Monday, September 20, 2021

Deuteronomy 16:1-17

CELEBRATE AND REJOICE

Keywords 16:1

Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover of the LORD your God, because in the month of Abib he brought you out of Egypt by night.

 

1. Remember your departure from Egypt (1-8)

 Life in the Promised Land would be a joyful celebration of God's grace for

his people. They were to assemble at the place of God's choosing three times

a year, bringing their offerings and rejoicing before him. The Passover was

the remembrance of God’s deliverance from their slavery in Egypt. It was the

demonstration of his mighty power. It was also his grace when he chose them out

of all nations to call his own.

 

2. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt (9-17)

 The Festival of Weeks was celebrated seven weeks after the harvest began. It

was a remembrance that they were slaves in Egypt, but now they were blessed

abundantly by God. The Festival of Tabernacles celebrated the end of the

harvest. For seven days, they were to live in booths as they had in the wilderness

and remember God's grace in the desert. The life of the Israelites would be a

remembrance of God’s grace and a celebration of life.

 

Prayer Lord, help me to always remember your grace and live with a joyful heart.

One Word Celebrate God’s grace

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Deuteronomy 15:1-23

THE LORD WILL BLESS YOU

Keywords 15:6

For the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.

 

1. Be openhanded and give generously (1-11)

 The LORD is a God of blessing. He provided for the cancelling of debts among

his people. He intended to bless them, and for this reason they can trust in his

blessing, for he is the one who promised to give them the land as their inheritance.

Those who live under God’s rule are not ruled by greed or fear in the world. Being

openhanded and generous is practical trust in the LORD who provides. His

compassionate provision sustains his people in poverty and wealth.

 

2. You must let them go free (12-23)

 The Israelites had been slaves, but God redeemed them and set them free. They

were still influenced by the culture of their times. But God told them to set Hebrew

slaves free after seven years and not to send them away empty-handed. They

were also to set aside the firstborn of the flock and eat before the LORD.

 

Prayer Lord, you are the blessing for me. Help me to be openhanded and

generous, that I may learn the God of blessing, and that I may be a

blessing.

One Word The Lord God will bless you

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Deuteronomy 14:1-29

A PEOPLE HOLY TO THE LORD

Keywords 14:2

for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.

 

1. The LORD has chosen you (1-21)

 The people of Israel were children of the LORD and made holy by him. They were

a chosen people, God’s treasured possession. God is holy; he calls his people

to be holy. Therefore, they can’t live as the other nations do. God called them to

live a separate life, guided by love for him and his commands. They would remain

clean as a people when they practiced living in accordance with his commands

every day, even in the matter of the foods they ate.

 

2. So that the LORD your God may bless you (22-29)

 God commanded the people to offer a tenth of their produce. He did this so that

they might learn to revere God who provided so abundantly for them. It was the

recognition of the LORD’s blessing. The LORD made the people holy by dwelling

with them, though they were not faithful to him. He bore their rejection forty years

in the desert. He had a hope that his people would live as a holy offering to the

LORD, that he may continually bless them.

 

Prayer Lord, thank you for bearing my sin to make me holy. Help me to live as an

offering to you.

One Word Live as a people holy to the Lord

Friday, September 17, 2021

Deuteronomy 12:29-13:18

DO NOT WORSHIP OTHER GODS

Keywords 13:4

It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.

 

1. It is the LORD you must follow (12:29-13:5)

 The LORD promised to bless his people, driving out nations and giving them

the land he had promised. He knew they would be tempted to become like the

nations they drove out, worshipping their gods and living in their way. But they

must follow the LORD’s commands and obey him only. Even if a prophet arose

advocating something other than the word of God, they should not follow such

a prophet. They should rather purge such evil from among them, clinging to God

and his word only.

 

2. Because you obey the LORD (6-18)

 Those who worship other gods invite God’s wrath on themselves. The penalty for

rejecting the LORD was death. There is no life apart from God. When God’s people

repented and obeyed him, purging the evil from among them, then the LORD

would turn and bless them. Then his people would live under his compassion and

mercy. Then they would again be blessed in abundance. When they follow the

commands of the LORD, then they worship him only.

 

Prayer Lord, thank you for giving us your commands. Bless us to be God

worshipping people who follow your word only.

One Word Worship God and obey his word

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Deuteronomy 12:1-28

WORSHIP IN GOD’S WAY

Keywords 12:5

But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go;

 

1. Worship at the place God will choose (1-14)

 God called his people to worship him. He called them to demolish idol worship

in the land. They were not to worship God in the way of the people of the land.

They also should not worship God as they saw fit, everyone doing as they wanted.

The LORD called them to worship him only. God promised to make his dwelling

among them; he called them to worship the LORD in the way and at the place he

provided.

 

2. So that it may go well with you (15-28)

 The LORD allowed his people to enjoy his provision, but they should be mindful

of God in all things. When they ate, they should remember God’s commands. They

should remember God’s servants, the Levites. They should be mindful that their

bountiful provision is from God and for him. Their life is not just for eating, but it is

for the worship of God. God called his people to offer themselves to his service

through their obedience. Then it would always go well for them.

 

Prayer Lord, thank you for the privilege of serving you. Bless me to be mindful of

God every moment and serve you in your way.

One Word Worship the Lord in his way

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Deuteronomy 11:1-32

LOVE THE LORD, OBEY HIS COMMANDS

Keywords 11:1

Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.

 

1. God will provide (1-15)

 Moses reminded the people to love the LORD and to obey him. He reminded

them of the LORD who had never failed to deliver them in all their journeys. They

were witnesses of the living God. Therefore, they should observe the commands

of the one who had revealed his glory among them and through them. They should

faithfully trust and serve the one who had provided their salvation. Then they

would be blessed with God’s provision in every way.

 

2. A blessing and a curse (16-32)

 Temptations would come, temptations to follow other gods and worship them.

Then they would live apart from God’s protection. If they fixed the words of

the LORD in their hearts and carefully observed them, then the LORD would

bless them as he promised them. The LORD offered his people a blessing and

a curse—a blessing if they obeyed the commands of the LORD and a curse for

disobedience. This choice in fact would be their reality upon entering the Promised

Land. Choosing God was a matter of blessing and life.

 

Prayer Lord, thank you for revealing yourself to me. Help me to love you with all

my heart and soul. Help me to entrust myself to you.

One Word Love and obey the Lord

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Luke 24:36-53

YOU ARE WITNESSES

Keywords 24:48

You are witnesses of these things.

 

1. Jesus’ glorious resurrection (36-43)

 While the two were still talking to the disciples, Jesus appeared among them.

They were startled, thinking he was a ghost. He showed his pierced hands, feet,

and side. He also ate a broiled fish. Jesus showed his glorious and transformed

body. We will also be transformed at the last day!

 

2. You are witnesses (44-53)

 Jesus taught the main points of all the scriptures: The Messiah must suffer,

die, and be raised. The repentance for the forgiveness of sins must be preached

to all nations. Jesus appointed his disciples to be his witnesses to the ends

of the earth. He promised to send the Holy Spirit to enable them to carry out

their mission. It seems best for Jesus to stay here. Yet the task was given to his

weak and vulnerable disciples while he was taken up into heaven. What we are

supposed to do until he comes again? We should not only enjoy the grace of the

forgiveness of sins but also strive to be his witnesses. Through the Holy Spirit we

are enabled to be witnesses through our life of joy, hope of the kingdom of God,

and courageous faith.

 

Prayer Lord, thank you for showing us your glorious image, which we will also

have. Use me to preach the forgiveness of sins through Jesus’ death and

resurrection to all nations.

One Word I am witness of the risen Jesus!

Deuteronomy 16:1-17

CELEBRATE AND REJOICE Keywords 16:1 Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover of the LORD your God, because in the month of A...