Morning Reading – I am Unworthy

Deuteronomy 28-30

Deuteronomy 29:6 “You have not eaten bread nor have you drunk wine or strong drink, in order that you might know that I am the LORD your God”

This struck me this morning. Sometimes God gives material blessings to show His goodness and sometimes He reveals Himself by withholding them

Deuteronomy 29:19-20 The LORD is “never willing to forgive” a man who says “I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart”. It is a foolish thing to think you have peace with God if you are living in disobedience.

Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.” – God has not revealed His word to us just so we can know it, He has revealed it to us so we can live it and obey it

Deuteronomy 30:9-11 The LORD will “prosper you abundantly” and “rejoice over you for good” if you obey His commands and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul. And v11 says that this is not too difficult, it is not out of reach.

Deuteronomy 30:17-20 If you choose to disobey and turn away you will perish. Death and life are before you.

In Luke 7 the Roman Centurion sends some Jewish elders to ask Jesus to heal his slave. I love the contrast in how the Centurion views himself and how the Jewish elders view him. The elders say to Jesus “He is worthy for you to grant this to him” (v4). They speak in terms of merit, they think he deserves to have Jesus do this for him, he has earned it, he is worthy.

But in verse 6-7 the Centurion says this about himself “…Lord do not trouble yourself further, for I am not worthy for you to come under my roof; for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you…”. The man did not consider himself worthy. Twice he calls himself unworthy. Think about the social setting, on the surface he was a Roman Centurion with lots of power and influence and Jesus was a lowly jewish carpenter/teacher. But somehow the Centurion knew better. He had a high view of Jesus and a low view of himself. God help me be like the Centurion!

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