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Ep 129 – Matthew 5:1

Devotionary Podcast

Release Date: 05/01/2017

Ep 988 – Deuteronomy 23:15-25 show art Ep 988 – Deuteronomy 23:15-25

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Deuteronomy 23:15-25 contains yet one more compendium of commands that cover a wide-ranging set of circumstances. These were essentially regulations for real life that covered virtually every conceivable situation they might encounter along the way.

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Ep 987 – Deuteronomy 23:9-14 show art Ep 987 – Deuteronomy 23:9-14

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As always, God gets very specific, providing them with detailed instructions regarding their personal holiness and hygiene during wartime.

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Ep 986 – Deuteronomy 23:1-8 show art Ep 986 – Deuteronomy 23:1-8

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In Deuteronomy 23:1-8, Moses provides the people of Israel with additional rules designed to restrict the access of some from the God-ordained times of corporate worship.

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Ep 985 – Deuteronomy 22:22-30 show art Ep 985 – Deuteronomy 22:22-30

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God was serious about the sanctity of the marriage covenant. What was considered acceptable behavior among the pagan nations occupying the land of Canaan was to be off-limits for the Israelites.

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Ep 984 – Deuteronomy 22:13-21 show art Ep 984 – Deuteronomy 22:13-21

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God knew full well that the Israelites, due to their sinful dispositions, would be prone to treat the marriage covenant flippantly and to view any commitments they made as essentially non-binding.

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Ep 983 – Deuteronomy 22:1-12 show art Ep 983 – Deuteronomy 22:1-12

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God’s interest in Israel’s holiness was all-encompassing and non-negotiable. He refused to leave anything up to their imaginations or sinful inclinations. God’s people were expected to live according to God’s will.      

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Ep 982 – Deuteronomy 21:22-23 show art Ep 982 – Deuteronomy 21:22-23

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There was much more behind God’s law than met the eye. He was concerned with the holiness of His people and provided them with very detailed laws to govern every aspect of daily life. For their good and His glory.  

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Ep 981 – Deuteronomy 21:15-21 show art Ep 981 – Deuteronomy 21:15-21

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Today’s passage is a doozy. It deals with two potential scenarios involving the relationship between a father and his son. And these two sample situations could not be any more different or disparate in their outcome.

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Ep 980 – Deuteronomy 21:10-14 show art Ep 980 – Deuteronomy 21:10-14

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Moses seems to be giving Israel permission to take wives from among the pagan nations they conquer. Something God has clearly forbidden. Is Moses contradicting God? No, as we’ll see, God is consistent but He is also considerate.

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Ep 979 – Deuteronomy 21:1-9 show art Ep 979 – Deuteronomy 21:1-9

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One man’s sin had contaminated the entire body. And it was up to them to rectify the situation by doing what was right in God’s eyes by purging the sin from their midst.

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More Episodes

This first episode is entitled, “Radical and Revolutionary” and is intended to serve as an introduction that looks at the setting and circumstances surrounding Jesus’ message. One of the problems we face as 21st-Century Christians is that we have a habit of reading the Bible with a post-cross, this-side-of-the-resurrection perspective. It’s only natural, because that’s our historical point of view. But when reading the Scriptures, we need to always keep in mind who is speaking or writing and the exact nature of the original audience. Who were they? What were their circumstances? How would they have received what was being said or stated? This is particularly important when it comes to the Sermon on the Mount, because the original audience was predominantly Jews and, because Jesus had not yet died and rose again, none of the people in His hearing were yet believers. According to the text, there were only four disciples in the crowd that day. Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. And they had just begun to follow Jesus. At that time, early on in Jesus’ ministry, they had no idea who He was, other than a rabbi whom they had decided to follow. So when we read this account in Matthew, it is essential that we try to “get in the sandals” of those in Jesus’ audience that day. We need to listen to His words with their ears and from their perspective. And if we do, it will make this passage come alive. It truly contains Christ’s counter-culture call. It was radical and revolutionary. And still is.