May 31, Reading 1 – Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32

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SAA Notes

To fear the Lord our God is to love Him! This fear is different from craven fear – it encompasses awe, respect, reverence. The phrase: our God is a burning fire, has the same meaning for fear – a healthy respect. Is your respect of God healthy or unhealthy?

SJA Notes

“Yet the LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.”

What a Heavenly Father we have, that even though He is Lord of all creation, He as set His heart in love for us!

And here, deep in the Old Testament, the Lord (and Moses) is clearly pointing to Jesus, who would bring about the new covenant.

The old (or current for Israel now) covenant is one of circumcision of the body.

But this was only ever a pointer to a better, deeper, more fuller covenant, one that Jesus brought in, that of the heart.

Oh that our hearts would be circumcised, no longer stubborn.

This is what Jesus does for us, what Jeremiah spoke of in Jer ch 31 v31 ->, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it [the new covenant] on their hearts.”

Praise our Lord God above for His grace and mercy to us. We were stubborn and hard of heart, but He called us, brought us into Himself in Jesus. He broke our hard hearts, circumcised the foreskin of our hearts and dissolved the stubborn refusal to acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour.

This is what Moses wants for Israel, you can see it in his preaching.

It is good to be reminded of what Moses hammers home again and again to the Israelites. That this (above) is the God we serve, He has done great and terrifying things. So what else have you to do but to love Him, keep His charge, His statutes, His rules and His commandments always!

What else have we to do this day for our God, our King and Lord, who called us from darkness into light!

May 31, Reading 2 – Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7

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In New Testament times, you had to be over 18 years of age before you were allowed to read this book. This meant that you were most likely married too. God never wrote a marriage manual for us, but He did cause to be written this love poem. It celebrates the joys of marriage and of sex within marriage. To understand the poetic metaphors used, you must SEE or PICTURE the various scenes or illustrations. This book is meant for couples to read out loud to each other the appropriate parts.

SJA Notes

* Lord God Above, please show us today what you would have us know from this passage in Your word.

Song of Solomon/Songs is a book of God’s word that most of us know about, but that can sometimes be difficult to apply into our lives today.

It is an exclusive content, specifically for marriage – But it is God’s word, which means it is beneficial for all of God’s people (single, married, widowed).

This song does point us to Jesus. Yes, it’s about an earthly marriage. But there is a reason why God’s word tells us that Christ is the groom of the church (the bride)!

Our love for Jesus is to be of exultation and rejoicing!

But then too, in our marriages, this is to be true. As Solomon previously exhorted us at the end of Ecclesiastes, to find joy in our spouse of our youth. God has given to us marriage, it is a gift!

Through the times when it is hard to “feel”, we can find comfort and strength here (and in further passages of the book).

As a bloke, I find this book immensely powerful OVER TIME, little by little, layer by layer, year after year. That taking the time to remember, “Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.” – To be reminded of these words, these truths, it is PROTECTION and SUSTENANCE in God’s good order.

Protection of the marriage made under God, covenanted together with Him, a three-fold cord (not lightly broken). Our thoughts being more and more aligned towards the Lord, and towards what true active love really is in God’s design.

And sustenance for our marriages, because we all grow tired each day, and being reminded to remember and actively state the beauty of our wives/husbands is beneficial and important and gives nourishment, spiritual and physical!

* Gracious Father, thank You for marriage.

Thank You for Jesus, the head of the church, the bridegroom.

Thank You for Your people, the bride.

Thank You that we look forward to that day when, “… For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure…”

We cry COME LORD JESUS, COME!

Amen.

May 31, Reading 3 – Luke 9:18-36

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When Peter finally comes to the point of seeing who Jesus is, Jesus begins to teach immediately about His death. Think on this: Moses gets into the Promised Land through and with Jesus!

SJA Notes

What does God want of us, His people?

To listen to Jesus!

“This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”

In a similar fashion to Jesus’ baptism, God the Father speaks from the heavens.

But instead of speaking to Jesus, here He speaks to Jesus’ disciples.

Listen to Jesus!

Let’s be encouraged to hear what our Saviour tells us, that we would be good soil, bearing fruit.

* Gracious Lord God,

Thank You for Jesus.

Please help us to listen to Him, to You.

Amen.