Loving God’s Word

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“Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. The love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord.”

— Charles Spurgeon

I remember being a young Christian and hearing an older man talk about God’s Word. He was pleading with me to see the Bible as something essential to my spiritual life. “It’s not gravy!” he insisted, “It’s Vitamin A, B, C, D, and all the way to Z. If you want to be a Christian, you need these words in your mind every day. Period. You won’t be able to walk with Jesus without it.”

Passion rang in his voice as he spoke about God’s Word. It seemed so real, so authentic. He wasn’t saying to read your Bibles with an, “Okay kids, now eat your broccoli,” sort of voice. He really meant it. You could tell his own life had been changed by it.

I remember walking out of his house and praying, “God, I want to love your Word like he does. Will you help me?”

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You Won’t Be Disappointed

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Most people are familiar with the Genesis 1 creation account. In six days, God creates everything, and on the seventh, He rests.

I recently came across someone teaching on this, and it struck me. I wanted to share with you guys.

The teacher described how the seven day creation account isn’t broken up into six parts followed by one day of rest, as we would normally think of it. Rather, it’s broken up into two sets of three days each followed by one day of rest.

In the first set, God creates. In the second set, God fulfills.

Let’s take a look at this together.

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Beyond the Door

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Gospel-Gold

When I read the Old Testament, I often feel like I’m mining. A lot of it feels confusing, strange, and irrelevant. And for average joes like you and me, I think that’s okay. Keep reading. Every now and then, we’ll hit gold.

Recently, I came across some gospel-gold. Here’s how it starts:

“When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free.” — Exodus 21:4

In those days, if someone accumulated an exorbitant debt, he could sell himself as a slave to the person whom he owed. He’d live in slavery for six years, and after the seventh year his debt—no matter the amount—would be paid in full. His owner would be required to release him.

Except on one condition.

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Snake-Bitten

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Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-15

Missing Slavery

You’ve been a slave your whole life. Your parents were slaves, your grandparents were slaves, and the 20 generations before them . . . slaves.

You wake up before the sun, head to the fields, and work. The heat is unbearable—113 °F. The callouses on your hands are thicker than what you’ll eat for dinner. And you don’t get a lunch break. Your back throbs from the incessant labor and the brutal whipping you received last week. After the sun goes down, you eat a forkful of smelly fish, two slices of cucumber, and an uncooked onion scrap. You head to a shack, lay on the dirt, find some twigs and loose hay as a makeshift, itchy pillow, and try to get some sleep.

Every single day, this is your life.

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