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 3 – Acts 16:16-40

Reading

Audio, Visual

SAA Notes

The Philippian jailor is given a covenant promise – if he believes, then he and his household will be saved. The whole household is baptised immediately at night. The baptism was by sprinkling or pouring (immersion was impossible). It is likewise an unwarranted inference that all the household baptisms would never have children in them. The likelihood is the other way.

March 9, Reading 3 – Acts 15:36-16:15

Reading

Audio, Visual

SAA Notes

Paul and Barnabas’s disagreement over John Mark shows that as Matthew Henry said: “the best of men are but men, subject to like passions as we are. … only Christ’s example is … without blot.” Notice it is the Lord who opens Lydia’s heart, not Paul’s persuasive preaching. Pray always without ceasing!

SJA Notes

Even the son of encouragement (Barnabas) had discouragement in his relationships.

We’re not told a lot, but we can know some of what happened.

Barnabas and Paul had a disagreement over what seems like a wisdom issue (do you take someone with you that has previously shown themselves to be perhaps a little lacking in drive – maybe).

But they argued.

These two wonderful examples of Jesus show us, as examples, that it is _only_ Jesus that is THE example.

We don’t look to the copies and raise them up as heroes.

There is only one hero, one to worship – And it is Jesus, the Son of God.

Nobody else can stand up.

And you know, we know this, because God’s word teaches us this. That even the best of us is broken and unable to be worthy. Except Jesus.

Let’s see Him, draw near to Him, listen to Him.

* Gracious Lord,

Thank You that Jesus, Your Son, is the perfect and supreme example. That is the PRIME and ONLY and EVERLASTING example of what it means to live under Your will, to love You and serve You.

Help us to be more like Him.

Sink us in self that we might rise in Thee.

Amen.