Daily Devotion Tuesday, August 6

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 – Psalm 22; 2 Samuel 7:18-29; Acts 18:12-28 and Mark 8:22-33

Mark 8:22-33 – 27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

In our reading today, Jesus asks his disciples this question; “who do you say that I am?” And so, he asks us. Is Jesus as many think just one more good man amongst many good men? Is he simply a prophet of God amongst many prophets of God? Or is he the messiah, the one who was and is the great sacrifice for all our sins and the giver of new life?

In our reading Peter pronounces that Jesus is the Messiah, but when Jesus reveals what will happen Peter rebuked him. Peter wanted a certain kind of Messiah, one who would usher in Israel’s renewed and revived kingdom. Peter had more to learn.

Then from the reading from Acts we learn that others had more to learn.

Acts 18:12-28 – 24Now there came to Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria. He was an eloquent man, well-versed in the scriptures. 25He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord; and he spoke with burning enthusiasm and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately. 27And when he wished to cross over to Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. On his arrival he greatly helped those who through grace had become believers, 28for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus.

What I found interesting in reading this today is that it was Priscilla and Aquila (women) who pulled him aside and gave him further instruction. They explained “the Way of God to him more accurately” (more fully is the way I hear this). For me this shows the importance of women to the early church and how they helped in teaching others the faith.

I believe we all have a lot to learn about our Lord Jesus Christ, who was and is and what he came to accomplish in the lives of his disciples and in our lives today. So, may we be open to learning more and more about Jesus every day.

From the Psalms today, we hear words our Lord spoke upon the cross and then words that describe what he endured for our salvation. I believe he had Psalm 22 upon his heart as well as his lips as he gave his life for you and me, for all.

Psalm 22 – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? ….

All who see me mock at me;
    they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
“Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
    let him rescue the one in whom he delights!” …

14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
15 my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs are all around me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shriveled;
17 I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my clothes among themselves,
    and for my clothing they cast lots. ….

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before him.
28 For dominion belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.

O Jesus, I proclaim you as my Lord and my Savior, yet I know that I have more to learn about who you are. Continue to reveal to me your deep love for all humanity and your desire for me this day. May I experience today a deeper love for you, the one who gave his life that I might have life today and always. More love to thee, my Lord. More love to thee. Amen.

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