If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: 2 Kings 13, 2 Timothy 3, Hosea 5–6, Psalm 119:145–176. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can’t do all the readings today, read Hosea 5-6.
Throughout the Old Testament, there are clear images that prepare us for the work of Christ. The animal sacrifices required by the law come to mind as they were designated to be life-for-life exchanges where the animal died in the place of the sinner who offered it.
In addition to these images, there are prophecies about the coming of Christ.
Then there are passages that do not explicitly reference the coming of Christ or what he would do, but they seem so clear in hindsight that they are impossible to ignore. One of these is Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac. It is hard to read that passage and not see an allusion to how God the Father was prepared to sacrifice his Son. Here in Hosea 6 we come to another passage like this. It does not explicitly reference the Messiah or what he would do, but look at verse 2 again: “After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.” This does not directly reference the resurrection of Jesus and no New Testament author quotes this passage as a predictor of his resurrection, but it is impossible to read that verse without thinking of the resurrection of Christ. I believe this was intentional; through Hosea’s prophecy God was promising new life through the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus death, of course, paid the penalty for our sins but it was his resurrection that gave us spiritual life and allowed us to “live in his presence.” This is something to thank God for today; long before Jesus was ever born, God predicted that he would die for our sins and rise from the grave to give us spiritual life. Take some time today, therefore, to give thanks for Christ’s resurrection and then ask God to help us live in that resurrection power today for his glory.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we’ll talk scripture again tomorrow.