Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wednesday, November 11th: 1 Chronicles 1-3, Jude ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is  1 Chronicles 1-3; Jude

1 Chronicles covers the same time period as 2 Samuel, both describing the reign of David.  1 Chronicles, possibly authored by Ezra, was written to the returning remnant who were rebuilding Jerusalem after their 70 year exile in Babylon.

The genealogies seem boring to us, yet they were important to the Jewish people, and to record the Jewish line that would eventually culminate in the birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Many of the records were probably lost during the seige and exile of Jerusalem, and these records tied the pre-exile with the post-exile period.

I am thankful that, though the Jews were God's chosen people, He opened the way of salvation to everyone.

In Jude we find the truth the the Bible is the very Word of God.  The Bible is the one source we can trust for absolute truth.  There have always been and always will be people who try to twist the Word of God and to spread false teachings that are fortified with just enough truth to be believable - and, therefore, dangerous.  He charges us to contend for the faith, and to live out the love of God.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 1 Chronicles 4-6; Luke 1:1-20


Conrad said...

I liked the second half of verse 12 in Jude - waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;

We can have two trees side by side. One bearing fruit, the other one not. The same for us. We can be beside another individual and look very similar, but it's where our hearts are at that matters. There's no long term benefit in being a cloud with no purpose.

Nathan Reimer said...

A verse that stood out for me is Jude verse 21:

"keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life"

The word in that verse that caught my attention most is "waiting". We can't be expecting God to act immediately with anything, but need to have patience. God's time is perfect. Often I want things now, but God knows when is best. Waiting for heaven is worth it.

Pamela said...

One thing I noticed in the genealogy is how many women are mentioned. In a culture that would undervalue the contributions of women, the bible highlights so many of them.

from the NT

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt;

Have mercy on those who doubt. I can't help but think of how we as Christians often judge people on their sins in a way that prevents them from searching for God.