Showing Tue Dec 26 - Sun Jan 21, 2018

2017 Series

Monday, December 25, 2017: Exodus 9-10

More plagues! But not on the Israelites! What is God doing with these plagues? Blaspheming the “gods” of Egypt! What about Pharaoh’s heart and its hardening? Compare translations, perhaps use a Strong’s Concordance type resource and compare the different Hebrew words that are used. Then observe when the hardening is “God’s doing” and when it is Pharaoh’s (see Exodus 7 and 8 also) God knows all (including those who will be “saved”) but does not “predestinate” someone’s damnation.

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Tuesday, December 26, 2017: Exodus 11-12

Final plague and the Passover! Why does God make a distinction between people? Will we trust Him to make a distinction like that for us (see 2 Peter 2:4-10, especially vs 9) How do I reconcile bad things happening to “good” (godly) people? How important is blood? What if it was not applied to an Israelite doorway? What if the blood of Jesus is not applied to a “cultural” Christian? How do we apply the life-saving blood of Jesus? It is God’s provision (objective justification) and our faith (a gift! Ephesians 2:8, but we believe!), worked by the Holy Spirit (subjective justification).

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Wednesday, December 27, 2017: Exodus 13-14

First born and the Red Sea crossing! What does the “firstborn” represent? (see Gen 49:3) and Deut 21:17). Who is the ultimate First Born? What does He represent and who does He represent before His Father? In the “Red Sea salvation” who does the “work”? (14:13-14). What does God want known? (14:18,30)

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Thursday, December 28, 2017: Exodus 15-16

Song and dance; manna and quail Note in Miriam’s song all the different names and qualities attributed to God. Where did her song come from? Someone else’s words or from her own heart? When do you sing your own words to God from your heart? What is with this grumbling? How much time has elapsed between the Lord’s last great miracle and the people’s complaining? How are you doing in that department? (Philippians 2:14)

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Friday, December 29, 2017: Exodus 17-18

Rock, water, first fight and good advice! Enough complaining already, but provision is made for life-saving water – from what source? (1 Cor 10:4). Whose hands are you holding up and how are you doing that in the battle for God’s will to be done? Who are your advisors? When did you last check in with them? Good thing Moses wasn’t too proud to list to his father-in-law.

How are those type of relationships for you? Make them better! It will bring blessing to “the larger family” – as it did here.

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Saturday, December 30, 2017: Exodus 19-20

Ah! Sinai and the Big 10 (not suggesting an athletic division!) What is the gist of the big “conditional” (19:5)? Notice the grace verses that surround it! What is God’s purpose as stated in 19:9? Is that purpose being accomplished in your life? What is the prologue to the Commandments? It is “loaded Gospel” that moves us to do the Commandments. It is for our good because sin hurts us! Another “purpose verse” (20:20). How about understanding “fear of God” as being “afraid” to hold a baby or a million dollar vase? They are so precious and wonderful, you wouldn’t want to hurt them.

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Monday, January 1, 2018: Exodus 21-22

Oh boy! Here comes the boring part! NOT REALLY! Where is 21:7-11 coming from? God is not “prescribing” behavior only “describing” parameters for bad, but culturally common behavior. Count how many sins warrant the death penalty (both chapters). “The wages of sin is _______ Romans 3:23. Are there places where you need to make “restitution”? (22:3-5) “If/then” and cause/effect in 22:21-27? Pray for, don’t curse our leaders recently elected and otherwise. That doesn’t mean we need to agree with them and shouldn’t boldly oppose their policies if they are contrary to the Word

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Tuesday, January 2, 2018: Exodus 23-24

Justice, Sabbaths and Feasts on the Mountain with God!. What are the conditional promises and blessings from 23:20ff? How about “sickness” being removed? (vs 25) What about this mountain top communion in 24:11? And some say there is only “Law” in the Old Testament and that we only find grace in the New Testament.

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Wednesday, January 3, 2018: Exodus 25-26

Tabernacle furniture and “building materials!” What does your heart move you to give for the worship (globally) of God? (25:1). What kind of detail and preparation goes into your “worship readiness”? (Heb 10:19) What if the wood symbolized “humanity” and the gold covering “divinity” – we have the “greater than the temple/tabernacle” in Jesus!

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Thursday, January 4, 2018: Exodus 27-28

Altar, courtyard and priestly garments! How do you enter the Lord’s presence?

(Ps 100:2,4) Why such “dress up” to go before God? How should we prepare for worship? How can we daily live in His presence?

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Friday, January 5, 2018: Exodus 29-30

Consecration with blood and Atonement provisions! How were consecration and atonement enacted then? How now? Sacramentally! Water and the blood – with the Spirit (1 John 5:5-8) Rather than “annually”, How often did High Priest Jesus do atonement?

(Heb 9:11-14)

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Saturday, January 6, 2018: Exodus 31-32

Gifted Craftsmen, Sabbaths and the Golden Calf! What is the foundation for the call of the “Sabbath”? (31:17) and God’s reasoning? (31:13 0 that we know Him as the sanctifying God!) How does Aaron fail the leadership and integrity test?

At what “cost” to the people – how many lives? At whose hands were they killed?

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Monday, January 8, 2018: Exodus 33-34

God’s Presence in the Tent of Meeting and Up the Mountain Again! Where does Joshua hang out? (33:11). Do you want to see God’s glory? How do you expect to experience it? How can we know God? (33:13-23).What word shows the Lord’s desire for an “exclusive” allegiance? (34:12)

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Tuesday, January 9, 2018: Exodus 35-36

Contributions and Construction! What moves your heart to give? What would be the need where the giving would be so abundant that people have to be “restrained” from giving more? Lord, help us to live out Acts 20:35!

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Exodus 37-38

Tabernacle Furniture and Furnishing! Consider the materials: wood=human, precious metal=divine, bronze=judgment. Can you see Jesus (the God-Man) in every page of Scripture?

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Thursday, January 11, 2018: Exodus 39-40

Priestly Attire and “Set-up” How do we adorn ourselves for worship and adoration of the King of Creation, externally and internally? How many times does it record things being done “just as the Lord commanded?” How important is that? Why?

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Friday, January 12, 2018: Leviticus 1-2

Offerings and more offerings! God, why all these details and what do they mean for me now? How was salt used? What does salt do? How are we the “salt of the new covenant?”

Mt 5:13

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Saturday, January 13, 2018: Leviticus 3-4

Peace Offerings and Sin Offerings! Notice the attention to the blood! To what does it point? (Heb 9:11-14). What is the priests’ significant duty and what is its result? (repeated three times in chapter 4)

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Monday, January 15, 2018: Leviticus 5-6

Guilt Offerings and Various Others! How often do you/others sin “rashly” or “thoughtlessly?” How about “unintentionally?” What is the formula for sin’s resolution? Sin + ________________ = forgiveness.

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Tuesday, January 16, 2018: Leviticus 7-8

More Offerings and Consecration! How is it that people get to eat portions of the sacrifice? How does this parallel the Lord’s Supper? Note how often the phrase “as the Lord commanded Moses” is repeated. How do you feel about being commanded by God? Or does He just make suggestions?

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Leviticus 9-10

Offerings bring glory, self-chosen ways bring death! Obedience to God’s commands yields God’s g________! How clear are the demarcations in your mind for God’s call for distinction in 10:10?

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Thursday, January 18, 2018: Leviticus 11-12

Dietary Defilement and Post-Partum Cleansing! Does God’s Word really speak to every issue in life? Does He care about what you eat? Science has discovered some amazing things that God knew/has known and shares with us in His Word. Did you know that the woman’s “cleansing time” after childbirth has to do with the hormonal adjustments in her body chemistry?

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Friday, January 19, 2018: Leviticus 13-14

Leprosy and Cleansing! Wow! That is a lot on something we can relate to so little – unless we recognize leprosy as likened to sin. It is not “healed” but “cleansed” (i.e. Mt 8:3; 11:5) How does sin/leprosy isolate? (13:46). How do you keep your house spiritually clean?

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)


Saturday, January 20, 2018: Leviticus 15-16

Bodily Discharges and Atonement! Wow again! Really the Bible speaks to these issues? Becoming “unclean” is so easy, natural- both physically and spiritually. One may diminish health and socialization, but the other alienates us from God and is punishable with HELL! Thank God there is a “process” – His procedure – of “at-one-ment” and we are made one with God through the blood of the Lamb as Jesus has become our scapegoat!”

—Paul Koehn (Our Savior’s, Colonie)