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Deuteronomy 33:1-29 ~ Luke 13:1-21
Psalm 78:65-72 ~ Proverbs 12:25
Old Testament - I like Moses' blessings of the tribes today! It reminds me of Jacob's blessings of his sons in Genesis Chapter 49.
An image is below for Moses' blessing of the tribe of Joseph in verse 17- "Joseph has the strength and majesty of a young bull; his power is like the horns of a wild ox.
He will gore distant nations, driving them to the ends of the earth.
This is my blessing for the multitudes of Ephraim and the thousands of Manasseh."" (I'm not sure why the image below says "unicorn" - it doesn't look like a unicorn to me! :)
New Testament - In Luke chapter 13 verse 5 Jesus teaches a strong call to repentance - "No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will also perish."' What does repent mean to you? Have you repented?
I love the teachings in verses 18 & 19 - "Then Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds come and find shelter among its branches." Is the Kingdom of God within you? Is it growing and becoming something? Will others find shelter in it?
Bible.org's commentary on Luke chapter 13's readings today titled "A Problem of Perspective" is at this link.
Psalms - Psalm 78 verse 71 is awesome - "He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob's descendants--God's own people, Israel." This verse reminds me that we'll be reading about David later this year in the One Year Bible! It is interesting that the Psalmist refers to David as a shepherd and not king of Israel in this verse. The shepherd analogy seems like it might be foreshadowing Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Here's an image below of a young David as a shepherd - perhaps singing some Psalms?? :)
Proverbs - Today in Proverbs chapter 12 verse 25 we read – “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” How is the state of your heart today? Is it anxious? Might I cheer you up with a kind word? :) You are a rock star for reading the One Year Bible this year! Not many people take on this significant holy endeavor to learn more about God’s very Word and to allow themselves to be transformed by it. Now – are there others in your life that you know are being weighed down with an anxious heart? Will you reach out to them today and tomorrow and the next day with a kind word to cheer them up? Never underestimate the power of a kind word toward others. It is life-giving. Please never fail to pass along life & joy to others through kind words as you journey through this life. And please accept kind words when they are given to you.
What verses or insights jumped out for you in today's readings? Please post up in the Comments section below!