Reading #1 – Exodus 32
Reading #2 – Psalms 25
Reading #3 – Proverbs 7
Reading #4 – Obadiah
Reading #5 – 1 Thessalonians 3
Exodus 32 – The Golden Calf – The golden calf that was made by Aarron was built under the spirit of rebellion. When Moses went up on the mountain to do what the people had asked, “be our representative before the Lord” the rebell rousers among the people made their play. If I had been Moses, I probably would have taken God’s offer to let Him destroy the nation and make Moses into a nation; yet, like Moses, my heart’s motivation would have been to ask for God’s forgiveness (11-13). The problem the nation would now have is, “God would not go with them into the new land” (The Devil had a hay-day and gleefully watched over 3000 people die at the hands of the priests of the Lord God under the direction of Moses because of the sin of rebellion (27) to say nothing of how many more would die because of the plague that would come among them (35). Aarron should have been one of the people that died. When Moses held Aarron responsible, he throws out a feabile excuse, “You yourself know how evil these people are. They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.’ So I told them, ‘Whoever has gold jewelry, take it off.’ When they brought it to me, I simply threw it into the fire—and out came this calf (22-24 NLT)”.
Psalms 25 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding in all of your ways acknowledge me and I will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:4-5). Trusting in someone we can not see is a very difficult concept. Learning to trust God’s judgement also does not come easy because, his wisdom surpasses ours, yet we believe what we can see and that includes the tangible things like, “pleasure”, “trinkets and toys”, and “commaradarie with the world”. God’s word calls us to testify before the world all that God has done in our lives because, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news (Romans 10:14-15 NLT).”
Proverbs 7 – The benefits of wisdom are seen best when we accept wisdom in our hearts before we go headlong into sin. The story of the young man who will learn wisdom the hard way illustrates a couple things in my mind, “Sin will always be there to entice its victims”, “sin always has a story that seems plausible and believable”, and “sin never plans to give its victim any of the things she promised” and it is for the later reason that the Devil can be so generous in his offerings.
Obadiah – Edom’s fall. Edom belonged to Esau, Jacob’s brother. Edom’s populace built their homes in the mountains in what is now northern Iraq. They believed themselves and their ancestral homeland to be impenetrable to attacks simply because of their homes being in the mountains. Unfortunately, their bluff was completely blown as they too were routed by the powerful army of Babylon in the 6th century. Edom had maintained their homeland for 5 centuries and never faced a challenge until the nation Babylon came along. Of course, Babylon destroyed the town of Jerusalem in the same year and that brought great joy to Edom who had been at odds with Israel since the time of Jacob and Esau. My contention is that Jacob and Esau never resolved their completely resolved their issues because “hate” never gives up until “love” reclaims the heart.
1 Thessalonians 3 – Paul wanted to revisit with the church at Thessalonica, yet the Devil kept them at bay. Pastor Timothy would be sent instead and the message he brought back greatly encouraged the aging Apostle. But now Timothy has just returned, bringing us good news about your faith and love. He reports that you always remember our visit with joy and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you. So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters,[b] because you have remained strong in your faith. 8 It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord (6 and 7 NLT).