Last evening we were sitting down and ended up watching The Passion of the Christ. It was then that I realized where my Bible teaching has fallen way short. My children know of Christ’s death on the cross and that He died for our sins, but they don’t really know the Biblical account of the week leading up to the cross. We are going to remedy that this week. I’ll be reading from the 4 Gospels so they can see/hear it from God’s Word. Not story books, nothing like that.
Now I do not agree with everything in this movie, but I thought it was a really good depiction of the Biblical account of Christ’s Crucifixion. It put an image, in my mind, of the beatings Christ suffered and what He went through for my sins that day. He did it because He wanted to and it is something that I’ve known, but haven’t sat and really considered.
Thankfully it didn’t stop with the beatings and with His death on the cross! Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead – just as He said He would do!
Bible Study Planet has a great breakdown of the Biblical events of the Passion Week.
My children have been keeping me very busy with questions. Lots of questions! They have been learning and reviewing Bible stories through their schooling, through devotions and through Bible stories in the evening (if it’s not too late at bed time).
This week I have been faithful to have my daily devotions and am always amazed at the blessings I get from them.
Thursday morning I did my Our Daily Bread (it’s linked to the actual devotional), then I decided I better get started on my goal to finish my I Peter Bible study. What amazes me is how tied together they were for that day! God has a way of getting His message through my thick skull!
Here is the I Peter 2:1-3 passage:
1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
In verse 3, we are to lay aside (put away or discard) these things. ALL of these things. All is used a number of times in this verse and when God repeats something, we better listen! This is where I took a personal inventory and really had to look closely and see if there are any of these things in my life that I need to get rid of. Of course there are some of these things in my own life (hypocrisies, envy, and evil speakings in particular) that need taken care of. It was eye opening to me after searching my heart to truly see what is in there.
That’s where the Daily Bread devotional passage came in for me:
I John 1:5-10
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8I f we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Even as a Christian I have to confess my sins daily. Sin builds up in my life and it needs confessed and taken care of each and every day. God forgives me of these sins and cleanses them away. Then I can better live my life for Him!
I Peter 3:2 says that we should desire God’s Word like a baby desires to have milk. Why? So we can grow. What is my desire for God’s Word? Lately it has been strong and I pray it continues to stay that way. If that desire seems to go away some, I will still force-feed myself. God blesses us when we aren’t even expecting it – that has been my experience.
All this to say that God has so much work to do in my life. I am thankful for the reminders that are in His Word:
1. How He wants me to live my life
2. The plan in His Word to get me started on the right path (AGAIN)
3. His reminder that I need to confess my sins daily
4. The desire of His Word daily
5. Living my life so that it honors and glorifies Him
Thank God that His compassion’s do not fail and are new EVERY morning!
Today is actually my 2nd day of the study. The first lesson was on the greeting in verses 1 and 2. The letter is addressed to strangers or pilgrims in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. Another term Peter called the readers was Elect. To me, his greeting is a refreshing reminder that as God’s child, I can have peace and grace in every situation.
Peace – God gives us this at just the right time. It’s also rest.
Grace – God gives us favor, no matter what the situation or occasion is. Peter prays God’s grace would be multiplied. As a believer, I need to pray for God’s grace – the key is to pray. Be in contact with God, daily.
1 Peter 1:3-9 (King James Version)
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Verse 4: These strangers were promised an inheritance in heaven and here is how it’s described: 1. incorruptible 2. undefiled 3. doesn’t fade away 4. reserved for believers
Verse 5: God was keeping the believers by His power, to be revealed in the last time.
Verse 7: Peter describes the believers faith as more precious than gold.
Verse 8: This is quoted directly out of the book “I have not seen Him, yet I love Him.” “I do not see Him now, yet I believe Him.” “Therefore, I believe with joy and glory.”
What I learned about God in these verses: God knows the trials and tests we go through and He is always with us. We can go through these times with joy because He is with us.