SEPTEMBER WEEK 2

Spiritual Beings/Elohim

In the same way that YHWH has a natural, earthly family, he also created a supernatural family to fill the unseen realm. These beings, such as angels and cherubim, are entrusted with free will. Like YHWH’s human family, this free will allows for them to make both good and bad decisions. And like his human family, YHWH’s supernatural family incurs the consequences of those decisions. This week, we will read the Biblical examples of spiritual beings and their impact upon the earthly realm. Throughout these readings, it is important to notice and reflect upon how Jesus worked alongside heavenly hosts, while also confronting those spiritual beings who have rebelled against YHWH.

Family Formation

Weekly Takeaway: God has a supernatural family. Like humanity, some of God’s supernatural creation have rebelled against him.

Main Scriptures: Isaiah 6:1-7; Job 15:14-15

Questions:

  1.   What comes to mind when you think of angels and supernatural beings?
  2.   How does the fact that some of God’s supernatural creation live in opposition to his kingdom impact your view of the world around you?

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Instructions for Daily Reading

Each day as you engage the Scripture, we recommend following this pattern of devotional reading. 

[Take a brief moment of silence to quiet your heart.]

  1.   Read the Scripture aloud.
  2.   Seek out where King Jesus is at work in the Scripture.
  3.   Pray over the Scripture.
  4.   Discern how this Scripture impacts your life.

[Demonstrate loyalty to Jesus in one tangible way today.]

DAILY READING

MONDAY - 9/9

Monday: Psalm 8:1-9

Group Discussion & Reflection: As you read Psalm 8, take note of the language used to the describe the supernatural. Notice words such as “heavenly beings”. Who do you think some of these beings could be? What does it mean that YHWH’s “glory [is] above the heavens.” How do you see Jesus at work in this Psalm?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

1 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

 

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

TUESDAY - 9/10

Tuesday: Isaiah 6:1-7

Group Discussion & Reflection: Isaiah 6 provides one of the most powerful descriptions of God’s glory. Notice every element of Isaiah’s experience. What does he see? What does he feel? What does he smell? What does he hear? Ultimately, what does he taste from the altar? How do the hot coals provide a picture of what Jesus will ultimately provide for the kingdom of God?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

 

3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

 

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

 

WEDNESDAY - 9/11

Wednesday: Psalm 82:1-8

Group Discussion & Reflection: Today’s reading is one of the most misunderstood scriptures in all of the Bible. In the first verse, the writer uses the term “divine council.” Not only that, but this council is described as “gods.” After today’s reading, it is important to critically think about these concepts. Who is this council? What do you think they do? How do they serve the Most High God?

 

Today’s Reading:

1 God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: 2 “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

 

5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; 7 nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.” 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!

THURSDAY - 9/12

Thursday: Revelation 20:7-15

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Revelation 20 gives a detailed look into the final end-time judgment of all who stand in rebellion against God. Take note of the fact that verses 7-10 speak of the judgment against the rebellious members of God’s supernatural realm while verses 11-15 speak to the judgment of the rebellious members of the natural realm. How does the assurance of God’s victory over all, give you assurance of his justice as the king over all creation? What injustices are at work by these rebellious forces in the world today and what does it look like for those injustices to be made right at the return of Christ?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.9And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

 

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

 

FRIDAY - 9/13

Friday: Psalm 36:1-12

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Psalm 36 explains the love that YHWH possesses for his family. It is interesting to note that this love extends to both his human family and the spiritual beings of the supernatural realm. In this way, humans are similar to God’s supernatural creation. How do you think our relationship in God’s family will look with spiritual beings in eternity as we are all subjected to the perfect love of YHWH?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

1 Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated. 3 The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good. 4 He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.

 

5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. 7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

 

9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. 10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart! 11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12 There the evildoers lie fallen; they are thrust down, unable to rise.

 

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