Thursday, March 8, 2012
Welcome to Day 67 of our Life Journal!
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
In Deuteronomy 7 Moses exhorts the Israelites to keep God’s commands and to keep themselves pure from idolatry and those who practice it. Not to let their sons and daughters marry them v 4 “for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods.”
They were to drive out the other nations so that they would not be a temptation and lead them into idolatry. They were to obliterate any evidence of their gods… v 5 “Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire.” v 25 “The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the LORD your God. 26 Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.”
Point taken. Following other gods is not a good thing.
v 9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
Deuteronomy 8 is all about not forgetting the LORD and all he has done. v 15 “He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.”
v 19 “If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.” (Gulp…)
Deuteronomy 9, Moses again reminds the people of their rebelliousness and (nothing like patting oneself on the back!) of his intercession on their behalf. v 18 “Then once again I fell prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water, because of all the sin you had committed, doing what was evil in the LORD’s sight and so arousing his anger. 19 I feared the anger and wrath of the LORD, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the LORD listened to me. 20 And the LORD was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him, but at that time I prayed for Aaron too. 21 Also I took that sinful thing of yours, the calf you had made, and burned it in the fire. Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dust and threw the dust into a stream that flowed down the mountain.”
Mark 15, Jesus appears before Pilate… Jesus is mocked and ultimately crucified… v 39 “And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said,
“Surely this man was the Son of God!””
Over and over and over Moses reminds the people of God’s commands and exhorts them to obedience. All three chapters of Deuteronomy were cautionary in nature. Reminding the people of God’s commands and all the LORD has done for them and promises to do. Exhorting them to obey… and the results if they don’t.
Always amazed at the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. How he conducted himself and how he was treated… Sad and inspiring all at the same time. Jesus knew who he was, where he came from and where he was going.
Keep in mind he was only 33. I’m 49.
Remember all God has done for me.
Lord, I thank you for all you have done for me. More than I even know about! Thank you for your protection and provision.