Weekly Worship Meditation

March 2017

Seek the Lord, Not Blessing

"And when the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies.” —1 Samuel 4:3 Human beings, including believers, can be incredibly superstitious.  The Children of Israel had suffered a defeat at the hands of the Philistines.  “Whatever shall we...

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Making and Keeping Vows

"And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, "If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands,  31  then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering." …And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, "Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among...

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The Sin of Achan

But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel. —Joshua 7:1 Most of us are familiar with the story of Achan.  When the Israelites defeated Jericho, they were forbidden to take any of the spoil, since these “first fruits” of the Land belonged to God.1  It...

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Hanged and Accursed

“If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,  23  his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.” —Deuteronomy 21:22-23   Hanging was not the method of execution in Israel.  Stoning was.  So why the instructions...

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