In a book with so many regulations and laws, the reader can get accustomed to only seeing the restrictions. However, in this chapter, we should note that Moses puts forward some positive action. We should not read too fast past the first four verses because the sin of omission should be just as concerning as the sins of commission. We should want to act on what the law commands just as much as we want to refrain from what the law condemns.
The Israelites were to extend care to the property of their neighbours. If they observed their neighbour’s animal or other possession in a situation of risk, they were commanded to offer the help that was in their ability to give.
This may be easy for many to pass over with a quick mutter of ‘amen’ to the Golden Rule. But the real impetus of the passage is not property or altruism. The spur of the command is to assume responsibility as a member of the covenant community. To put the interests of others first is to reveal the very heart of God and act in a manner that shows God’s grace upon His people. God had delivered the Israelites from slavery’s affliction and poverty, restored His chosen people, and gave them what they need to live a life pleasing to Him. Those that had experienced these things were to respond in a way that was worthy of their calling which involved loving His people like He did.
Christians who have been given so much more grace in the person and work of Jesus Christ should assume even more the responsibility of caring for others as a member of the New Covenant community. Paul overtly states in Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Love one another, pray for one another, care for one another, use your gifts to edify one another; do not neglect to do the joyful commands of God.
Assistant Pastor Evan Webster
Since the first mention of the gospel in Genesis 3:15, God’s people have watched for the Messiah. Psalm 110 helps us to see the unfolding revelation of the promised Deliverer. It is a Messianic Psalm, one of the most important prophesies of the Old Testament, bridging Genesis 14 and Hebrews 7.
Psalm 110 is the most frequently quoted chapter of the Old Testament in the New Testament (quoted by Jesus, Peter and the author of Hebrews). David, the Psalm’s author records a dialogue between two persons, both his superior.
The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” (Psalm 110:1 ESV)
Who are these two superiors? One is God, but who is the other? It is the Messiah, the Coming King. Looking down the line of history David sees a Royal Son who will be born. This Son will be his superior, one after the order of Melchizedek.
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4 ESV)
From Genesis 14 we know Melchizedek is a Priest of God Most High in Jerusalem, a King of Righteousness and of Peace. David tells us that an eternal and superior Priest-King will re-enter the salvation story through his line at some point in the future. This person according to Hebrews 7:17 is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our long awaited King. He is our Great High Priest, our Saviour who ever lives to make intercession for us. The Messiah brings peace and righteousness through His perfect life and shed blood.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. (Psalm 111:9 ESV)
As we see God’s unfolding plan through the pages of scripture we marvel at God’s grace. What does God deserve? Praise and wholehearted gratitude (Psalm 111:1), diligent study of His Word and works (Psalm 111:2) and a humble heart that fears Him (Psalm 111:9).
Associate Pastor Jody Cross
Isaiah 49 carries us into another revelation concerning the work of Christ on behalf of His people. As new covenant believers, we can read this chapter and rejoice that our salvation has been bought and paid for by the blood of Christ, something Isaiah could only wait and long for. We can rejoice that those of us who are not direct descendants of Abraham by birth are still covenant children by the Spirit, through faith in Christ.
For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself." (Acts 2:39)
God has called people from all parts of the globe to Himself making us God’s family, and He will protect us and bring us justice. God has made His salvation effective. He is the protector of His covenant people. He has sustained His people through all sorts of trial and tribulation.
Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs." (Deuteronomy 33:29)
This truth causes God’s children to rise up and rejoice, even in times of suffering because we believe that God is able to save us. We can say with the Apostle Paul:
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9)
For His glory and our good!!!Associate Pastor Jon Welch
This chapter is full of excitement. There is great joy over the fall of Babylon, excitement over wedding preparations of the Lamb and his bride, and the victory Christ will have over the beast, the false prophet and their armies.
Section one illustrates the final defeat of the enemies of God. John hears the rejoicing in heaven over the fall of Babylon that you read yesterday in chapter 18. A multitude is joined by the 24 elders and four living creatures praising God saying AMEN, HALLELUJAH. The redeemed-that’s us-join the inhabitants of heaven in praising God for saving them.
Again John hears heaven rejoicing, as preparations are being made for the marriage supper of the Lamb. The heavens ring with the shout, HALLELUJAH! FOR THE LORD GOD ALL MIGHTY REIGNS.
“Hallelujah! For the Lord Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure” (Revelation 19: 6b-8a)
The scene changes to Christ the great warrior seated on a white horse (symbolic of victory over death), followed by the armies of heaven seated on white horses. What a sight! Jesus, who is called FAITHFUL AND TRUE, will save us from the judgement of our enemies. No antichrist or satanic beast can do that. No one in this world, except Jesus.
“ From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to rule the nations and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of Lords.” (19:15-16)
My words cannot express what joy we will experience on that day. So much music has been written based from this chapter but as I have been writing this morning I have been drawn back to my many concerts singing The Messiah by Handel. Then to sing the Hallelujah Chorus with tears running down my face each time....take the time to listen and even sing today.
Royal Choral Society Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah Associate Pastor Bill Fyvie
Our heavenly Father, you have been merciful to us, help us to show mercy to others. You condescended to serve us, help us to associate with the lowly and to have compassion on the needy. Make us children of our Father in name and nature! O how we long for your kingdom, Lord! You will reign over all things through your Son Jesus Christ. He is Son of David and God Almighty - how we long for his return and his justice upon the earth! You know our weakness Lord, you know that we are dust, and so you have saved us and you are gathering us and you will Shepherd us for your glory and our everlasting good. You are the Lamb and you are the Lord - thanks be to God! Even so, COME Lord Jesus. We pray these things in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Pastor Paul CarterN.B. RMM Roundup assumes the Bible reading guide also known as “The M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan”. You can find a single page version of the 1 year plan here: http://www.edginet.org/mcheyne/year_classic_single_letter.pdfand a version of the 2 year plan here: http://www.edginet.org/mcheyne/year_carson_a4.pdf