Reading #1 – Numbers 7
Reading #2 – Psalms 67
Reading #3 – Proverbs 5
Reading #4 – Matthew 2
Reading #5 – 2 Peter 1
Numbers 7 – On the day Moses set up the Tabernacle, he anointed it and set it apart as holy. He also anointed and set apart all its furnishings and the altar with its utensils. 2 Then the leaders of Israel—the tribal leaders who had registered the troops—came and brought their offerings. 3 Together they brought six large wagons and twelve oxen. There was a wagon for every two leaders and an ox for each leader. They presented these to the LORD in front of the Tabernacle (1-3). Sanctifying the throne of our life makes everything and every area of our life “Holy to the Lord” (Exodus 28:36). Once sanctified, then we dedicate our lives to the service of our Lord (2 Chronicles 6).
Psalms 67 – May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world (2-4). G_d makes His presence known through his children (Romans 10:14-15). If we do not lift up the name of the Lord, G_d will raise up someone else. We never know who we will reach or what impact we will make on another person’s life. We can give every bit of our resources, expend ourselves till we have nothing left to give and still not have shown the love of G_d (1 Corinthians 13).
Proverbs 5 – My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel. Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned (1-2). Listening implies, “taking in the information, processing it, and considering the implications”. There is a difference between “hearing” and “listening”. Hearing means that your ears have received the information as you perceive it to be. Listening, is an active process. “The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Matthew 2 – Visitors from the East. Jesus was born in a time of upheaval for the nation. King Herod was on the throne. According to commentary, Jesus’ entire life was a bridge that connected the past to the present (Malachi 4:6). Prophetically, G_d called his Son Israel (Isaiah 49:3). In a way, you could say that Jesus was a solo re-enactment of Israel’s journey to Beth El , journey to Egypt, escape from Egypt, and return to the land promised to Abraham and his descendents. The gifts that Mary and Joseph received from the Magi provided the financial means for their journey to and from Egypt.
2 Peter 1 – Greetings from Peter. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires (3-4). Through this thing called the Word of God, we have been given all that we need to live a life that is pleasing to G_d. Some believe that if they do not read the Word of God, they will have an excuse for living marginal lives. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Understandbly, the Word of G_d is very old and some of its ideas do not work well in our environment; however, should we try to connect the dots, we’ll see that the Word of G_d is applicable and is as sharp as it has always been (Hebrews 4:12).