March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 19

“If a malicious witness comes forward and gives false testimony against someone, then both the men involved in the controversy are to stand before Adonai, before the priests and the judges in office at the time.  The judges are to investigate carefully.  If they find that the witness is lying and has given false testimony against his brother, you are to do to him what he intended to do to his brother.  In this way, you will put an end to such wickedness among you.” (Deuteronomy 19:16-19 CJSB)

Those claiming to love the Christ-to-come hated Jesus of Nazareth.  It wasn’t that they simply struggled to see Jesus as Messiah.  No, the religious leaders of Jesus’ day altogether hated that He claimed to be so.  The second Person of the Trinity Who was, is, and is to come was before them, and their misguided theology and pride blinded them from welcoming the Savior come.  So, they concocted a malicious and false testimony against Him.  The ones who were to judge in such cases became the fabricators of the falsehood.  “You are to do to him what he intended to do to his brother.”  Jesus did not desire to see Annas, nor Caiaphas, nor any of His accusers condemned to a cross.  Christ came and received the cross of sin and death, so that we could bear a cross of surrender, rather than a tree of spiritual criminality.  The innocent One welcomed our guilt, so that the guilty could receive the Messiah’s innocence.  It is time to put an end to the malice, falsehood, and wickedness among us.

Today's Meditation:  Give truth to the world.

Look to the East,


March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 18

“For Adonai your God has chosen him from all your tribes to stand and serve in the name of Adonai, him and his sons forever…Adonai will raise up for you a prophet like me from among yourselves, from your own kinsmen.  You are to pay attention to him…” (Deuteronomy 18:5, 15 CJSB)

In Israel there were priests, and prophets, and ultimately there were kings.  Jesus of Nazareth is the only person Who fulfilled all three roles.  The writer of Hebrews writes of Jesus’ priesthood, saying, “And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:9, 10 NASB) In Jesus day, both the crowds and Jesus declared His prophetic ministry, saying, “And the crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee,’” (Matthew 21:11 NASB) and, “[Jesus] said, ‘Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown.’” (Luke 4:24 NASB)  In terms of kingship, God speaks to Samuel concerning Israel’s first king saying, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being King over them.” (1 Samuel 8:7 NASB) Jesus’ kingship was clearly established, but equally rejected, as evidenced by His words to Pilate, saying, “[Pilate] You say correctly that I am a King.  For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37 NASB) As you walk one day beyond Ash Wednesday, know that Jesus of Nazareth is Prophet, Priest, and King.

Today's Meditation:  Prophet, Priest, and King

Look to the East,


March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 17

“The death sentence is to be carried out only if there was testimony from two or three witnesses; he may not be sentenced to death on the testimony of only one witness.” (Deuteronomy 17:6 CJSB)

“For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent.” (Mark 14:56 NASB) Forty-six days from now we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah Who has provided reconciliation to all.  How will you spend the next month-and-a-half?  Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life Who defeated death, so neither the roots of death, nor the branches of sin are to be feared any longer.  Moses’ words to Israel are a foreshadowing of what was to come, but the inconsistency of the world has been defeated.  Jesus held death in His hands and absolutely dictated to it.  Now, for whosoever will, there is life, life more abundant.  You have celebrated His birth.  Now, celebrate Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection that has provided new birth to all.

Today's Meditation:  Lent

Look to the East,


March 5, 2019

March 5, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 16

“You are to rejoice in the presence of Adonai your God—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female slaves, the Levites living in your towns, and the foreigners, orphans and widows living among you—in the place where Adonai your God will choose to have His name live.” (Deuteronomy 16:11 CJSB)

Rejoice in the presence of Adonai your God in the place where Adonai your God will choose to have His name live.  God has chosen to have His name live in the silent sanctuary deep in the heart of each individual.  But, will you rejoice in the presence of Adonai your God?  Some people choose to attempt to shroud that which is sacred.  Others choose to ignore the sanctified.  To shroud and to ignore have nothing to do with rejoicing.  The enemy chooses a melancholy existence in the place where spiritual exuberance is called for. The wise rejoice in the Father Whose name they bear.  They know the Creator lives deep within the heart of creation, and they faithfully sing in celebration to the One Who has given them new birth.  Alive, alive, as the Bridge between death and life is, so they are.  The One Who has defeated sin and death calls each to celebrate for we are held by death no more.  The everlasting are held by Eternity.  We bear God’s name.  That is reason to rejoice.

Today's Meditation:  Rejoice

Look to the East,


March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 15

“If someone among you is needy, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which Adonai your God is giving you, you are not to harden your heart or shut your hand from giving to your needy brother.” (Deuteronomy 15:7 CJSB)

To give or not to give?  It was not an option for the Israelites.  By divine edict, they were required to give.  Yet what about us?  Do we have to give?  It is certainly easier to make an impromptu character judgment concerning the beggar, and, in so doing, draw a boundary line.  The communal God does not want us drawing lines of division, nor making these decisions on our own.  When someone appearing to be in need is before you, you must simply inquire of the Lord as to what to do.  “How will I know?” You ask.  Jesus says His sheep recognize His voice (John 10).  Paul says we are not to be foolish, but to know what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:17).  Perhaps with these two truths, an entirely new set of questions has surfaced.  Until you discern God’s will, you will never go wrong to share.  God is big enough to direct the provision after you have provided (Luke 6:30).

Today's Meditation:  Give to the needy.

Look to the East,


March 3, 2019

March 3, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 14

“You are not to eat anything disgusting.” (Deuteronomy 14:3 CJSB)

If we had only had been taught this scripture in our Sunday school classes as children!  Dietary laws among the Israelites were more about public health than anything else.  Jesus declares all foods clean.  Paul declares all foods clean.  Simon Peter is commanded by God to, “Rise. Kill and eat.”  Still, Moses’ Deuteronomical admonition rings true from the perspective of holiness.  No child of the Messianic community should ever allow himself to take in that which is disgusting.  Violence is disgusting.  Prejudice is disgusting.  Compromise is disgusting.  Militarism is disgusting.  Materialism is disgusting.  Injustice is disgusting.  To overlook widows and orphans is disgusting.  Denial of compassion to the hurting is disgusting.  The world calls its residents to consume a cornucopia of disgusting produce, but God’s children simply must refuse the world’s unholy gluttony.

Today's Meditation:  Consume nothing disgusting.

Look to the East,


March 2, 2019

March 2, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 13

“You are not to listen to what that prophet or dreamer says.  For Adonai your God is testing you, in order to find out whether you really do love Adonai your God with all your heart and being.” (Deuteronomy 13:3 CJSB)

Chapter 13 has much to do with capital punishment, but Deuteronomy 13’s greatest point of instruction lies in whether or not each will pass God’s spiritual litmus test.  It is both juvenile and convenient to hang, drown, or burn the witch, so to speak, but to lemmingly do so is also a sinful rebellion against the Levitical law Jesus personally fulfilled through His incarnation, submission to death and burial, and victorious resurrection.  So, back to the matter at hand:  “For Adonai your God is testing you, in order to find out whether you really do love Adonai your God with all your heart and being.”  When controversies, or smooth talking, or even voices that rise from the crowd come forth, to where do you run?  Do you run to faith or fear?  Compassion or confrontation?  Prayer or pugilistic retorts?  God prefers those who faithfully and fearlessly ignore the emotionally driven crowd, and who, alongside the One-without-sin, surrender to writing in the dust with their fingers.  While God is gracefully patient with those who make “D” level marks, God does expect those who claim to be His children to pass His tests.  So, while the comprehensive final is yet to come, for this exam, put your pencils down, and turn in your test paper, “In order to find out whether you really do love Adonai your God with all your heart and being.”  

Today's Meditation:  A divine test

Look to the East,