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Our Daily Bread 13 June 2019 – Only a Gypsy Boy

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Our Daily Bread 13 June 2019 Devotional

Our Daily Bread 13 June 2019 Devotional – Only a Gypsy Boy

Topic: Only a Gypsy Boy

Bible in a Year: Ezra 6–8; John 21

Scripture: You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession. – 1 Peter 2:9

Today’s Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4–10 (NIV)

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Insight
Peter’s writing in the New Testament demonstrated his familiarity with the Scriptures (what we know as our Old Testament). In 1 Peter 2 alone, Peter quotes or alludes to at least five different passages. In verse 6 the reference is to Isaiah 28:16, verse 7 is taken from Psalm 118:22, and verse 8 is from Isaiah 8:14. The choice words in verse 9, referring to believers in Jesus, were used in Exodus 19:5–6 to describe the nation of Israel: “Out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. . . . [Y]ou will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” And the writing of the prophet Hosea (Hosea 1:6, 9–10) was on his mind when Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:10, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Our Daily Bread 13 June 2019 – Only a Gypsy Boy

Message: “Oh, it’s only a gypsy boy,” someone whispered with disgust when Rodney Smith walked to the front of the chapel to receive Christ during a service in 1877. Nobody thought much of this teenager, the son of uneducated gypsy parents.

Yet, Rodney didn’t listen to those voices. He was certain that God had a purpose for his life so he bought himself a Bible and an English dictionary and taught himself how to read and write. He once said,

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“The way to Jesus is not by Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, or the poets. It is . . . an old-fashioned hill called Calvary.”

Against all odds, Rodney became an evangelist who God used to bring many to Jesus in the UK and US.

Our Daily Bread 13 June 2019 – Only a Gypsy Boy

Peter too was just a simple man—untrained in the religious rabbinic schools (Acts 4:13), a fisherman from Galilee—when Jesus called him with two simple words: “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19). Yet the same Peter, despite his upbringing and the failures he experienced along the way, later affirmed that those who follow Jesus are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9).

Through Jesus Christ all people—whatever their education, upbringing, gender, or ethnicity—can be a part of the family of God and be used by Him. Becoming God’s “special possession” is for all who believe in Jesus.

Reflect & Pray
What does it mean for you to be part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, God’s special possession? How are you encouraged by the fact that God can use you for His honor?

God, I thank You that my identity is found in You.

Our Daily Bread 13 June 2019 – Only a Gypsy Boy was written by Estera Pirosca Escobar

 

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