Reading #1 – Deuteronomy 23
Reading #2 – Psalms 118
Reading #3 – Proverbs 10
Reading #4 – Luke 11
Reading #5 – 1 Samuel 20
Deuteronomy 23 – Purity in the Camp. Uncleanliness can lead to infections no matter what the source is. When we allow poison into the camp, it will start small but grow in size quickly. Consider the source of idol worship or sexual promiscuity, Ball of Peor commended its use to draw an audience, and then it grew exponentially.
1 Samuel 20 – Johnathan Helps David.
The relationship between Johnathan and David was brotherly love. Saul became angry with Johnathan for siding with David. As long as that son of Jesse is alive, you’ll never be king. Now go and get him so I can kill him (31)!”
Psalm 118 – The One Lord G_d of All Creation
To the Lord be all of the glory. I have no other G_d that is so able and so abiding as He is. The world goes its way and then decries its painful lot. Many reject G_d’s calling while they live and then when at death’s door, cry out to Him and He forgives them; yet, their death is hollow because in their life they never had hope that would compel them to climb to higher grounds. Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the LORD. These gates lead to the presence of the LORD, and the godly enter there. I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory! The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it (19-24).
Proverbs 10 – Our Quality of Life because of Our Choices.
Our choices are at the core of the life we live. If our choices are no good, we are no good. If we are no good, we cannot help people to navigate the waters of our current environment. Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life. The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked (2-3). When the course of our life is blustered by the winds of adversity due to no fault of our own, we can get through it and the wounds remind us how the Lord had won the victory. When the winds of adversity blow because of our bad choices, we are held accountable for the wrongs we did. G_d will never stop us from receiving the beatings that we rightly deserve and nor will he release us from prison when our choices got us there in the first place.
Luke 10 – Teaching About Prayer
A prayer is a foundational object in our lives. It is more than just “hear our prayer” or “heal this____. “This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation (2-4).” The Disciple’s prayer is a model, not the exact words. It is like a blueprint that guides the builder, not the complete house. For this reason, Jesus expounds on the elements of it so that the group would have the right training in prayer. The religious leaders and experts in the law didn’t like what Jesus had to say because the words of G_d went to the core of their being where the evil resided. As Jesus was leaving, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees became hostile and tried to provoke him with many questions. 54 They wanted to trap him into saying something they could use against him (53-54).