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Faithfulness and Mercy

December 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Here is the spear, O king! Let one of the young men come over and get it. The Lord rewards everyone for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord gave you into my hand today, but I would not raise my hand against the Lord’s anointed. As your life was precious today in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the Lord, and may he rescue me from all tribulation.

King David, 1 Samuel 26

The Lord gave David the opportunity to kill King Saul.

Despite this opportunity, David spared Saul’s life.

David expressed his faithfulness to the Lord by leaving revenge directly in God’s hands.

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Faithfulness and Consequence

December 17, 2019 Leave a comment

“The Lord, the Lord,
a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger,
and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
yet by no means clearing the guilty,
but visiting the iniquity of the parents
upon the children
and the children’s children,
to the third and the fourth generation.

Exodus 34:6b-7

God speaks of God’s self as Moses prepares the second set of tablets for the Commandments.

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First Faithfulness

December 16, 2019 Leave a comment

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the way to the house of my master’s kin.”

Abraham’s servant, not named in Genesis 24, has found Rebekah– Isaac’s wife–from among family relatives.

God is praised as faithful to God’s promise.

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Faithfulness

December 14, 2019 Comments off

The word faithfulness appears in the NRSV 79 times.

Key verse:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;

Great Is [Thy] Faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

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Faithfulness–God’s; Man’s Required

December 14, 2019 Leave a comment

This is the last topical study of the 9 Year Bible reading program.

The grammatical structure and gendered language highlight that this handbook was originally published in 1974, revised in 1979 and 1994 by The Navigators.

This topic is intended to last two weeks.

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December 14, 2019 Leave a comment

39 When Moses told these words to all the Israelites, the people mourned greatly. 40 They rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country, saying, “Here we are. We will go up to the place that the Lord has promised, for we have sinned.” 41 But Moses said, “Why do you continue to transgress the command of the Lord? That will not succeed. 42 Do not go up, for the Lord is not with you; do not let yourselves be struck down before your enemies. 43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will confront you there, and you shall fall by the sword; because you have turned back from following the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.” 44 But they presumed to go up to the heights of the hill country, even though the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and Moses, had not left the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and defeated them, pursuing them as far as Hormah.

Map of The Exodus, including Numbers 14

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Spies & Dies

December 9, 2019 Leave a comment

36 And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report about the land— 37 the men who brought an unfavorable report about the land died by a plague before the Lord. 38 But Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh alone remained alive, of those men who went to spy out the land.

Only Joshua and Caleb survive the Lord’s wrath.

I wonder why this severe punishment doesn’t make a stronger impression on the rest of the Israelite warriors.

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40 Days of Spying – – > 40 Years of Wandering

December 4, 2019 Leave a comment

26 And the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying: 27 How long shall this wicked congregation complain against me? I have heard the complaints of the Israelites, which they complain against me. 28 Say to them, “As I live,” says the Lord, “I will do to you the very things I heard you say: 29 your dead bodies shall fall in this very wilderness; and of all your number, included in the census, from twenty years old and upward, who have complained against me, 30 not one of you shall come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 But your little ones, who you said would become booty, I will bring in, and they shall know the land that you have despised. 32 But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness for forty years, and shall suffer for your faithlessness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness. 34 According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day a year, you shall bear your iniquity, forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.” 35 I the Lord have spoken; surely I will do thus to all this wicked congregation gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall come to a full end, and there they shall die.

This is a strong consequence. The Lord doesn’t mess around.

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