Welcome to my online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal!
This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Joshua 21, 22; Psalms 47; 1 Corinthians 10
Here is my SOAP for today, Sunday, March 25, 2018
Joshua 21:41-45 “The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands. 42 Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns. 43 So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. 44 The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. 45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
Joshua 22 concern arises between Israel and its eastern and western tribes over the purpose of an alter built by its eastern tribes (that didn’t cross the Jordan river.)
Psalms 47:1 “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”
Doug (our Sr. Pastor) just read this Psalm to our staff at our staff meeting this week… encouraging us to give thanks and be joyful with by clapping and with shouts of joy. He shared his concern that we may be being too serious and “joy-deprived,” with Easter just around the corner, we may be experiencing some spiritual warfare and to be kind to each other along the way. Good advice!
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
(That is one of the first verses I memorized 30+ years ago!)
31-32 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble…”
I love how Paul is warning believers not to fall into sin as Israel did in the wilderness… citing some examples of the snakes, etc.
He also mentioned drinking from the rock, which he compared to Jesus!
It seems to me that Paul is waffling on the idea of eating meat sacrificed to idols. In earlier chapters he seems to think it’s no big deal… they are just dumb idols… but here he seems to now be lobbying against eating meat sacrificed to idols? I think he is making the case that just because you COULD… doesn’t mean you always SHOULD…
Living in freedom is more difficult for me… I like clear guidelines/rules. But I am learning to live in freedom, not being so black and white in my thinking. It’s easy for me to allow others to live in freedom, but for me, not so much. Although I have come a long way in that regard. Some of that may just come with age? I don’t take myself quite so seriously as I once did…
Thank you, Lord that you understand both those who live under the Law and those who live apart from the Law. Jews and Greeks, slaves and free! You want us to be free… free from sin… free from “the Law” but alive under the law of Christ, that brings life!