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Numbers 22-25; Luke 1

And Moab was in great dread of the people [of Israel], because they were many. Moab was overcome with fear of the people of Israel. Numbers 22: 3 ESV

In Numbers 22, the Moabites are terrified of the Israelites coming towards their land. Through God’s will, the people had just defeated the Canaanites and the Amorites. Balak, the son of Moab’s king, decides to send men to Balaam with a message.

“Behold, a people has come out of Egypt. They cover the face of the earth, and they are dwelling opposite me. Come now, curse this people for me, since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.” Numbers 22:5b-6 ESV

Balaam was a well-known prophet in the area and Balak knew that if he could get Balaam to curse the Israelites, he would be able to defeat them. However, Balaam was unable to carry out this curse due to the authority of God. God instead used Balaam to bless the Israelites four times, the fourth time prophesying about the rule of David and his offspring.

“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth.” Numbers 24: 17 ESV

This prophecy ultimately leads to the true King of Israel, Jesus. In Luke 1, an angel visits Mary to tell her that she will mother the Messiah. The angel tells her that she is favored by the Lord and that she will conceive and bear a son.

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1: 32-33 ESV

The angel tells Mary the child she will bear will be the ultimate king of Israel and will rule of the house of Jacob forever.  Mary believes what the angel tells her and goes to visit her relative Elizabeth.

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” Luke 1: 46-49 ESV

Mary praises God for choosing her as the mother of Christ in a hymn. She thanks God working His will through her and praises His power and mighty works.

Dear God, thank You for sending Christ to be our ultimate King and for guiding us through Your Word. Please help us humbly accept Your calling and to trust in You. Amen.

Nathanael (nborger2017)


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Leviticus 21-23; Hebrews 8

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying “Speak to the people of Israel, saying ‘On the Fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the LORD… These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim as times of holy convocation, for presenting to the LORD food offerings, burnt offerings, and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its proper day… You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All native Israelites shall dwell in booths.” Leviticus 23: 34, 37, and 42 ESV

In Leviticus 23, the LORD tells Moses of the feasts Israelites are to celebrate, like the Day of Atonement and The Passover. One of those feasts is The Feast of Booths, a feast when the Israelites live in tents to remember when the LORD led them out of the land of Egypt. When the Israelites where sojourning outside of Egypt, the Tabernacle was to tent where the people worshiped the LORD.

…we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. Hebrews 8:1-2 ESV

The author of Hebrews tells of our high priest, Jesus, who ministers in heaven, the true Tabernacle. Just as the priests interceded and made sacrifices for the sins of the Israelites, Jesus intercedes and made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The offerings the Israelites offered up were a foreshadowing of the ultimate offering, Jesus’ death on the cross for the sins of the world.

They served a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. Hebrews 8: 5-7 ESV

Christ came because it was impossible for me to fulfill the old covenant perfectly. However, through Christ and the new covenant, I am blameless before God.

In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8: 13 ESV

Dear God, thank You for sending Your Son and for the new covenant. You know no one could be blameless under the old covenant except Jesus, who led a sinless life and then sacrificed Himself for our sins. Please help me seek You more and help me draw closer to You. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Nathanael (nborger2017)

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Exodus 28-31; Philippians 2

Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old day by day regularly. One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight. Exodus 29:38-39 ESV

Exodus 29 details how the Israelite priests are to be consecrated and lists some of their duties. Throughout their consecration, the priests are to present offerings to the LORD as part of His commandment. I no longer have to present food, drink, and peace offerings to the LORD since Jesus fulfilled the law, but I can still offer myself up to him.

Even if I (Paul) am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:17-18 ESV

Paul poured out his life into serving and preaching the gospel and the Philippians’ faith was also declared a sacrificial offering to Christ. Paul told the Philippians to rejoice with him, despite suffering and to follow God.

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights of the world. Philippians 2:14-15 ESV

Paul calls the Philippians to be lights among a dark and corrupt generation, to let their pureness shine out to show Christ to the world. He called them to a life that reflected Christ and His life.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:4-7 ESV

Dear God, please help me follow and trust in You. Please help me be a light in the darkness and to look out for others’ interests over my own. Please give me the strength to choose Your way and to pursue You. In Your Holy Name, Amen.

Nathanael (nborger2017)

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Genesis 49-50; Galatians 4

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” Genesis 50:15 ESV

In Genesis 50, Joseph’s brothers are terrified because their father died. Joseph is one of the most powerful men in Egypt and they are worried that without their father, Joseph will take revenge for all the wrong his brothers did him. However, Joseph does not have revenge in mind.

His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear for am I in the place of God? AS for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear, I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:18-20 ESV

Joseph’s response shows his trust in God and reveals how God worked everything together in the end. Not only is his family safe and well in Egypt, but many people were also saved through Egypt’s famine preparations that Joseph put into place. God’s hand on Joseph ultimately turned all the horrible things that happened to him into blessings. Even though Joseph went through incredible hardships, his life had a happy ending.

So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father’s house. Joseph lived 110 years. And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation…And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob…and you shall carry up my bones from here” Genesis 50:22-25 ESV

God blessed Joseph with long life and the promise that his family will eventually leave Egypt and head to the land God promised to give to Abraham.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:4-6 ESV

Just as Joseph and his descendants were heirs to God’s covenant with Abraham, so I am an heir to God’s covenant through Christ. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, I am adopted by God and share in God’s covenant.

Dear God, thank you for send Jesus to die for my sins. Thank you for adopting me into your covenant and sending your Spirit into my heart. Please help me follow You and grow closer to You. In Your Holy Name, Amen.

Nathanael (nborger2017)

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Genesis 26-27, Mark 10

And the LORD appeared to him [Isaac] and said. “…I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Genesis 26:2-5 ESV

Genesis 26 begins with the LORD blessing Isaac and promising that all the nations would be blessed through his offspring. Jesus’ family tree traces back to Isaac, and He was the true fulfillment of God’s words; through Him all the nations of the world are truly blessed. God kept His promise to Isaac, and rewarded Isaac for his faith and trust in Him. God’s blessing on Isaac was clear to the people around him.

When Abimelech went to him [Isaac] from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army… They said “We see plainly that the LORD has been with you. So we said let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you…You are now the blessed of the LORD.” Genesis 26: 26, 28-29 ESV

Abimelech saw the LORD blessing and hand upon Isaac and decided to make a treaty with him. Abimelech knew it was foolish to stand against the LORD’s blessed, so he treated Isaac with respect and honor, asking for peace. Isaac and Abimelech make a treaty, and went their ways in peace.

Jesus, the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham and Isaac, tells the disciples what is going to happen to him on earth.

…“See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.” Mark 10: 33-34 ESV

Jesus tells His disciples of the ultimate sacrifice He is going to make to save His people from their sins. He is going to suffer at the hands of the Gentiles and die on the cross. Jesus told his disciples this so when He rose again they would remember His words and believe in Him.

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saws it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the king of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them laying his hands on them. Mark 10: 13-16 ESV

Dear God, thank you for sending your Son to suffer and die for our sins so we can be made pure like Him. Please help me receive you kingdom like a child and follow with without falter. In You Holy Name, Amen.

Nathanael (nborger2017)

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2 Chronicles 27, 28; Revelation 14; Zechariah 10; John 13

And he [the angel] said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made the heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” Revelation 14:7

In Revelation 14, John has a vision of angels flying over the earth telling the nations to repent of their sins. The first angel tells all the nations, tribes, and people of the earth to give God glory, fear Him, and worship Him. The angels’ message is true for me today, telling me to put my trust in God and give Him glory I want to take for myself.

Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as his father David had done…Therefore… He was also given into the hand of the king of Israel, who struck him with great force. 2 Chronicles 28: 1, 5

2 Chronicles 28 tells of Ahaz, king of Judah’s, disobedience towards the LORD. As a result, the LORD delivers him into the hand of his enemies, including Israel, who was warring with Judah. Israel stuck Ahaz’s army down and killing many and taking many more into captivity. But the LORD did not forget about Judah, despite their disobedience. The LORD sent Oded, a prophet, with a message for Israel.

“Behold, because the LORD, the God of your fathers, was angry with Judah, he gave them into your hand, but you have killed them in a rage that has reached up to heaven. And now you intend to subjugate the people of Judah and Jerusalem, male and female, as your slaves. Have you not sins of your own against the LORD your God. Now hear me, and send back the captives from your relatives whom you have taken, for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you.” 2 Chronicles 28: 9b-11

Despite Judah’s sin and the horrible sins of Ahaz, the LORD has mercy on Judah and orders Israel to return the captives back to their homes instead of enslaving them.  Just as God had mercy on Judah, so I should have mercy on others.

When he had gone out, Jesus said “…A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:31a, 34-35

Dear God. Please help me love others as You have called me to. Please give me strength to carry out all of Your will and help me turn to You for the help and strength I need. Amen.


Nathanael (nborger2017)

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1 Chronicles 21; 1 Peter 2; Jonah 4; Luke 9

So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number.” But Joab said, “May the LORD add to his people a hundred times as many as they are! Are they not, my lord the king, all of them my lord’s servants? Why then should my lord require this? Why should it be a cause of guilt for Israel?” 1 Chronicles 21:2-3

1 Chronicles 21 begins with David sinning against the LORD by taking a census of Israel. This census stemmed from David’s pride and military ambitions and was not according to God’s command. Jesus dealt with His own disciples’ pride in Luke 9 when an argument arises among them over who is the greatest.

But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” Luke 9: 47-48

Jesus shows the disciples the opposite of pride: childlike humility and servitude.  Instead of being prideful, I should instead serve others with humility, thinking of others over myself.

David had to deal with the consequences of his sin, as God sent a terrible pestilence on Israel, killing many Israelites.

And God sent the angel to Jerusalem to destroy it, but as he was about to destroy it, the LORD saw, and he relented from the calamity. And he said to the angel who was working destruction, “It is enough; now stay your hand.” 1 Chronicles 21: 15-15b

Even though the Lord punished David and his people, He stops His angel from destroying Jerusalem, mercifully sparing all the people of Jerusalem from His wrath.

God’s mercy shines through again in Jonah, as he sends the prophet to warn the Ninevites of their upcoming destruction if they continued their current path. The Ninevites repented and Jonah was furious at God for not destroying them. God responds, however,

And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?” Jonah 4:11

God asks Jonah why He should not pity Nineveh and offer mercy and a chance to repent. Jesus found Himself in a similar situation with His own disciples when He was not received in Samaria.

And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he [Jesus] turned and rebuked them. Luke 9: 54-55

Dear God, thank You for Your abundant mercy and grace upon me. Help me to have a heart of humility and servitude instead of pride and to thank You for Your grace. In Your Holy Name, Amen.

Nathanael (nborger2017)

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