Exodus 18 brought these thoughts to mind.
The Israelites had escaped from Egypt, crossed the Red Sea, and defeated Amalak so far. There were probably more than 1.5 million people at that point. (The Word tells us there were 600,000 men, not counting women and children.)
Moses was doing all of the judgings himself when his father-in-law came to him and advised him to make some changes. I’m sure Moses talked to God and his advisers (see Genesis 18:12) about it, too. The plan was, there would be men in charge who knew the 10 Commandments well and would judge in hierarchies of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.
It was so simple.
But then, would it be perfect again? Probably not! Since the fall men and women have gotten progressively farther and farther away from His Word. I wish I could shout it to the multitudes. God’s Word and God’s Law matter!
Can I get an amen?!
Blessings to you and yours!
This is certainly not just another devotional. It’s better than that. It’s full of thoughtful, inspiring articles that drew me closer to my God. It led me to a deeper level of thought on what the Word is trying to say.
Best of all, I can pick it up or put it down at any point. Meaning, it’s not dated so I didn’t feel pressured to read a certain part on a certain day. I can open it anywhere and read something important about my walk with Jesus any time I want.
It is thoughtfully divided into three categories. Who God is, how He works in our lives, and how we are to respond to Him.
Here are a few quotes that really spoke to me:
- “In the realm of morality and money, family and friends, work and play, God has a will and a way for us to live.” (pg. 13)
- “What is the message of Good News? God’s favor is on all mankind.” (pg. 25)
- “We must know, feel, and acknowledge our sin before we will turn to Christ for salvation. We must turn to Christ for salvation before we will have freedom from our sin.” (pg. 51)
- Regarding the truth of Romans 8:1 – “You don’t have to justify yourself to others. Imagine relating to others without being defensive. You are not condemned, and no one can condemn you before God, so when you interact with others you can focus on truth, love, and edification.” (pg. 87)
I had only one drawback as I read through. Scott Patty is a deep thinker and with that came sentence structure that was sometimes difficult to read. But then, that forced me to think more deeply on God’s Word.
I’m sure I’ll be keeping this devotional in my book basket for months/years to come.
What a blessing!
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There has been some really good reading in several blogs this week. I’m limiting my sharing to three but there so much more out there. Be sure to click on the picture to take you to the blog. Read on….
Are you happy when other’s get what they’ve been dreaming of? Are you dreaming a big enough dream that only God can help you with?
What is the Sabbath? How should it be observed? When should it be observed?
I’ve been looking for a good biscuit recipe that doesn’t have wheat in it. This looks really yummy so I’m going to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Are you taking time in your day to just read God’s Word? Not study it but read it for the pure joy of connecting with Him. I highly recommend choosing any translation that really ‘speaks’ to you and read away.
Blessings to you and yours!
2 Timothy 3:16 -17 All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Can you imagine placing your hands on any page of your Bible and feeling His very breath on the page? That is exactly what this verse is saying (to me). This is how I see it – – if I can’t see Him face to face until I enter heaven then I’ll settle (hardly the right word) for experiencing His breath in the words I’m reading.
Think about the words of this beautiful chorus from the song “Ancient Words” by Lynn DeShazo.
Ancient words ever true, changing me and changing you; We have come with open hearts, oh, let the ancient words impart.
Friends, family, sisters, and brothers in Christ there is nothing more important than knowing God’s word. In every action and situation of our lives, we can draw on the Word and know without question it was written for that very purpose.
God did not leave us alone on this earth. He is still breathing every word, in every verse, on every page of our Bibles.
Holy words long preserved for our walk in this world, they resound with God’s own heart; Oh, let the ancient words impart.
Ah, Lord, God thank You for every word, every phrase, every letter of Your Word. Heavenly Father place a real hunger in our hearts to know Your words and use them for our lives. Let us not only read them but let us use them. Put teachers in our lives to help us understand them. Drench us with the Holy Spirit as we read and learn how to apply them. Make it so in Jesus Name!