Though David is being hurt by enemies and false friends his joy and trust is ultimately in the LORD. He finishes this Psalm which speaks of evil speakers and traitors with “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.” Is my joy and praise tied to God or my circumstance? No matter my circumstance or situation, my joy and trust should always be in the LORD. The thing I should long for is to be in His presence forever (v12).
Continues the description of how wisdom was with God in the acts of creation. If God used wisdom, shouldn’t I use it? If is was something that was useful to Him, wouldn’t it be useful for me? I want this wisdom.
Just like the fishermen who caught the greatest catch of their lives and when they got to shore left everything and followed Jesus, so too with Matthew the tax collector. Jesus called Matthew and “he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him.” There is an immediate forsaking of old things for the sake of following Jesus. Have I done that? Am I still doing that?
Matthew then throws this huge party in honor of Jesus with all of his old friends. Matthew wasn’t scared of what anyone thought, he simply wanted his friends to meet Jesus, and Jesus goes. Matthew hadn’t developed a fear of mans opinion and Jesus didn’t turn down the invite. I need to be more like both of these examples.
If you are righteous and not a sin sick soul then Jesus didn’t come to die for you. Just like those who are well do not need a doctor, Jesus did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. The great Physician came to heal those who are sick, not those who are well. Oh how I need Him!
Jesus answers the Pharisees with “Have you not even read…” In this statement Jesus is implying that you can read the OT and understand and apply it to life, He’s looking at how they are misusing it and not saying “I know the Bible is tough to understand and I can see why you might be confused…” But that is not His response. His response is the exact opposite. “Have you not even read” actually implies that the Bible is so plain that the reason they are saying that is because they have not even read it. Let us never buy into the false argument that the Bible is too difficult to understand or that it us unclear. It is actually very clear and here Jesus affirms that, we simply need to take up and read.
Jesus snuck away to pray many times, in 16:12 He prayed all night. All. Night. That’s a shaming verse for me. I’ve never done anything even close to that. If Jesus, who was the perfect God-Man needed to pray how much more do I, a sin sick person, need to? LORD help me to see my need for you!
DEUTERONOMY 3-4 (Chapter 4 is loaded with goodies)
Moses continues recounting where they have come from. This section reminds me of Psalm 136 which is also a history in miniature and every line has the refrain “for His lovingkindness is everlasting”. But in that Psalm Og and Sihon are also specifically mentioned just like here in Deuteronomy 3.
As kings are falling to Israel, Moses tells Joshua “Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings; so the LORD shall do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross. Do not fear them, for the LORD your God is the One fighting for you.” – What an encouraging word for Moses to give Joshua. Moses is already discipling and preparing Joshua to lead the people. Moses wants Joshua to remember what the LORD has done to help him trust in the LORD for the future. I must do the same, I need to remind myself of God’s faithfulness from the past to help me obey in the present.
Moses asks one more time if he can enter the land, the LORD gives a strong “No” but He did let Moses see the land with his eyes. Sin may be forgiven but that does not mean that the consequences are removed. Moses was forgiven but still had to live with the consequence.
4:2 “you shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments which I command you.” – the same is true for us today (Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18)
4:7 “For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him” – God is near them, He is intimate with His people.
4:9 “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.” – this is where Israel drops the ball, they forget the LORD. This is where we drop the ball too, we do not keep our own souls diligently and we depart from the LORD and so do our sons and grandsons. May the LORD always be before our eyes and may we never forget Him!
4:24 “For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
4:29 “…you will seek the LORD your God and you will find Him if you search for Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”
4:31 “For the LORD your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which he swore to them.”
Israel at this point in history has seen and heard more about God than any other people at any time up and to this point. That is a great blessing and a great judgment upon them if they forget it.
4:39 “Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; and there is no other”