Weekly Worship Meditation

May 2013

Why He Saved Us

 “Therefore understand that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.” —Deuteronomy 9:6 The book of Deuteronomy records the words of Moses to a new generation of the children of Israel, preparing them to enter the promised land. The previous generation had died in the wilderness due to unbelief — they did not trust God. Moses recounts to this new generation...

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For His Glory Alone

"Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'  For what great nation is there that...

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The Value of Human Life and Justice

“Then you shall appoint cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person accidentally may flee there.” —Numbers 35:11 The “cities of refuge” enlighten us about God’s heart regarding human life and justice. Regarding human life, God requires capital punishment for the crime of murder (Genesis 9:6).  Why?  Not only because murder is taking another man’s life, but, as God states it (also in...

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God's Grace on One Who Sought to Curse His People

  May 5, 2013 Then he sent messengers to Balaam… “Please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me.” —Numbers 22:5-6 I am fascinated by Balaam.  His name appears in the Bible 63 times.  By comparison, Jesus’ first disciple, Andrew, is only mentioned 13 times.  The story of Balaam consumes 96 verses in three whole chapters in the book of Numbers.  In addition, he is mentioned twice more in...

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