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 72

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Welcome to Day 72 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Deuteronomy 22, 23, 24; Galatians 4 (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

Do not. Must not. Shall not.

Deuteronomy 22:9-11 “Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled. 10 Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together. 11 Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together.”

v 5 “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.”

v 14 Slander against a virgin wife… If she was found to NOT be a virgin, she was stoned to death. v 22 If a man slept with another man’s wife… BOTH were to be stoned to death.

Deuteronomy 23:3 “No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, not even in the tenth generation.”

v 7 “Do not despise an Egyptian, because you resided as foreigners in their country. 8 The third generation of children born to them may enter the assembly of the LORD.”

Deuteronomy 24, “If someone is caught kidnapping a fellow Israelite and treating or selling them as a slave, the kidnapper must die.

You must purge the evil from among you.”

v 16 “Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.” (Whew!)

Galatians 4:28 “Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.”

O bservation

The Law brought two things… Obedience and death. You could die for just about anything! As a son could be stoned for being stubborn, rebellious, a glutton and a drunkard, a daughter could be stoned for being promiscuous. 2 Corinthians 3 states that the “letter (of the law) kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Romans 8:2 “through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

Thank God!

Wondering if things that were detestable to God in the Old Testament, if he still finds them detestable. I don’t think Jesus changed that… The word detestable appears over 100 times in the Bible.)

John 8, “but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

A pplication

Now we have been set free from the law of sin and death… Free. Now the Law is written on our hearts, not on tablets of stone. Now, instead of being a slave to sin, we are slaves to righteousness.

P rayer

Today, I’m really thankful that I haven’t been stoned to death, and that we are under a new covenant!

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2 thoughts on “Day 72

  1. Knowing that God doesn’t change, I’m sure these things are still detestable and probably a whole lot more. Fortunately, we have the Holy Spirit in us telling us what God finds detestable and what He loves. I struggled for years with the concept of smoking being sinful, but I justified it since it wasn’t forbidden in the law. One Sunday morning years ago, I was pondering this and pastor Roe received a word “It’s time to give it up for good.” and I haven’t smoked since. I quit cold turkey using prayer (exponentially more powerful than patches, gum, etc.) to get through the cravings. I can’t express the feeling of freedom in words. Praise God!

    The same story from John 8 came to mind as I was reading through Deuteronomy. It is easy to stone (modern day version is gossiping or talking bad about them?) someone for what their sinful behavior. Should we not be extending a hand of friendship to help them through their time of trial?

    Being a son/daughter and heir of God’s Kingdom is such an honor. With this comes great responsibility though. It makes me think of how the paparazzi constantly follow the royal family in England around trying to catch them in some scandal or in a moment of weakness so they can smear their name before the world. This is what satan does with us. I know that I will screw up or that he might slander me with my words or accuse me with the photos he takes. I am thankful that I can paint over them with the blood of Jesus. The best thing I can do is create as few photo opportunities as possible and stay close to the bucket of paint so to speak. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

    Lord, I am so thankful that you set us free from the law written on stone tablets and brought us into the law written on our hearts. I pray that this law becomes more clear and that I can help others into this covenant, not by condemnation or slandering, but by love and care. As you told us, it all starts with loving you with everything we have and loving others. I pray that I can minimize the photo opportunities of the enemy to smear Your name and take every opportunity to spread Your love.

  2. Scott Sliver on said:

    Hello Shane, just want to say thanks for posting such thoughtful responses. I can tell you put a lot of thought into your posts.

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