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Learning through Studying the Bible
• READ: PSALM 119:12-16; 1 CORINTHIANS 2
It can be difficult to make time to read the Bible, and it can also be tough to understand some of the things the Bible has to say. But the good news is, God has not left us alone in studying His Word. He provides Christians with the Holy Spirit to help deepen our understanding of the gospel as we dig into the Bible (John 14:26; 2 Timothy 3:14-16). As you seek to learn through studying the Bible, here are some tips to get you started:
First, read Bible passages slowly to get the messages they are sharing. Don’t feel like you have to rush through what you’re reading. Instead, take your time. There is no rule about the amount of chapters or verses you need to read in a day. Instead of trying to read a lot, try to get a lot out of what you read. Even if you only get through a couple of verses, going slowly will help you learn more than speeding through the reading will.
Second, do some research. If you’re not sure what a certain passage is trying to say, do some searching. Look for other versions of the same passage and see how things are worded in them. Read commentaries on the passage that is confusing you. Look into a variety of sources and see what they have to say about what you’re reading—and, of course, always be discerning about what or who you trust in your research.
Third, don’t do it alone! Be part of a local church body that loves Jesus and that preaches His Word. And, if you’re stuck on a certain passage, talk to trusted Christians in your life to see if they have answers for you. Have them read the passage with you and talk together about what it means.
As you study the Bible, the Holy Spirit will help you understand more and more deeply God’s message of good news: salvation from sin and death through Jesus Christ, our only Savior. He will enable you to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) • Emily Acker
• Reread today’s Bible passages. Why is it so important that the whole Bible points to Jesus?
• What questions do you have about the Bible? Who are trusted Christians in your life you can bring those questions to?
Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Romans 15:4 (NLT)
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Seeing the Face of God
• READ: GENESIS 27:41-45; 32:3-6; 33:1-11
The story of Jacob and Esau is a roller coaster. These twin brothers started fighting before they were even born (Genesis 25:21-23)! Jacob’s name literally means “trickster,” and he lived up to it: he stole Esau’s birthright (the unique privileges Esau had as the firstborn) and later tricked their dying father into giving him Esau’s special blessing (Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-45).
No wonder Esau wanted to kill his brother! Jacob had stolen Esau’s inherited property, power, and prestige. Because of Jacob’s wrongdoing and Esau’s anger, their relationship was broken, and Jacob feared it would never be fixed.
But, twenty years after Jacob stole Esau’s blessing, God did something amazing: He reconciled Jacob and Esau—He brought them back together. Jacob was terrified to meet with his brother, and the night before he was to reunite with Esau, Jacob wrestled all night with God, who changed Jacob’s heart.
Then, when the brothers saw each other the next day, Esau ran to Jacob, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. They even wept together. Jacob told Esau, “To see your face is like seeing the face of God” (Genesis 33:10). Of course, this doesn’t mean Esau looked like God. It means Jacob recognized how deeply he had wronged his brother and how little he deserved Esau’s forgiveness. So, when Esau forgave Jacob, it was a reminder of God’s undeserved forgiveness.
Our God is a reconciler. We, like Jacob, committed wrongs against God that we can never hope to make right. So, from the time Adam and Eve first sinned, God has been reconciling His people to Himself, first through the law, priests, and prophets, and later through Jesus’ death and resurrection. And someday, Jesus will return, resurrecting the dead and permanently reconciling His people to Himself for all of eternity.
Every time we reconcile with someone, we get a glimpse of that ultimate reconciliation. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we get to participate in the work of our God of reconciliation. And if He reconciled Jacob and Esau, He can reconcile anyone. • Taylor Eising
• Reconciliation doesn’t always happen overnight. It took twenty years for Jacob and Esau! When you are waiting on reconciliation, how can you hold on to the hope you have in Jesus? Why does God care about our broken relationships with other people?
And through him [Jesus] to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:20 (NIV)