Monday, March 18, 2013

March 18 – Deuteronomy 21-23

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Deuteronomy 21-23. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word.

In our reading today we find an assortment of laws God gave to his people that would make any Pharisee feel like a kid in a candy store. What strikes me as amazing is the fact that God has given his law. In doing so he has told his people how they are to live … that they are to avoid sin, and that they are to seek perfection. But he knows that no matter how “good” people live they will never live anywhere near any level of perfection. So he gives them ways to seek purity after sin.

That is what we see in the laws shared by Moses. Whether they were laws concerning unknown murder, or marriage violations, or eating from a neighbor’s vineyard, God provide them yet another opportunity for purity. Isn’t it amazing how much human nature has not changed? No matter how good we want to be, no matter how many good things we do, no matter the ambitions we have, we still fall, we still slip, and we still fail miserably at not sinning. Here’s the cool thing … God still loves us and still offers salvation through his son knowing our human nature. I do not know about you, but that makes me love God just a little more!

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