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day 3: roots

THE READINGS FOR DAY 3:

Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Matthew 1:1-17

VERSES SELECTED FROM EACH:

“Nowthe LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:1-2

“Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel.  And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.'” – 2 Samuel 7:8-9

“So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon tothe Christ fourteen generations.” – Matthew 1:17

SOME THOUGHTS:

His plan is so EPIC.  He is always doing so much more than we can see…from generations past, in our generation, to generations that will follow us.  these men did not see the greatness promised in the days they walked this earth.  but these men became great in an even greater story of a man who left His greatness to save…us.  it is amazing to remember that God Himself stepped into our world of HIStory through the lineage of humankind…a very sordid line in fact (full of liars, deceivers, prostitutes, adulterers, murderers, and outcasts to name a few).  From the most unexpected places and people He brings greatness…good news: Jesus…a carpenter from a dusty little town…the savior of all humankind.  it is amazing that He would not only save us but unite Himself to us.  amazing that He makes such extraordinary promises to ordinary men that will simply trust Him.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION/APPLICATION:

even when we don’t see it now, do we believe He is a God who is working out something GREAT?  Will we trust Him, even in the ordinary, and be a part of the extraordinary that He is doing?

BREATH PRAYER (a very short prayer we can say through out the day):

thank you Lord that you make the ordinary extraordinary

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day 2: falling short

THE READINGS FOR DAY 2:

Genesis 3; Matthew 1:21

A VERSE SELECTED FROM EACH:

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” – Genesis 3:8

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21

SOME THOUGHTS:

our parents before us fell short.  we fall short.  this is the original hebrew meaning of “sin”: to miss the mark, a term from archery as in not hitting the target.  we thought that when we did our own thing we’d be better off, but we found ourselves in over our heads…we had now opened the door to go the way of death…we now had something to hide…we were ashamed.  we often feel shame when we fall short.  we don’t want anyone to see us as we are now.  when we are naked we are now vulnerable.  sin breaks the relationship…it causes distance.  it wasn’t supposed to be this way.  it doesn’t have to be this way…now that God has pursued us and made a Way again for us to come back to Him…through His own Son.  His Son would put sin to death by dying for ours.  in hebrew Jesus (Y’eshua) means “the Lord saves.”

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION/APPLICATION:

in what ways are we hiding from the presence of God?  are we clinging to things that lead to death rather than be revealed or are we letting him save us from what is destroying us?

BREATH PRAYER (a very short prayer we can say through out the day):

(breathe in) thank you Lord (breath out) that you save

day 1: creation

AN INTRODUCTION TO THIS 25 DAY SERIES:

A friend on my intern team suggested we do advent readings, a tradition of preparing people’s hearts for the Christ in Christmas. So, I thought I would record the passages as well as some brief meditations for the next 25 days (well 22 now), and hope others will join in as well (feel free to share your thoughts and reflections!)…that we would really take in the undeserved gift of His life.

THE READINGS FOR DAY 1:

1: Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3

A VERSE SELECTED FROM EACH:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
-Genesis 1:1 (all verse references from ESV in this series, unless otherwise stated)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
-John 1:1

SOME THOUGHTS:

It is so easy to lose sight of the beginning in the midst of the now…that there was something/someone of significance that preceded us…that it’s not all about us. It’s a fact we can’t escape but one that we forget routinely.  He made EVERYTHING. He precedes everything. There is nothing too big for Him or beyond Him.  He is the creator, the originator…the source of all.  He is the ultimate authority.  With a word He spoke and it was.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION/APPLICATION:

Do I live my daily life in the understanding that He precedes all things and has ultimate control of all things?  Do I believe His Word has the authority over heaven and earth?

BREATH PRAYER (a very short prayer we can say through out the day):

(breathe in) thank you Lord (breathe out) that you are Creator…that you are before all things.

***for reference here are the passages for all 25 days till Christmas.

1: Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3
2: Genesis 3; Matthew 1:21
3: Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Matthew 1:1-17
4: Genesis 22:1-14; John 1:29-37
5: Isaiah 7:10-17; Matthew 1:22-25
6: Micah 5:1-5; Matthew 2:13-15
7: Hosea 11:1-12; Matthew 2:13-15
8: Jeremiah 31:15-34; Matthew 2:16-23
9: 1 Samuel 2:1-10; Psalm 18:2; Luke 1:67-69
10: Psalm 106:1-12; Luke 1:70-75
11: Isaiah 63:8-9; Luke 2:1-20
12: Isaiah 42:1-8, 49:1-6; Luke 2:25-32
13: Isaiah 9:1-7; John 1:4-5
14: Isaiah 11:1-9; John 1:14; John 8:12
15: Exodus 40:34-38; 2 Chronicles 7:1-3; John 1:14
16: Isaiah 40:10-11; Ezekiel 34:23-24; John 10:11-18
17: Zechariah 3:8, 6:12-13; John 15:1-8
18: John 1:18; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:1-4
19: Philippians 2:5-11
20: Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4; 1 John 3:8
21: Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:16
22: Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 1:1; Revelation 22:16-21
23: Psalm 72:10-15; Matthew 2:1-11
24: Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 1:79
25: Psalm 24:7-10; Luke 2:1-14