Notes from my Bible Study for January 22, 2010

Today’s Reading: Psalm 21, Genesis 21:1‐21, 1 Chronicles 25, Luke 13:10‐35

Psalm 21 – 11 Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.

Some of the greatest athletes in the world have the ability to turn a game around when it looks like all of the momentum has turned against them. Even the greatest athlete can’t win every game. God isn’t an athlete, and He isn’t playing a game, but He is in a battle and sometimes it looks like the devil is winning. But, God cannot lose to Satan.

David knew this. In Psalm 21:11 he wrote about the futility in taking sides against the Lord. God always wins in the end.

Isn’t it good to know that no matter what type of evil is directed against the Lord, He will ultimately prevail? We can depend upon Him for God wins in the end!

Genesis 21:1-21 – The birth of Isaac and the casting out of Hagar and Ishmael are recorded in this chapter. I was struck at the fact that God heard the prayer of Ishmael. He promised Hagar that he would become a great nation too. He had mercy and provided water for the young mother and her son.

1 Chronicles 25 – I think organizing the musicians had to be one of David’s favorite jobs as he prepared to turn the kingdom over to Solomon. David was not only a warrior king, he was a tender hearted musician who loved to worship the Lord. I picture David singing praises to God with the musicians as he organized them into a worship leading throng.

Luke 13:10-35 – Jesus shook up the religious system in the world He entered. He saw past the legalism of the Jewish system and spoke to what the spirit of the law was about.

When a woman who had been disabled by an evil spirit for eighteen years came into the synagogue on the Sabbath, Jesus healed her. The ruler of the synagogue made a stink because Jesus healed on the Sabbath. He basically said, “She could have come six other days this week for healing. We don’t heal on the Sabbath.”

Jesus responded with power and authority, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

That’s my Jesus! I love Him so much.