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What’s on your reading list? In a day and age when copies of Scripture were rare and difficult to come by, Jesus, even as a young man, made a point of knowing the Scripture. His life mission was grounded in God’s Word, what we today call the Old Testament. This knowledge strengthened Him for opposition and prepared Him to resist temptation. How familiar are you with the Bible that Jesus knew, loved and memorized?

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”—Matthew 4:4

Prayer: Lord, give me a love for Scripture, including a longing for and insight into the Bible that Jesus knew. Reveal Your character to me as I read the Old Testament. Give me deeper insight into Jesus as I study the Scripture that He read and studied. Prepare and strengthen me for ministry through Your word, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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