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July 17, 2018

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July 17, 2018

Read Exodus 21

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Scripture- Exodus 21:23-25- But if there is further injury, the punishment must match the injury: a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise.

 

Observations- Many of the laws listed in this chapter were to provide graceful limits for behavior we would be completed appalled by 3500 years later. We have to understand the idea of "an eye for an eye" was a way to limit the revenge someone could take; that is, if you put out my eye, I would not be allowed to kill you or a member of your family. This was an important limit for a time period known for wholesale revenge.

 

Application- 1500 years later Jesus, the Son of God, coming to fulfill the true intent of the given law says in Matthew 5:38-39: "You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also." Given the new covenant and the law being written on our hearts many of the Old Testament laws no longer apply, especially when they are given new meaning in the New Testament.

 

Prayer- (by Teresa of Avila- 1515-1582) Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices. Amen.

Pastor Jamie

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July 16, 2018

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July 16, 2018

Read Exodus 20

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Scripture- Exodus 20:8-10a- “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God."

 

Observations- In the Genesis 1 God modeled the idea of Sabbath for us by resting not because God needed to rest, but because God knew we would need it. Sabbath is withdrawing from our regular rhythms of life to spend time with others in the radical act of worshiping God, which means we declare our limits and admit our need for God's truth and grace in our lives. 

 

Application- God gave us these 10 commandments to be gracious limits in our lives. It was His way of simply saying life will go better for us when we stay within God given boundaries. We choose Sabbath because God modeled it for us. We choose Sabbath because we must be aware of our human limits and our need for God. The dilemma, of course, is that we don't like boundaries, even they are gifts from God. 

 

Prayer- God, thank You that You love me so much that You provide such graceful limits in Your Word for my benefit and Your glory. Help me learn how to accept them as Your truth offered in grace. Help me continually be aware of my great need for You. Help us cultivate a spirit of Sabbath in Your church in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

"God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 5:20-21),

Pastor Jamie

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