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Concerns of the Heart–Get it on the Outside –Jeremiah 12:2

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 12:1 through Jeremiah 15:21

“Get it on the outside!”  That’s what I say to my husband when I see him staring off in space, with a look of deep thought.

Why do I do that?

I’m nosy—I want to know the heart stuff; the best stuff—not just the surface stuff; what’s really going on, who he really is.  Some of our best times are early mornings on the porch, sipping coffee, and getting the concerns of our heart “on the outside.”

Jeremiah had some concerns about the hearts of “wicked and evil people,” those folks whose lips and hearts don’t speak the same language:

Lord, you always give me justice when I bring a case before you.

So let me bring you this complaint:

Why are the wicked so prosperous?

Why are evil people so happy?

You have planted them, and they have taken root and prospered.

Your name is on their lips, but you are far from their hearts. —Jeremiah 12:1-2

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It’s very tempting

to get on board with Jeremiah and talk about “those” people–

the ones who are wicked and evil

AND have

  • a great job
  • a great house
  • a great bank account
  • great health
  • a great family

“Those people” say all the right things; they talk about God, maybe even attend church but when we see glimpses of their heart through their actions, they are just following their own desires and worshipping the images of the gods of the day. (Jeremiah 9:13)

Actually, I would rather talk about “those” people,

But I can’t.

I’m too busy thinking about myself.

I’m too busy thinking about the inside; the part of me that’s probably worse than “those” people.

It is so easy; actually it’s very comforting to point my finger at what others do and don’t do, but we all have a heart problem. That’s why we needed a Savior; that’s why Jesus came.  It’s all about the heart!

  • For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. –Matthew 12:34
  • Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  –Proverbs 4:23

This is my prayer on those days when my heart is determining the wrong words and has me on the wrong course in life:

Have mercy on me, O God,

because of your unfailing love.

Because of your great compassion,

blot out the stain of my sins.

Wash me clean from my guilt.

Purify me from my sin.

For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.

Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight.

You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.

For I was born a sinner—

yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

But you desire honesty from the womb,

teaching me wisdom even there.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.

Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Renew a loyal spirit within me.

Do not banish me from your presence,

and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

and make me willing to obey you.

Psalm 51:1-12

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 16:1 through Jeremiah 18:23; Jeremiah 35:1-19

Why Do People Stay On Their Self-Destructive Path? –Jeremiah 8:4-5


Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 8:4-11:23

Do you ever want to ask a co-worker, friend, or family member…

Why are you determined to destroy your health, finances, career, or family?

Have you ever looked in the mirror and asked yourself this same question?

In Jeremiah 8:4-7, the God of the universe gives us a glimpse of His frustrations with His children who continue to take the wrong path:

 “Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘When people fall down, don’t they get up again? 

When they discover they’re on the wrong road, don’t they turn back? 

Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path?
Why do the people of Jerusalem refuse to turn back?

They cling tightly to their lies and will not turn around.
I listen to their conversations and don’t hear a word of truth.

 Is anyone sorry for doing wrong?
Does anyone say, “What a terrible thing I have done”?

No! All are running down the path of sin as swiftly as a horse galloping into battle!
Even the stork that flies across the sky knows the time of her migration, as do the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane.

They all return at the proper time each year.

But not my people!

They do not know the Lord’s laws.”

This makes me so sad.  How many times the Lord, must have looked at my life and said, “What’s wrong with this girl?  Doesn’t she get it?  She’s on the wrong road, why doesn’t she turn back?”

I believe we’re living in the age that Matthew 24:24 talks about, where “even God’s chosen ones can be deceived.”  We must stay close to Him and stay close to His Word.  When you have a question about a path you’re thinking of taking, ask yourself, “What does the Bible stay?”  And don’t move until you find HIS answer.

This was the problem in Jeremiah’s day “they did not know the Lord’s laws;” it’s a big problem in today world too. God’s Word is the solution to getting off the path of self-destruction. Make it a part of your daily life and your path of choice will be completely different.

 

Heavenly Father, forgive us for neglecting Your Word.  Teach us Your ways.  Show us the path we should take.  Holy Spirit, bring Proverbs 3:5-6 to fulfillment in our lives:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 12:1-15:21

What Would Jesus Say to America?

Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 42-46

O God, we have heard it with our own ears—
our ancestors have told us
of all you did in their day,
in days long ago:
You drove out the pagan nations by your power
and gave all the land to our ancestors.
You crushed their enemies
and set our ancestors free.
They did not conquer the land with their swords;
it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory.
It was your right hand and strong arm
and the blinding light from your face that helped them,
for you loved them.

You are my King and my God.
You command victories for Israel.
Only by your power can we push back our enemies;
only in your name can we trample our foes.
I do not trust in my bow;
I do not count on my sword to save me.
You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies;
you disgrace those who hate us.
O God, we give glory to you all day long
and constantly praise your name. –Psalm 44:1-8

 This psalm from today’s scripture reading was written about the nation of Israel, but it could just as easily be our 2013, July 4th prayer as a nation. God has done so much for our great country! We are so blessed! I am thankful for all who have sacrificed to make this nation what it is today, but it has been God who has given us favor, it has been God who has given us victory over our enemies. He deserves our praise on this anniversary of our freedom!

This past Sunday, my pastor, Phil Daniels shared a message that I immediately knew  would be my July 4th post.  Phil’s message takes everything we’ve read this year, especially as we’ve studied the children of Israel, kings and prophets and shows us how it relates to today’s culture and to the future of our great country.

Birthdays are a time to celebrate but they’re also a time to reflect. I pray that you will make the time watch this video and pray for our nation today.

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Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. –2 Chronicles 7:14

Heavenly Father, forgive us, show us how to return to the nation You planned for us to be, show us how to humble ourselves. Heal our land and God bless America!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 47-49, Psalms 84-85, 87

Seven Things to Help You Remember—Amos 3:10

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Amos 1: 1 through Amos 6:14

Have you ever had a season in your life when those who know and love you wondered “if you had forgotten how to do right?”

How did you get to that point?

Did it happen overnight or was it a slow thing that happened over a long, period of time?

In today’s reading Amos the prophet is giving the Israelites a message from the Lord–

 “My people have forgotten how to do right,” says the Lord.  –Amos 3:10

A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments stated that the Israelites’ moral corruption blinded their power of discernment so that they could not do right.  From the looks of Jeremiah 4:22 this message had been given more than once to the Israelites:

My people are foolish
and do not know me,” says the Lord.
They are stupid children
who have no understanding.
They are clever enough at doing wrong,
but they have no idea how to do right! 

                                                                                –Jeremiah 4:22

This wasn’t simple intellectual ignorance, the defect lay in the heart and will.

We are so blessed in the day in which we live.  We have Jesus, the Son of God making intercession for us to our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit counseling us on a minute-by minute basis–

IF

we call on Him.

If there is ever something we need to pray for in today’s world it’s discernment.  This is a huge trick of the enemy to get us to the point that things that we thought were wrong suddenly seem okay.

I don’t want to “forget how to do right,” but I know all it takes is a compromise here and a compromise there without seeking the Lord’s guidance and I’m on my way to forgetting.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this scripture lately:

For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.     –Matthew 24:24

I’m not a prophet and I can’t say from the Word of God that we are positively in the last days, but we’re definitely getting closer to the last days every day.  I do not want to be deceived; I do not want to forget how to do right.

How do we keep that from happening?

  1. Reading, learning and meditating on the Word of God consistently
  2. Praying and asking the Holy Spirit to give us supernatural discernment
  3. Spending time alone waiting for God to speak without the voice of the world
  4. Get plugged in to a Bible-believing of church
  5. Seeking wise counsel when questions arise
  6. Have an accountability partner to point out our areas of weakness
  7. Giving ourselves to spreading the Gospel of Christ

What other things do you do to keep from forgetting?

Father, we desperately need you to show us Your way.  Holy Spirit, speak loudly.  Tell us when to stop, go, turn left, turn right, speak, be quiet, or just wait.  Word of God speak!

In Jesus Name.  Amen and amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:   Amos 7:1 through Amos 9:15; 2 Kings 14:28-29; 2 Kings 15:8-29, 6-7; 2 Chronicles 26:22-23, Isaiah 6:1-3

“I” Could Do a Better Job Than My Boss! –2 Samuel 15:32-38

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 15:1 through 17:14

Today’s reading is not just another day in the life of David and his dysfunctional family.

The story of Absalom is a story that stands as a warning to all of us.  For every leader in any organization there are usually one or two subordinates or under-leaders who think they could do a better job than their leader.

Absalom…

  • bought a chariot and horses
  • Hired 50 bodyguards
  • Got up early and went to the gate of the city
  • Told people that David didn’t have anyone to hear their case
  • “Appeared” to be humble
  • Stole the hearts of the people
  • Had time for them
  • Stirred up a rebellion against his father, King David

He literally devised a plan to steal the kingdom from his father David.

What happened to Absalom to cause him to betray his own father?

  • Offense
  • Hatred
  • Unforgiveness
  • Bitterness

Have you ever been deceived by an Absalom?

It has happened to me.

While suffering at the hand of an Absalom is a tough pill to swallow, there is something worse—being an Absalom.

The next time you find yourself working in a team atmosphere where there’s an appointed leader, watch your self-talk (the thoughts that are going through your head).

Are you thinking things like…

  • This person isn’t that great of a leader
  • This person is insensitive to the needs of the people
  • I could do a much better job leading this team

Let’s go one step further; what are you saying to the other folks on your team or in your organization?

Does it sound anything like Absalom’s words in 2 Samuel 15: 32-38?

  • You really have a strong case here
  • It’s too bad the King doesn’t have anyone to hear it
  • I wish I were the judge
  • Then everyone could bring their cases to me for judgement
  • I would give them real justice

Someone with an Absalom spirit is the under-leader with hidden agendas who eventually draws away disciples unto himself. An “Absalom” is the wolf in sheep’s clothing who steals sheep for his own gain.

This “spirit of Absalom” is rooted in pride.

I can’t believe how a five-letter word:  P-R-I-D-E can cause so many problems.  There is so much deception going on in this type of situation, but the person who is deceived the most is the “Absalom.”  He or she thinks their heart is right.

Friends, let’s make a commitment to check our motives daily.

Why are we saying what we’re saying?

Are we trying to elevate ourselves and put someone else down?

One of Satan’s greatest tools is the spirit of offense which he uses to breed disloyalty and rebellion.

Here’s a great motto to write on the walls of our hearts:

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.  –Author unknown

Thank you Lord for your Holy Spirit who shines a light in the crooks and corners of my heart!  Help me to always repent quickly and turn from my sins.

In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen!

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 17: 15-29; Psalm 3; Psalm 63, 2 Samuel 18: 1 through 19:30

1 Possible Cause of My Tough Times? –2 Samuel 12:11-12

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 12: 26-31; 1 Chronicles 20: 2-3; 2 Samuel 13: 1 through 14:33

In yesterday’s reading Nathan spoke for the Lord and confronted David of his sin of murdering Uriah and sleeping with Uriah’s wife.  As we discussed yesterday David was sincerely repentant.

The Lord immediately forgave him

but

there were consequences to his actions that would go on throughout his life and into the next generation:

  • The child that he fathered with Bathsheba died
  • From that day forward David’s family would live by the sword
  • David’s household would rebel against him
  • David’s wives would be given to another man and  he will go to bed with them in public view
  • All these things would become public knowledge

As we move into today’s reading we begin to see these things come to pass.

I found an interesting article that helped me to understand how these hard things could happen to someone who was forgiven and set a part for God’s service.

Here is an excerpt from The Law of Sowing and Reaping  by Don Rousu:

In the Book of Genesis we find the expression of a seed principle that runs throughout the scriptures, and a principle that will endure as long as the earth. Chapter 8, verse 22 reads, “As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” In other words, seed-time and harvest, that is “sowing and reaping”, will be as unchangeable and predictable as day and night.

Sowing and reaping is a law, like the law of gravity. The law of gravity always works the same way for everyone. So does the law of sowing and reaping. It’s a fixed principle that God built into his creation. In Galatians 6:7, we are told, “Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”

Essentially, this means that every action has a predictable consequence. If I sow corn, I’ll get corn, not potatoes. If I sow radishes, I’ll get radishes, not squash… It also works the same way in the spiritual realm. If I sow (give away) life to others, I will reap life myself.  If I sow provision for others, I will reap provision for myself. If I sow forgiveness toward others, I’ll reap forgiveness for myself…

And I’ll add to that…

If I sow hate for others, I will reap hate from for myself.

If I sow unforgiveness toward others, I’ll reap unforgiveness for myself.

Today the rebellion of David’s household begins:

  • The tragic rape of Tamar
  • David becomes angry but does nothing to address this family sin
  • Absalom determines to kill Amnon and conceals his intentions for two years
  • Absalom begs his father David to attend a feast at his house but for some reason he refuses
  • Amnon goes in David’s place; Absalom’s servants kill Amnon
  • David refuses to see his son for two years
  • Absalom forces Joab to intercede, and David welcomes Absalom home

There have been many times I tried to pray away Satan, the enemy of my soul, out of my life when in reality  I was reaping what I had sown.

Here are a few examples that come to mind:

  • Financial problems-trying to live beyond my means
  • Health Issues-Not treating my body as the temple of God
  • Scheduling Issues- Over-committing and wondering why I can’t get it all done
  • Bitterness-Lack of Forgiveness that was sucking the life out of me

I know that there are times God makes an exception and minimizes the reaping process but many times He does not.

As a disclaimer, I must say that there are many examples in the Bible where God’s people reap good AND bad things that they didn’t sow but when we go through tough times we must self-assess with the help of the Holy Spirit our responsibility to our circumstances.

As I look back on my life I may have made the same mistakes again if I had not had to do some reaping!

Heavenly Father, I don’t want to reap tough times and tough situations.  Help me to sow good things into my life and the lives of others.  Lord, when I make a mistake and sow the wrong thing, help me to learn from my mistakes and move through the reaping as quickly as possible.

In Jesus’ Name!  Amen and Amen!

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 15:1 through 17:14

Is It Possible to Remove the Stains of Sin AND Guilt? Psalm 51:1-9

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Chronicles 20:1; 2 Samuel 11: 1 through 12: 14; Psalm 51; 2 Samuel 12: 15-25; 2 Samuel 5: 14-16; 1 Chronicles 14: 3-7; 1 Chronicles 3: 5-9

Can I be candid?

I’ve often wondered how David could have been a murderer and an adulterer and still have been “a man after God’s own heart.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful he was, because it gives me hope; it’s just hard to understand.

After reading David’s prayer of repentance in Psalm 51, I think I know a bit more about the heart of the man who touched the heart of the God of the Universe.

David revealed his broken spirit and repentant heart in that Psalm.  He came clean before the Lord.  David prayed to the Lord in verse 17, The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit, You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

I encourage you to read Psalm 51 out loud; David said the words we would like to say but can never articulate.  I’ve prayed David’s prayer many times when I needed God’s forgiveness but couldn’t put my feelings into words.

There were two phrases that caught my eye in this beautiful Psalm, “blot out the stain of my sins” (1 b) and “remove the stain of my guilt” (9 b).

What do you do with a garment that has a stain that you can’t get out?

I either save it for yard work or give it to Goodwill.  I can’t stand to wear clothes with stains on them.  I wonder if David felt the same way about stains and worried that he would be cast aside because of his imperfections.

Oh the wisdom of David.

He knew these were two separate issues.

He knew he couldn’t get rid of the stain of either by himself.

I have asked the Lord to forgive me of my sins many, many times but I can  never remember asking Him to take away my guilt.  I have often thought that guilt was a consequence of sin that I had to live with; a battle I had to fight alone.

Friends, I have good news!

God answered David’s prayer and He will answer ours as well!

I can’t wait for you the read the rest of the Psalms and see

  • the joy flowing out of David’s heart
  • the confidence that could only come from a life that was stain-free before the Lord

Both the sin and the guilt were gone forever!

David found out how he could be perfect, even after committed sins so bad that he is remembered for them to this very day.

From his own lips…

  • God is my strong fortress and He makes my way perfect (2 Samuel 22: 33).
  • God arms me with strength, and He makes my way perfect (Psalm 18:32)

It’s God who makes us perfect.

It’s God who removes the stain of sin and the stain of guilt.

Father, we pray with David…

Create in us a clean heart, O God. 
Renew a loyal spirit within us.
Do not banish us from your presence,
And don’t take your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation
and make us willing to obey you.
                                                      Psalm 51: 10-12
 
 

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 
©2013, Dianne GuthmullerTomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 12: 26-31; 1 Chronicles 20: 2-3;2 Samuel 13: 1 through 14:33

It Seemed Right… –Judges 21:25

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Judges 19:1 through Judges 21:25

If today’s reading was set to a movie I would not have watched it!  Just ask my hubby, if there’s blood, my head is under the blanket!  There were several times I was actually speaking to my Bible and saying, “you have got to be kidding me?”

But the last sentence explained everything:

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.  —Judges 21:25

I think the folks from the tribe of Benjamin, all the Israelites for that matter, were having problems with their world view.  My paraphrase of a biblical world view is filtering every decision we make large and small through the principles in the Word of God.

In today’s culture and even in today’s church we are proud to say that we live in a country that anyone can do whatever seems right in their own eyes…

I looked up the word “right” in two dictionaries:

Merrium-Webster’s Online Dictionary: qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval.

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: In morals and religion, just; equitable; accordant to the standard of truth and justice or the will of God. That alone is right in the sight of God, which is consonant to his will or law; this being the only perfect standard of truth and justice. In social and political affairs, that is right which is consonant to the laws and customs of a country, provided these laws and customs are not repugnant to the laws of God. A man’s intentions may be right, though his actions may be wrong in consequence of a defect in judgment.

What a difference 185 years can make!  Friends, once again I’m so glad we’re taking this journey!  Reading through Word of God helps us to know what the standard of truth is and what is right in the eyes of God!

Father, I pray that You will be my King and my leader.  Show me what’s right in Your eyes.  I don’t want to do what “seems right” to me.  Help me throw away the lie that “right is in the eye of the beholder”!

Jesus, you are my King of Glory!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Ruth 1:1 through Ruth 4:12

Jesus, I Have a Question About The Law

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Deuteronomy 21:10 through Deuteronomy 25:19

Man, today’s reading is tough!  I’m amazed at the “R” rated details!  Several times I wanted to shout T.M.I. (too much information)

In our age of grace it’s hard to imagine living with all of these laws.  As we read, let’s try to take the principle and not get bogged down in the rigid requirements.

I found two things that spoke loudly to me in today’s reading:

  • Take care of your neighbor and the less fortunate.  God certainly answers Cain’s question that he asked in Genesis 4:9, “am I my brother’s guardian (keeper)?”  Well…yeah.
    • If you see your neighbor’s animal wandering off, go get it.  It’s your Responsibility    (22:1)
    • When you build a new house, you must build a railing around the edge of its flat roof,  That way you will  not be considered guilty of murder if someone falls from the roof (22:8)
  •  This “nugget” really helps me to begin to understand the “why” around the drastic measures God required when there was sin in the camp.
    •  The camp must be holy, for the Lord your God moves around in your camp to protect you and to defeat your enemies.  He must not see any shameful thing among you, or He will turn away from you (23:14)

Yes, I know this scripture is talking about ‘relieving yourself’ but let’s forget that detail for a moment and apply the principle. 

“I” need to be holy so that the Lord my God will feel comfortable moving around in my spirit and soul… wait, let’s bring this into our physical space— my home, my car, my job, my church— so that He will protect me, defeat my enemies and not turn away from me.

Now that we’ve read most of the law it makes it easy understand the question the Pharisees asked Jesus, Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? (Matt. 22:36)  I know they were trying to trick Jesus, but if I had lived in those days I certainly would have wanted Jesus to give me his “Top 5” so that I would know what to focus on.

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus does just that; He boiled the Law down to two commandments:

Jesus replied:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Thank you Jesus for simplifying the Christian Life—but Lord simple still isn’t easy.  I can’t love you and love my neighbor without your help!

Thank you Holy Spirit for dwelling within me teaching me how to love!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Deuteronomy 26:1 through Deuteronomy 29:1

Salvation is in the Details–Numbers 3:11-13

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 2:1-3:51

The one word that keeps coming to my mind as we leave Leviticus and move to Numbers is details. It’s actually mind-blowing that the God of the universe cares about every detail of our lives.

Today’s discovery gives me sweet assurance that my Heavenly Father didn’t miss me when He was paying for the sins of the human race.

And the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have chosen the Levites from among the Israelites to serve as substitutes for all the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. The Levites belong to me, for all the firstborn males are mine. On the day I struck down all the firstborn sons of the Egyptians, I set apart for myself all the firstborn in Israel, both of people and of animals. They are mine; I am the Lord. —Numbers 3:11-13

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take the Levites as substitutes for the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. And take the livestock of the Levites as substitutes for the firstborn livestock of the people of Israel. The Levites belong to me; I am the Lord. There are 273 more firstborn sons of Israel than there are Levites. To redeem these extra firstborn sons,  collect five pieces of silver for each of them (each piece weighing the same as the sanctuary shekel, which equals twenty gerahs). Give the silver to Aaron and his sons as the redemption price for the extra firstborn sons. —Numbers 3:44-48

Every first-born son was the Lord’s, set apart to be given to the Him at birth, but the Lord made a substitute.  He set aside the tribe of Levi to be dedicated to His service.  They took the place of all the first-born of Israel.

But

there was a problem.

There were more first-born Israelites than Levites.

With God being God, it’s easy to think that He would say, “This is a symbolic gesture, we don’t have to have it match p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y…”

But not the one and only true God.  He did the math.  He made sure EVERY first-born male was redeemed.

Friends, fast-forward 2000 years ago.  Every person ever born was destined for death because of our sinful nature.

God knew the exact number of past, present, and future humans.

He knew the exact depth of our sin.

He decided to make a way to redeem the human race but He had to find a substitute.

Who could cover that much sin?  No one.

Except

His Son.

Jesus, paid the price of every detail of our sinfulness. Our salvation is sure.  God did the math.  He paid the price, His first-born son–>Jesus Christ.

There are a few additional details.  The only way we can receive this gift of salvation is to…

  1. Believe that Jesus
    • is God
    • was born of a virgin, suffered and died for our sins
    • defeated sin and death and now is alive in Heaven making intercession for you and I at the Heavenly Father’s right hand
  2. Believe that we were born with a sinful nature
  3. Ask Jesus to forgive our sins and be the Lord of our lives
  4. Accept Him as our Savior

Heavenly Father, thank you for working out the details of my salvation!  I know my sins are covered because of the price Jesus paid for me.  I’m excited to know You are overseeing every detail of my life.  Use me to share the message of redemption with those who don’t know You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 4:1-5:31

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