Sunday, March 11, 2012
Welcome to Day 70 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 16 is a repetition of the laws concerning the three yearly feasts; the passover, pentecost, tabernacles, and rules concerning the people’s attendance. Ends with reiterating NOT to set up Asherah poles.
What is an Asherah pole you ask? Click HERE.
Deuteronomy 17 provides yet again more clarity about animals to be used (or not used) as a sacrifice. Goes on to talk about punishment for those who worship idols. Instructions regarding the appointing of leaders.
Deuteronomy 18 offerings for the Priests, Levites… A strong warning against occult practices, “Let no one be found among you who… practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 111 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD.” New International Version
The New Living Translation says it this way… “Do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, 11 or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD.”
Psalm 38 is a penitential psalm… David is full of grief, pouring his heart out. Ends in an earnest prayer asking God for help.
Galatians 2 Paul gives his credentials as an apostle and talks about opposing Peter (Cephas) “to his face.” Pointing out Peter’s hypocrisy, that he had begun withdrawing from eating with Gentile believers… (Remember the vision Peter had and how God had used him to reach the Gentiles, that they had been given the gift of the Spirit, just like the Jewish believers had?) Paul called him out on it.
One of my favorite verses… Galatians 2:20
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Over and over and over again we are cautioned against false worship and are encouraged to worship the One true God. To not “chase after” false gods that would lead one astray.
And another reminder regarding the Sabbath.
Galatians 2:20 perfectly describes the life of a Christian. I HAVE BEEN crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live. Yet not I, but Christ IN me. And the life I now live, I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for ME.
I have been crucified with Christ. He did that for me… for us… One sacrifice for all.
Just as sin entered the world through one man, Adam… One sacrifice was made for all by one man, Jesus.
“Jesus paid it all. All to him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow.”
This life I now life, I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.
Thank you Lord that you are the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world…
“When I see the blood, I will pass over (Passover) you.” Exodus 12:13