May 25, Reading 1 – Deuteronomy 3

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Under Joshua, Israel defeats all the enemies that come against her. Do you ever fear for the future of the Church, of Christianity? Don’t! Find in these readings the hope that John saw in Revelation 19 – that Christ is the victorious Joshua conquering His enemies. Great encouragement is ours that our labour is not in vain in the Lord!

SJA Notes

There is a hard lesson here, one of our perseverance mixed with something greater – The will of God.

Moses wanted to enter the promised land. It was the land of his hopes and dreams, the place that His God was going to give to Israel, who Moses had been leading for forty-plus years.

This land, over the Jordan, was the land of promise! How could you not long to go?

So Moses persevered and continued to plead with the Lord to let him enter.

Jesus is very clear about perseverance in prayer.

Luke 11 has the story of the persistent (impudent) friend, and it is in the end the outworking of the Lord (our heavenly Father who loves to give us good gifts).

Ask and it shall be given. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.

So how do these truths bear up against what we read here in Deuteronomy?

God speaks. And it is a diamond-hard razor-sharp crystal-clear word.

“Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again.”

God answered Moses’ prayer. God said “Enough”.

We see here that there are times when we must put aside our own heartfelt desires and submit under the mighty will of God.

God’s word to Moses here can help us grow a deeper understanding of His will and of prayer, of conversation with Him.

Perhaps there are times when we need to have our prayer-thinking adjusted. To mature further toward Him in our adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication and intercession.

Sometimes God’s will is such that we do see immediate “what we ask” action from Him.  Sometimes we don’t see that at all.

But we know that this is part of daily active trust. That He _is_ at work.

God did bring Moses into the promised land. And more, we will get to meet Moses in glory, the new creation / promised land.

We can be encouraged as Moses was, that our God is a faithful God.

“The rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4

* Sovereign God,

Thank You for Your word here today, for Your response to Moses.

Please help us wrestle with what that means for each of us in our own lives, whatever we are going through.

Please continue to remind us that You are God, and we are Your people. That You are king, and we are to do what You tell us to. That You have saved us, what else have we to do but obey!

Amen.

May 25, Reading 2 – Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16

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We take satisfaction in our work and this is right, but the terrible reality we must face in the earth is that we more often meet with injustice and corruption than with justice.

SJA Notes

“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

It does seem that Solomon’s words here are pointing us to the folly of SELF-centeredness and the wisdom of OTHER-centeredness.

When we are together, it is better. We help each other up. We share warmth.

It is wisdom (better) for God’s people to be together, striving for unity (See 1 Corinthians 1:10 and Ephesians 4:11-13).

Of primary important is that we are found (together) with Jesus, rooted and established in Him, as we read in Colossians 2:6-7,

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

We are not alone when we are found in Jesus.

* Gracious Father,

Thank You for the wonderful goodness that You bring about when Your people when we gather together in Your love.

Please remind us that gathering together is a good thing for us to do, it is for our benefit!

And thank You Lord for Jesus – He is the vine from which we the branches gather. He is the head of the body, He is the capstone, the cornerstone, the crux of all that matters.

Amen.

May 25, Reading 3 – Luke 7:1-35

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Faith, amazement, confusion – all are reactions to Jesus. Notice how Jesus responds to each reaction.

SJA Notes

* Dear God, please help us to know You better today as we read Your word.

“Young man, I say to you, arise.”

Arise!

This is the strong voice of power that we hear when called into the kingdom. Our dry bones, as Ezekiel prophesied, made alive.

This is the mind-boggling powerful voice that spun creation into being, a work in motion, light and time and matter together in a moment.

This is the quiet prompting voice that we hear saying “This is the way, walk in it.”

How wonderful these words are from our Saviour – “I say to you, arise.”

We are made new, given new lift, dead hearts made flesh, stubborn wills broken and reformed under the Sovereign Will of the Almighty God.

Praise God for His salvation to us!

* Gracious Father,

Thank You for Jesus, who raises us who were dead in our sins.

Please make us more like Him today.

We praise Your Name Lord God, help us to love You better today Lord.

Amen.