Bible Readings, week 5; January 30-Feb.5, 2023
Bible Readings, week 5; January 30-Feb.5, 2023
Jan. 30; Ex 15-16; Ps 30
Ex. 15; What was Moses' song about?
Ex. 16:4, 15; "Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan" (v.35).
The literal translation of the word "manna" man-na, is, “who is this,” not what is it. The people of Israel ate the heavenly bread. They did not know how to name it, so they called it "who is he." The manna was God's gift to Israel until they reached the Promised Land. What was the manna about? Please refer to John 6:32-40. How was the manna part of God's plan of salvation in both the Old and the New Testament?
Ps. 30:5; "For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning."
How much do you trust the Lord when you face challenges? Remember, as far as you trust the Lord, joy comes in the morning.
Jan. 31; Ex 17-19; Mat 20; Ps 31
Ex. 18; what kind of advice did Moses' father-in-law give to Moses?
Ex. 17:1-7; This passage is about water from the rock. How was this significant incident an imagery of the cross? Please refer to 1 Cor. 10:4 and John 19:34.
Ps. 31:16; Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!"
What does "shine your face" mean? Please refer to Numb. 6:22-27.
Feb. 1; Ex 20-21; Ps 32
Ex. 20; Where in the Bible do we find the Ten Commandments?
Ps. 32:1-2; "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit."
If God does not count our iniquity against us, who carried our iniquity on our behalf? Please refer to Rom. 4:7-8. Where is God’s plan of salvation in this verse?
Ex.20:1 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery."
Why did God introduce His commandments in this way? What is the relationship between keeping God's commandments and salvation? Do you keep God's commandments?
Feb. 2; Ex 22-23; Mat 21; Ps 33
Matt. 21:1-5; "Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'"
Where in the book of Genesis do we find the prophecy about the Triumphal Entry of Jesus to Jerusalem? Please refer to Gen. 49.
2. Ex. 23:20-22; "Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him."
Who is this Angel? Do you think God Himself appeared as this Angel? What was the rule of this Angel in God's plan of salvation? What is the relationship between this Angel and Christ?
Ex. 21:1-6; "Now these are the rules that you shall set before them. 2 When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing. 3 If he comes in single, he shall go out single; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 If his Master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her Master's, and he shall go out alone. 5 But if the slave plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,' 6 then his Master shall bring him to God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his Master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall be his slave forever."
How much do you love our Master?
Feb. 3; Ex 24-26; Ps 34
Ps. 34; what is the background of this Psalm? Please refer to 1 Sam. 28:1-2; 1 Sam. 29
Ex. Ps. 34:20; "He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken."
How was this verse used on the cross? Please refer to John 19:35-36
Ex. 24:6-8; "And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient." 8 And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, "Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words."
Why did Moses throw blood on the people? Was this blood enough for people's salvation? Please refer to Heb. 9:13-14.
Feb. 4; Ex 27-28; Mat 22; Ps 35
Matt. 22:1-14; why did Jesus say this parable? Who are the characters referring to?
Matt. 22: 20-21; "And Jesus said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this? They said, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Gospel of Mark was specific; we read, "And he said to them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's" (Mark 12:16).
We were created in the image of God. Here, Jesus wanted us to give ourselves, the image of God, back to God. How is giving ourselves back to God work in God's plan of salvation?
Ex. 28:1; "Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests—Aaron and Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
What makes someone a priest in the Old Testament? How did God make us priests to Him in the New Testament? Please refer to 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6
Feb. 5; Ex 29; Mat 23; Ps 36
Matt. 23; where did Jesus say this speech?
Ex. 29; there are several sacrifices in this chapter. How did these sacrifices point to Christ? How was Christ's sacrifice a fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrifices? Where is God's plan of salvation in Ex. 29?
Ps. 36; "To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the Lord."
What do we learn from the title of this verse? Why did David call himself a slave of God? Please refer to the last verses in the Psalm, v.5-12. How deep is your relationship with God?