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esvsbSo, this seems too good to be true, but if there’s a catch I haven’t found it yet.  Crossway is giving away free access to their online ESV Study Bible to celebrate their 75th anniversary, and you can get it free anytime this month.  I have been using this online Study Bible since I bought the paper version years ago, and the ESV has become my favored translation for reading, studying and teaching.  I have the paper version and the version to go with my iPad Bible study app (Olive Tree), but I still find myself frequently using this online version as well.  You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.  To get your free copy, go to http://www.crossway.org/web-apps/esv-study-bible-online-1671-regkey/.

On The Importance of Food

Wayne —  April 26, 2013 — 2 Comments

bibleI love the Bible!  I really do.  I even love trying to figure out the importance of the less “exciting” parts of the Bible.  There was a time a few years back when I was reading through the entire Bible three or four times a year.  I like to take notes as I read the Bible and keep lists.  Truly, it is one of the more enjoyable things I do.  But, for some reasons I go through these stretches in my life where I just don’t pick it up. 

I mentioned the time a few years back when I was reading 10-20 chapters a day.  That was followed by a period of a couple year where I had no real reading plan.  I still read the Bible.  I read it to prepare for lessons, and I would decide to read a book here or there or a couple of chapters from a book if I had come across something interesting, but I wasn’t reading it consistently.  A couple of years ago, I decided that needed to change.  I picked a chronological reading plan (one way I’ve still not read through the Bible) and set out on January 1 to read through the entire Bible in chronological order in one year.  That lasted until about January 20th.  I missed a week, and sure enough I was back to my old “on and off” style of reading.

Fast forward to December 2011.  I decided on December 11th (I remember because it was exactly two weeks before Christmas) that I was going to read the four gospels in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  As always happens when I get back into my Bible, I quickly remembered how much I love reading it.  How is it, I wondered, that I can so easily ignore something that I love so much (there is a deeper spiritual question there, but it’s beyond the scope of this post).  I was inspired and challenged.  By Christmas, I had read the four gospel accounts and decided there was no reason to stop there.  I was going to get back into a regular reading pattern and read through the entire Bible in 2012 for the first time in a few years.

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Introduction

The Old Testament also tells us that the coming Messiah would proclaim Himself the fulfillment of prophecy.

Old Testament Prophecy

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, "Here I am, I have come- it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." [Psalm 40:6-8 NIV]

New Testament Fulfillment

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Introduction

If the Messiah had simply come and died, that would have been insufficient. It was His resurrection that conquered sin and death for us, and the Old Testament predicted His resurrection as well.

Old Testament Prophecy

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. [Psalm 16:8-10 NIV]

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Introduction

Last week we looked at how Christ would conquer sin and death. This week we look at the prophecies that state that the Messiah would also defeat Satan.

Old Testament Prophecy

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." [Genesis 3:15 NIV]

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Introduction

In His death, and resurrection, the Messiah would once for all conquer sin and death.

Old Testament Prophecy

he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. [Isaiah 25:8 NIV]

"Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. [Daniel 9:24 NIV]

"I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? "I will have no compassion, [Hosea 13:14 NIV]

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