Readings for January 3rd

Favorite line – “I will sing praises to you among the nations”  (Psalm 110:3).  Often this type of praise and thanks is reserved for worship in the temple where praise is normally centered.  I wonder how you praise God among the nations.  I doubt it means singing a hymn loudly enough for your neighbors to hear as you walk around the neighborhood or blasting your favorite worship music as you drive around town.  The writer wants praise of God to be among those who do not believe in God so that God’s praise is in their hearing and experience; how does that happen?

Luke 2:40 recounts Jesus growing in wisdom.  Understanding this has to take into account that unique event of God becoming man but I wonder if partly this can be understood as the difference between knowledge of which God’s is beyond all others and the unique incarnational experience of being a human being.  Is this the difference between knowing everything about the world He created, from the span of the universe to the quantum mechanics, and experiencing it through our created bodies?  Jesus, who is 12 years old in this reading, is experiencing growth, time, maturation and human weakness within the bodies and in the time He created.

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  1. Today in church our Pastor preached on the first passover. Moses had told the Isrealites to put the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. When the angel of death came to slaughter all the first born the Isrealites who had the blood of the Lamb were passed over by the angel of death. Our Pastor pointed out that Jesus is our passover Lamb! We all justly deserve the wrath of God because of our sins. Jesus in His mercy came to earth to become our sacrificial Lamb. He died on the cross and took our punishment and the wrath of God that we deserved. He then defeated the power of death and rose again from the dead! Now because of Christ we have been passed over by the power of sin and death! We have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. We are now sons and daughters of God! Good news indeed! Know wonder Simeon and Anna were filled with joy at the coming of Jesus. The Holy Spirit reveled to them that Jesus would be the salvation for all men the Jews and the Gentiles. May our hearts be filled with this same type of joy as we tell unbelievers about the law and the gospel of Jesus! 🙂

  2. I wonder what other sections/tools in the Treasury are you finding useful, I’d like to know.

    • To be honest I usually only use the daily readings. I am reading the Chronological One Year Bible too. I really enjoy reading the Bible chronologically and I find that the Treasury of Daily Prayer complements my other Bible. I have looked at the other sections in the Treasury of Daily Prayer and think that they are very lovely! 🙂

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