Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ignite 365: 8 of 365

Psalms and Wisdom Literature: Psalm 7

David writes a musical piece about "Taking refuge in the Lord". It can be noticed that in the first few verses, David constantly is asking the Lord to search his heart for any sins he might have committed. Though he is asking for God's help against his enemies, David is opening his heart for God to judge him according to his own righteousness.
At the end part of this chapter, David gives a warning to the wicked to repent from their sins and turn to God.
In verses 10 and 11, David says how he takes refuge in the Lord: 

"My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day."

Pentateuch and History of Israel: Genesis 8:1–19

This describes the time when the flood finally subsides at the end of 150 days. This is also the time when Noah and his family, together with all of the living creatures that were inside the ark, went out from the ark. 
My take on this is that, even though it seems we are experiencing hardships for so long already (remember, the rain was 40 days and 40 nights nonstop), these hardships will pass too. What only matters now is if we still put our faith in the Lord, even at times that we cannot fully comprehend what is happening around us.
Chronicles and Prophets: 1 Chronicles 8

These are the lists of the genealogy of Saul, the father of Jonathan (the bestfriend of David).

Gospels and Epistles: Luke 4:14–44

It is interesting that Jesus has just gotten back from the wilderness where he was tempted by the devil. It must be noticed that Jesus goes to the synagogue (the place of worship for a Jewish congregation) and begins His ministry. This is the time when He reads a scroll of prophet Isaiah:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”
This is also where Jesus is rejected (at Nazareth). He starts healing and casting away evil spirits as well, and continues to preach in synagogues.

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