Jesus as Prophet: Day 2

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DAY 2: Jesus is the Word of God

As we read yesterday in Hebrews 1:1-4, Jesus spoke directly on behalf of God. This ought to create within us a desire to pause and pay very careful attention to everything He taught. 

But Jesus was much more than a prophet who spoke on behalf of God. The Scriptures also indicate that He Himself was the Word of God. He didn’t just speak the Word of God, He was the Word of God! 

This would indicate that everything He spoke was from God, everything decision He made was from God, and every act of His life was an act of God. 

The Life Application Study Bible notes on John 1:1, “This is the truth about Jesus, and the foundation of all truth. If we cannot or do not believe this basic truth, we will not have enough faith to trust our eternal destiny to Him. That is why John wrote this Gospel—to build faith and confidence in Jesus Christ so that we may believe that He truly was and is the Son of God.” 

READING & JOURNALING:

John 1:1-14

Why do you think that some in our culture struggle to believe that Jesus was God? 

What are at least 3 reasons you believe Jesus was and is God?

Can you think of anybody you can share one or more of those truths with sometime this week? 

If you don’t yet believe Jesus was and is God, what do you believe about Jesus? Will you consider the possibility over the next few weeks that Jesus was and is God?

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I recognize that Jesus is the Word, and that every word in the Scriptures ultimately all points to Him. Today, I simply pray that I would know Him better. Amen.   

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: Deuteronomy 30 & 31

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Jesus as Prophet: Day 1

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DAY 1: The Role of a Prophet

Try to imagine living in the ancient world sometime between 1,000-500 B.C. What are you doing for a living? How do you teach your kids? Where do you go for spiritual advice? 

As you can imagine, education was very limited in the ancient world. As such, people would turn to a local prophet for religious insight. These prophets were common in every nation, not just within the nation of Israel. Every religion or belief system had men or women who served the role of a prophet. 

What was their role? Primarily, the role of a prophet was to speak on behalf of the people’s God (or god). While this sometimes included speaking what was going to happen in the future, it was primarily about speaking their God’s (god’s) truth. In simpler terms, when a prophet spoke, the people listened! This person was speaking directly on behalf of their God (god) and the people wanted to know what their God (god) had to say. 

Hundreds of years later, Jesus arrives and takes on the role of a prophet. Everything Jesus spoke, He did so on behalf of God.

READING & JOURNALING:

Hebrews 1:1-4

How intently ought we study the life of Jesus if He truly did speak on behalf of God?

What questions do you have about the life of Jesus? (Think of as many as you can.) Where will you go or who will you talk with in order to find the answers to these questions? 

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I understand that no matter how long I’ve been a follower of Jesus, there is more that I can learn from Him. As the Christmas Season approaches, my desire is to be connected to Jesus, the Vine (John 15), so that I can grow in my love of You and love of others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: Deuteronomy 8 & 9

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

King of Kings: Introduction

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A Note From Pastor Justin:

In our former message series, The Kings of Old, we looked into the lives of 10+ different kings from the Old Testament. Even though these kings lived in a completely different culture and in a completely different period of time, it was clear from their lives that the decisions they made impacted not only their own lives, but the lives of countless others. It’s a valuable lesson that still speaks to us today: our decisions impact not only our own lives, but the lives of countless others. 

But The Kings of Old message series also showed that there were other important roles within the people of God in the Old Testament. Yes, there were kings. But there were prophets and priests as well. 

We saw that God takes each of these roles very seriously. For example, King Saul made a sacrifice before a battle because the Prophet Samuel wasn’t there. The consequences for King Saul were both swift, and severe. Similarly, King Uzziah once took the opportunity to burn incense in God’s temple, a role that was designated only for Priests. Uzziah also experienced punishment from God. 

What this teaches us is that God had a very specific role for Prophets, Priests, and Kings. And in His infinite holiness, wisdom, and majesty, God showed that He was very serious about ensuring these roles were fulfilled by the right people and in the right ways. 

Several hundred years after The Kings of Old, a new man arrives amidst the people of God. And for the first time ever, this One man was able to fulfill the roles of Prophet, Priest, and King. Not only that, but He also takes on the role of Savior. Join us, as we journey more deeply into the life of Jesus. 

As we begin this new message series, we encourage you to:

  • Commit to joining us every week of this series.
  • Commit to reading through this Reading Guide, reflecting and journaling through the questions provided within each daily reading.
  • Use a good Study Bible and/or other resources as you read through this Reading Guide. Refer to https://southridgeblog.com/study-bible-info for more information on many excellent Study Bibles available today.
  • Write down questions you have about what you’re reading, and take opportunities to seek out answers to those questions. 
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