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OT19 | NT Connection (July 13)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 4:1-13 Weekly Reading: Joshua 10-12, 23-24 Rest in Christ Rest. We a part of a culture that strives for rest. We seem always to be looking for our next break, our next chance to rest. We start the day thinking about when the day will end, or at least when we’ll get … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (July 6)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 11:10; Revelation 21:1-27 Weekly Reading: Joshua 5-9 The Promised Land Land features prominently at key points in the stories of Genesis and Exodus. Adam and Eve were placed in a garden. When the Ark came to rest on dry land. Noah and his family were given the start to a cleansed world. … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (June 29)

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NT Connect: Matthew 1:18-25 Weekly Reading: Deuteronomy 34; Joshua 1-4 What’s in a Name? When I hear the name Moses, I immediately am transported back to my elementary days in Children’s Church singing at the top of my lungs, “Pharaoh, Let my People Go!” And when I hear the name Joshua, I remember singing about … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (June 22)

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NT Connect: John 3:1-15 Weekly Reading: Numbers 12-14, 16, 21 Lifted Up and Looked Upon This week in Numbers, we see the Israelites as a people who have so quickly forgotten the faithfulness of the Lord to rescue them from Pharaoh. Despite the warnings the Lord gave them through Moses (Numbers 11:1, 14:2), the Israelites … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (June 15)

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NT Connect: Romans 3:21-26 Weekly Reading: Leviticus 16-19, 23 Day of Atonement In Old Testament times, the “Day of Atonement” was the holiest and most solemn day of the year. This was the one day of the year when the High Priest of Israel was permitted to enter into the holy of holies to atone … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (June 8)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 5:1-10 Weekly Reading: Leviticus 8-10, 21-22 Christ Our Passover Lamb Our readings in the Old Testament this week have been spread throughout the book of Leviticus in order to concentrate on the priesthood. Priests were the mediators – the go-betweens – for God and his people. They were set apart as representatives … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (June 1)

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NT Connect: 2 Corinthians 5:21 Weekly Reading: Leviticus 1-6 Christ: Our Guilt Offering I have often thought that the book of Leviticus is difficult for Christians to read, let alone enjoy. It comes right after the incredible stories of Exodus, and it appears to be one regulation after another. The laws seem so distant from … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (May 25)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 9:1-10:39 Weekly Reading: Exodus 36-40 A Greater Priest Pop Quiz: How many loops were there along the edge of the end curtain made for the tent of the Tabernacle? What material were the crossbars and upright frames made of in the Tabernacle? In school, it was easier for me to simply absorb … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (May 18)

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NT Connect: 2 Corinthians 3:1-18 Weekly Reading: Exodus 31-35 Unveiled Faces Have you gazed at the glory of God? This does not mean a passing glance or a peripheral peek. This is far more than the question of whether you have acknowledged that God exists. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (May 11)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 3:1-6 Weekly Reading: Exodus 26-30 Jesus is Greater than Moses Clean hands and a pure heart. Growing up in the Jackson household my sisters and I grew familiar with the phrase “clean hands and a pure heart.” This phrase was rehearsed in our home before every single meal at my mother’s table. … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (May 4)

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NT Connect: Matthew 5:1-12 Weekly Reading: Exodus 21-25 A New Law from the Mountain It is amazing the detail found within the law of the Old Testament. The command to live life morally and physically separated from the pagan civilizations is evident in nearly every chapter. Exodus 21-25 provides clear examples of these specific laws … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (April 27)

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NT Connect: John 6:22-70 Weekly Reading: Exodus 16-205 Bread from Heaven Our reading this week walks us through some of the most memorable moments of the wanderings of the Israelites in the desert: miraculous manna from heaven, water from the rock, Joshua’s defeat of the Amalekites powered by God through the raised arms of Moses, … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (April 20)

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NT Connect: 1 Corinthians 5:7 Weekly Reading: Exodus 11-15 Christ Our Passover Lamb Imagine, just for a moment, that you are a Jewish child living in the time of Jesus. Now, borrowing on your own personal experiences as a child, imagine putting together Christmas, Easter, Independence Day – and celebrating them all at once in … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (April 13)

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NT Connect: Jude 5 Weekly Reading: Exodus 6-10 Jesus Saved a People out of Egypt The exit (or Exodus) of God’s people from slavery in Egypt is one of the best rescue stories in history! For 400 years, the Hebrew people groaned under their oppression and longed for relief. An exit. A rescue. A Rescuer. … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (April 6)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 11:23-28 Weekly Reading: Exodus 1-5 The Reproach of Christ Jumping into Exodus this week, we see that a lot has changed since the ending of Genesis. More than 400 years has passed, and the people of Israel have become enslaved to the Egyptians. Fear drove the Egyptians to give them agonizing burdens, … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (March 30)

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NT Connect: Acts 6:7 Weekly Reading: Psalm 119:97-176 God Is Always at Work “And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). This week we have been reading Psalm 119:97-176. This particular … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (March 23)

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NT Connect: John 1:1-18 Weekly Reading: Psalm 119:1-96 God Is Always at Work Psalm 119 is written as an acrostic, which means the Psalm is divided into 22 stanzas with each stanza corresponding to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The letters are indicated at the beginning of each stanza (e.g., ALEPH, BET, GIMEL, etc.), … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (March 16)

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NT Connect: Romans 8:18-39 Weekly Reading: Genesis 46-50 God Is Always at Work Most of us are ashamed of the challenging, regretful, sometimes traumatic, experiences of our past.  As a result, we usually prefer to leave the pain and memories associated with those circumstances in the past.  Yet, that doesn’t tend to be God’s preference. … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (March 9)

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NT Connect: James 1:2-4 Weekly Reading: Genesis 41-45 Rejoice in Suffering When we read the account of Joseph and his interactions with the brothers who had betrayed him, we can read and see quickly the good that comes out of it in just a few short chapters.  For Joseph, I am sure that living in … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (March 2)

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NT Connect: Matthew 26:14-16, 27:3-10 Weekly Reading: Genesis 36-40 Sold for Our Deliverance It is amazing how wretched sin is. This week we read chapter 37 of Genesis about Joseph’s dreams and how his brothers were jealous of the affection and attention he got from their father. This jealousy consumed them and led them to … Continued