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Click here for today’s reading: Exodus 23,24; Psalms 14; Acts 5
Here is my SOAP for today, Monday, January 29, 2018
Exodus 23 More laws, and festivals…
23:31 “I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the desert to the Euphrates River.” (This one verse sent me into a lengthy search for maps and all the other verses regarding God’s covenant regarding the “the Promised land” and “the land of Canaan.”)
Exodus 24:9 “Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel… 11 … they saw God, and they ate and drank.”
Psalms 14 “The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
Acts 5 Ananias and Sapphira… the Apostles heal many… then are persecuted and thrown into jail. An angel helped them escape, miraculously (with a guard posted outside and the doors remained locked!) A Pharisee named Gamaliel, (a teacher of the law, who was honored by all) spoke to the Sanhedrin… not necessarily on their behalf, but persuaded the council to not kill them, but they still had them flogged.
The seventy elders saw God and lived… (“and they ate and drank” that just struck me as funny.) But only Moses and Joshua went up the mountain… Only Moses entered the cloud… stayed forty days.
It’s interesting that Joshua wasn’t mentioned by name initially… Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, (and the 70 elders), but none of those mentioned by name went up the mountain… only Moses and Joshua… Only Moses entered the cloud. (It doesn’t say that Joshua entered the cloud too…) The cloud covered the mountain, then the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud, then Moses entered the cloud… (Just trying to keep this straight…)
Psalm 14:2 “The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” Is this just David being cynical? Does God still view all of humanity this way? Were it not for Jesus’ sacrifice, I would say, yes. Romans 3:10, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” 1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ananias and Sapphira, lying about the offense only made things worse. Note the similarities (in principle) of the story of Adam and Eve… All of them lied…
I love the verse in 2 Chronicles 16:9, “the eyes of the Lord search throughout the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are “right” or “fully committed” to him so He can “strengthen them.” It’s foolish to not accept God’s help. It’s hard for me to understand why people turn away from God.
“They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.”
I don’t know that I have ever suffered for my faith. I’ve certainly been painted incorrectly, misunderstood, maybe even mistrusted at times… kept at arm’s length… but never persecuted, thrown in jail or flogged (whipped). Not really looking to experience that either… Sure the Apostles escaped prison in that instance, Peter another time, Paul was imprisoned numerous times… but it didn’t turn out so well for John the Baptist… (beheaded) and he was Jesus’ cousin! I pray Lord that if/when that day comes… that I would rejoice for being counted worthy to suffer disgrace for your Name…