February 28, Reading 1 – Exodus 19

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SAA Notes

The history of exodus is important in understanding the theology being taught through that history. God saves Israel by His grace through their faith in Moses – justification. The Red Sea comes before Mount Sinai. The Law, and especially the Ten Commandments, were given after Israel had been saved, not before. They have to do with how we should live as God’s people, with sanctification. The Ten Commandments were never intended as a means of justification or salvation! Pharisees always get it wrong.

February 28, Reading 2 – Psalm 58, 59

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SAA Notes

Injustice, malice, venom – these form a constant refrain in David’s psalms. He has some strong metaphors – snarling dogs, snakes. But David also says of God: You are my refuge in times of trouble!

SJA Notes

Wow. These two psalms, particularly 58, have some STRONG language in them.

In v8 David says, “Let them be like the snail that dissolved into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.”

Just wow! Those are some hard words from David.

And then in v10 we read, “The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.”

Do I imagine myself standing with my feet in the blood of the wicked?

This leads me to consider that I pray fervently to never experience the depths of what David did. Betrayal. Men seeking his life. Killing of innocents in his name. Bloody murder.

All of us have different experiences. And while most of us may not have gone through what David did, some of us may have, and some of us through other terrible events and happenings.

This is God’s word, the base truth we remember as we read.

So we can pray, “Lord help us to understand from these psalms what it is You want us to know.”

And too, we can hold onto what David holds onto, “O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”

Praise God for His STEADFAST LOVE!