Sunday, November 2, 2014

Deuteronomy 22

Today's reading in our daily plan is Deuteronomy 22. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Remember, God is helping the Israelites as they establish their first community. And central…to being a thriving community is the art of neighboring.  God gave the Israelites tangible ways to handle lost property (1-3), emergencies (4), care for animals (6-7), and home safety (8).
  • Because Israel was to be a nation set apart, God gave them tangible ways to remain distinct including how they looked (5), worked (9-10), and conducted their most personal relationships including sexual behavior (22:13-30).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God still wants us to live in community and to love our neighbors (See Matthew 22:39, Philippians 2:3-4).  Followers of Jesus should go above and beyond when it comes to loving our neighbors.
  • There should be something noticeably different about believers, and it should attract those who don’t believe. (See 1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 5:16) 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • How have you gone above and beyond in showing love to your neighbors?
  • Who is one person you can show exceptional generosity to this week?
  • Is there a part of your life where you live like everyone else, but God is calling you to a higher standard? How would making that change make your life better? How might it draw other people to Jesus?