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Click here for today’s reading: Joshua 18, 19, 20; 1 Corinthians 9
Here is my SOAP for today, Saturday, March 24, 2018
Joshua 18 land allotment for Benjamin.
Joshua 19 land allotments for Allotment for Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, Dan and Joshua.
51 These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel assigned by lot at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting. And so they finished dividing the land.”
Joshua 20 establishing cities of refuge for those who had accidentally killed someone.
1 Corinthians 9 Paul defends his apostleship.
21 “I am not free from God’s law… but am under Christ’s law.”
22 “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”
(Only two more chapters of Joshua… Joshua dies, then on to Judges.)
1 Corinthians 9: 21 “I am not free from God’s law… but am under Christ’s law.”
Interesting… there are TWO kinds of laws: one brings life, the other brings death. The Law brought death… Christ’s law brings LIFE!
I love where Paul said, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” At one point, in Acts, he encouraged Timothy to be circumcised so as to remove that as an issue on their journey; Acts 16:3 “Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.” Paul was not speaking out of both sides of his mouth, but doing things with purpose. He was merely removing an obstacle for the people to whom he was going to be speaking/teaching.
The real question is what am I willing TO DO or NOT DO in order to advance the gospel message/extend His Kingdom? Paul knew what it was to live under the Law… and now he knows what it is to live apart from the Law, but under the law of Christ. Freedom. That’s what he wanted for everyone. Paul was masterful in knowing his audience and speaking to them in ways they could understand. It would make no sense to speak with Gentiles, who were not under the Law… the same way as the Jews, who WERE under the Law.
Thank you Lord that we are no longer under the Law, but the law of Christ that gives freedom!