Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 353

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Welcome to Day 353 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: John 5; John 6 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer


S cripture

John 5:18, “For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”

19 “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

23 “…that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.”

John 6:41, “At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

O bservation

Jesus, the bread of life. The true bread that came down from heaven.

A pplication

The chasm between Jesus and Moses is beginning to widen. It only took to chapter 5 for the religious leaders to have decided Jesus needed to die.

They were jealous. Blind. Selfish. They loved power more than God. Jesus said, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 30 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5)

Salvation is not found by knowing the Bible… the scriptures themselves. The scriptures point to Christ, and salvation is found in Jesus. In believing in him.

The difference is knowing about God versus knowing God? Information versus transformation perhaps?


I can read a book about Abraham Lincoln, but that is very different from having spent time with him.

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day knew the scriptures. Of them he said, ““Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.”


They didn’t get it.

“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

Ouch… again.

And don’t miss this one… Matthew 23 is full of “woes” agains the Pharisees, Sadducees and teachers of the Law. 13 ““Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.”

One more?

23:23, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But…

you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.

You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

Ok, ok, I get it!

P rayer

Lord, help me to know you better… to not just rely on my knowledge of scripture to give the illusion of knowing you. I want to know you…


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