OT19 | New Testament Connections

OT19 | NT Connection (September 14)

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NT Connect: Philippians 4:4-20 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 18-22 Rejoice in the Lord Always? Let’s take a stroll down memory lane for just a moment. Humor me, please. . . What was one of the best seasons of your life? What was a season in your life that you wouldn’t like to repeat? It may … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (September 7)

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NT Connect: Mark 12:28-34 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 13-17 A Pleasing Sacrifice “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22-23, NASB). “To love Him will all the heart and with all the understanding and … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 31)

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NT Connect: Ephesians 1:15-23 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 8-12 Jesus is King As Israel’s prophet Samuel approached death, the Israelites grew insecure about God’s ability to protect them from the perpetual threat posed by the surrounding nations. They complained to Samuel that they wanted to “be like all the other nations, with a king to … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 24)

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NT Connect: Matthew 1:23 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 3-7 God With Us In 1 Samuel 4, the Israelites were defeated by the Philistines, so they took the Ark of the Covenant with them to Ebenezer, hoping to win the next battle. However, they were defeated again, and the Ark was captured by the Philistines. In … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 17)

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NT Connect: Matthew 1:5 Weekly Reading: Ruth 2-4; 1 Samuel 1-2 An Unexpected Lineage Recently, my brother revealed the results of a genealogy test he had taken. My sister and I sat in anticipation of some crazy ancestry news that would change the way we view our family forever. He announced dramatically, “Well, we are … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 10)

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NT Connect: Romans 1:16-32 Weekly Reading: Judges 18-21; Ruth 1 When God Is Not Our King The book of Judges is the book of “no king.” We see this expressed in (17:6; 19:1; and 21:25). God was their King, but the nation refused to obey Him. Their disobedience led them to a lot of consequence … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 3)

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NT Connect: Galatians 5:22-25 Weekly Reading: Judges 13-17 The Spirit of the Lord As we read this week the story of Samson, it’s easy to see why this makes it into all the storybook Bibles: this is a great story. But what does it have to do how the gospel of Jesus?  Perhaps, even more … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (July 27)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 11:32-34 Weekly Reading: Judges 6-12 Heroes of Faith!? It might be a challenge to look at those considered heroes of the faith in our readings this week and see them as just that. Faithful. Often, what we see from those who were judges, prophets and kings is a long list of faults … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (July 20)

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NT Connect: Ephesians 4:17-24 Weekly Reading: Judges 1-5 Hardness of Heart These first few chapters of Judges take us from the Lord delivering his people into the Promised Land to his people hardening their hearts and turning their back in him. After the death of Joshua and his contemporaries, “there arose a generation after them … Continued

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