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Judges 2:10-3:31 ~ Luke 22:14-34
Psalm 92:1-93:5 ~ Proverbs 14:1-2
Old Testament - Today in Judges we read about Israel forgetting about God and worshiping other gods. Judges chapter 2 verse 19 stood out to me - "But when the judge died, the people returned to their corrupt ways, behaving worse than those who had lived before them. They followed other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them. And they refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways." I wonder if we are so different today from the Israelites in the time of the Judges? Do we maybe shape ourselves up for short amounts of time - but then go back to our corrupt ways? Do we ultimately refuse to give up our evil practices and stubborn ways? Why is this? What is the remedy to this problem? Or - perhaps I should ask - Who is the remedy to this problem? Who can literally rescue us from this problem? Who can rescue us from ourselves? Will we allow Jesus to rescue us from our evil practices and stubborn ways?
New Testament - Today in Luke chapter 22 we read about the Last Supper. Every time I read verses 19 & 20 I am reminded of the amazing beauty of Communion in our churches today - "Then Jesus took a loaf of bread; and when he had thanked God for it, he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." After supper he took another cup of wine and said, "This wine is the token of God's new covenant to save you--an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you." Do these verses remind you of Communion at your church? Do you find Communion to be a beautiful experience at your church? Why do we do Communion in our churches today?
Psalms - Today in Psalm 92 verse 4 we read a joyful verse – “For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.” When was the last time you reflected upon God’s deeds? When was the last time you reflected upon God’s work of his hands? Do you think this might be a good daily habit? Do God’s deeds make you glad? Do you sing for joy regularly for God’s work of his hands?
Bible.org's commentary on Psalm 92 titled "Worship - Our Delight and Our Duty" is at this link.
Proverbs - Today in in Proverbs chapter 14 verse 2 we read – “He whose walk is upright fears the LORD.” What does it mean to you to fear the Lord? Is it possible that for us to have some fear of the Lord is healthy? Why would fear of the Lord be healthy? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not suggesting we live our lives in abject fear of God all of the time. But - this Proverb is in the Bible - and it says that someone whose walk is upright fears the Lord. So, I do humbly suggest that there is a healthy fear of God that each of us should recognize. (along with a raging LOVE of God as well of course) Do you fear God at all? Why or why not? Do you think that you should have any fear God? Why or why not?
What verses or insights jumped out for you in today's readings? Please post up in the Comments section below!