Today’s Reading: Psalm 78, Exodus 23:10‐33, Nehemiah 4, Romans 14
Psalm 78 – Psalm 78 is a historical psalm that reminds the people of Israel about all that God has done for the nation. It is also an important reminder to parents to be diligent in teaching their children the things of the Lord. God is faithful and His faithfulness has been shown from generation to generation. This psalm teaches about that faithfulness. This is one of the longest psalms in all of the Bible. It is a valuable learning tool for families to read through together. Our family will be leaving for Israel in a few months. I’m looking forward to reading this psalm while we are together in that wonderful country.
Exodus 23:10-33 – It is here that God makes fundamental laws for the Jewish people regarding the Sabbath and the festivals that they were to observe. He also promises the people that they will overthrow the land of Canaan. There are specific instructions given in regards to completely driving the Canaanites away, and not worshipping the false gods of Canaan.
Nehemiah 4 – Great opposition came to Nehemiah and those who were helping him rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. But, Nehemiah continued building. Nehemiah was a leader, and God gave him both wisdom and the ability to motivate people. When opposition came, God had a leader ready, with the right gifts, the right spirit, and the right faith.
Romans 14 – Aren’t you glad that God didn’t put you in the position to judge the hearts of everyone else on earth? I know that I am. God is the judge. He doesn’t need us to do His job. He needs us to do that which He has called us to do. And, you can be 100% sure that it is His job to judge, not yours. Romans 14 spends a great deal of time talking about judging others, but also not being a stumbling block to other believers with our spiritual freedoms. There are great points made in this chapter.