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Ep 130 – Matthew 5:1-12

Devotionary Podcast

Release Date: 05/02/2017

Ep 992 – Deuteronomy 25:1-10 show art Ep 992 – Deuteronomy 25:1-10

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God expected His people to watch over all the He held near and dear, including everything He had created and placed under their care. The actions of God’s people reflected back on Him as their Creator and Father.

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Ep 991 – Deuteronomy 24:14-22 show art Ep 991 – Deuteronomy 24:14-22

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Caring for the needy, the downtrodden, and the underdogs of life was critical to the nation’s spiritual health. No one was a second-class citizen. Everyone had value in the eyes of God.           

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Ep 990 – Deuteronomy 24:5-13 show art Ep 990 – Deuteronomy 24:5-13

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Membership in the community of faith did not obliterate the rights of the individual. And in these verses, Moses reminds the people of Israel that a big part of life within the community is based on extending one another common courtesy.

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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 989 – Deuteronomy 24:1-4 show art Ep 989 – Deuteronomy 24:1-4

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God knew the hearts of His people and so He provided detailed restrictions that covered even the most unlikely of circumstances. If a sin could be committed, the Israelites would figure out a way to do it.    

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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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Over the next three weeks, we will be spending all our time on the first 12 verses of Matthew chapter 5. This is the section best known as The Beatitudes. These verses, while well-known and quite familiar to most of us, provide an interesting opening to Jesus’ message. What was Jesus trying to say to His audience? In fact, just exactly who in His audience were these statements aimed at? This opening salvo from Jesus was anything but simplistic and easy to understand. From the outset, He had His listeners scratching their heads and wondering just exactly who He was and what He was talking about. Nine times, Jesus will use the word “blessed.” What did He mean? And how in the world did blessing go hand-in-hand with poverty, mourning, hunger and persecution? And twice Jesus will refer to the kingdom of heaven. Was that the same thing as the kingdom of God? Where would this kingdom reside? Who would be its king? All of these questions, along with many others, would have been swirling in the minds of those sitting on the hillside that day. And the key to understanding all that Jesus will have to say in the rest of His sermon hinges on how we interpret His opening remarks.