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M'Cheyne Reading Reflections - Jan 8

By heath - Posted on 11 January 2010

Gen 8

God remembers Noah. Had he forgotten? No, but God's remembrance of his covenant is a sign that he will act on their behalf.

ESVSB points out that God making the "wind" to blow seems to purposely parallel Gen 1:2 when God makes the "spirit" to hover. Spirit and wind are the same word. This points in a direction of seeing Noah as a new creation.

I find it interesting that in v. 21 God reasons that he will never again curse the ground and destroy the animals because of man. His basis is that "the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth." God's change of heart is not a result of a change in man because of Noah's relative righteousness. Instead, it is the sacrifice that Noah offers. One might also get the indea that "the earth has suffered enough because of man"

Ezra 8

Ezra's determination to bring back a full representation of the house of Israel is seen in the recording of the geneology. You can also see his faithfulness in desiring that true sons of Levi be priests.

I suppose there is such a thing as holy shame as Ezra has in v22.

Matt 8

Why did Jesus tell the leper not to tell anyone? At this stage in his ministry he was trying to stay "under the radar" and not draw messianic attention to himself.

You have to love the faith of the centurion. His faith is an occasion to mention us. We are some of those that weill recline at the table with the patriarchs while Jews who reject him will be cast out of the kingdom.

Wow the Gospels pack a lot into a chapter. It seems like whole chapters could be made of the events here. It is interesting the way Jesus travels around with crowed swelling and shrinking has he heals and then says hard things like "let the dead bury the dead" and decimates local economies by killing their livestock. All the while, he is setting people free from the kingdom of darkness.

Acts 8

God is always working. Luke sees that God is working through persecution to push the Gospel beyond the Jerusalem. Those from the church in Jerusalem go out like Christ preaching the kingdom and performing miracles to validate their claims.

It is interesting that the eunuch is asking a question that scholars ask even now. Who was the prophet talking about in the songs of the suffering servant. Israel herself did not really know the answer to this question which is one of the reasons Christ was rejected. We know that ultimately these pointed to Christ. However, who was the author thinking he was writing about? There is nothing clear that it is about the Messiah. However, it seems like a typological prophecy in which the servant is either Isaiah or the people of Israel. Prophecies about Israel are ultimately about Christ himself and us in him. Praise be to God.


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