The Grateful Grace-full, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
February 16, 2014 ·
The Gospel According to Moses - The Grateful Grace-full
26:1-4. The dedication of the first fruit (14:22-23) of the field and the firstborn of the flock (15:19-23) was a reminder to Israel not to take the fertility of the flocks or field for granted but to celebrate both as a blessing from the Lord. What blessings from the Lord are you most likely to take for granted?
26:5-10. The worshipper was to recite a creed, or liturgy, that remembered and celebrated what the Lord’s acts on behalf of His people. What acts of grace (unearned, undeserved kindness) were recalled in this confession? What happens in your own life when you fail to recall the Lord’s grace to you? “Ungodliness may be defined as living one’s everyday life with little or no thought of God, or of God’s will, or of God’s glory, or of one’s dependence on
God” (Jerry Bridges). What happened when the Israelites failed to give thanks to God for His grace to them (Deut. 8:10-18)? With this in mind, how do you think that ungratefulness might lead us to ungodliness (cf. Rom. 1:21)?
2 Timothy 3:2 lists “ungratefulness” as a characteristic of the “last days.” How do your own preferences and expectations hinder you from having an attitude of gratefulness? When are you most likely to struggle to be grateful?
26:11-12. The blessing of the Lord was to be used to bring blessing to those in need: “the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow” (cf. 14:29, 15:4-5). How might our generosity to those in need be an accurate indication of our gratitude to God? For more on this, read and discuss together these passages: Matthew 6:1-4; 25:41-46; Luke 6:27-38; 12:22-34; 18:9-14; 2Corinthians 8:1-9:15; James 1:27; 1John 3:17.
26:12-15. These verses indicate that the Israelites might have been tempted to use part of their charity tithes for pagan rites to gain ongoing economic security. When and how might you be tempted to misuse your money for your own security rather than the well-being of others?
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