March 5, Reading 1 – Exodus 24

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SAA Notes

When you read verse 15, look at one of the Gospel accounts of the Transfiguration – Moses, the cloud and the top of a mountain. Moses stayed with the Lord on the mountain for 40 days at the beginning of his ministry – even as Jesus stayed in the wilderness for 40 days at the beginning of his ministry.

SJA Notes

* Holy God, there is none like You. Creator God, please work Your will through us today.

“Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

These words are to break our hearts at the work the Father ordered and the Son obediently underwent.

We know that while in this passage Israel covenanted to obedience, they failed again and again through the ages.

And we, God’s people, plumb the depths every day of our own failure and disobedience that led Jesus to the cross.

But these words, the blood of the covenant – It was HIS blood that brought about the fulfilment and deepening and expanding of what we know was God’s covenant all along.

Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew,

“… For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for the many for the forgiveness of sins.”

This is our Saviour. Our King. The Good Shepherd, the Great Physician, the Righteous One who gave Himself for us.

His blood poured out for us.

Hallelujah what a Saviour we have – One who kept both sides of the covenant for us! Both to enact and to fulfil.

Thank You Lord, thank You!

* Heavenly Father God,

Thank You for Your mercy to us, that we see in the blood shed of the Lamb slain, You in the Person of the Son, crucified at Calvary.

Thank You for saving us from darkness into light, taking the penalty for our sin upon Yourself.

Thank You Lord.

Amen.

March 5, Reading 2 – Psalm 68

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The opening thought of this psalm is the familiar Your kingdom come of the Lord’s prayer. About the last words of the New Testament are: Amen, Come Lord Jesus. This wonderful God who saves excites David. Am I excited?

SJA Notes

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah.”

Here we are pointed to God, promoting that He is blessed.

Not that our words hold power to bestow blessing, but we are telling the truth about God. He is blessed!

And then _daily_ God bears us up.

We do not have a weekly doctor’s appointment with the Lord. This is not a yearly visit with God on Christmas or Easter.

Every. Single. Day.

Daily our Saviour bears us up. We stand on the rock, the rock that weathers wind and waves (the rock that calms the storm).

The world is against us, there are people against us, there are supernatural powers against us – Because we are found in Jesus.

And so it is very important we grasp hold of this – That God is our saviour, our salvation.

He saves us!

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah.”

* Father God,

You are our salvation – Hallelujah, we praise Your Name!

Thank You that as Father You save us by Your grace.

Thank You that as Son You save us by Your life, blood, death and resurrection.

Thank You that as Spirit You save us by Your illumination, Your renovation and Your preservation.

Amen.

March 5, Reading 3 – Acts 13:26-52

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Notice what Paul says in verse 28. This was the scandal of the judicial murder of Jesus that Paul once wholeheartedly agreed with (Acts 26:9,10). Why is jealousy such a curse within the Church?

SJA Notes

* Dear God, please arrest our thoughts and soften our hearts today as we read Your word.

“For those who live in Jerusalem and their rules, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him.”

It was important for Jewish people at this time to hear that when the prophets (the old testament) were read every Sabbath, that these readings proclaimed Jesus.

It is important today for us to hear as well!

God’s word is not a divided book. It is not a tale of two dissonant halves, or sixty-six books that contradict each other.

It is ONE WORD.

And that word is bound up in Jesus, who in such as wonderful supernatural hard-to-comprehend way was God’s word BECOME FLESH.

Look at how the Gentiles took up the wonderful good news of Jesus,

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.”

Hallelujah, what a Saviour we have!

* Gracious Lord,

Thank You that You save sinners from every nation, tribe and tongue.

Thank You for calling a sinner such as me.

Amen.