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Julie Ferwerda Christian Blog and Commentary

OYB May 8

  • Julie Ferwerda
    Are you ready for change in 2009? Grab a One Year Bible (NLT), commit to reading it daily, and join Julie Ferwerda on an extraordinary adventure that will transform your life as you experience its relevance in a fresh, understandable way. In addition to 20+ years in Bible teaching ministry, Julie is a professional speaker and writer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Brio, and Revolve Biblezines & Devotional Bible (for teens). She's also the author of "The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love," and also the upcoming book, "One Million Arrows for God: Raising Your Children to Change the World." Learn more at www.JulieFerwerda.com.
  • 2009 May 08
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

1 Samuel

2:22 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle. After a little study, it appears that temple prostitution goes back to Ishtar (Babylon). Remember Ishtar? She has a hand in most of the Babylonian customs that we studied in January and February, including Easter and all kinds of idol worship. Temple prostitution is still practiced today by religions such as Hindu.

2:25 If someone sins against another person, God can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede?" This is a prophetic question that is answered in verse 35: Then I will raise up a faithful priest who will serve me and do what I desire. I will establish his family, and they will be priests to my anointed kings forever. Though I believe this is an immediate prophecy of Samuel, it is a Messianic prophecy, too.

2:26 Now the boy Samuel was growing in stature and in favor both with the LORD and with men. This verse is a parallel with Luke 2:52 and shows us that Samuel is a Christ type as a priest.

2:29 Why do you kick at My sacrifice and at My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling, and honor your sons above Me, by making yourselves fat with the choicest of every offering of My people Israel?' Instead of disciplining his sons as he should have for their wicked behavior (or at least cutting them off as priests), Eli joined in their behavior, eating the "stolen sacrifices." His only attempt at discipline was to lamely question them, but how could he do anything really, since he was also guilty?

3:1 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli. This verse was a good reminder to me this a.m. that whomever God has placed in my life for me to assist, I am serving the Lord when I do so. My husband, others in ministry, my family—all are people God has put in my life to assist.

3:5, 6, 8, 16 Samuel shows an obedient and willing servant heart.

3:14 Note the difference in Young's Literal Translation: "...and therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli: the iniquity of the house of Eli is not atoned for, by sacrifice, and by offering -- unto the age."

3:21 And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, because the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD. The word "Shiloh" means "Messiah" in Hebrew.

John

John 5:35 "He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. This goes along quite well with 1 Samuel and the lamp burning in the Tabernacle, which was symbolic for God's presence.

5:39-40 "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal (age-during) life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. Don't forget that the Jews did not think about eternal life and the appropriate translation here is "age-during life." The life the Jews looked forward to, and the life that Jesus spoke to them about (always), was resurrected life in the Millennial Kingdom as their reward for obedience (review blogs for the last month if you need more clarification).

John 5:46-47 "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. "But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?" Notice that Jesus confirms the authority and authenticity of the Scriptures written by Moses (the Torah).