Weekly Worship Meditation

June 2013

Blessings in Reading Tedious Details in Scripture

June 30, 2013 So the LORD gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it.  44 The LORD gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.  45 Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. —Joshua...

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Is it ever okay to break a vow?

June 23, 2013 Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD.    So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them. —Joshua 9:14-15  God had made it crystal clear that the children of Israel were not to make any covenants with the inhabitants of the Promised Land (Deut. 7:2-4).  But the Gibeonites were shrewd.  They...

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Might you be hurting your church?

June 16, 2013 This is a lesson with which most of us are familiar.  It is also a lesson that, despite our familiarity, we all too often live like we do not know it at all.  But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi… took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel… —Joshua 7:1  So about three thousand men went up there from the people,...

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It is all about grace

June 9, 2013 “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them." —Deuteronomy 30:19-20  We are all natural...

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Him you shall hear!

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear . . . . And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.”   —Deuteronomy 18:15, 19 In his farewell speech, Moses tells the children of Israel that God will raise up a Prophet like him from their midst. At just the right time, God fulfilled this promise in sending His Son, Jesus...

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