Today’s reading: Gen 35:16–36:43, Matt 26:14–56, Eccles 8:10–17
Today’s theme: Lay down your will
A simple but important lesson we learn today is that we should be willing to lay our will down like Jesus did. We should give our lives sacrificially to God’s purpose and for God’s glory according to God’s will and wisdom.
for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:28 (ESV)
This is what we remember when we have communion. Jesus’ blood was poured out to save the “many” that would put their trust in Him, so our sin could be forgiven. The meal they were eating was the Passover which is fulfilled in Jesus as the true Passover Lamb of the New Covenant.
Don’t have false confidence
Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same. Matthew 26:35 (ESV)
We must avoid false confidence in the flesh.
Lay down your will
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39 (ESV)
This is where Jesus in a sense won the battle for our souls, by laying down His own will. His deepest desire was to do the will of the Father. We should be the same.
It will be well
Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him. Ecclesiastes 8:12 (ESV)
This is very encouraging!
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014