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Daily Meditation on the Old Testament – Week 3 (January 17-23)

  • SundayPsalm 5             LSB 869 – With the Lord Begin Your Task               
  • 1. When and to whom does David pray and what is his prayer? v. 1-3
  • 2. What does the Lord hate and abhor? v. 4-6
  • 3. Because of the Lord’s steadfast love, what does David desire? v. 7-8
  • 4. What does David pray for those who take refuge in the Lord? v. 11-12
  • MondayGenesis 12     LSB 936 – Sing Praise to the God of Israel
  • 1. How does the Lord call Abram? v. 1-3
  • 2. What blessings does the Lord promise to Abram? v. 2-3, 7
  • 3. How does Abram respond to the Lord’s Gospel promises? v. 4, 7-8
  • 4. How is Abram and Sara’s sojourn in Egypt a type of the Israelites in Egypt?
  • TuesdayGenesis 13     LSB 798 – The God of Abraham Praise v. 1-4
  • 1. How is the Lord blessing Abram? v. 2, 5-6
  • 2. How is Abram’s faith in the Lord’s provision manifested to his neighbor?
  • 3. How does Lot’s greed place him in peril? v. 10-13
  • 4. How does Abram respond to the Lord’s promise to give him the land? v. 18
  • WednesdayGenesis 14              LSB 781 – We Give Thee But Thine Own
  • 1. How did Lot lose his freedom and all his possessions? v. 12
  • 2. How does the Lord deliver Lot? v. 14-16
  • 3. How does Abram show lack of greed but trust in the Lord? v. 20-24
  • 4. How is Melchizedek a type of Christ? v. 18-20 (Hebrews 6:19-7:3)
  • ThursdayGenesis 15   LSB 580 – The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace
  • 1. Why does Abram question the Lord’s former promises? v. 2-3
  • 2. What was Abram’s response to the Lord’s promise and the result? v. 5-6
  • 3. What does the Lord prophesy of Abram’s descendants? v. 13-16
  • 4. What does the fire pot passing through the pieces of the sacrifice mean? v.17
  • FridayGenesis 16         LSB 731 – O God, Forsake Me Not
  • 1. How do Abram and Sarai try to fulfill the Lord’s promise without His aid? v.2
  • 2. What are the consequences of their sin? v. 4-6
  • 3. Whom does Hagar believe the angel (messenger) of the LORD to be? v. 13
  • 4. How is the prophecy fulfilled that Ishmael would be against his kinsmen?
  • SaturdayIsaiah 5          LSB 691 – Fruitful Trees, the Spirit’s Sowing  tune 427
  • 1. Who is the “beloved” who has the vineyard and what is the vineyard? v. 1, 7
  • 2. What did God find when he looked for grapes? v. 2, 4
  • 3. How does God discipline His people? v. 5-6
  • 4. In Jesus’ parable, Matthew 21:33-46, to whom does God give his vineyard?
  • For this week, memorize and meditate on the Second Article and its meaning

Answers to Daily Meditation on the Old Testament – Week 3 (January 17-23)

  • SundayPsalm 5
  • 1. David prays in the morning to his Lord, God, & King that He would hear him
  • 2. Wickedness, evil, boasting, lying, deceit, and bloodthirsty acts.
  • 3. David desires to enter the Lord’s house, worship Him, and be led by the Lord.
  • 4. That the Lord would protect, bless, and cover them with favor (be gracious).
  • MondayGenesis 12
  • 1. The Lord calls Abram with His Gospel promises. (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)
  • 2. The Lord promises Abram many descendants, the land of Canaan, and from those descendants the Messiah through whom all nations would be blessed.
  • 3. By faith Abram obeys the Lord’s command, builds an altar, and worships Him.
  • 4. Pharaoh takes the Lord’s bride, but through plagues they leave with plunder.
  • TuesdayGenesis 13
  • 1. Abram has so many possessions that the land cannot support him and Lot.
  • 2. Abram is generous to Lot, allowing him to choose the more fertile land.
  • 3. Lot’s choosing the well-watered plain parked him near wicked men of Sodom
  • 4. Abram built an altar to the Lord and worshipped Him.
  • WednesdayGenesis 14             
  • 1. By dwelling in the wicked city of Sodom, Lot was captured in a civil war.
  • 2. The Lord grants Abram victory over Lot’s captors.
  • 3. Abram takes none of the spoils of war but gives a tenth to the Lord.
  • 4. Like the meaning of Melchizedek’s name and title, Christ is forever the king of righteousness and the king of peace who blesses us through bread and wine.
  • ThursdayGenesis 15
  • 1. Abram has no heir, no descendants to inherit the land, therefore no Messiah.
  • 2. Abram believed the Lord, and God counted him righteousness. (Rom. 4:1-8)
  • 3. They would be slaves 400 years in a foreign land but God would free them.
  • 4. God will bear the burden of keeping the covenant by sacrificing His Son.
  • FridayGenesis 16
  • 1. They introduce a third party into their marriage to try to produce an heir.
  • 2. Rivalry, contempt, and harsh treatment in the household.
  • 3. She believes Him to be the God who sees her (most likely the Son of God).
  • 4. From him descend the Arabic people who have rivaled the Jews for millennia.
  • SaturdayIsaiah 5
  • 1. God or God’s Son, beloved of the Father. The vineyard is God’s people, Israel.
  • 2. He found wild grapes, the fruits of unrighteousness, injustice, and bloodshed
  • 3. He removes His protection, provision, and care.
  • 4. To other people, the Gentiles, whose faith will bear fruits of righteousness.

Daily Meditation on the Old Testament – Week 2 (January 10-16)

  • SundayPsalm 2             LSB 398 – Hail to the Lord’s Anointed     
  • 1. Who is the Lord’s Anointed whom the kings of the earth are against? v. 2
  • 2. Why does the Lord laugh at the kings of the earth? v. 4
  • 3. Who is the Son whom the Lord begets? (Acts 13:32-33, Hebrews 5:5)
  • 4. Those who do not honor the Lord’s Son perish, but who are blessed? v. 12
  • MondayGenesis 6       LSB 613 – To Thee Omniscient Lord of All
  • 1. What does it mean that the sons of God married the daughters of men? v. 2
  • 2. Why did God plan to judge the whole earth with a flood? v. 5-7, 11-13
  • 3. Besides Noah, whom else did God find favor (was gracious) with? (Luke 1:30)
  • 4. Why was Noah a righteous and blameless man who walked with God? v. 9
  • TuesdayGenesis 7       LSB 596 – All Christians Who Have Been Baptized
  • 1. Besides two of every animal, why did Noah take seven of every clean animal?
  • 2. In the days of the flood, who alone remained in the Old Testament Church?
  • 3. How is the flood a type of the Last Day judgment?
  • 4. How is the flood a type of baptism?
  • WednesdayGenesis 8                LSB 809 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • 1. What does it mean that God “remembered” Noah? v. 1 (Nehemiah 13:31)
  • 2. What does the dove and olive branch symbolize for early Christians? v. 11
  • 3. What did Noah do immediately after leaving the ark? v. 20
  • 4. Why was the Lord pleased with the burnt offering? v. 21
  • ThursdayGenesis 9     LSB 575 – My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
  • 1. After the flood, how did God limit man’s wickedness and violence? v. 5-6
  • 2. What was God’s unconditional covenant (promise) to all the earth? v. 9-11
  • 3. How is the rainbow an example of how God works sacramentally? v. 12-13
  • 4. Though wicked man drowned, what indicated that sinful nature continued?
  • FridayGenesis 11         LSB 500 – Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid
  • 1. How did the people sin by building a tower to the heavens? v. 4
  • 2. How did the Trinity (“let us”) foil their plans and disperse them over earth?
  • 3. When and how did God reverse the curse of Babel? (Acts 2:1-11)
  • 4. From which descendants of Noah would God send a Savior for wicked man?
  • SaturdayIsaiah 2          LSB 653 – In Christ There Is No East or West
  • 1. What time do “the latter days” refer to? v. 1
  • 2. What does “Mountain of the Lord” and “Mount Zion” refer to? v. 2-3
  • 3. Besides the Jews, who else will join this messianic kingdom?
  • 4. What does “beating swords into plowshares” represent? v. 4
  • Again this week, memorize and meditate on the First Article and its meaning

Answers to Daily Meditation on the Old Testament – Week 2 (January 10-16)

  • SundayPsalm 2
  • 1. The Anointed One is the Messiah, the Christ.
  • 2. The Lord enthrones His Anointed King who reigns over them and all the earth
  • 3. Divinity only begets Divinity.  The Lord’s only begotten Son is Jesus Christ.
  • 4. Those who take refuge in Jesus are blessed. (Matt. 5:11-12, Matt. 25:34)
  • MondayGenesis 6
  • 1. Godly believers, descendants of Seth, intermarried with godless unbelievers.
  • 2. Because of original sin, man was totally wicked, evil, corrupt, and violent.
  • 3. The Lord found favor (was gracious) to the virgin Mary whose womb served as the ark of the Christ child.
  • 4. Noah believed God’s promise to save through the ark and Christ. (Heb. 11:7)
  • TuesdayGenesis 7
  • 1. After the flood, Noah sacrificed some of every clean animal as a type of Christ
  • 2. 8 people: Noah, his wife, his sons – Shem, Ham, and Japheth – and their wives
  • 3. On the Last Day God will again judge unbelief. (Matt. 24:37-39, 2 Peter 2:5,9)
  • 4. In Holy Baptism the old man drowns and dies, and the new man rises to new life. (2 Peter 3:18-21)
  • WednesdayGenesis 8
  • 1. God does not forget us, but he begins to work for our good.
  • 2. Baptism by the Holy Spirit and the resulting peace with God.
  • 3. He sacrificed burnt offerings to the Lord as an act of worship.
  • 4. It was a sacrament which atoned for sin like Christ’s sacrifice. (Lev. 1:3-4)
  • ThursdayGenesis 9
  • 1. God instituted human government to take life for life. (Romans 13:1-4)
  • 2. God would never again send a worldwide flood to destroy all flesh.
  • 3. God joins His Word of promise to a visible element (rainbow) for a blessing.
  • 4. Noah got drunk on his wine, Ham mocked him, and Noah cursed Ham’s son.
  • FridayGenesis 11
  • 1. They disobeyed God’s command to fill the earth and glorified themselves.
  • 2. God cursed them with different languages to stop and disperse them.
  • 3. Pentecost. The Holy Spirit enabled the apostles to preach in many languages
  • 4. From Shem would descend Abraham, the Hebrew nation, and Christ the Lord
  • SaturdayIsaiah 2
  • 1. It is the time of the New Testament Church after Pentecost. (Acts 2:14-17)
  • 2. Literally, Zion was the Temple Mount. Here it symbolizes God’s N.T. Church.
  • 3. All nations (Gentiles), many peoples will be drawn to the Word of the Lord.
  • 4. Peace among Christians of all nations in the N.T. Church. (Luke 2:13-14)

Daily Meditation on the Old Testament – Week 1 (January 3-9)

  • SundayPsalm 1            LSB 705 – The Man Is Ever Blessed           
  • 1. Why is a man, or woman, blessed by God? v. 1-2
  • 2. What is the blessed man like? v. 3
  • 3. What is the fate of the wicked and the righteous? v. 4-6
  • 4. How will you meditate on God’s Word and be blessed this year?
  • MondayGenesis 1       LSB 578 – Thy Strong Word
  • 1. How were the three persons of the Trinity active in creation? v. 1-3
  • 2. How were living things to reproduce? v. 11-12, 21, 24-25
  • 3. What does it mean that man was made in the image of God? v. 26-27
  • 4. How did God create you?
  • TuesdayGenesis 2       LSB 858 – O Father, All Creating
  • 1. How did God create man and woman specially? v. 7, 21-22
  • 2. What did God give man to do in the garden of Eden? v. 15
  • 3. What command did God give the man? v. 16-17
  • 4. Who instituted and defined marriage as between a man and woman? v. 24
  • WednesdayGenesis 3               LSB 561 – The Tree of Life
  • 1. Who was the serpent and why did he fall from heaven?
  • 2. How did the serpent tempt Adam and Eve to sin? v. 1, 4-5
  • 3. What happened when they ate from the forbidden tree? v. 7-13
  • 4. What was the first Gospel promise and Messianic prophecy? v. 15
  • ThursdayGenesis 4     LSB 572 – In the Shattered Bliss of Eden
  • 1. What was the difference between how Cain and Abel gave their offering?
  • 2. How did God punish Cain for killing his brother, and how did He show mercy?
  • 3. How did the sin of Adam effect his descendants and us? v. 8-9, 23
  • 4. When and how did public worship begin? v. 26
  • FridayGenesis 5           LSB 569 – In Adam We Have All Been One
  • 1. How was the birth of Seth different from the creation of Adam? v. 3
  • 2. How was Enoch an example of what God originally intended for man? v. 24
  • 3. Who and how old was the oldest man recorded in the Bible? v. 27
  • 4. What happened to all of Adam’s descendants?
  • SaturdayIsaiah 1          LSB 915 – Today Your Mercy Calls Us
  • 1. Where and when was Isaiah a prophet of the Lord? v. 1
  • 2. Why has the Lord rejected the people’s worship? v. 2-4, 11-15
  • 3. What does the Lord desire of his people? v. 16-17, 27
  • 4. How will the Lord turn their sins from scarlet to white? v. 18
  • For this week, memorize and meditate on the First Article and its meaning

Answers for Daily Meditation on the Old Testament – Week 1 (January 3-9)

  • SundayPsalm 1
  • 1. When they avoid the influence of unbelievers and meditate on God’s Word.
  • 2. He is like a tree, nourished by living water, which bears fruit of godliness.
  • 3. The Lord knows the way of believers, but the unbelievers will perish.
  • 4. Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it. (Luke 11:28)
  • MondayGenesis 1
  • 1. God the Father spoke His Word who is the Son (John 1:1-3). The Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, hovered over the waters.
  • 2. Not by evolution but according to their kind.
  • 3. Man had some of God’s attributes: holy, righteous, faithful, good, just, loving
  • 4. God knew and formed you in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5) and gave you a soul.
  • TuesdayGenesis 2
  • 1. God formed man from dust and breathed into him his soul.  God formed woman from the man’s side to be a fit and complimentary companion.
  • 2. He was to work the ground, keep it, and be a good steward of the earth.
  • 3. Man could eat from every tree but not the tree of knowledge, lest he die.
  • 4. Not the government, media, or human opinion, but God alone.
  • WednesdayGenesis 3
  • 1. The evil angel, the devil, because of his pride. (Rev. 12:9, Ezekiel 28:11-19)
  • 2. By questioning and twisting the Word of God.
  • 3. They died spiritually, lost their relationship with God, and blamed others.
  • 4. God would send a Savior who would suffer but crush the devil and his work.
  • ThursdayGenesis 4
  • 1. Abel gave his offering with faith in God’s promise of a Savior. (Heb. 11:4)
  • 2. Cain became a wandering fugitive, but God protected his life with a mark.
  • 3. We have inherited a sinful nature that sins. (Matthew 15:19, Romans 5:12)
  • 4. With multiple families, believers began to worship in the name of the Lord.
  • FridayGenesis 5
  • 1. God created Adam in His image, but Seth was born in his father’s sinful image
  • 2. God took Enoch to heaven directly, without dying. (Hebrews 11:5-6)
  • 3. Methuselah lived to be 969 years old . . . and then he died.
  • 4. Because of sin, we all die, but because of Christ we live. (Romans 6:23)
  • SaturdayIsaiah 1
  • 1. The southern kingdom of Judah, circa 700-750 B.C., just before the exile
  • 2. They had forsaken the Lord, sinned, and worshipped hypocritically.
  • 3. Repent by ceasing evil and doing good.
  • 4. The blood of Jesus and water of baptism cleanse us of all sin. (1 John 1:7-9)

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