Watch out…watch out

12 04 2011

DAY NINETY-NINE : Deuteronomy 11 v. 1 – 12 v. 32; Luke 12 v. 35 – 59; Psalm 43 v. 1 – 5


Love and Obey the Lord – The Israelites are to love God and keep His commands always, remembering everything God has done for them, and gaining strength for the journey into the promised land, where they may live long. The land is mountainous and unlike the land in Egypt.
God pledges good rainfall (and therefore good grazing) if they prove themselves faithful to serve Him.
Beware the temptation to worship false gods – God will be angry and there will be droughts and famine.
Again, the Israelites are commanded to teach God’s word to their children, for their longevity; fixing God’s word in hearts and minds.
Faithfulness to God’s commands will lead great nations to fall before the Israelites
‘Every place where you set your foot will be yours.’
God sets before them ‘a blessing and a curse’ (based on obedience or disobedience).

DEUTERONOMY

One Place of Worship – the old places of worship (to false gods) are to be destroyed as they possess the land, breaking altars, burning poles etc..
Don’t worship God in the ways of the false gods – rather, let God choose the spot where He will be worshipped. Sacrifice there, and rejoice because the Lord has blessed you.
When the land is possessed they mustn’t do just what they want, but be obedient to God’s word.
The correct offerings are to be brought, and the Levites are not to be neglected. Blood is not to be eaten, but drained out of the meat.
God is determined that the false gods will have no sway in how things are done by the Israelites in the promised land (including sacrificing their own sons and daughters through burning). There should be no adding to, or removing from the commandments God has given.

After the wilderness years, when the tabernacle was the central place of worship, there will be a new centre of worship in the promised land, and some meat will need to be slaughtered where the family live (as long as it is drained of blood.)

LUKE
Watchfulness – ‘be dressed and keep the lamps burning’ : Jesus urges them to be constantly ready. Keep watching !!

Like servants waiting for their master to return, ready to open the door, Jesus says He will meet, greet and serve you !
Like the master of a house who needs to be alert to prevent a burglary.
‘You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.’
Like the servants who are constantly working, faithfully following their master’s instructions, so they / we will be put in charge of more. God is interested to see what we’re like when we think He’s not watching – making sure we don’t mistreat people (even those who serve us). Bad servants will be ‘cut to pieces’.

Division – Jesus says He’s come to bring fire, but first there is His baptism of fire (even His own death and resurrection) to come. Because of Jesus, there will be divisions amongst families.

Interpreting the Times –
Jesus knows how good they are at predicting the weather from the signs in the sky (clouds and winds), but bemoans the fact that they are no good at reading the signs of the age.
Try to settle disputes away from the magistrates / courts – to avoid fines and prison sentences.

PSALM
“Vindicate me, O God,…rescue me from deceitful and wicked men.
Send forth Your light and Your truth…let them guide me.
I will go to the altar of God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise You, O God, my God.”

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