May 27, Reading 1 – Deuteronomy 5

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The Ten Commandments are the means for sanctification, never for justification; the means of growing in holiness, never the means for salvation. Meditate on why the Lord spent so much time stressing Commandments 2,3,4,5,10. What application is there for you today?

SJA Notes

* Father in Heaven, please create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us this day.

“Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, …”

Israel were already in a relationship with God when they received the ten commandments.

God had already called them, saving them out of Egypt (out of bondage, from slavery).

The ten commandments then are not a means to salvation. Rather, they are for growing toward God (sanctification).

Israel knew God and through Moses God taught them how to please Him.

We even see that outsiders (sojourners) could be grafted in.

But there was a problem that God highlights,

“Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, ..”

The law of death was reigning (Romans 8), which we read has but a shadow of the good things to come (Hebrews 10).

Israel were dry bones, they needed God’s breath put into them (Ezekiel 37).

The high priests of Aaron were broken men (Hebrews 7).

They needed a new law, a law of the Spirit (Romans 8).

And as with Israel, so with us today.

We need a true form of these realities, a sacrifice and offering that makes perfect those who draw near (Hebrews 10 speaks of this).

We need to be born again, hearts made new! (John 3)

And we need a great High Priest that ties all these things together.

This is Jesus! A priest based not on the legal requirement of the law but by the power of an indestructible life (Hebrews 7).

“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

* Dear Lord God,

Thank You for Jesus, our great High Priest, who opens up for us the true form of sacrifice, offering and new hearts.

Please refresh our hearts again this day, wash us clean. Please forgive us for our sin.

Please fix our eyes on Jesus!

Amen.

May 27, Reading 2 – Ecclesiastes 7

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Wisdom and Stupidity are good subjects for every person to learn about and think through. What do you think about verses 15-18? Read them in another translation too.

SJA Notes

* Lord God Above, You have made both the day of prosperity and the day of adversity. Please help us to consider this today.

“Consider the work of God: who can make straight what he has made crooked?”

This is a verse of heavy density.

We are driven by the Preacher to continue to humble ourselves under God’s sovereign will.

Because God makes some things crooked.

What can we do about that? What can the lame man or the blind woman do? What can the child born with a life-long medical issue do?

Do we get angry with God for not making us all without these things?

God does not see as we do – our limited and finite view, mortality framed lenses.

God sees to the heart, to the truth.

We are a crooked humanity, all of us.

None of us is perfect, regardless of how we might want others to see us.

It is through our frail clay jars that God glorifies Himself.

What God has made crooked is made so for His glory, just as what is made straight.

* Father God,

Please teach us from Your word today.

Please show us Your truth, show us our need for Jesus!

Thank You for saving us from our sin.

Amen.

May 27, Reading 3 – Luke 8:1-21

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These two parables and the incident with Jesus’ family, contain many challenges for us as we seek to follow and love Him. Can you find some challenge for you here today?

SJA Notes

* Dear God, Your word is what we need for life, it is food for every part of our lives. Please feed us today with the bread of life.

“As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”

Good soil!

This reminder is so helpful for us.

That we are to hear the word through our daily walk, our personal readings, our group readings, the preaching each week from the pulpit.

That we are to hold God’s word fast in our hearts, chew it over, wrestle with it, store it up in hearts that are to be full of honesty and goodness.

And that we are to bear fruit with patience. No tree bears fruit immediately, but it grows and matures itself as fruit is buds and forms.

Let us be good soil!

* Father God,

Thank You for Your word. Please write it on our hearts, that we would hold it fast there.

Please help us be patient as we seek to bear fruit for Your kingdom.

Amen.