Scripture reading for March 6th: Luke 3, Psalm 47, Proverbs 16
Key Scriptures: Luke 3:15-17 “As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, John answered the all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, to clear His threshing floor and gather the wheat into His barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
John the Baptist was a fiery preacher who spoke plainly to the people. He was the ‘voice crying in the wilderness’ calling people to repentance in preparation for the coming Messiah. John deflected attention given to him and speculation that He was the One. He spoke of the coming One who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. There would be a separation of wheat and chaff. The ‘wheat’ would go into Messiah’s ‘barn’, but the ‘chaff’ would be burned up.
Faith Confession: Lord thank You for baptizing me with the Holy Spirit and placing the fire of Your love and holiness in my heart. Help me to lovingly warn all people of Your gift of the Holy Spirit and the coming judgment.
Proverbs 16:2, 14 “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. . . .”A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it.”
Scripture reading for April 5th: 1st Samuel 6-9, John 1
Key Scriptures: John 1:29-34 “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of Whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who ranks before me, because He was before me.’ I myself did not know Him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that He might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on Him.”
John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, proclaimed prophetically the Name and mission of Christ Jesus. His job was to call all people to humility and cleansing through water baptism. This would prepare the way for the One who would baptize His followers with the Holy Spirit and fire!
1st Samuel 9:15-16 “Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed to Samuel: “Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel. He shall save My people from the hand of the Philistines.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for anointing Jesus, Your Son, to lead Your people and save them from their enemies! Amen!