His People - Pastor Adam
November 3, 2013 · Deuteronomy 23:1-14
When you were growing up, was there a team, club, or other group you wanted to be part of, but weren’t? What would it have meant to you to belong to that group?
23:1-8. Who was excluded from “the assembly of the LORD”? What hope did the words of the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 56:3-8 offer those here excluded? At one time we too were excluded: “you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12). According to Ephesians 2:13-22, what did Jesus’ death accomplish for us (cf. Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 3:28-29; Deuteronomy 10:16)? What is your response to the truth that Jesus by His death made a way for you who were far off to come near to God? Who are those “far off” today who feel “excluded from the assembly of the LORD”? What hope does the gospel offer them? How might the church help them come near?
23:9-14. According to theologian Warren W. Wiersbe, “The idol worshipping nations believed that they left their gods behind when they went to another country, but Israel’s God was always with them, for He is the God of all the earth.” How was this truth to affect the behavior of Israel’s armies? How do we try to “limit” God’s presence or influence in our lives today? How do you think the truth that God is always with us should affect how you live? 23:9-14. Such ritual, ceremonial uncleanness as described here in
Deuteronomy was abolished by Jesus (Ephesians 2:13-15). Instead, He pointed to our deeper problem: “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person” (Mark 7:14-23, Matt. 15:1-20). How has Jesus’ addressed our deeper problem (cf. Galatians 5:16-24)?
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