Where are you at today? What are you going through? Where are you headed? What are you going to need to make it through? Do you remember trials of the past? Do you remember what needs were met? Do you remember needs of the past? Do you remember how they were met? Do you have a need today? Where will you turn for help? Who can you trust? Who will you trust? Will you lift up to anyone? Will you give it to someone?
Today’s reading starts on a similar subject…
1Moses called to all Israel and said to them, “You have seen all that Adonai did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and all his servants and all his land— 2the great trials that your eyes saw, those great signs and wonders. 3But to this day Adonai has not given you a heart to know, or eyes to see, or ears to hear. 4I led you 40 years in the wilderness—your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet. 5Bread you have not eaten and wine and strong drink you have not drunk—in order that you may know that I am Adonai your God. 6“When you came to this place, King Sihon of Heshbon and King Og of the Bashan came out against us to battle, but we struck them down. 7We took their land and gave it as an inheritance to Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. 8So keep the words of this covenant and do them, so that you may prosper in all that you do.
You Are Standing Before the Lord
9“You are standing today, all of you, before Adonai your God—the heads of your tribes, your elders, your officials, all the men of Israel, 10your children, your wives, and the outsider within your camp (from your woodchopper to your water carrier). 11Each of you is to cross over into the covenant of Adonai your God that He is cutting with you today, and into His oath. 12“This is in order to confirm you today as His people. So He will be your God, just as He promised you and just as He swore to your fathers—to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. 13Not with you alone am I cutting this covenant and this oath, 14but with whomever is standing here with us today before Adonai our God and with whomever is not here with us today. 15“Indeed you know how we dwelt in the land of Egypt and how we crossed through the nations that we passed through. 16You saw their detestable things and their idols —wood and stone, silver and gold—that were with them. 17Beware in case there is among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from Adonai our God to go serve the gods of those nations. Beware in case there is among you a root producing poison and bitter fruit. 18“Now when someone hears the words of this oath and in his heart considers himself blessed, thinking, ‘Shalom will be mine, even though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart’—thus sweeping away the moist with the dry— 19Adonai will be unwilling to forgive him. For then the anger of Adonai and His jealousy will smoke against that person. So all the oath that is written in this scroll will settle on him, and Adonai will blot out his name from under the heavens. 20Adonai will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for calamity, according to all the oaths of the covenant written in this scroll of the Torah. 21“The following generation, your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a distant land will say, when they see the plagues of that land and the sicknesses Adonai afflicted on it: 22‘Sulfur and salt, the whole land burnt! It cannot be planted, it cannot sprout, no grass can grow up on it—like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which Adonai overturned in His anger and in His wrath!’ 23“All the nations will say, ‘Why has Adonai done this to this land? Why this great burning anger?’ 24“Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the covenant of Adonai, the God of their fathers, which He cut with them when He brought them out from the land of Egypt. 25They went and served other gods and bowed down to them—gods they never knew, that He had not allotted to them. 26So Adonai’s anger burned against that land, bringing on it every curse written in this scroll. 27Adonai has uprooted them from their soil, in anger and wrath and great fury, and hurled them into another land, as is the case this day.’ 28“The secret things belong to Adonai our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever—in order to do all the words of this Torah.
–from Deuteronomy 29
Don’t be double-minded. Don’t walk in confusion. Don’t walk in rebellion. Don’t walk in stubbornness. Let’s walk with God each and every step, trusting fully in Him! God’s plan is for good and His desire is that we will complete the work He has for us to do.
Don’t lose hope because you got out of alignment, turn back to God! Give it all up to Him! Ask for forgiveness and give Him all your heart, mind, and soul!
1“Now when all these things come upon you—the blessing and the curse that I have set before you—and you take them to heart in all the nations where Adonai your God has banished you, 2and you return to Adonai your God and listen to His voice according to all that I am commanding you today—you and your children—with all your heart and with all your soul, 3then Adonai your God will bring you back from captivity and have compassion on you, and He will return and gather you from all the peoples where Adonai your God has scattered you. 4Even if your outcasts are at the ends of the heavens, from there Adonai your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. 5Adonai your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, and you will possess it; and He will do you good and multiply you more than your fathers. 6Also Adonai your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants—to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live. 7“Adonai your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. 8Then you—you will return and listen to the voice of Adonai and do all His mitzvot that I am commanding you today. 9Adonai your God will make you prosper in all the work of your hand—in the fruit of your womb, and the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your soil—for good. For Adonai will again rejoice over you for good, as He rejoiced over your fathers— 10when you listen to the voice of Adonai your God, to keep His mitzvot and His statutes that are written in this scroll of the Torah, when you turn to Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 11“For this mitzvah that I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it far off. 12It is not in the heavens, that you should say, ‘Who will go up for us to the heavens and get it for us, and have us hear it so we may do it?’ 13Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross over for us to the other side of the sea and get it for us, and have us hear it so we may do it?’ 14No, the word is very near to you—in your mouth and in your heart, to do it. 15“See, I have set before you today life and good, and death and evil. 16What I am commanding you today is to love Adonai your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His mitzvot, statutes and ordinances. Then you will live and multiply, and Adonai your God will bless you in the land you are going in to possess. 17But if your heart turns away and you do not listen, but are drawn away and bow down to other gods and worship them, 18I tell you today that you will certainly perish! You will not prolong your days on the land, where you are about to cross over the Jordan to go in to possess. 19“I call the heavens and the earth to witness about you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20by loving Adonai your God, listening to His voice, and clinging to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell on the land that Adonai swore to your fathers—to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob—to give them.
–from Deuteronomy 30
God’s grace is enough! God’s love is enough! Receive your second chance and press on with God! Walk with integrity! Walk with boldness and courage! Walk with God!
Walking with Integrity
1A psalm of David. Adonai, who may dwell in Your tent? Who may live on Your holy mountain? 2The one who walks with integrity, who does what is right, and speaks truth in his heart, 3who does not slander with his tongue, does not wrong his neighbor, and does not disgrace his friend, 4who despises a vile person in his eyes, but honors those who fear Adonai, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, and does not change, 5who lends his money without usury, and takes no bribe against the innocent. One who does these things will never be shaken.
–from Psalms 15
Ask Jesus into your life! Walk every step of every day with Him! Grab hold of the legacy left for you! Grab hold of the truth of who you are through Jesus! Let’s live now as heirs! We don’t have to wait till we leave this earth and are in heaven to live all out with and for and through God! Why not you! Why not now! Let’s start today! Don’t get shutdown or shutout from being everything God desires you to be! Don’t allow fear or frustration, doubt or trials to keep you from becoming everything God has planed and desires for you to be! Don’t try to do it all in your own strength but rather allow the supernatural power of God to work His promises out in and through your life! Let’s live out our lives as the promises of God provide and direct us!
Living as Heirs
1Now I am saying, so long as the heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, even though he is the owner of everything. 2Instead, he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. 3So also, when we were underage, we were subservient to the basic principles of the world. 4But when the fullness of time came, God sent out His Son, born of a woman and born under law— 5to free those under law, so we might receive adoption as sons. 6Now because you are sons, God sent the Ruach of His Son into our hearts, who cries out, “Abba! Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave but a son—and if a son, also an heir through God. 8But at that time, when you did not know God, you served those who by nature are not gods at all. 9But now you have come to know God—or rather you have come to be known by God. So how can you turn back again to those weak and worthless principles? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again? 10You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain! 12I plead with you, brothers and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong— 13you know it was because of a physical ailment that I proclaimed the Good News to you the first time; 14and though my physical condition was a trial to you, you did not hate or reject me. No, you welcomed me as a messenger of God—or even as Messiah Yeshua. 15So where is your sense of joy? For I testify that you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me, if possible. 16So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?! 17Others zealously court you—not in a good way, but they wish to shut you out so that you will court them. 18To be courted is good, but let it always be in a good way—and not just when I am there with you. 19My dear children! Again I suffer labor pains until Messiah is formed in you. 20I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, for I don’t know what to make of you.
Midrash on Abraham’s Two Sons
21Tell me, you who want to be under Torah, don’t you understand the Torah? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and one by the free woman. 23But one—the son by the slave woman—was born naturally; while the other—the son by the free woman—was through the promise. 24Now these things are being treated allegorically, for these are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, giving birth to slavery—this is Hagar. 25But this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery along with her children. 26But the Jerusalem above is free—she is our mother. 27For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren woman who bears no children. Break forth and shout, you who suffer no labor pains. For more are the children of the desolate than of the one who has a husband.” 28Now you, brothers and sisters—like Isaac, you are children of promise. 29But just as at that time the one born according to the flesh persecuted the one born according to the Ruach, so it is now. 30But what does the Scripture say? “Drive out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son” of the free woman. 31So then, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman but of the free woman.
–from Galatians 4
Do you realize what Jesus went through for us? So that we could be reconciled to God? He paid it all! He laid it all on the line so that we would have a way back and a way to God! So will you choose to receive the gift of eternal life? We all have freewill and we all need to make a choice! We are supposed to be robots but rather God wants relationships with us, so let’s choose today to start that relationship with Him! Let’s choose to continue and renew our relationships with Him! Let’s glorify Him in and through it all in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Handed Over to the Romans
1Right at daybreak, the ruling kohanim held a meeting to consult with the elders and Torah scholars and the whole Sanhedrin. They tied up Yeshua, led Him away, and handed Him over to Pilate. 2Pilate interrogated Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Yeshua answers him, “As you say.” 3The ruling kohanim began to accuse Him of many things. 4Again, Pilate asked Him, “Aren’t you going to answer? Look how many charges they’re bringing against You!” 5But Yeshua did not answer, so Pilate was amazed. 6Now during the feast, he used to release to them one prisoner, anyone they were asking for. 7Now a man named Bar-Abba had been in jail with the rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion. 8The crowd came up and began to request what he was accustomed to do for them. 9But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10For he knew that out of envy the ruling kohanim had handed Him over. 11But the ruling kohanim stirred up the crowd, so he would release Bar-Abba to them instead. 12Then answering again, Pilate said to them, “So what do you want me to do with the One you call the King of the Jews?” 13They shouted back, “Execute Him!” 14Pilate responded, “Why? What evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more, “Execute Him!” 15Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Bar-Abba for them. And after he had Yeshua scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. 16The soldiers took Him away, into the palace, the governor’s mansion called the Praetorium. And they call together the cohort of soldiers. 17They dress Him up in purple. After braiding a crown of thorns, they put it on Him. 18And they began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19Over and over, they kept hitting Him on the head with a staff and spitting on Him; and kneeling down, they worshiped Him. 20When they finished mocking Him, they stripped the purple off Him and put His own clothes back on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him.
Crucified as King of the Jews
21Now Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was coming in from the countryside. The soldiers force this passerby to carry Yeshua’s cross-beam. 22They bring Yeshua to the place called Golgotha (which is translated, Place of a Skull). 23They were offering Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He didn’t take it. 24Then they crucify Him and divide up His clothing among themselves, casting lots for them to see who should take what. 25Now it was the third hour when they nailed Him on the stake. 26And the inscription of the charge against Him was written above: “THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 27And with Him they execute two outlaws, one on His right and one on His left. 28[footnote: Later mss. add: So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘He was counted with the sinners.’ See Isa. 53:12.] 29Those passing by were jeering at Him, shaking their heads and saying, “Ha! You who are going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days, 30save Yourself by coming down from the stake!” 31Likewise the ruling kohanim, along with the Torah scholars, were also mocking Him among themselves. “He saved others,” they were saying, “but He can’t save Himself? 32Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the stake, so we may see and believe!” Even those executed with Him were ridiculing Him.
Death and Burial
33When the sixth hour had come, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34At the ninth hour Yeshua cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me?” 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, “Look, He’s calling for Elijah.” 36Then someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine. He put it on a stick and was offering it to Yeshua to drink, saying, “Wait, let’s see if Elijah comes to take Him down.” 37But letting out a loud cry, Yeshua breathed His last. 38Then the curtain of the Temple was split in two, from top to bottom. 39When the centurion, who was standing in front of Him, saw the way Yeshua breathed His last, he said, “This Man really was the Son of God!” 40There were also women watching from a distance. Among them were Miriam from Magdala, Miriam the mother of Jacob the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41They would follow Him and serve Him when He was in the Galilee. Many other women who had gone up together with Him to Jerusalem were there also. 42Now evening had already come. Since it was the Day of Preparation, that is, the day before Shabbat, 43Joseph of Arimathea, a respected council member who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Yeshua’s body. 44Pilate was surprised that He was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether Yeshua had been dead for long. 45When Pilate learned this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen, and laid Him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47Miriam from Magdala and Miriam the mother of Joses were watching where Yeshua’s body was placed.
–from Mark 15