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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SAA Notes

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

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

These words are the book-ends of this psalm, beginning and end – Consider!

What are we to consider?

God’s steadfast love.

What is one way the psalmist points out that God does this?

We read over and over,

“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”

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

God’s love is STEADFAST.

Again and again the Lord has delivered His people from their distress, out of their turmoil and trouble.

God’s love is real. He enacts it for His people as they come to Him in repentance, crying out for salvation.

This is God’s pattern.

He delivers us from our distress!

* Great God,

Thank You for Your steadfast love, shown to us so clearly in Jesus, our King and Saviour.

Please melt the hearts of our unbelieving family and friends, our neighbours and colleagues and those we meet throughout the day.

May they cry out to You in their trouble. Please save them.

Amen.