See if you feel this difference. Read the passage today in silence; then read it out loud, or listen to it with the audio link on the blog page. If you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself, merely whispering the words can increase their power because your sense of hearing is made active.
St. Paul is a master at finding new meaning in Christ from the Hebrew Scriptures. He does this in twelve of the twenty-one verses of this chapter. The newness and freshness of Paul’s thought is launched from the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit quickens these words with fresh, profound meaning.
Theweeks of the three-year cycle consist of stitching passages from both the Old and New Testaments. Be on the lookout for common threads that bind these readings together. I suggest that you glance back over previous days’ readings as you move through the week; see if you can find thoughts and feelings in common.
Visit STUDY THIS on the upper right side of any passage from BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.