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OYB April 4

  • Julie Ferwerda
    Are you ready for change in 2009? Grab a One Year Bible (NLT), commit to reading it daily, and join Julie Ferwerda on an extraordinary adventure that will transform your life as you experience its relevance in a fresh, understandable way. In addition to 20+ years in Bible teaching ministry, Julie is a professional speaker and writer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Brio, and Revolve Biblezines & Devotional Bible (for teens). She's also the author of "The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love," and also the upcoming book, "One Million Arrows for God: Raising Your Children to Change the World." Learn more at www.JulieFerwerda.com.
  • 2009 Apr 04
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

Deuteronomy

26:8-9 And the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, and with great (awesome) power and with signs and with wonders; And He brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey (Amplified). Most versions use "outstretched arm" which has a picture of Christ's arms outstretched on the cross bringing out of our enslavement to sin (Egypt).

26:16 Today the Lord your God has commanded you to obey all these laws and regulations. You must commit yourself to them without reservation (wholeheartedly). What "laws" must we commit to wholeheartedly today-without reservation?

27:15-26 Areas of curses

  • Setting up and worshiping idols

  • Despising parents

  • Stealing property

  • Leading blind people astray (Pharisees were accused of this in the spiritual sense)

  • Injustice

  • Improper sexual intercourse

  • Murder

  • Hired for murder

  • Not keeping Torah

Luke

10:41-42 My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about.

11:9-10 And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Notice the conditional action in these verse. I am recently starting to get what this means.

I've noticed that a lot of the ministry websites I've read during my studies have made a serious error. It is the same error that cults and false religions have made. The error is the problem of "arrival." If you ever think you've arrived at a fullness of understanding truth, you are in danger of error. Why? Because, while truth is unchanging, it unfolds as we dig and search for it. We do not have all the truth, and never will fully understand everything, because we were MADE to move and discover. As soon as you stop, you stagnate, and you only have part of the truth. Part of the truth is still not the whole truth (man, that was profound!). Now, there are some universal truths that we already fully know, such as the blood of Jesus covers our sins, and He is the only way to the Father. We must love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. But from those truths open a whole new world of deeper truths that God wishes for us to keep searching, keep looking, keep digging, keep discovering.

In addition to this verse in Luke, there are many exhortations for us to keep on the journey of truth. Jesus, the living Torah, is our destination. But He is so deep, rich, vast, complex, and unplumbable that we have a whole lifetime to discover layered truths about Him. Remember how some Jewish scholars say that they believe there are 70 layers of truth to every verse in the Torah? Now that's some serious moving and discovering yet to be done!

One picture of this I recently saw is that Jesus (our living Torah), never stayed in one place, but kept moving from place to place. He came to spend His days seeking out us, He wants us to spend our days seeking out Him!

Questions for reflection:

  • Are you a Mary or a Martha? I'm definitely on the Martha charts! Today, put your name in the equation: "__________________, there is only one thing worth being concerned about." What is that one thing for you today?

  • When it comes to seeking truth, would you consider yourself to be "raging river," "bubbling brook," or "stagnant pond?"

  • When it comes to the area of curses, are you guilty of any of them? Jesus took the curse for us. Remember yesterday, we saw that cursed is anyone who is hung on a tree? He took our curse because we have all violated pretty much all of those commandments in some form or another (not that it matters since James tells us that anyone who breaks even one law has broken all of them). But the Good News is that in Revelation 22:3 it says about our future, "There will no longer be any curse..."