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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 59 · 2 years ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional 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. You can find a RSS feedlink on our website, www dot do bery baptist clarksbridgecom. Love herds, love herbs, love scarves, love wounds and marks. One thousand nine hundred and seventy five Nazareth band recorded the song love herbs, and it's a song that many of us are familiar with, and yet more of us or familiar with the pain associated with love. However, the pain of unconditional love is not a pain for ourselves. It's a pain for the other person. It's a pain for what they may be going through. Unconditional love is not as concerned about star crossed love as it is about tough love, loving someone and doing what is right, even if that hurts them, even if doing what's right for them brings them temporary pain in this life. And when that happens it hurts us that they're hurt, but we know it's still right it's the pain of a parent...

...disciplinting a child. It's the pain of a friend saying no to a seyn attic in Walt, it's the pain of tough love. Ultimately, we see such in our loving heavenly father who, even in the Old Testament, prescribe discipline out of love, something we find even in texts which dealt with capital punishing. Making our way through the book of numbers and kind of bringing it to a close, renumbers thirty four, thirty five and thirty six, where they would settle Canaan, we give testimony of the towns given to the Levites and the cities of refuge huge. I want to read out of numbers Chapter Thirty Five, Verses Sixteen and followed. If anyone strikes someone a fatal blow with an iron object, that person is a murderer and is to be put to death. Or if anyone is holding a stone and strike someone a fled fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer and is to be put to death. Or if anyone that's holding a wooden object and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murder and is to be put to death. The Avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death. When the Avenger comes upon the murderer, the Avenger shall put the murder to death. If anyone, with malice of four thought, shoves another or throw something at them intentionally so that they die, or if, out of enmity, one person hits another with their fist so that the other dies, that person...

...is to be put to death, for that person is a murder. The Avenger of blood shall put the murder to death when they meet. But if, without enmity, some one suddenly pushes another or throw something at them unintentionally or without seeing them, drops on them a stone heavy enough to kill them and they die, then, since that other person was not an enemy and no harm was intended, the Assembly must judge between the accused and the avenger of blood. According to these regulations, the Assembly must protect the one accused of murder from the avenger of blood and send the accused back to the city of refuge to which they fled. The accuser must stay there until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the only war. But if the accuser ever goes outside the limits of the city of refuge, to which they fled, the avenger of blood finds them outside the city. The Avenger of blood may kill the accused without being guilty of murder. The accused must stay in the city of refuge till the death of the high priest. Only after the death of the high priest may they return to their own property. It's an interesting passage here deals with capital punishment. The Avenger of blood and would be a kinsman to the one who was murdered. And so in ancient Israel, when someone was murdered, it was the family's responsibility to avenge their blood,...

...and so they would a point and avenger of blood and that one, that member of the family, would then pursue the murderer to put that murder to death, as sanctioned by the government of Israel. But in that same government that was set up, there were cities of refuge where, if one through a rock and it it's someone and killed them, but it was an intentional one could go to a city of refuge. Now the Avenger from the family would obviously be pursuing this one. When the leaders of the city of refuge would hear the case, they could decide whether this person was guilty of murder or not. If he or she was guilty of murder, they were turned him over to the Avenger of blood who would kill but if it wasn't murder, if it was manslaught, if it was accidental, then they were still to be in prison. The good go back to their family and couldn't go back to their own. They had to stay in the city of refuge and they stayed in the city of refuge until the high priest would die. That my big year. It might be ten years, might be twenty years, but they had to stay there, imprisoned, if you will, in this city of refuge. If they ever left before the high priest died, the Avenger requid could kill him. That was ancient Israel's way of keeping manslaughters in prison, having time for families to heal from the death and loss of...

...that one. As Christians, we don't have the privilege to rewrite scripture, even when we may want to do so, nor are we allowed to pretend that some texts do not exist. We're making our way through the Bible and we've gone up on some difficult texts dealing with capital punishment and in many ways we may want to avoid such texts. We don't have that privilege. Either we accept all of scripture or we accept none. So we accept it all and we trust that God is teaching something through it. Such, we deal with this text today. Today's tax deals with capital punishment prescribed by God. So how do we approach you? Well, first we recognize that God provided away for those who murder to be killed by society eventually the government of Israel, but those who accidentally killed are in prison without death. The text deals with punishment for taking another's life, either intentionally are accidentally. If on accident, then one was to be banished to a city of refuge for their own safety, but if on purpose, the scripture does teach capital punishment. Either way, there's discipline for the person who are the old testaament, it seems...

...that there are at least three purposes or God's punishment. Number one, it's remediate. God wants the sinners to change their ways. God will discipline his children for them to learn and change their ways. It's remedial. Number two reason God brings about punishment is as a deterrent. God wants to deter others from doing so. When I do something wrong, God will punish me, and it will be an example for others not to do what idea? It's a deterrent to keep others from doing so. And finally, for Justice, God wants to punish the sinner for doing evil because it deserves punishment, and it's just, by the way. Those are three purposes that parents should remember as well. We punish our children sin because it deserves punishment. We punish to deter our children from transgressing again, and we punish to bring about repentance. Moreover, you and I should never punish out of anger. It's not to say that we shouldn't get angry at times, but rather that we shouldn't punish out of anger. Always punish out of love. When I'm angry, I simply just walk away. I have to come back later to punish, but I don't want to ever punish out of anger, so that when I do firmly punish my children, I can say and they can know, I...

...love you. I do this because I love you, and every time I punish my children for doing something that's wrong, I will tell him I want you to associate seeing with pain. That's why I'm punishing. I don't want you to ever do this again. Wanted to turn you from doing and I want you to have a heart for God that repentance and I want you to know you deserve it. But I love you. That's why I'm doing this, so that you won't do it again and you won't get hurt because I love you and I'll punish it and then I'll hug they don't feel like hugging me a lot of times, but I do it so that they'll associate my punishment with love. Well, in this text on God's prescription for capital punishment, it may seem ironic that the god of life encourages the taking of death through capital punishment, but it should be kept in my that the removal of a murderer from society protects life. Further, the public killing of a murderer deters others from doing the same. In reality, God is protecting life because to God that one life that was intentionally taken precious. Your Life is precious, my life is precious. God reveals himself as our heavenly father. Don't...

...forget that. God doesn't reveal himself as our heavenly grandfather. Reveals itself as our heavenly father and as such, his love is seeing in his discipline, it of us, but also, as in the text today, in his law, to protect life. I'm a feel there are times when no one is concerned about my life or problems, but God is that. God created some laws to protect this life, to protect your life. Those times when you think no one knows or no one cares, God does. He created the law and the Old Testament to protect your very life. Is How precious it is to God. The one who forms US cares, the giver of life is infinitely concerned with our lives. He's so concerned he is declared that anyone who would murder me or anyone who would murder you should have their lives taken from them. Further more, to the essence of the Corpus of scripture, Jesus died because he cares for you and I. He loves me so much he paid my death penalty. The next time I have a pity party and think no one cares, I should repent, for the one who made all there is cares for me more than I could ever imagine and loves me beyond comprehension. To God, I am precious. I am his child.

Love does hurt and it hurt God to love me and it hurt God to love you. What an amazing savior, what an amazing text, reminder, even through capital punishment, how precious your life is, how precious my life is, and how Jesus died the death penalty because he loves us so much love hurts. It's reminder to us that unconditional love does her and God unconditionally loves us. What a wonderful way to in the book of numbers. Well, our reading for tomorrow is Deuteronomy, chapters one through three. Before we close, I want to pray. Let's pray. Father, we come to you again today thanking you for your amazing word. Lord, who would have known that through capital punishment we would have seen how much you love us?.

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