Thursday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 2:7-8
7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
Today I have become your Father.
8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the whole earth as your possession.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

2:7 decree. That is, the divine oracle spoken when the king took his throne. The Lord said. Although many suppose that this psalm is for the crowning of a king, the past tense indicates that the king recalls the oracle at a later time of trouble. You are my Son. In 2 Sam. 7:14, God says that he will take the heir of David as a “son.” The people as a whole are called the “son of God” (see Ex. 4:22–23; Ps. 80:15; Hos. 11:1), and the king is called the “son of God” because he represents and embodies the people (see also Ps. 89:27). Hebrews 1:5 brings Ps. 2:7 together with 2 Sam. 7:14: this shows that the argument of that book assumes that Jesus is the messianic heir of David (the Son of God), into whom God has also folded the priestly office. In Acts 13:33 (a speech of Paul) and Rom. 1:4, Paul portrays the resurrection of Jesus as his coronation, his entry into his Davidic rule.
2:8 nations. That is, the Gentiles, including those in revolt (v. 1). The primary messianic picture of the OT is of the heir of David who will lead his people in bringing the light to the nations, by making them his subjects; this is how the nations of the earth will find blessing for themselves in him (see Gen. 22:18; see also Ps. 72:8–11, 17); thus Paul looks forward to the obedience of faith among all the nations (Rom. 1:5).

Study Questions:

  • The other takeaway from this past Sunday was, "We can have confidence in our calling." God has put the City Church in this community for a reason. We can have great optimism about our future here. He put us here at this time for a PURPOSE.... To reach people, to raise up leaders, and multiply all over the world with the gospel! We need to ask and dream big because Jesus' sacrifice for our world demands that we do. Like Abraham, we are called to live for something bigger than ourselves. How is he leading you to answer this call to action?

  • Many of us fail to realize the potential God has put in our hands as believers. He has promised us so much, and longs to use us for his purposes and glory. All He needs are willing participants; people who will fully give themselves to Him in complete obedience. There is no limit to what God can do through you. Are you willing to be used by God? Are you willing to surrender and say yes to Him, no matter what question He asks of you? Why or why not? 

Pray:

  • That you would long to live for something bigger than yourself. 
  • That you would fully surrender to His call on your life.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

1. Who is Jesus? I believe Jesus is God because Jesus said He is God and proved it by rising from the dead and appearing to His disciples, His brother James, 500 others at one time and Paul.
(Mark 3:21; John 8:58, 10:30-33, 14:9-11; Acts 9:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:2-3; James 1:1)

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