18 BSF Matthew Week 18, Day 2

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

Unveiled Glory:  In Exodus 34 we learn that after Moses would leave the sanctuary, from being in the presence of the glory of the Lord, he would veil His face because the Israelites could not handle the shine of his face.

In 2 Cor 3:13 Paul wrote: “We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.”

Jesus did not hide what was going to happen from His disciples or from us.  It wasn’t veiled in a parable.  It wasn’t disguised in code.  It was as plainly spoken as one could speak.  He would be put to death and then rise 3 days later.

It was not that Jesus had less shine than Moses.  Just the opposite.  But it was time for the glory to be unveiled.  Like a bride at marriage lifts her veil when joined to her spouse.  The bridegroom had arrived and the time had come and was coming for the veil to be removed.

My Answers

3.
a.
up a high mountain

b.
Peter James and John

c.
spending time with the disciples

4.
a.
transfomed into holy radiance.  He was in communion with the saints and prophets, His appearance and being reflected His soul, one free and clean of sin

b.
He was an eye-witness.  He saw and heard it as fact, not story

c.
Both

5.
Matt: coming on the clouds of heaven
John: seen the glory of the Son
John: Glorify your son that your Son may glorify you
Acts: a light, brighter than the sun – voice from heaven
Phil: exalted by God – given the name above all names
Rev: son of man, his face shining like the sun, hair white as snow and eyes blazing like fire

 

BSF Genesis: Week 18, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

8.
a.
h17/g1 God tested Abraham, h17/g10 offered Isaac as sacrifice, h19/g5 resurrect his son – we will return

b.
showed Abraham’s obedience to God, Isaac’s obedience to his father and allowed God to show his love and plan of salvation

c.
He was the perfecter of faith for through the ultimate obedience and sacrifice faith is perfectly demonstrated

d.
There is joy in honoring God and in doing my best for him. Sacrifices are hard, but in denial of sinful self I know that I am honoring God and am closer to Him.

9.
a.
person or thing acting or serving in place of another.

b.
a voice calling from heaven and a ram for the sacrifice

c.
that He sent His only son as an atoning sacrifice for my sins

d. dedication of self and family, willingness to serve as He calls, willingness to rely on Him

10.
a.
Here I am, The LORD will provide

b.
bless you, make descendants numerous as stars/sand. Possess cities of enemies, thorough offspring all nations earth blessed

My Daily Journal:

I love verse 22.  “I swear by myself, declares the Lord…”  I can hear God saying, “I swear in the name of, well, Me….”  One of the other leaders told me he saw a cartoon that asked the question, what do you say to God if he sneezes?

I think part of the message in this is that faith is not a possession, it is something to be lived out.  It is not a pair of shoes you lock away, it is something you wear and use.  It is only through the exercise of faith that God can use it to His glory.  Hide it under a bushel? No!

Where do I need to take my faith for a walk?

How do I need to trust more in the Lord?

Am I giving thanks to God for the provisions He has given me?  Is my first response to that provision the same that Abraham demonstrated – by immediately wanting to use it to give back and honor God?