June 22, Reading 1 – Joshua 3

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This crossing reminds Israel, and us, that salvation is by His grace. The God who opened the way through the Red Sea through Moses, is with them through Joshua. God is faithful to His covenant. Trust Him in your today.

SJA Notes

* Creator God, wondrously show Your steadfast love, Saviour of those who seek refuge at Your right hand.

“Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on before the people.”

Let the ark lead the way!

Israel was to follow the ark but not come near it. To keep a distance – So that they would know the way to go.

The ark had God’s word within, the commands on stone.

This is the ark of the covenant. The covenant that God made with His people.

As at the Red Sea it is God who makes it possible to move and go forward. It is His power and might that part the waters, His strength that saves.

This is a good reminder for us to let God’s word lead us in our lives.

To remember that it is God’s power in us that makes us alive in Him.

In Psalm 119 we read,

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”

* Gracious Father,

We come before You in repentance and belief – Please help us, please save us.

Thank You for Your word to us, our light and lamp.

Thank You that You write Your word on our hearts each day as we walk in faith before You.

Please help us to remember You and Your word each day.

We would love You better today.

Amen.

June 22, Reading 2 – Hosea 11:12-14:9

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Ephraim was the premier Tribe in the northern kingdom of Israel, as opposed to Judah, where David’s descendants reigned. God holds Israel responsible for their religion and life-styles. Judgment is tempered with mercy for those willing to return to the Lord.

SJA Notes

* Gracious Heavenly Father, please show us what You want us to know today.

“I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.”

There is so much of the gospel, the good news of Jesus, showing here in this passage.

Hundreds of years before Jesus, we see Him in Hosea’s words!

How did God heal His people? How was His anger turned from them?

It’s Jesus!

“I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting?”

How did God ransom and redeem us from the power of death? How did He quench the sting of Sheol?

It’s Jesus!

Paul has this passage directly in mind in 1 Corinthians 15 where he says,

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We are saved through Jesus. Him alone.

* Lord God,

Please fix within us a right spirit, a heart remade after Your own heart.

Thank You that in Jesus we no longer fear death, it has no power over us.

Thank You that in Jesus we see YOUR HELP for us.

Hallelujah, what a loving Father God You are!

Amen.

June 22, Reading 3 – Luke 20:20-21:4

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Jesus could not be trapped. Who is this man? That is what we’re meant to think – and not try to trick Him ourselves with halfhearted, lukewarm devotion. Doesn’t the widow’s gift still challenge your heart and mine?

SJA Notes

* God Almighty, Please show us a little more of who You are today.

“Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

How do we give thanks to our God?

What is the nature, the outworking, of our faith in our Saviour?

True heart religion is what the poor widow shows us from Jesus’ words to us today.

“… But she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

When giving back to God, it is not the quantity of much or little that is given – BUT THE SPIRIT IN WHICH it is given.

Our God has saved us from the just penalty for our sin (hellfire).

Our God has given to us eternal life through Jesus (God the Son).

Our God has sent His Spirit to grow and sustain us on this narrow road to glory.

Our God first loved us.

Are we thankful?

How do we give thanks to our God?

* Father In Heaven,

Please teach us more today of what it means to be thankful.

For You are a generous God – Please help us give back to You from what You have already given to us. Time, means, energy, material possessions, earthly gain.

Thank YOU Lord!

Amen.