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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: Judges 4, 5; Psalm 39, Psalms 41; 1 Corinthians 13
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Judges 4:4 “Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading [judging] Israel at that time.”
Judges 5 “Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women. 25 He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk. 26 Her hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the workman’s hammer. She struck Sisera, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple.” [Brutal!]
31 “Then the land had peace forty years.”
Psalm 39:7 “My hope is in you.”
Psalms 41 “I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
It’s easy to miss that Judges spans 350 years, because we get the history in dribs and drabs, 40 years here, 80 years there… but it all adds up to about the same length of time as the history of the United States. (1492) 1600 -1950.
The bottom line for me? People are people. We make our choices and live with the results.
Love is the greatest command. Always. Period. Without love, I am nothing. I could be the most gifted, talented whatever, but without love… just a clanging cymbal. A good reminder.
Lord, help me to love well…
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.” Psalms 41:13