Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 82

The scriptures read are Joshua 13-15, Psalm 69, and John 3.

Joshua 13-15. Joshua allots the land to the tribes of Israel. Caleb, the only spy to give a favorable report of the promised land, is rewarded. A whole chapter is devoted to describing the boundaries, geographical features and cities of Judah.

Psalm 69. A very moving plea for help from someone who is drowning in sorrow and yet does not despair of God's help.

John 3. Nicodemus, a Pharisee and, as we see later, a member of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court,  comes to see Jesus incognito. What Jesus says goes over his head. Because he is not talking about following rules but being spiritually reborn, born from above, born from the Spirit.

We get the famous verse, known by sports fans everywhere: John 3:16.

Then we get a glimpse of John the Baptist, eclipsed by his cousin. He doesn't mind. He sees himself as the best man and Jesus the bridegroom. The attention properly belongs to the groom.

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