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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: Zechariah 1, 2, 3; Luke 11
Here is my SOAP for today, Friday, September 28, 2018
Zechariah 1:16 “Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 17 “Proclaim further: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.’”
Zechariah 2:8 “whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye…”
10 “Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord.”
Zechariah 3:1 “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan!”
Luke 11:9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.”
Luke 11:42 is a great verse regarding the New Testament and tithing. People regard this practice as part of The Law… Old Testament in nature, and it is, but here, Jesus makes a case for tithing, but in the context of justice and the love of God. Practicing one without the other is empty. If we do “The Law” without justice and the love of God, is… pointless?
Note to self: Practice the latter without leaving the former undone…
Lord, help me to keep the whole law… not a checklist… mercy, justice and Your love!