Bible Reading Plan (Day 78)

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DAY SEVENTY-EIGHT — Exodus 31, John 10

Ex 31

Not only does the Lord give exacting instructions on the articles used in worship, he ordains specific people to craft the objects!

After giving those instructions he reminds Moses of the Sabbath and how the penalty for not keeping it… is death.

The Lord wrote the Ten Commandments on stone and then gives them to Moses.

But what about the Israelites back at the camp? I wonder how they are holding up….

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Jn 10

Let us recap… Jesus just healed a man born blind, much to the angst of the Pharisees. The Pharisees grilled this man and after this man professes Christ he is excommunicated. Upon hearing about this, Jesus finds the man and reveals himself to him. Some Pharisees are nearby when that happens and shoot off, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus rebukes back, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”

Jesus, open air as usual, continues his rebuke to the Pharisees by pointing out who the real shepherd is.

Jesus uses a very common (dare I say ‘relavent’) scene to illustrate his point, yet it flies past the hard hearts of the Pharisees.

Those who are Jesus will know his voice. They know it intimately and they can pick it out of a crowd.

Jesus is the good shepherd. By calling himself this he is putting himself in place with God. (xref Psalm 23:1).

There are shepherds (Jesus, and those whom he calls as under-shepherds) and there are hired hands (pick a prosperity shill).  There is a big difference between the two. One loves the sheep and the other loves self.

Jesus shocks the Pharisees further by saying that there are sheep “that are not of this fold.” Meaning, there are those who will be saved who are not Jews. They will be brought into the flock with those Jews who are elect.

A crowd had gathered and opposing beliefs about this Jesus fellow being to murmur.

That Hanukkah, the Jews press in and want to know, “Yes or no! Are you the Christ or not?”

Jesus responds, “I told you already and you don’t believe!” Those miracles Jesus did were fulfilment of the Messianic prophecy. So not only did Jesus say with his own mouth, “Before Abraham was, I am.” but the miracles were confirmation from God the Father.

Okay… I’ve asked this question of many and gotten almost as many answers. “Can salvation be lost?” Here, in verses 27-30 we find that answer.

Jesus claims unity with the Father.

Of course, this gets them all fired up again. Jesus then asks, “Oh! What miracle am I in trouble for now?” The people respond, “For saying you are God! You are a blasphemer!”

Jesus then brings forth Scripture to their own confounding. Showing that they don’t even understand what has already been written. They try to arrest Jesus but he slips away.

Jesus goes to the area where John had been baptizing and the people there believe because of John’s testimony.

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Questions to Ponder:

*Compare Jn 10:3 with Exodus 31:2-5. Explain what you see and what conclusions you draw.

*Read John 10 again, now read Ezekiel 34.

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