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Romans 2: 17- 29

Our heart is revealed by our actions.  We judge others often for things that we have done or are doing ourselves.  This heart of judgement reveals that we are actually "accidental" pharisees....somehow thinking that we are justified by our works and that others can be so as well (if they would follow our example of course).  But works can never "justify" any sinner in the site of God.  Our salvation is by grace alone, in Christ alone, through faith alone. 

Exodus 24:3-12

What is the writer saying: Moses performs God's instructions for the establishment of a covenant with the people of Israel.  He sprinkles blood on the people and on the altar.  Then He and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu (Aaron's sons) and the elders go up the mountain and see God's footstool.  They celebrate the covenant with fellowship, and food & drink.

How can I apply this to my life?    Covenants are still established with agreements between two distinct parties and are followed by fellowship and a meal.  Weddings are done this way because marriage is a covenant relationship.  How awesome it must have been for those elders to actually be enjoying a meal and communing with God!

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Hebrews 10:1-10  The new covenant established by the oath and blood of Jesus Christ is explained in more detail.  Because of this new covenant Christ has saved and sanctified us.  He is also continually perfecting us in that sanctification in time until the moment we will be completely like him.  He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ!  The work of the new covenant is done!  Learning how to live and rest in the work of Christ and how to allow him to conform us to his image is a daily work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we abide in Christ!

Hebrews 7: 23-28    There were many priest in the levitical priesthood but only one in the Melchizedek  priesthood.  He is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, made higher than the heavens.  God sent His own son/self and established an eternal priesthood by his own oath on our behalf.  We have a high priest praying  for us.  He is "holy, undefiled, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens".  This is the character of our high priest.  He is holy, good, and loving.  He is praying for us!  

Word of Life Quiet Time Diary- 24

Sunday, February 6, 2022     Exodus 9: 1-12

God sends Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh to warn of the plague toward the livestock of Egypt.  It is done and Pharoah notices that it does not occur to Hebrew livestock.  God hardens Pharaoh's heart. He then tells Moses and Aaron to throw dust in the wind and cause a plaque of boils/sores to occur on the Egyptians but not the Hebrews.  God agains hardens Pharaoh's heart and he does not listen nor heed.  He refuses to let God's people go.  

Application:  God has chosen to harden Pharoah's heart possibly because Pharoah initially hardened his own heart.  Do we "listen" at the beginning and continually refuse God's plan?  God will not always plead with man.  Pharaoh is an example of this.  We must "listen and heed" what God says to us today!

Word of Life Quiet Time Diary

Sunday, January 30, 2022

God's has given Pharoah multiple opportunities to allow the Hebrews to go. Pharoah has refused and now God begins to harden Pharoah's heart.    God shows his love and provision for the people of Israel even while punishing the Egyptians.  The Hebrews are not harmed.  Submission to God and his ways brings blessing while rejection of Him and his ways brings harsh punishment. 

Word of Life Quiet Time Diary - Week 22

Exodus 1: 15-22   The Pharoah in Egypt became afraid of the growing numbers of Israelites and issues a decree that Hebrew baby boys need to be killed at birth.  The Hebrew midwives refuse to kill the babies that are born and report to the Pharoah that the Hebrew mothers give birth too fast.  The midwives choose to please God rather than the earthly authority in this point where earthly laws contradict the law of God.  "Thou shalt not kill" is still God's law.  The example of the midwives honoring God's law when it contradicts man's law at the risk of their own lives is a good example for us today as we face attacks on life from aborting unwanted pregnancies, use of fetal tissue harvesting, infanticide and euthansia of the elderly or disabled.  God is a the creator of life.  We must honor the life He has created.  

Word of Life Quiet Time Diary - Sunday, January 16, 2022

John 11:45-52     Following the miracle of raising Lazurus from the dead, many Jews believe on Jesus.  Some report to the Pharisee's.  The Pharisee's fear that they will be displaced and the popularity of Jesus will cause a problem for the Romans.  Caiaphus unwittingly prophecy's that one man should be sacrificed so that the whole nation can be saved.  They begin to plot to kill Jesus to maintain their power and "peace".  They watch for an opportunity to do so before the passover feast.

God uses  people, even in their scheming, to perform his will.  Jesus gave His life, they did not "take it".  He was the lamb slain before the foundation of the world.  Do not be afraid of seeming enemies to the will of God.  God is always in control.

Sunday, December 26

Hebrews 1:1-7    God used prophets to speak to the patriarchs and those who followed for many generations.  Now God is speaking through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus came to redeem sinful mankind.  He gave Himself for our sin and made a way for us to be reconciled with God.  He is in control of all things.  Consider Jesus.   He is the image of God.  He is the ultimate reality, the perfect person, the eternal God.  Christ is all in all.