March 11, 2019 Daily Devotional
Read: Deuteronomy 22
“You are not to watch your brother’s ox or sheep straying and behave as if you hadn’t seen it; you must bring it back to your brother.” (Deuteronomy 22:1 CJSB)
These are the opening words of Deuteronomy 22. The admonitions to follow address birds’ nests, birds and their eggs, along with not yoking a donkey and an ox together. There are mandates concerning textiles, manners of dress, and how cords are to be twisted. Then, there is a lengthy discussion about sexual assault, adultery, and the preservation of virginity among Israel’s young women. After the entire golden calf incident, it is easy to see Israel was less than interested in being holy as the Lord their God is holy. A group of Pharisees once approached Jesus and asked the Messiah as to whether or not, according to Mosaic Law, divorce was permitted. Jesus’ answer was not a watering down of God’s holy nature, nor God’s perfect atmosphere. To those desiring to lower God’s standards, Jesus answered, saying, “Moses allowed you to divorce you wives because your hearts are so hardened. But this is not how it was at the beginning.” (Matthew 19:8 CJSB) Humanity’s desire to either live a less-than or legalistic life is no reason for the Messianic community to live contrary to God’s perfect nature and atmosphere. All are invited to welcome God in, just as we are in God. With faithful surrender, less-than and legalism becomes a non-factor, and the dam restricting Life is lifted, allowing living waters to flow.
Today's Meditation: Open your eyes, faithfully surrender, and allow the Spirit to flow through you.
Look to the East,