Scripture reading for December 1st: Galatians 1-4
Key Scriptures: Galatians 3:10-13 “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
The Jews had relied on the Law of God for years and sought to obey but failed again and again. Paul explained the reason why: “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse.” This is because the law can only reveal sin, it can not cure it. Righteousness comes by faith in Jesus Christ and His perfect obedience of the Law and then offering Himself to be hung on a cross. His act of loving obedience redeemed sinners from the curse of trying to obey the law!
Rejoicing in Christ’s Redemption: “Cursed is the man who does not uphold the words of this lay by carrying them out.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” (Deuteronomy 27:26) “Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse.” (Deuteronomy 21:23)
Scripture reading for March 20th: 1st Samuel 13-15
When we think about witchcraft and the occult, we tend to think about men and women dressed in black, moonless nights, bats, curses, spells, evil and death. Our modern culture has lots to say about the occult and many television shows and movies highlight this evil. A popular series of children’s novels, “Harry Potter”, has sold millions and most think that it is another form of entertainment.
Saul was anointed by God to lead the nation. He was the answer to the people’s cry for a king like the other nations. But Saul was impatient. Samuel, the prophet, had told Saul to wait for him to come and sacrifice to the Lord. Saul waited but grew impatient and decided to offer the sacrifice himself. Samuel returned just after Saul completed the offering, and rebuked him by telling him that God was not going to let him continue as king. (1st Samuel 13:13-14) So the “good” thing that Saul had done for the Lord, was not done in obedience to the Lord.
Another account of Saul’s actions occurs in chapter 15. Samuel tells Saul to attack the Amalekites and destroy everything as punishment from the Lord for their attacking Israel on their way from Egypt. (400 years earlier!) Saul obeyed–partially! He kept back the best sheep and goats for sacrifice and let King Agag live. The Word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” (1st Samuel 15:10-11) Partial obedience is not obedience!
God hates rebellion and stubbornness! Ask the Lord to show you if these sins are evident in your life and allow Jesus to deliver you! These sins don’t entertain God and should not be entertained in your life or home! Don’t give God a reason to reject you as his child! Or worse yet, cause your children be rejected because of this evil!
“But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination (witchcraft-KJV) and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” (1st Samuel 15:22-23)