanding:

1. God's Providence and Protection: The preservation of Moses in a basket and his adoption by Pharaoh's daughter highlight God's providential care and protection.

 

2. Resistance to Oppression: The midwives' disobedience to Pharaoh's command exemplifies the importance of resisting unjust and oppressive actions in obedience to God.

 

3. Divine Encounter and Commissioning: Moses' encounter with the burning bush and God's revelation of His name emphasize the sacred nature of God's call and the authority behind Moses' mission.

 

4. God's Compassion and Promise: His concern for the suffering of the Israelites and His promise to lead them to a promised land reveal His compassionate nature and faithfulness to His promises.

 

Scripture Examples:

- Exodus 3:14 (NIV): "God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.'"

 

- Psalm 18:30 (NIV): "As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him."

 

These verses complement the teachings and events in Exodus 1:1-3:22, emphasizing God's character, His providence, and the significance of Moses' divine call.


In Christ, Love Jared W. Campbell


 

 



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