Daily Bible Reading Day 87

Daily Bible Reading Day 87

Daily Bible Reading Day 87: Exodus 39/John 18

Exodus 39

The tabernacle was finally completed.  Every detail that God instructed to Moses was executed well by the people.  Moses blessed them for all of the hard work.  Moses entrusted the people with huge responsibility to complete the tabernacle correctly.  And God was pleased.

John 18

Jesus knew Judas was the disciple who would betray Him.  The time had now come for Judas to sell out Jesus.  There religious leaders and guards came to arrest Jesus and take Him away for trial.  Jesus asked them who they came for.  They said, “Jesus of Nazareth”.  And Jesus replied, “I am he”.  This was His declaration that He was God.

Peter tried to stop the arrest.  He drew his sword and cut off an ear of one of the guards.  Jesus stopped anymore damage. It was difficult for these disciples to see the man they have come to love, serve and trust to be arrested.

God always has a plan even if we don’t understand it.  We should not take matters into our own hands.  We need to hear from God.

Jesus did tell Peter he would deny him 3 times.  We never think we would deny Jesus, but when things get tough and uncomfortable we may be in the same situation.  Stand on guard for God no matter what.

Two high priest, Annas and Caiaphas, were there to question Jesus.  First Annas heard him and then Jesus was taken to Caiaphas.  All of this was done in the middle of the night. They truly had nothing on Jesus, but were building a false case against Him.  These high priests only wanted to advance their political ambitions instead of listening to scripture and seeing the truth.

The disciples were hurting.  Peter was asked if he knew Jesus and he denied knowing Him, just like Jesus said.

After the meetings with Annas and Caiaphas, they brought Jesus to Pilate.  Pilate knew the religious leaders hated Jesus.  However Pilate was not sure why Jesus was being arrested.  The religious leaders tried to convince Pilate that Jesus was claiming to be their King, their Messiah. Pilate asked Jesus and Jesus said He was King but for another world.

Pilate found Jesus to be innocent.  But instead of releasing Jesus, he tried to have them do the deciding.  Pilate asked to release Jesus or someone else and the Jews asks for the murderer, Barabbas, instead of Jesus.

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Daily Bible Reading Day 27: Genesis 28/Matthew 27

Genesis 28

Isaac blessed Jacob and told him to not marry a Canaanite woman.  Issac told him where to travel towards the city of Paddan Abram.  Esau heard how displeased Isaac was with Canaanite women, so Esau went and took another wife from Canaan.

Jacob settled and found a stone.  He used it as a pillow and fell asleep.  God visited Jacob in a dream and told him this is where he shall remain and he will be promised many descendants.  When Jacob awoke, he made a vow to God to stay.  The city was called Bethel.

Matthew 27

The religious leaders and chief priests made their decision to hand over Jesus to Pilate, the governor.

Judas realized what he had done and tried to convince the leaders to let Jesus go.  Unfortunately, they were too deep into their plan and would not stop.  Judas hanged himself.

Jesus was questioned by Pilate.  Jesus only answered one question.  Pilate wasn’t sure about why Jesus was being charged.  The religious leaders needed to have a government official charge him because they could not.  They twisted Jesus’ words into a political crime.  Pilate knew he couldn’t persuade the crowd, so he caved under their pressure and sent Jesus to be cruicified.

Jesus was spat on, beaten, ridiculed and verbally abused by the Roman soldiers.  The torture was unbelievable.

Jesus died on the cross, after many hours of suffering.  When Jesus took His last breath, the curtain of the temple slit in two and there was an earthquake.  The tombs of many opened up. Those that were at the cross saw this event and knew for sure, Jesus was the son of God.

Jesus was moved to a tomb by the request of one of the disciples, named Joseph.  Joseph prepared Jesus’ body and laid it in a tomb.  He rolled a boulder in front of the entrance.  Mary Magdalene and Mary were sitting there watching the tomb.

The Pharisees and chief priests asked Pilate for there to be guards in front of the tomb.  The reason is they remembered Jesus said he would rise on the third day.  They wanted to make sure no one would move Jesus’ body.