The Old Testament sacrificial system can, at times, be confusing to us. Today, we take a look at a devotion written by an Old Testament scholar that helps us see Christ as the fulfillment of that sometimes complicated system. Scripture to be read is Numbers 19:2-3.
Jesus declares Himself to be "the Light of the world." And then, look out! He brought the wrath of His enemies upon Himself! Why would that be? Also, within this we consider a truth that is also incredibly ironic! Scripture to be read is John 8:12 & 20.
Sacrifices of animals, oil, birds. God's people of the Old Testament did a LOT of that! Did they offer their sacrifices so that they would have forgiveness of their sins? And... IF their sacrifices earned them forgiveness, why in the world was Jesus' sacrifice even needed? We discuss that in this week's midweek devotion. We look at the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, V, paras. 86-87. Also, the hymn "Not All the Blood of Beasts" (LSB #431).
Jesus was confronted - AGAIN - by His enemies, the Pharisees. This confrontation is ironic in regard to what is said AND where the discussion takes place. We consider this irony and its implications for us in this week's midweek devotion. Scripture reading is from John 8:12-20.
In Psalm 36, attributed to David, we are given insight into the "worldvies" of the non-believer and the believer in God and His eternal love & promises. We consider these facts in today's midweek devotion. Scripture read is Psalm 36:1-9.
In this week's midweek devotion, we'll take a peek at one of King David's great Psalms, today, Psalm 63. Within it, David shows the root of his hope, praise, & trust in God. We'll see what it is that drives David's very essence and life.
Did you have ashes imposed on your forehead yesterday on "Ash Wednesday"? If so, was that a good thing... OR a bad thing? Does God care if we do that (or other similiar "religious actions") as part of our day to day lives? We address that question in this devotion.
War in the Ukraine. It's ANOTHER example of a world "leader" who thinks he/she knows it all. We'll consider God's comments regarding human "kings" who disdain the Word of God and shirk their God-given duty to take care of those who God has placed in their care. Scripture reading is from Psalm 2:1-5. Also, an audio clip from Lutheran Service Book hymn #797 is played.