Weekly Worship Meditation

March 2016

Many deliverers, but only One Deliverer

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 "For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines." —Judges 13:5 Each of the judges prefigures Jesus, in that they were “deliverers.”  In every case, however, their deliverance was localized and temporary, and therefore pitifully incomplete.  The...

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Selected observations on Joshua and Judges

March 20, 2016 Selected observations on Joshua and Judges Joshua 13-21.  Pronouncing the names of all the places listed in the designation of the tribal boundaries in the Promised Land is no easy feat.  What is the purpose of this section of God’s Word?  For them it was important for property lines!  For, it is a reminder that the Bible is not a fairy tale that happened in the land of make believe.  These are real places (to this day!), testifying to the...

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We receive His blessings because He received our curse

March 13, 2016 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God” —Deuteronomy 28:1-2 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe...

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Denying ourselves to serve others

March 6, 2015 “You shall not eat anything that dies of itself; you may give it to the alien who is within your gates, that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner; for you are a holy people to the LORD your God.” —Deuteronomy 14:21 The subject of this meditation is not about eating, or not eating, the meat of an animal “that dies of itself”—rather than being slaughtered specifically for food.  What strikes me in this verse is that God,...

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Three Abiding Purposes of God’s Law

February 28, 2016 Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. —Psalm 119:97  There are Three Abiding Purposes of God’s Law. First, the Law reveals God’s Holiness and man’s sinfulness.  The Law is Holy (Rom.7:12).  The law has no power to save anyone (Romans 3:20).  The Law merely reveals God’s holiness which reveals man’s sinfulness in comparison.  This is what drives sinful men to cry out to God for mercy,...

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There are Three Abiding Facets of God's Law

February 21, 2016 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. —Joshua 1:8 There are Three Abiding Facets of God's Law. First, the Ceremonial Law. The lion’s share of the Law is about the Jewish Religion. It regulates worship in the tabernacle, led by the priests, regarding the sacrifices. Second, the Civil Law. The civil law regulates...

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