Day 45 – Thru the Bible
Today we continue Numbers and Psalms.
Video – Holiness
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Numbers 17 – The last rebellion is resolved when, out of the 12 staffs (representing each of the tribes of Israel) that were deposited by the ark, Aaron’s staff alone budded with blossoms and ripe almonds, while the others remained dry wood. This life out of death symbol served as God’s justification of Aaron as the designated mediator.
How does Jesus’ life-out-of-death resurrection show God’s justification of His work as our Mediator? Hint: Acts 17:31.
Number 18 – The last section’s reassertion of priestly rights flows naturally into this chapter’s delineation of the duties of priests and Levites, along with the support they are due by way of tithes and offerings.
How is this type of support for spiritual leaders seen in the new covenant? Hint: 1 Corinthians 9:3–12; 16:2; 1 Timothy 5:17–18.
Paul rejoiced in the generosity of the Philippian church because it was the manifest fruit of the grace of God in their lives—a fragrant sacrifice to the very God who promises to supply all of our needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:10–20).
Psalm 45 – Initially descriptive of David’s throne, this Psalm was perfectly fulfilled at Christ’s ascension according to Hebrews 1:5–9, which connects the “Son” (Ps. 2:7) to the Davidic King (2 Sam. 7:14) to “God” (Psalm 45).
This King is “handsome” because he reigns righteously and “grace is poured upon [his] lips” (v. 2).
How is Jesus’ grace revealed and how does it draw us near to Him? Hint: Matthew 11:28-29.
The king of this Psalm is also one who makes his bride beautiful (Ps. 45:10–14). Her clothing is stunning because He wants his bride to reflect His attributes: “righteousness” and hatred of wickedness (vv. 7, 13–15; cf. Rev. 19:8).
Since the Old Testament kings typologically represent Jesus, how do we see in this bride a reflection of the church as the bride of Christ? Hint: Ephesians 5:25–27; Revelation 21:9.
As this bride submits to her husband/king, so also any Christian who recognizes the true nature of Jesus’ sovereignty will desire to submit with humility, live in moral beauty, and pass on his or her faith with joy (Ps. 45:11–15).
What other thoughts or questions does today’s reading bring up?
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