Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Corinthians 15:35-44

35 But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” 36 What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. 37 And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting. 38 Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed. 39 Similarly there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

40 There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies. 41 The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory.

42 It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. 43 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. 44 They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.


When people of this world think about people being raised from the dead, pictures of mummies and zombies are all they can come up with. This view falls short and even distorts the truth of the resurrection. When it comes time for God to take me home, it will be in a brand new body dressed for the wedding feast to be set before the family He purchased at such a high price.

Friday, April 11, 2014

I Corinthians 11:23-26

23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

Communion is my chance to sit for a moment at God's supper table and share in His last meal with the disciples. I get to remember the severe beating that should have been mine that He bore instead. I get to meditate on how He pour out His precious blood as a sacrifice to pay my way into heaven. It is my time to be thankful for being part of God's family.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Romans 11:1-6

1 I ask, then, has God rejected his own people, the nation of Israel? Of course not! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham and a member of the tribe of Benjamin.

2 No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning. Do you realize what the Scriptures say about this? Elijah the prophet complained to God about the people of Israel and said, 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

4 And do you remember God’s reply? He said, “No, I have 7,000 others who have never bowed down to Baal!”

5 It is the same today, for a few of the people of Israel have remained faithful because of God’s grace—his undeserved kindness in choosing them. 6 And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.


God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The same God who freely and undeservedly chose the Israelites to be His chosen ones has now given that same love to all people (1 Timothy 2:4). Based on Israel's example it is easy to see that God has forgiven me and will continue to do so even if I fail Him.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Joel 1:2-3

2 Hear this, you leaders of the people.
    Listen, all who live in the land.
In all your history,
    has anything like this happened before?
3 Tell your children about it in the years to come,
    and let your children tell their children.
    Pass the story down from generation to generation.

God repeatedly brought down harsh judgement on His chosen people when they wandered off from Him. This was done not just to punish them but to remind them of the good favor of God and bring them back to Him with a repentant heart. God help me to stay close to you and stand on the rock of my salvation all my days.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I Corinthians 5:1-8

1 I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you—something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother. 2 You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship.

3 Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man 4 in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. 5 Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns.

6 Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. 8 So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.


It is astounding that such a small thing as yeast can make an entire batch of dough rise. It is also astounding how quickly a little sin can spread through an entire congregation of believers if left unchecked. Lord, help me to truly love others while still being disgusted by the evil that may be in their lives (Romans 12:9). May I clink to what is good and help others to do the same.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Exodus 12:3-14

3 Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household. 4 If a family is too small to eat a whole animal, let them share with another family in the neighborhood. Divide the animal according to the size of each family and how much they can eat. 5 The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects.

6 “Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. 7 They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the door frames of the houses where they eat the animal. 8 That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat any of the meat raw or boiled in water. The whole animal—including the head, legs, and internal organs—must be roasted over a fire. 10 Do not leave any of it until the next morning. Burn whatever is not eaten before morning.

11 “These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the Lord’s Passover. 12 On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord! 13 But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 “This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time.


God had one final miracle to show the Pharaoh to get him to let God's people go. This sign of losing the first born, the heir to the throne in Pharaoh's home, must have struck the Egyptian people like nothing else. God, You are constantly working on the hearts of men to soften them to listen to Your voice.

Friday, April 4, 2014

I Corinthians 2:10-12

10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

The deeper I look into the mysteries of God's creation, the more complexity that is seen and even greater mysteries present themselves. How deep are the thoughts of God? His creation shows such great detail in even the most mundane things, how much more does he care for those purchased into His family? It is only by God's own gift of the Holy Spirit that I am even able to start understanding my heavenly Father.