Saturday, March 10, 2012
Welcome to Day 69 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
Deuteronomy 13, Moses again reiterates the importance of following the LORD and to put to death all those who would lead them astray. False prophets… even their own family members who would lead them astray! (Including their livestock!) In other words, take nothing from them. Have no part with them… Destroy their town, burn everything. That town was to never be rebuilt.
Deuteronomy 14 parallels Leviticus 11 in content regarding the consumption of and definition of clean and unclean animals. Also mentions the tithe of whatever one would produce, grain, etc. and a reminder to care for the Levites who had received no inheritance of their own.
Deuteronomy 15:7-11 “If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. 8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. 9 Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the LORD against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land.
Therefore I command you to be openhanded
toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
Commands to set servants free on the seventh year and to bless them as they go… Also reminder to eat the firstborn of your flock. If it was lame or blind or flawed, you could eat it, but not sacrifice it.
Galatians 1, Paul’s introduction to the church in Galatia… Confronts them about their defection from the true Gospel… gives his credentials for having done so… Gives his testimony about how he had once persecuted the church, been an upandcoming star in Judaism, but that he had received revelation from Jesus and how he had changed.
The thing that stands out to me over and over again is how God wants us to simply trust, follow and obey him, and to “put to death” anything in our lives that leads us away from him…
Trust, follow, obey
Easier said than done for sure. There are so many opportunities in life to be led astray… to turn away.
Reminds me of the verse Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9,
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
Lord, help me to run the race to win… That I would never be disqualified…