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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 39 · 1 year ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bibledevotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word.Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. Youcan find a RSS feedlink on our website, www dot do bery baptist Clark's Bridgecom. Do it right the first time. I remember the first time I heardthose words. My Dad had given US boys a chore of Weeding TheGuard Nail. For those who don't know what weeding is, the weeding isthe chore of Getting All the Weeds from around the plants in a garden.So you go and weeding, get those...

...weeds out. We only had oneho and my older brother typically would use the hole, which means my youngerbrother and I would pull the weeds. But my dad said, boys,I want y'all to weed the garden tomorrow. Want you to do it right,get it done. Okay, yes, we came home from school and immediatelywe went out there starting weating. But you know, it was inthe springtime and one full summer yet. The Sun would go down a littlebit sooner than we wanted and we always wanted to play, and so weknew that the sooner we finished weating, the more time we had to play. And so we went through and we we did and we did an okayjob. Was it the best job, but it was okay. We gotthe big weeds and we thought, you...

...know, those little weeds, wecan get those another week. My Dad got home that evening. We werein full play mode. By the time dad got home. He gets homelypolls in the driveway and first thing he does, we gets out of hiscar, is he sees us out playing, but he walks down to the garden. He's down there walk around the garden. Now we're noticing him.At this point. He says boys, calere. We go down there andmy dad says, I want y'all to look at this half I won't saywhat he said, but half done job. He said, I won't let Y'allto look at this half done job. And he said tomorrow you're going tocome in from school and you're going to do it all and in additionto weeding the garden, I want y'all to do this as well, andyou want us to put some dirt in the driveway and he said, boys, the reason I'm doing this is because...

...when you do something, you needto do it right the first time. I never forgot that lesson. SometimesI think I'm becoming my dad I say that to my boys today. Youneed to do it right the first time, but it's still true. Do itright the first time. It's a lesson, by the way, thatthe children of Israel model when it came to building the Tabernacle. We're finishingout the book of Exodus Today. We're reading exodus thirty eight through forty I'mgoing to read from exodus chapter thirty nine versus thirty two through forty three.So all the work on the Tabernacle, the ten of meeting was completed.The Israel did everything just as the Lord commanded. Knows us. Then theybrought the Tabernacle, the Moses, the...

...tent and all its furnishing, itsclash frames, crossbars, posts and bases, the covering of the Ramskins dyed red, the covering of another durable leather and the shielding curtain, the Arkof the Covenant Law with its Poles and the atonement covered, the table withall its articles and the bread of the presence the pure gold lamp, said, with its row of lamps and all its accessories and the olive oil forthe light. The Gold Altar, the anointing, all the Fragrant Incense andthe curtain for the entrance to the tent, the bronze altar with its bronze grating, its poles and all its utensils, the basin with its stand, thecurtains of the courtyard with its posts and bases and the curtain for theentrance to the courtyard, the ropes and tent pegs for the courtyard, allthe furnishings of the Tabernacles, the tin...

...of meeting and the woven garments warnedfor ministering in the sanctuary, both the sacred garments for Erin the priest andthe garments for its size when serving its priests. The Israelites had done allthe work, just as the Lord had commanded Moses, Moses inspected the workand saw that they had done it just as the Lord had commended, soMoses blessed them. I have always felt Christians have an opportunity to evidence tothe world our love for God by the way we do things. I've alwaysfelt Christians ought to do everything to the best of their ability, as untothe Lord, and that's exactly what happened...

...here in the Old Testament. Theyworked and presented it and it was done right the first time because it wasdone as unto the Lord. Whatever task we undertake, we are to doas unto the Lord. According to Paul's command and Caausius three twenty three,our labors are to be offerings unto our God, and in the text todayit is emphasized on numerous occasions that the children of Israel did the work justas the Lord commanded it. They obeyed God's word to a tea. Andas we read the text, we must admit it's not one of the mostinspiring texts that we read. I'm not trying to denigrate it at all,obviously as the word of God and there's power contained within it and it's excitingjust by it being the word of God.

However, I must admit it doesn'ttouch my soul as Daniel in the lions did, or chat right me, shack and Abednego. It doesn't move me like the Cross of Jesus Christor Stephen being martyred for his faith nevertheless, it's God's word and it's just aspowerful as any other part. On a closer reading, in fact,we realize that the faithful obedience of the children of Israel is what's highlighted,obedience which is followed even in the smallest of details. And there it isthe lesson I would submit to you. Had Daniel not been faithful in thesmallest of details, we would never read...

...about up Daniel in the lions dead. That at Shadrach, Meshach and a been to go not then obedience inthe smallest of areas, we wouldn't have read about their obedience in the largeareas. You see, it was this, in a very real way, thistext today, which provides the path to those other powerful victories. It'sobedience in the small that provides victory in the great. I've never really struggledwith obeying God in the big areas. I'm not tempted today to go outand do drugs. I'm just not. Those are not temptations. I'm nottempted to forsake my vows. I'm not tempted to lie. I've made acommitment to God. I don't mind. I'm not tempted to cheat when Igo to school, and and by the...

...way, I'm in school right nowwork on NBA. I'm not ever even tempted a cheat those big areas.I'm not tempted to steal those big areas. I'm not even tempted to follow in. However, I am tempted to overeat at times. I am temptedto waste I'm on vain things. I am tempted to cut my quiet times. Sure, in fact, I'm tempted to do the minimum on things thatI don't feel are important. That's my temptation. We all have our own. Some of you are tempted in big areas, some and small. Buthere's the key. We will ultimately fall in the big areas if we're notfaithful in the small. And so right now I'm not currently tempted in thebig areas. If I'm not faithful in the small, one day I willbe. I've got to be faithful in...

...the small. In fact, thetemptations we have are very real, and so the lesson for today is thatyou and I give our best to God in the small areas. In whateverwe undertake, may we do so as unto the Lord, and this willbe a constant battle for the rest of our lives. But this text canprovide a constant reminder for the rest of our lives. Something as small aspulling weeds deserves my best, deserves your best as unto the Lord. MayI seek to do that today in the small areas. I'm just out pullingweeds. May I do it as unto...

...the Lord. Well, tomorrow willbe in Levitt because I'm so excited about that book. I'll be sharing moreabout that as we start tomorrow, but I want to close us in prayertoday. Father, we come to you today and we thank you so muchfor your word. Thank you for the reminder. Here's we closed out thebook of Exodus, of the importance of being faithful in the details of life. Father, forgive me when I'm not always faithful in those details. Helpme to be more faithful. Strengthen me through that. But be temptations weface till the end of our lives, but may we face them with thevictory and working and living as unto the Lord. Jesus name we prove.Thank you again for joining us. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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