Sigh, this upcoming move is getting more and more distracting from my study. I am doing good with reading the Scriptures for the day, which is a large feat in itself. But I’m hit or miss on taking notes. In fact, week 3 of the challenge I actually forgot to do the reading on Day 4 and had to combine it with Day 5.
So, without further ado, here are the Scriptures from Week 3 and what notes I did remember to take.
Day 1: John 4:46-54 In this Scripture, we read about the man (a government official, aka a politician) who traveled from Capernaum to Cana to ask Jesus to come and heal his dying son. In verses 52 and 53 we read:
He asked them when the boy had begun to feel better, and they replied “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” Then the father realized it was the same time that Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And the officer and his entire household believed in Jesus.
Not only does this show us the power of Jesus as the Christ, the promised Messiah, but it shows the power of faith. It was the father’s faith that Jesus would do what He said he would. Jesus told him “Your son will live” and the father returned home immediately afterwards. He didn’t hang around nagging Jesus “But you have to come WITH me. You have to physically be right there”. He believed and accepted that Jesus would heal his son. He didn’t know how and he didn’t know when, but he gave up his need to know how and when and just believed.
Day 2: John 5:1-18 Okay, my first notice was that verse 4 and actually part of verse 3 were not in with the rest of Scripture. They were in the footnotes, so I will include them here
“waiting for a certain movement of the water, for an angel of the Lord came from time to time and stirred up the water. And the first person to step down into it afterward was healed.”
and verse 5…
“One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years.”
Can you imagine waiting for that long for a healing? It wasn’t for the man’s lack of faith, for even though he couldn’t walk he still waited by the pool in hopes that one day he would get in first. But God had another plan for him. He designed for this man to be healed by Jesus speaking. Sometimes I wonder, do we get discouraged that we aren’t seeing a sign from Him that He has shown to others we know? Perhaps it is because He wants to speak to us more personally and has to wait for the time when we will be most receptive to His voice.
Day 3: John 5:19-29
verse 24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
This by no means is saying that we are exempt from sin or the consequences of sin, but we are saved from the condemnation of hell. We no longer have to re-acquire our salvation as it were. Gone are the days of sacrifices with every sin we commit. Gone are the days of having to calm our conscience. Gone are the days of having to make multiple offerings. We have been transferred to the new covenant, the promise of salvation through Jesus’ birth, death, AND resurrection.
Day 4: John 5:30-47
verse 45 “Yet it isn’t I who will accuse you before the Father. Moses will accuse you! Yes, Moses, in whom you put your hopes.”
Day 5: John 6:1-21 This is the story of Jesus feeding the multitude. I remember as a kid I thought he fed 5,000 people. But no, it says “…the men alone numbered five thousand…”