Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bible Challenge 07/10 - 07/16

Greetings Bible Challenge Friends!

We continue on with Psalms. By the end of this week's reading, we will be 1/3 of the way through the book!!!

Remember in the original Hebrew, this book is divided into 5 sections. We finish up the first and oldest section with Psalm 41 and begin the 2nd section in the remainder of our chapters this week.

One of the interesting things about many of the Psalms in this week's reading are the connections that can be made to Jesus and the New Testament. Below is a partial list of references about the Messiah in these psalms and how they are answered in Jesus (this chart comes from The Messiah Revealed website).

Subject Prophecy Fulfillment
None of the Messiah's bones would be broken. Psalm 34:20 John 19:32-33
The Messiah's offering of himself would replace all sacrifices. Psalm 40:6-8a Hebrews 10:10-13
The Messiah would say the scriptures were written of him. Psalm 40:6-8b Luke 24:44
The Messiah would come to do God's will. Psalm 40:7-8 John 5:30
The Messiah would not conceal his mission from the congregation. Psalm 40:9-10 Luke 4:16-21
The Messiah's betrayer would be a friend whom he broke bread with. Psalm 41:9 Mark 14:17-18
The Messiah would speak with a message of grace. Psalm 45:2 Luke 4:22
The Messiah's throne would be everlasting. Psalm 45:6-7a Luke 1:31-33
The Messiah would be God. Psalm 45:6-7b Hebrews 1:8-9
The Messiah would act with righteousness. Psalm 45:6-7c John 5:30

May your reading of Psalms this week give you fresh eyes for the Gospels!

Here is the schedule:

10, Sunday - Psalm 24-27

11, Monday - Psalm 28-31

12, Tuesday - Psalm 32-35

13, Wednesday - Psalm 36-39

14, Thursday - Psalm 40-43

15, Friday - Psalm 44-47

16, Saturday - Psalm 48-51

Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

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