Reading #1 – Deuteronomy 7:6-11
Reading #2 – Psalms 12
Reading #3 – Proverbs 22
Reading #4 – Luke 15
Reading #5 – Revelations 15
Deuteronomy 7:6-11 – A People Holy to the Lord G-d. To be called a “Holy People” or “Chosen” implies that you are set aside or different. To be “Holy to the Lord” is to be obedient to what is commanded out of respect. When I was in the military, we wore uniforms that identified our employer. When I wore civilian clothes, it was my demeanor that identified my employer. In the same way, the nation’s demeanor and behavior spoke volumes about the G-d they served. Israel was small and mostly insignificant compared to the larger nations that surrounded them. When the people were in Egypt, the Lord heard the inward cries of the heart and in deference to their forefathers, He brought them out. So, it was the prayers of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that opened the doorway for the nation. After moving into the new land, they were responsible for adherence to the laws (6-11).
Psalms 12 – The Lord Hears Our Cry. When we seek the face of the Lord with all of our heart He will be found and a connection will be made. Unfortunately, the path to deliverance is a long journey that many people start but stop when they become comfortable. For the Lord to keep us, we need to be obedient and faithful instead of playing both sides. When the only thing that identifies us as “Children of the Lord G-d” is the Bible we tout, we are one step from failure. When people see us, they should notice a stark difference between us and them which includes producing edible fruit. The reason G-d protects the faithful is that these people do what is required of them and are the solution to the problem (5-8).
Proverbs 22:1-4 – The Pathways. There are two pathways in life one leads to trouble and the other to salvation. When we walk in obedience to the Lord, we won’t find ourselves in a bind of our making. Remember this, the Lord doesn’t look for a pristine person, He looks for the person who will do what is asked of him/her without seeking rewards. A servant will fulfill his/her obligations not because he/she wants something but because it was asked of him/her and they were paid accordingly. G-d’s laws may be old but they are still effective at keeping us out of trouble.
Luke 15:11-32 – The Prodigal Son. The word prodigal means “Spend lavishly extravagant”. When the boy came home in shambles, his father gave him clean clothes, a ring, and a welcome home party. While his father lavished on him, that was the end of the spending as far as we know. The boy would not receive any more of his father’s possessions, he would have to work for a living. The 900lb gorilla in the room was the boy’s brother who had been faithful to his father all of his life. The party incensed the older brother because maybe he thought the younger brother was being rewarded for misbehavior. The Devil got the younger boy dreaming of all the fun he could have. The Devil then presented false reasoning behind the party. The reason he did these things was to cause problems in the home where the Spirit of the Living G-d lived.
Revelations 15 – Seven Angels with Seven Plagues. When you read this chapter, you will notice several references to the wilderness temple and the time of Moses. Remember, G-d poured out seven deadly plagues on Egypt which led up to the nation being let go from service to go into the wilderness. Moses sang his song on the opposite side of the Red Sea or “Sea of Reeds” (3-4, Deuteronomy 34, Psalms 90 and 91). The third reference was the tent of witness or tent of meeting where the ark of the covenant was placed (5). The seven angels dressed in white linen with golden sashes refer back to the Aaronic priests who would help in the service of the High Priest (6). The last reference was when the smoke filled the temple when the Lord G-d resided in it (8, Isaiah 6:4-5).