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Ep 131 – Matthew 5:1-12

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Release Date: 05/03/2017

Ep 1004 – Deuteronomy 29:1-15 show art Ep 1004 – Deuteronomy 29:1-15

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They stood on the eastern bank of the Jordan, waiting to enter the land God had promised to give them. They knew God’s law and they were painfully aware of the curses and blessings that accompanied either disobedience or obedience. Now, what would they do?

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Ep 1003 – Deuteronomy 28:58-68 show art Ep 1003 – Deuteronomy 28:58-68

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Not only will they experience some of the same plagues that God had brought upon their former taskmasters, but they will find themselves living in the same abysmal conditions their ancestors had experienced.

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Ep 1002 – Deuteronomy 28:52-57 show art Ep 1002 – Deuteronomy 28:52-57

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The self-destructive nature of sin was going to run its full course, producing a kind of barbarism among the people of God that was unthinkable, yet unavoidable. Failure to remain faithful to God was going to prove deadly, in more ways than one.

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Ep 1001 – Deuteronomy 28:36-51 show art Ep 1001 – Deuteronomy 28:36-51

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Moses continues to warn the Israelites about the very real consequences that will accompany their disobedience. Their rebellion against God will force Him to fulfill His promise of judgment. And it will not be a pretty picture when it happens.

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Ep 1000 – Deuteronomy 28:25-35 show art Ep 1000 – Deuteronomy 28:25-35

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Moses presents a prophetic description of the future, complete with the defeat of Israel before her enemies, a plethora of devastating plagues, financial loss, destroyed homes, and domestic ruin. Things are going to go from bad to worse because they will refuse to obey the word of God.

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Ep 999 – Deuteronomy 28:15-24 show art Ep 999 – Deuteronomy 28:15-24

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The Israelites have a choice to make. And God provides a black-and-white contrast between the two options facing them. They can obey and experience the blessings of God. Or they can disobey and feel the full weight of God’s wrath.

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Ep 998 – Deuteronomy 28:1-14 show art Ep 998 – Deuteronomy 28:1-14

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If the Israelites will do what God has commanded, they will experience life beyond their wildest imaginations. They will be blessed beyond belief. Even the pagan nations will become jealous when they see all that God does for His chosen people.

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Ep 997 – Deuteronomy 27:11-26 show art Ep 997 – Deuteronomy 27:11-26

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It seems that God is quite particular about the behavior of His people. He didn’t simply command them to “be holy.” He told them exactly what holiness was to look like in daily life.

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Ep 996 – Deuteronomy 27:1-10 show art Ep 996 – Deuteronomy 27:1-10

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As they prepared to enter the land promised to them by God, Moses commanded them to construct a stone monument that would serve as a memorial to God’s holiness, as reflected in His law.

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Ep 995 – Deuteronomy 26:12-19 show art Ep 995 – Deuteronomy 26:12-19

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As Moses prepared the nation of Israel for their imminent entry into the land of Canaan, he wanted them to understand just how important it was that they care for the needy among them.

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This will be our second week looking at the first 12 verses of Matthew chapter 5, the portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that we call The Beatitudes. In this episode, called, “Not What They Expected”, we are going to start unpacking what these verses meant and what Jesus was trying to teach those in His audience. It wouldn’t take a stretch of the imagination to conclude that what Jesus had to say was not what they expected to hear. After all, they viewed Jesus as a rabbi or teacher. They assumed that all He would say would fall in line with everything else they had heard said or taught by other rabbis and religious leaders. But these opening lines of Jesus’ sermon were shocking and a bit disconcerting to His listeners. They were unexpected and, most likely, unpleasant to hear. But it is critical that we clearly understand what Jesus is saying in these opening verses, because they will set up much of what He has to say in the rest of this passage. As always, try to hear Jesus’ words from the perspective of His audience. Put your contemporary viewpoints aside and try not to hear what Jesus has to say through your Christian point of view. His words were shocking. His expectations would have come across as unrealistic. But Jesus is simply setting the table so that He can eventually serve them the bread of life and living water.