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September 15, 2017

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Reading along with us in Deuteronomy? Here’s today’s reading:

Deuteronomy 23 (ESV)

“No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord.

“No one born of a forbidden union may enter the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of his descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord.

“No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of them may enter the assembly of the Lord forever, because they did not meet you with bread and with water on the way, when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. But the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam; instead the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loved you. You shall not seek their peace or their prosperity all your days forever.

“You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were a sojourner in his land. Children born to them in the third generation may enter the assembly of the Lord.

“When you are encamped against your enemies, then you shall keep yourself from every evil thingContinue Reading

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  1. “the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loved you.” My day already has been filled with countless blessings I can’t even fathom! So much good my God has done for me I don’t even know what to say! He has turned all I thought to be a curse to blessings upon blessings!! Thank you Father!!!

  2. I read Deuteronomy 23 Friday morning, then was in Daniel, Jeremiah, Exodus, Matthew and Luke.

    This was my favorite today: “‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord replied, ‘you are worried and upset about many things. But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.'” (Luke 10:41)

    Martha had plenty of reason to be worried and upset. Jesus isn’t discounting that. But He is pointing out that what Mary has chosen to do that morning — and first — is now part of her, forever, not just for that day but for always. Set apart time with Jesus pays the greatest dividends. The cares of this world can wait.

  3. A lot of random things here, but it just reminds me of all the things that need to be addressed when you are trying to structure a society and keep everyone and everything pure. It is interesting how consequences for past behavior in the circumstances laid out in the first few verses carry on into future generations.

    It is nice and very different from how other societies would act toward a slave in verse 15. Also important that they are instructed not to charge their brothers interest. And you don’t have to make a vow to God, but if you do, make it happen. We should be people of our word. The instruction on the neighbors vineyard is interesting too, isn’t it?

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