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July 19, 2018

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July 19, 2018

Read Exodus 23

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Scripture- Exodus 23:2- You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice.

 

Observations- What a powerful word from God's Word to aspire to live out faithfully. This is the idea of worshiping and doing all of life for the "audience of One," for when the Israelites gave into the popular winds of the crowd rather than listening carefully to God, they always, always, always got themselves into trouble.

 

Application- As Christ followers we are called to "speak the truth in love." (Ephesians 4:15) Often times we spare someone from the full truth, because we think that will be a loving act, but it never works out that way. Other times we hit people with truth, but we fail to do it a loving manner that honors Christ's forgiving and tender mercy for us. How can you more fully be clear about living for the "Audience of One"- instead of following the crowd- today as an act of integrity and faithfulness to the Good News?

 

Prayer- Lord, as we worship and serve You as the Audience of One, we also live that out before people who are hurting and broken and in need of Your great love and redemption. This means we are a witness to Jesus' love and grace to the crowd we don't follow. Help us be faithful followers of Jesus Christ today! Amen.

 

"May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, & holy as you stand before

God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen." (1 Thessalonians 3:13),

Pastor Jamie

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July 18, 2018

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July 18, 2018

Read Exodus 22

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Scripture- Exodus 22:6- If you are burning thornbushes and the fire gets out of control and spreads to another person’s field, destroying the sheaves or the uncut grain or the whole crop, the one who started the fire must pay for the whole crop.

 

Observations- A lot of the laws listed in this chapter are commonsense and almost mundane, but they were entirely necessary to figure out how to best live among one another in community on the basis of their faith in God. How will we treat one another? How will we honor both the nation and individuals in the midst of disagreement and conflict? How will we make sure minor problems don’t develop into huge dilemmas?

 

Application- God wants His people to get along as well as possible. Ultimately, many of these rules and regulations are based upon the key principle from Jesus, which was also the key principle in the Old Testament - the “Shema:” loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving others as ourselves. Sometimes, however, it’s good for us to have some more details applied to how we can live that out in practical, life-giving ways.

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for offering us simply guidance on how to have a better life through faithful obedience not to Your rules, but to a life-giving and eternal relationship that begins now. No matter how much we have grown more in love with Jesus Christ help us be even more in love with Him today as evidenced by our thoughts, words, and deeds toward others. Amen. 

 

"So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law." (Romans 3:28),

Pastor Jamie

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