OT19 | New Testament Connections

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

OT19 | NT Connection (Feb. 23)

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NT Connect: Galatians 1:10 Weekly Reading: Genesis 31-35 Living for Self v. Living for God As has been mentioned in our OT19: Eden to Exile, it might seem strange to read the Old Testament with an “eye bent toward the New Testament.” However, as we read, we are reminded of the beautiful connection between God’s … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (Feb. 16)

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NT Connect: 2 Corinthians 1:20 Weekly Reading: Genesis 26-30 Yes and Amen My earliest memories of Sunday School include vanilla wafers, cardboard blocks that looked like red and white bricks, and Mary Partridge playing the piano for assembly in the children’s department. There were also lessons about Jacob. He had a ladder and we were … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (Feb. 9)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 11:8-22 Weekly Reading: Genesis 21-25 The Proof of Genuine Faith We sometimes look at our Christian walk and can only see our failures. Healthy self-examination can be a good thing; however, it can easily become unhealthy introspection. In those times, it is good to be reassured that God views us not as … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (Feb. 2)

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NT Connect: Galatians 3:1-29 Weekly Reading: Genesis 16-20 The One Promised to Abraham Last week in our Genesis reading, we saw that God made promises to Abraham regarding blessing, land, and offspring. Scripture tells us that in response, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness (Gen.15:6). Abraham believed that God would keep … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (Jan 26)

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NT Connect: Romans 4:1-25 Weekly Reading: Genesis 11-15 Abraham and the Righteousness of Faith The five chapters we read this week form the foundation of so much of the rest of the Bible. Genesis 11 recounts the story of human pride in the story of the Tower of Babel. God scattered the people and confused their … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (Jan 19)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 11:7; 2 Peter 2:4-10  Weekly Reading: Genesis 6-10 Noah’s Faith and God’s Faithfulness The Flood is an account of God’s judgment. Genesis 6:5 records how “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (Jan 12)

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NT Connection – John 1:1-5; Romans 5:12-21 Weekly Reading: Genesis 1-5 Jesus in Genesis When the New Testament writers look back at the start of Genesis, they tell us two important truths about Jesus: he is God the Creator, and he is the new Adam. In other words, the beginning of Genesis points to Jesus … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (Jan 5)

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Weekly Reading: T – Matt. 5:17-20 | W – 2 Tim. 3:10-17; 2 Pt. 1:21 | Th – 1 Cor. 10:1-13 | F – Lk 24:12-35 | OT Connection – Isaiah 55:10-11 The Value of the OT It might seem strange to begin an Old Testament reading plan with five days of reading in the New … Continued