Day 103 with Nicky Gumbel

Psalm 45:1-9

Psalm 45:6 “Thy Throne , O God, is for ever and ever.”

Remember the everlasting authority of God. This Psalm reminds us that Jesus is the King, chosen by God. He has all power and authority in this life eternity.

Psalm 45:7 “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

Anointed means chosen. Anytime you hear the word anointed remember that God chooses. God chose Jesus, anointed Him to be glorified through His death and resurrection. God has anointed us, his children. He chose you! What grace.

Luke 15:1-32

15:2: “And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.”

The religious crowd complained. Sound familiar? Often times, the religious crowd are the ones still complaining today. They complained that Jesus would receive sinners and break bread with them. They still do the same today. Most of the time, It seems that the church would rather the sinners stay away. Not necessarily in word, but in deed and in spirit. Lord, help us to love the sinners like you love them.

15:8 “Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?”

These verses give an analogy of the value of a lost sheep, the value of a lost coin, and the value of a lost son.

15:20 “his father ran, and fell on him, and kissed him (over and over).”

What love. I can relate to this love. I love my own son with this love. Yes. I will watch for him. I will RUN to him. I will kiss him over and over and over and over… So thankful that my father does the same for me.

Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

The friends would rejoice over a sheep that came back home, but not a boy? The community would rejoice over a coin that was found, but not a son?

15:32 “for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”

Deuteronomy 19-20

This is part of Gods plan for justice. If you are involved in a fatal accident, there will be a city of security and protection. However, if you intentionally kill someone, you will be hunted down and you will repay what you have taken. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth… (What?! Ouch!) hand for hand, foot for foot, life for life. This news will spread, and people will fear (respect) the law, the consequences of their actions, and they will henceforth commit no more such evil among you.

Moses continues to give instruction to Israel about how to go into the land. How to battle against cities, and how to take the land for their own possession. Moses tells them who to kill and who to let live. Seems very brutal. God uses Israel as his instrument for judgment against the nations that have committed abomination against Him.

Take Away

Lord, Help me to love people like you do. Help me to see others through your eyes. Help me to show grace and kindness to the ones who deserve it least. Help me to value the souls of man, like you value the souls of man. I want to see people as worth more than my “sheep or silver”.

God, I want to obey your specific plan for my life. Help me to see your justice around me. Help me to see the difference between the political banter of justice, and your true justice. If my heart is out of alignment with your, please help me see from your perspective.

Today, I will look for opportunities to love your righteousness and to love those who are difficult to love. Please let your Spirit remind me of this throughout the day.

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