KG July 24-30

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July 24, Sunday

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Good from Galilee — We will come back to this passage in next year’s study of Knowing Jesus, but let’s look at it today from the prophetic perspective of Yahweh, who orchestrated the coming of the Messiah.  Do you remember when Jesus went to Galilee and called Philip to follow Him?  After that, Philip told Nathanael that Jesus was the one “of whom Moses … and the prophets wrote” (John 1:45).  Nathanael’s amazed response was, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (v. 46).  He reflected the common understanding of the Jews, based on Micah 5:2, that the Messiah was to come from Bethlehem in Judah.  It is true that He would be born there, but He would grow up later in Galilee and make His center there as an adult teacher.  Our passage for today predicted that second location.  Although the northern lands of Zebulun and Naphtali had been looked at with “contempt” in time past (Isa. 9:1a), God would later make it “glorious” under its future name, Galilee (v. 1b).  The people of that land would be the ones who “have seen a great light” (v. 2).  God had it planned from the beginning.

For Unto Us a Child Is Born – YouTube

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July 25, Monday

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The Trinity — This chapter also has much to say about the coming, divine Messiah.  He would be “a shoot from the stump of Jesse” (v. 1), that is, a descendant of David’s father.  He would be the last king in that royal line.  The next verse shows the involvement of the third Person of the Trinity, when “the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him” (v. 2).  This was visually and dramatically fulfilled when Jesus was baptized by John and “he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased’” (Matt. 3:16-17).  This King was both royal and divine.  God’s Spirit would provide the Messiah with “wisdom and understanding … counsel and might … knowledge and the fear of the LORD” (Isa. 11:2).  What a beautiful picture of the Trinity!  God the Father plans, predicts, and executes the giving of the Son to be the Messiah, while the Spirit fills Him for ministry.

Come, Thou Almighty King – YouTube

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July 26, Tuesday

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From Anger to Comfort — Of the many things this chapter says about God, the one thing that stood out to me today was the contrast between God’s anger and His comfort in verse 1: “… for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.”  God’s “anger” is not like ours, which is selfish, and sinfully desires revenge.  The anger of God certainly involves displeasure, but for those who belong to Him, its focus is on our good.  God’s anger is the calculated response of His holiness to man’s sin.  Its purpose is to apply pain as a motivator for us to turn away from our sin.  It is called “discipline.”  That purpose is emphasized in the expression, “…your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.”  God’s love for us is behind His anger toward us.

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go – YouTube

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July 27, Wednesday

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Too Little — It is amazing how often God intentionally chose something insignificant in man’s eyes to do something great, something beyond man’s ability.  Bethlehem was a small town, not too far from giant Jerusalem.  It was “too little to be among the clans of Judah” (v. 2).  Yet, it was from Bethlehem that God chose a king that would establish a dynasty that extended for hundreds of years.  That king was David, not the expected choice of Jesse’s many sons, but the young, insignificant shepherd boy who wasn’t important enough to even show up for the meeting with God’s prophet, Samuel (1 Sam. 16:11).  But God chose David.  Then, it was out of that same tiny town that God would cause His Son, the Messiah, to be born a thousand years later.  That final King wasn’t even born in a house, but in an animal enclosure.  His cradle was a feeding manger for cattle.  Too little?!  Not for God; He specializes in making great things come out of what seems to be small.  Do you sometimes feel insignificant?  “I am only a …!”  Remember Bethlehem!  God intentionally chooses what is little.  Let’s give ourselves to God completely and trust Him to do with us and through us that which will amaze us!  Nothing is too little for God.

Little Is Much When God Is in It – YouTube

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July 28, Thursday

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Listen Up! — We could have mentioned this many times already, but this passage reminds us that God speaks to us.  The chapter begins with this challenge: “Hear what the LORD says…” (v. 1).  He tells us much about who He is and what He does throughout His Word.  Here, He clearly tells us what good things please Him, and interestingly, it has little to do with our acts of worship.  Israel’s worship could be done mechanically and even sacrificially (v. 7), but what pleases God has more to do with attitudes than actions.  This is “what is good” and what God requires of us: “…to do justice … to love kindness, and to walk humbly…” (v. 8).  Do right!  Be kind!  Be humble!  God has just spoken to you through His Word.  Did you hear it?  It is a command … a requirement.

What Does the Lord Require – YouTube

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July 29, Friday——————————–ACCOUNTABILITY TIME!

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Forgiving and Faithful — What a great list of God’s attributes and actions!  No one else is like Yahweh; He is absolutely unique.  Two main characteristics of God are emphasized here: forgiveness and faithfulness.  The reason for both is His “steadfast love” (vv. 18, 20; Hebrew: chesed).  Although He becomes angry with us because of our sins and He applies painful discipline, it is temporary, and His love prompts Him to forgive us (vv. 18-19).  Aren’t you glad that God loves us that much?  The last verse stresses His faithfulness, and looks back on the history of Israel “from the days of old” (v. 20).  We have a history of God’s faithfulness, too.  Think about how God has provided for you and protected you in the past!  What is one way God has shown His faithfulness to you since you have become a Christian?  How about something more recent, like in the past year?  How about last week?  It is good to rehearse the faithfulness of a forgiving God.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness – YouTube

ACCOUNTABILITY TIME!  If you are up to date in your reading as of July 29,
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July 30, Saturday———————–ACCOUNTABILITY REMINDER!

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Good Control — God’s sovereign omnipotence is the emphasis of this passage.  He “has sworn … planned … and … purposed” (v. 24).  Whatever He wants to do, He can and will do.  God promised to demonstrate His power by removing Assyria’s oppression of His people (v. 25), but His ability to control is not limited to one place; it extends over “the whole earth … and … all the nations” (v. 26).  That’s broad enough to include us.  The problem, however, is that we do not know the details or the timing of His plans.  It may include suffering before rescue.  We need to trust in God’s goodness as He exercises His sovereign power.  He cares for us.

God Is Working His Purpose Out – YouTube

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2 thoughts on “KG July 24-30

  1. The hymn for Saturday would have gone well with the scripture from Monday since its chorus repeats Isaiah 11:9–“The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea”—which is similarly referenced in Habakkuk 2:14 (“…knowledge of the glory of the LORD…”), and we’re studying that minor prophet in Sunday school. Just imagine, we will be so intimately familiar with God that it will be like we’re swimming in his glory—it will be everywhere! What a promise…made twice to God’s people.

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