Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Wednesday, 16 March 2022:
Exodus 23:4-9 – “You shall not pervert the justice….”
God expects His people to impart justice impartially, being extra careful to protect the rights of the weak.
Exodus 23:10-12 — “For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield, but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard. Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest.”
God has purposes for His Sabbath that we cannot understand. Resting or reducing productivity temporarily is counterintuitive, going against common sense. However, a careful scientific study of Sabbath rest will reveal that it produces far more productivity over time. More important than the practical value of obeying the Sabbath is the value of simply obeying God out of faith (trusting God now), hope (trusting God with the future), and love (making God your reason for everything). God’s word challenges common sense and takes faith to obey. It took great faith to take one out of seven days off from work when the Israelites were living in sparce conditions. It also took great faith for them to give ten percent of their best resources as a sacrifice to the Lord when they had so little. Similarly, it takes great faith to give abundantly to those who don’t deserve it, to forgive those who don’t deserve it, and to love your enemies in order to demonstrate God’s grace. Faith in God will never disappoint in the end.
Exodus 23:24 – “…you shall utterly overthrow them and break their pillars in pieces.”
God does not respect other religions. We can respect another person’s right to believe what they want, but we cannot respect false religion.
Exodus 23:29 – “I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you.”
God uses your enemies and your challenges for His purposes that are also for your greater good.
Exodus 23:32 – “You shall make no covenant with them and their gods.”
God does not compromise with other religions, nor does He expect His people to partner (such as in marriage) with people of other faiths.
Exodus 24:13 – “So Moses rose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God.”
Moses mentored his future replacement. How does his example apply to your life? Who are you preparing to proclaim the glory of God and the truth of the Gospel after you are long gone?
Exodus 24:16 – “And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.”
God meets His servants on the Sabbath.
Acts 25:19 – Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.
Paul was guilty only of belief in Jesus’ resurrection. Who could witness against you on such a charge?
Acts 25:22 – Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” said he, “you will hear him.”
Acts 25:23 – Here is a sermon from Dr. R.C. Sproul on Acts 25:23 – 26:11 — https://www.ligonier.org/learn/sermons/pauls-defense
Paul had created such a stir that important people wanted to hear him testify. What have you done to create enough interest that people want to hear your testimony?
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) — 16 Mar 22: Today, seek to be the kind of person who is so faithful, people want to hear from you about your faith.