June 8, Reading 1 – Deuteronomy 22:1-23:8

Reading

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SAA Notes

Most of these regulations apply to either loving God or your neighbour. The three examples in 22:9-11 were visible pictures of the injunction to be unmixed in our affections towards God – anything unequally yoked was taken as a visible symbol of our rejection of God as our Creator. He made everything separate. Israel was to respect His order in creation in this visible way.

SJA Notes

Think of others before yourself.

Here is these first verses the Lord is telling His people how to act with each other. The sum of the law is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbour as ourselves.

Don’t ignore those in distress.

Don’t shut your mind from caring about something not yours.

Look after something not yours, look after it with no time-limit attached because the Lord says to do it.

Philippians 2:3-4 says,

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others.”

This is the crux of this passage right here!

We can see here in Deuteronomy very practical applications of the command to help our brothers and sisters.

Let us be encouraged to pursue this kind of humility, that counts others more significant than ourselves.

* Lord God Above,

Please help us to be singular in our devotion of You, faithful in our worship of You.

Please help us to humble ourselves under Your mighty hand.

Please help us to work each day at putting others first.

Amen.

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