October 4, Reading 1 – 2 Kings 4

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SAA Notes

It is instructive to place these four miracles beside those of Jesus. Jesus’ first was with the water pots at the wedding at Cana. He fed the 5,000. He raised Lazarus to life. Remember that Biblical miracles cluster mainly around Moses, Elijah & Elisha, and Jesus. Their history and doings testify that Jesus is not some accidental figure of history, but God’s own Christ and prophet.

SJA Notes

“So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.”

Here we have the miracle of the loaves and fishes but in the old testament, a miracle of the firstfruits (barley loaves and fresh grain).

We see that Elisha has been given significant spiritual power by God, a conduit for God’s power to work physical miracles.

Jesus is the great prophet like Moses, and like Elijah and Elisha, who did many wondrous things while here on earth.

But He is more than only a prophet! He is also our great high priest, and He is a great king!

It is a wonderful assurance for us that we believe in a saviour who is not only lord of the earthly realities, but also the spiritual ones.

We believe in a king who conquered death itself and has brought us from being dead into a glorious life!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Dear Lord God,

Thank You for these stories of Your working through Elisha.

Thank You that these stories point us to Jesus, You the Son, our Saviour.

Thank You Lord God, thank You!

Amen.

October 4, Reading 2 – Jeremiah 37

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We think we’re in bad times with poor church attendance, rising crime and violence etc. Jeremiah lived in equally depressing times – even more so. He ended up in prison because of his faith. “Though troubles assail us and dangers affright, though friends should all fail us and foes all unite, yet one thing secures us: ‘the LORD will provide’.” John Newton

SJA Notes

* God Above, please show us here below Your word today.

“Where are your prophets who prophesied to you, saying, ‘The king of Babylon will not come against you and against this land’?”

There is truth and there is lie.

In today’s passage we see the reality of the dramatic difference between the two.

When the armies of Nebuchadnezzar were far off – The lies were abundant and EASY TO HEAR.

When the might of Babylon was near – What of the lies, those words like honey?

They were shown for the lie, the truth was clear.

And where were those who spoke the lies, the easy-to-hear words?

They were NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.

There is truth and there is lie.

For God’s people, what comes out of our mouths reflects on our King.

Are we speaking truth or lies today?

* God of Truth,

Please put within us Your Spirit, that we might discern what is true and what is not.

Please write Your word upon our, that it might show us the truth of who You are, who we are, of our desperate and utter need of You.

For Your word is TRUTH!

And Hallelujah for that!

Amen.

October 4, Reading 3 – Hebrews 9:1-14

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Jerusalem Above (original) and Jerusalem Below (copy): Temple Above (original) and Temple Below (copy). With art, the original is prized rather than the copy. We should prize the work of Jesus in the Temple Above – this is the original salvation or religion!

SJA Notes

* Holy God, this day is Yours as each one is. Please help us today to bear Your Name well.

“By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing …”

God has great intent in the creation of the tabernacle under Moses, and then the temple under Solomon.

These copies and shadows, they point us to Jesus!

“… But by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.”

There is importance in the sacrificial system (though it was a poor copy), even if only for one thing – That it points us to Jesus.

His is the sacrifice that matters.

He is the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world.

Through Him (and Him alone) we obtain redemption for our sins.

This is our King, our Lord and Saviour!

* Father God,

Thank You for Your word, both the old and new testaments.

Please help us as we walk through Your word each day, please help us to see Jesus.

Amen.