Bible reading for June 19.
"...but you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this." (Deuteronomy 24:18)
JUSTICE. The laws in this section pertain to the protection of weaker and more vulnerable people. Jesus clarified that this teaching on divorce (vv 1-4) was a concession and not a commandment (Matt 19:3-10). God's will from the beginning has been that "...a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Gen 2:24). This chapter also addresses taking pledges (collateral) on loans, but making sure to protect the life and dignity of the borrower. The poor were to be allowed to glean in the fields during harvest. Israel's own history of slavery was to be remembered so that they would be kind to the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the resident alien. Question for thought: what are some of the differences between what the Bible teaches (biblical justice) as opposed to some views of social justice today?
"Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!" (Psalm 115:1)
PSALM 114 personifies and addresses nature, looking back on the miracles that took place when Israel was delivered from Egypt and brought into the promised land. The Apostle Paul said that creation groans for redemption (Rom 8:19-22). The Bible contains beautiful pictures of creation's response to the Lord, for example, the mountains singing and the trees clapping their hands (Isa 55:12). Are these references literal, or symbolic, or something else? Creation is certainly a grand venue for the revelation of God's glory.
PSALM 115 calls Israel to worship the true and living God rather than idols which cannot speak, hear, or act. Those who trust in idols will become as lifeless (or as bizarre) as the idols they worship (v 8). God's people are to trust and praise their God. Verse 3, "Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases", reminds us that our sovereign God has a mind, a will, and a plan of his own. This was Nebuchadnezzar's lesson in Daniel 4: "At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, 'What have you done?'" (Dan 4:34-35; cf Ps 33:11; 135:6; Eph 1:11)
We are following the Robert Murray M'Cheyne (RMM) two-year reading schedule, as arranged by D. A. Carson.
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