Sunday, November 13, 2016


Today’s Reading: Numbers 15

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Orthodox Jews (perhaps the successors of the Pharisees) at the Western Wall or “Wailing Wall” of the Old City of Jerusalem. This wall is part of the retaining wall around the peak of Mount Moriah on which the Temples of Solomon, Ezra, and Herod once stood.

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Key Verse: Numbers 15:41

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.


Religion vs. relationship!! There is a very big difference. Jesus brought us into a living and loving connection with God. The Pharisees, one of the denominations within Judaism, is still present. This movement, according to Jesus, practised an intricate observance of a multitude of details. We might do well to read now Matthew 23:1-33. According to Jesus, the Scribes and Pharisees claimed to “sit in Moses’ seat.” Today’s reading from Moses would’ve made them feel so “holier than thou.” Moses wrote of the man who died from stoning. Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone” (John 8:7). James, the first Pastor of the Jerusalem Church, wrote, in James 1:26-27, what true religion is.


I’m ever so thankful, Lord Jesus, for the “great exchange,” as Martin Luther put it. I have given You my sin in confession and repentance, and You have put Your holiness, Your righteousness, on my account with God. Please give me Your grace so that I may live in a constant state of repentance and, as a result, a consistent assurance of my salvation. You’ve given me peace and joy. I’m eternally grateful. Amen!


I believe in what James called “pure religion.” The word “religion” comes from the same root word as “ligament.” Ligaments are essential in order to keep our body together. I sought to identify what “religion” is in a presentation I made to the Radio and Television Commission a number of years ago. That hearing resulted in Crossroads being granted licenses for TV stations. “One’s religion,” I said, “is what a person holds as their highest value in life.” If that is true, James, who was also known as “the brother of our Lord,” nailed it right on. Perhaps we could sum it up with the WWJD campaign, What Would Jesus Do? What would He say and do with the man picking up sticks on the Sabbath in today’s reading? I’m thinking about it. I think He would probably lend him a hand. Jesus changes everything!

Yours for rejoicing in the fact that Jesus came to live as One of us,


P.S. Below is a photo at the place on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus, after His resurrection, asked Peter three times, “Do you love Me?” Each time Peter affirmed his love, and Jesus followed up with “Feed My sheep” (John 21:15-17).


8 thoughts on “Sunday, November 13, 2016

  1. Such strong scripture, this morning. The thought of stoning one to death is disturbing and to think that it continues to this day in middle eastern parts of the world, particularly against women is unconscionable.

    Here is a great explanation of Jesus telling Peter to feed my lambs, tend my sheep, feed my sheep:

    • Praying for peace in North America–for all hearts troubled by the political unrest to be still in the Lord. Mine, too, was reignited to terrible upset. Our God reigns over Satan who seeks to destroy but cannot win. With all certainty, prayer is the one and only ordained power that has the potential to reunite and mend the broken-hearted. Be still and know that I am God rests on this premise. We must go deep enough to find that place of inner peace and reclaim it in the darkest hour. Our Jehovah Jireh, Rapha, Nissi claims it for us. I thank God for the scripture you chose, today, David. John 21:15-17 had significant personal meaning for me and surely is a sign from God I have been needing. Blessings fellow saints in the Lord!

      May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.
      Psalm 20:5 NIV

      I Can Only Imagine, Mercy Me

  2. Yes, I agree with you Pastor David…”Jesus would probably lend him a hand, Jesus changes everything”!!

    In John 21:15-17: I like that Jesus prepared a meal for the disciples and waited for them on the shore, and fed them before He broached the question to Peter. WHAT GREAT LOVE AND COMPASSION!!!

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