January 31, Reading 1 – Genesis 38


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Consider Judah’s words about Tamar: she is more righteous than I, before judging her actions too harshly. (38:26) Tamar had the responsibility of producing the heir. Judah took that away from her unrighteously. He condemned her to a future of poverty and charity within the camp – she who was chosen to bear the heir! How did Joseph treat Mary – she who was chosen to bear the Heir?

January 31, Reading 2 – Psalm 15, 16


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These two psalms form part of the Messianic teaching in the Old Testament. The first asks the question: Who can live with God? And the second looks at David the Messiah’s prayer to God to preserve his life. Peter quotes this psalm in his sermon on the day of Pentecost as prophesying about the resurrection of Christ. (Acts 2:25-32)

SJA Notes

David knew of our resurrection hope!

What a wonderful word we read here. Psalm 16 v6 says, “The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”

This is true for all of us, regardless of current earthly situation!

In Jesus, we all have a beautiful inheritance, as Peter tells us in 1 Peter ch 1, “… To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,”

David finds great joy in this, and can say, “I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

David’s strength, he clearly indicates here, is from the Lord. And his assurance.

V10 is just fantastic, “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.”

This was true for David, long years before Jesus, but because of Jesus.

This was true, ultimately, for Jesus! He did not see corruption, but came back to life!

And so it is true for us. What an inheritance we have alongside David in Jesus.

Praise God, what a saviour!

January 31, Reading 1 – Matthew 21:33-22:14


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These two parables are told to the chief priests and the elders of Israel. What warning is there for you in these parables, for your acceptance of the Bible’s authority and for your practice?

SJA Notes

These are hard words to read – The church today is often guilty, or the people within the church today, guilty of taking for granted the framework and the understanding and the structures that the bible sets up – And then working our own ways within it, apart from God.

Are we a people producing fruits in keeping with repentance?

Have we fallen on the rock of Israel, the cornerstone – Jesus? Are we broken into pieces before Him, our foundation?

As the Pharisees, Teachers of the Law and Chief Priests were guilty of at the time Jesus walked the earth, so we can be guilty to – Of working our own ways and wisdom and desires, thinking we are kingdom people by walking our own paths – Instead of walking with Jesus!

He is the stone that the builders rejected, the cornerstone.

* Father God,

You have ordained that Jesus would be rejected by men, with no form or majesty, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

But He is the cornerstone and the capstone! He is the rock on which we build our foundation!

Hallelujah, for this Lord God. Thank You!