August 19, 2023
DAY 231 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: John 5:45-47
Our journey today through John 5-6, finds Jesus performing two miracles which resulted in rebellion and desertion.
Ask the Lord to give you His understanding of John 5-6. Read John 5-6. Let’s journey!
John 5-6: Chapter 5 of John begins with Jesus healing a man who had been crippled for 38 years. When the Pharisees saw him carrying his mat on the Sabbath, they accused him of violating Sabbath law. When he told them of Jesus’ command, which came with his healing, the Pharisees demanded to know who healed him. The man did not know. Later, the Pharisees learned it was Jesus. Rather than a sincere inquiry of Jesus, they condemned Him for breaking Sabbath law. Chapter 6 of John, finds Jesus miraculously feeding five thousand with five loafs of bread and two fish. Unfortunately, many who were fed followed Jesus only to receive present rewards and not eternal life through believing in Jesus to be God’s only Son and the source of their salvation. Many who followed Him left Him, some confused by the son of Mary and Joseph, others misunderstanding His command that eating my flesh, and drinking my blood, was a reference to the sacrament of Holy Communion. (John 5:1-6:71)
Our focus verse for today:
“But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
(John 5:45-47, NIV)
This verse reveals that people assigned to protect the integrity of God’s word abused their responsibility since Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1-2), offered unauthorized fire to the Lord. Here, Jesus informs the Jewish leaders if they in fact knew the writings of Moses, they would know Him. Unlike John the Baptist, who yielded to Jesus’ authority (John 3:30), the Jewish leaders felt threatened by Jesus. Today, people like Nadab, Abihu, and the Jewish leaders exist massaging God’s word to suit their purpose and agenda. As Jesus pointed out to the Jewish leaders, His word is His word, unchangeable by man. Study your Bible diligently to know God’s word, so you will not be deceived.
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