Reading #1 – Deuteronomy 14
Reading #2 – Psalms 109
Reading #3 – Proverbs 1
Reading #4 – Luke 1
Reading #5 – 1 Samuel 10
Deuteronomy 14 – Clean and Unclean Animals. G_d was and will always be concerned about his children which includes how they live their lives, spend their income, and their diet. When we enter into a covenant relationship with G_d, we accept his commands in our life. There are things in this world that are harmful to us and we must not eat them. The commands given to Moses were not fully explained as G_d never explains himself; simply “do as I ask”. By faith, we accept these commands. When we violate the commands, we find out why we shouldn’t have/eat _______. Bringing their yearly tithes was not simply to “give to G_d” but to show how applying his commands to their lives, they had a good reward and would have a reason for celebration.
1 Samuel 10 – Saul Anointed King of Israel. Now Saul was a head taller than any man in Israel. Samuel prophesied about Saul’s return to Gibeah of Benjamin and the events happened just as Samuel had said. The rules for prophecy are that first of all, “it must come true” exactly as it was said second, “all glory is given to G_d”, and third “the events must not be manipulated”. So Saul met the people just as Samuel had predicted. When Saul prophecied, people, asked, “Can anyone become a prophet, no matter who his father is?” So that is the origin of the saying “Is even Saul a prophet (12). “ What was thought impossible is that “tiny little Benjamin” would be unfit for the honor of a King”.
Psalms 109 – Words to the Accursed. In this Psalm, we can see two people: Jesus and Judas. The speaker is Jesus who is praying for help through a tumultuous time in his life. If the speaker was a scoundrel that is, “ his unspoken life would be tainted by sin”, then the second person would right for accusing him. To pray this prayer, we must understand that if our actions lead up to the accusation, then we would be justly charged and this prayer would be meaningless.
Proverbs 1 – The Purpose of Wisdom. Wisdom calls from the High places or “the one place”. It teaches people how to live successful and fruitful lives in the humility of the Lord G_d. Those who grasp its meaning and apply it to their lives will live G_dly lives without painful striving for it. Unfortunately, along the way we need discipline and some of the warnings are hurtful but if we can just see that G_d has a purpose for our lives, these words and actions will build us up despite the pain.
Luke 1 – The Birth of John the Baptist. John’s parents were quite old and were without children. In that time to be without a child was seen as a “curse”. John was the for-runner to Jesus who would prepare the pathway for the king.
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