January 3, Reading 3 – Matthew 3

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SAA Notes

Observe the similarities between Samuel’s anointing of David and Saul as King with their subsequent anointing of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus’ baptism (an anointing) by God’s prophet as Israel’s King (and Priest) with the subsequent anointing by the Holy Spirit. This is the right biblical way of men becoming kings, priests, and prophets – fulfilling all righteousness. Jesus’ title is the Christ – the Anointed, not the Immersed!

SJA Notes

John’s message here is the same as the prophets, and its the same message we read in Revelation.

Speaking of Jesus, “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Wheat or chaff. Sheep or goats. In the light or darkness. Belief or unbelief.

The good news of Jesus is that He saves us from our sin.

The terrible reality of Jesus is that He will winnow the wheat from the chaff, and the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.

As we begin in Matthew, this is important for us to remember. To keep in our minds. This is Jesus!

  • Father God,

Thank You for saving us. Thank You for sanctifying us.

Please wash us clean from the daily dirt and muck of our own sinful desires that mark us each day.

Please turn us to You, more and more, little by little, day by day.

Amen.

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