February 29

SAA Notes

Choose three readings for yourself from the OT1, OT2 and the NT. Look at the passages that have stood out to you in past times.

I’ve chosen three below:

Genesis 12:1-20

Reading

The promise to Abraham that was fulfilled in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 1-2

Psalm 1 – Which has as its theme the Law or Torah (the first five books of the Bible).

Psalm 2 – Which has as its theme the Prophets (Joshua to 2 Kings [not Ruth], then Isaiah to Malachi).

New Testament

One of the resurrection accounts: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21.

March 10, Reading 1 – Exodus 28:15-43

Reading

Audio, Visual

SAA Notes

The breastpiece of the High Priest was worn over the heart. Read Hebrews from chapter 4:14 to chapter 8. It is very heartening to realise that Christ carries us over His heart!

SJA Notes

“So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgement on his heart, when he goes into the Holy Place, to bring them to regular remembrance before the LORD.”

Aaron bore the names of God’s people into the Holy Place as high priest.

As we read on, he also bore the judgement of God’s people on his heart before the LORD regularly, as well as the guilt.

The high priest had a pretty scary job in one sense, coming into the presence of the Almighty God to represent the people and their guilt.

From the book of Hebrews we know that our great high priest Jesus – From the perspective of a guilt-bearing sacrifice He entered once for all into the holy places.

And these were not earthly man-made holy places (such as a tabernacle, wondrous though it might have been), copies of the heavenly things.

But Jesus offered Himself a sacrifice into heaven itself, appearing in the presence of God on our behalf. And not repeatedly (regularly as Aaron had to do), but once.

This is Jesus, the ever-living high priest – Praise God, what a Saviour!

* Great God,

Thank You for Jesus, our great high priest.

Thank You that we see Jesus here in Exodus, as we read of Aaron as high priest and what he had to do.

Thank You for calling us to be Your people.

Please help us see Jesus today and onwards, to take hold of the salvation He won as a once-for-all sacrifice.

Amen.

March 10, Reading 2 – Psalm 74, 75

Reading

Audio, Visual

SAA Notes

Two more songs by Asaph: Asaph was one of David’s leading Levite musicians. When David brought the Ark into Jerusalem, Asaph was one of those playing out in front of the ark. He lived through some dark days, as Psalm 74 recalls. Asaph’s faith (Psalm 74:12) is like that of Joshua who declared, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord!

SJA Notes

“For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God who executes judgement, putting down one and lifting up another.”

This can be a hard word for us.

It is God who lifts up and God who puts down.

The warning is clear in Asaph’s words here – Do not boast! Do not lift yourself up!

Why?

Peter wrestles through this in 1 Peter chapter 5,

“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'”

Why? Because God opposes the proud! That should be more than enough.

Peter goes on,

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

We do not need to lift ourselves up. It is God that takes care of us – He cares for His people.

We do not need to lift ourselves up. God holds us in His everlasting arms, and human vanity and pride cannot compare to that.

* Dear Lord God,

Please humble us today.

Please remind us of our desperate and utter need for You and Your salvation.

Please remind us of what You did at Calvary on the cross all those years ago.

Please remind us of Jesus today.

Amen.