Welcome to Day-30 of the Sword Training Challenge. The readings for today are Psalm 141-145 and Proverbs 30.
If you are new to the challenge, it’s a challenge to read the Bible consistently for 40 days. This is inspired by the 40 days that Jesus spent with the disciples after his resurrection, and the 40 days that God spent with Moses on the mountain giving him the Law. We’ve been reading through Psalm and Proverbs, which we’ll complete on Day-31. Then we’ll finish up with Ephesians and Colossians.
The two 40-day periods I mentioned with Moses and Jesus’ disciples are significant events. I believe Jesus spent those 40-days teaching the disciples about the deeper truths of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. Before the cross, Jesus spoke in parables. After the resurrection, with the mission complete, he was free to download the mysteries of God straight to the disciples. In fact, it was necessary since these were the first Christians, tasked to reach the world with the Gospel.
Just like Jesus teaching the disciples, God spent 40 days giving Moses the Law which governed how man was supposed to live in order to be considered righteous. The scriptures tell us that God spoke to Moses like a man speaks with a friend. It was not a conversation of dark sayings and riddles. Moses got the straight download of information.
The goal of this challenge is to spend 40 days with God by reading His word, the Bible. The purpose is two-fold. Firstly, Paul tells us that the Sword of the Spirit IS the Word of God. So, we have to know the Word of God to be able to use the Sword effectively. Secondly, my prayer is that the Lord will speak to us through his word, teaching us in holiness and righteousness.
Those of my friends that have been following the challenge, thank you. I hope it has been rewarding. Keep on reading. Let this become a lifelong habit of spending time with the Lord on a daily basis.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friends!