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

* Mighty God, please teach us today of our need for You.

“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.”

John’s message here is the same as we have read through the old testament prophets, and it is the same as what we will read through to the book of Revelation.

Wheat or chaff.

Sheep or goats.

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 what He will winnow the wheat from the chaff, and the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.

This is our King, our Lord, our Saviour – Our God.

* Father God,

Thank You for saving us Your people. Thank You that You continue to sanctify us.

Please wash us clean from the dirt and muck of the day, our own sinful desires that continue to rise up.

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

Amen.

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