Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OT DAY 157 - Don't Be Wicked, Terrible Consequences May Follow (請按此處收聼廣東話 )

On Feb. 18 Ash Wednesday(first day of Lent), I am going to put my newly revised 40 days Break.Build blog and podcast to this blog and podcast for 40 days. This is to encourage you to find one to two friends to be their discipler to walk with them for 40 days having daily devotion. Hopefully they can establish a lifestyle to have a daily intimate personal relationship with Jesus from then on. There will be a blog written in Chinese that I have never tried before. Please pray for this 40 days Break.Build and be willing to be raised up by our Lord Jesus Christ to be one of the disciplers to lead people to Him daily.

Let us praise the Lord:

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you!
The earth has yielded its increase;
    God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
    let all the ends of the earth fear him!
                                             Psalm 67:5-7
Today's Reading: Exodus 21:1-22:14(21:15-17,23-25)

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Bible Study

      To follow Professor John Goldingay's way of dividing sections, I have read just a small section of the require reading. If you have more time, please read the whole section of Exodus 21:1 to 22:14. We are going to discuss the central theme of the whole section and not to divide that into smaller sections. 

Let's take a look at what Professor John Goldingay says ( :
       The rules in Exodus 21 give some protection to servants, with a particular concern for girls in that position…These rules have a lot to teach a culture where people who become poor and/or get into debt have little way of getting out of the poverty trap and find their entire life as a family collapsing
      Exodus 21:12-22:14 covers a random-looking collection of "things that happen."  Their randomness indicates that this collection of rules is not a law code, designed to deal systematically with the sorts of thing that typically cause problems in communities, and available to be consulted in a "legal" kind of way.  It is more a set of sample cases to give the community and the village elders an idea of how to deal with issues, so they can work out from these examples how to deal with other issues that arise.  It includes the basic rule of "an eye for an eye."  As far as we know, no one ever treated this as if it were a literal law, any more than Jesus' telling you to puck out your eye was a literal law.  What it does is set limits to the compensation someone has a right to seek when one gets injured.  Likewise, as far as we know no one was ever executed for offences such as belittling one's parents…saying "such a person should be put to death" is a way of saying, "This is a really wicked thing to do; terrible consequences may follow." 

John Goldingay. Exodus & Leviticus for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.84-85.

       Have you got the main theme from today's passage? How could that affect your life and lifestyle?   

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to Felix Mendelssohn's On Wings of Song played by one of the greatest violinist Isaac Stern:

Spiritual Journal

    The title I heard from Jesus today is: Don't be wicked, terrible consequences may follow

    What I receive from Jesus today is a warning for doing wicked things. You may not think that concerns with you, right? How about your attitude? Your attitude to your parents, your spouse, your children, your pastors, your brothers and sisters in your church…

    Your pride, your insecurity, your self-centreness, your wish to control leads you to have all kinds of wicked and wrong attitude. Do you agree?

    You need to know that all those kinds of wicked attitude or even actions may cause terrible consequences. Watch out! Don't do it!  

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to be always conscious of our attitude to other people. Lead us to be able to think positive and do things positive so that we can taste the fruit of goodness. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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