Written on 08/04/2019
Our readings take us into the fifth book of the Bible, Deuteronomy. We open with the first three chapters. In this book, Moses gives three exhortations why the nation should remain obedient and faithful to God. These directives were given by Moses and right before his death and the children of Israel crossing the Jordan River into the promised land.
In Isaiah chapter 1 we find an exhortation from God through Isaiah about the complaints God has because of disobedience among the children of Israel. We also see God's redemptive plan when Isaiah says, “Come now,” says Adonai,“let’s talk this over together. Even if your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow; even if they are red as crimson, they will be like wool."
John 15 speaks of Love and remaining in God's love. He desires for us to obey His commands and remain in his Love. There is much discovery yet to be done personally and corporately in reference to John 15. The original context and intent of what Jesus was saying to those around him are calling out to us today. Embrace the Love of God and what it means to walk in his ways.
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in My love. When you obey My commandments, you remain in My love, just as I obey My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow” – John 15: 9-11
“Then Jerusalem will again be called the home of justice and the faithful city.” Zion will be restored by justice: those who repent will be revived by righteousness.” – Isaiah 1:26b-27
Questions for Reflection:
▪ Do I believe the Father loves me?
▪ What are the things in my heart that bring joy?
▪ Have I repented for my disobedience?
▪ Is my heart compelled by His great love to obey His Word?
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