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Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25

Obey God’s commands; listen, be careful to do; walk straight; don’t veer off; deeply respect, etc., words and phrases found all throughout today’s reading. Do you think God is trying to tell us something?

Jesus speaking in the 14th chapter of John states:

If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. (John 14:15 AMP)

We look at “love” as an emotion, and confuse it with mercy, though mercy flows from love. God says love is a verb and is a “doing.” We determine if someone loves us by what they do for us; God determines love for Him by obedience to His Word. Is there anyway we can reconcile what we call love to God’s definition? God is immutable so He can’t change, it is against His nature. We have to change our understanding of what love is to fit into God’s standard. Loving God His way, which is the only way that counts, brings BIG benefits for us,

And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to [reverently] fear the Lord our God for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. And it will be accounted as righteousness (conformity to God's will in word, thought, and action) for us if we are watchful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us. (Deuteronomy 6:24-25 AMP)

Grace and peace,

March 26th

In our NT reading we find Jesus raising a young man from the dead:

Luke 7: 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God….

This is truly a miracle and it would astound anyone, but notice that it also causes fear. Jesus’ supernatural power is so against the grain of a fallen world that his miracles can be terrifying at times. Still, the people did well to glorify God as the focus of this miracle, but they missed the mark a little bit when they ascribed to Jesus the title of a “great prophet”. He is indeed a prophet, but he is also the Messiah! The Reformation Study Bible notes of this:

“A great prophet. Inadequate, but probably the highest title they knew. They recognized the presence of God’s power among them.”

Of the raising of the dead, itself, the Expositor’s Commentary (Abridged) New Testament says:

“Jesus risked ritual defilement by touching the coffin. He then did what would seem useless—he spoke to a dead person. When the young man returned to life, Jesus "gave him back to his mother," words similar to those in 1Ki 17:23 regarding Elijah and the widow.”

Jesus is truly fulfilling the Old Testament with his Kingdom actions!

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, may the faithful witness and good deeds of our persecuted Christian family cause many to choose to place their trust in Jesus Christ. Amen.

I love the Lord with all my heart, soup, strength and being..thank u Jesus for saving me!

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