March 31, Reading 1 – Leviticus 7:11-38

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SAA Notes

The offerer and his family and friends ate the Thanksgiving or Fellowship offering. Everything left by the third day had to be thrown out. We don’t always understand why God says things, but this passage should convince us to trust Him. We know today that there are good reasons not to eat un-refrigerated cooked meat a few days past its preparation!

SJA Notes

“… Shall be cut off from his people.”

This warning, this rule and commandment is repeated throughout this passage.

Israel were to take God seriously. To make sure they listened to Him and how He told them to act and behave.

To be cut off from God’s people was a terrible thing to consider (whether it points to death by the people, death by God’s providence, a casting out for life, or something else).

We need to take God seriously – Because He has saved us into His people.

God tells us how we can please Him (doing what He says, not disobeying/doing sin).

Paul drives this home in Romans 6,

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”

We were slaves to sin, but are now slaves to obedience which leads to righteousness.

God wants us to take Him and His word seriously.

* Dear Lord God,

Thank You for these passages from Your word that call us to take You seriously.

Please help us to obey Your word, to do what You tell us to.

Amen.

March 31, Reading 2 – Psalm 107

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The theme of this psalm is the great love of the LORD. You can bring the content of the psalm up to date New Testament-wise by correlating its stanzas with incidents and episodes from the life of Jesus.

SJA Notes

God’s steadfast love!

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”

“Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.”

These are the first and last verses of this psalm. The book-ends. And it is God’s STEADFAST LOVE.

God’s steadfast love saves the people in their trouble, He delivers them from their distress (v6).

Notice too, God’s steadfast love (the subject and theme) can bow hearts that have rebelled against God’s word, He bows their hearts down with hard labor – SO THAT they cry to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivers them from their distress (v11-13).

God’s love is not flaky or without lasting purpose. It is not a whisper of a moment in time.

God’s love is STEADFAST!

His love is such that our stubborn hearts will be broken first that we might cry out to Him for salvation and that He then saves us from our affliction.

This is God’s pattern. Let us pray for our unbelieving family and friends, our neighbours and those we meet throughout the day – That their courage would be melted away in their evil plight, that they would come to their wits end and cry out to the LORD in their trouble!

Because His love is steadfast! Because He delivers us from our distress.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!