January Devotionals

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Past January Devotionals

Feb 8

Exodus 19-20: Commandments 8-10

The last 3 of the 10 commandments seem uncontroversial. Their prohibitions protect basic human rights or maintain good moral order. They are like fences that protect our neighbour from our sin. But Jesus would have us proactively love our neighbour, which has far greater implications for us.
Stuart Holman
10 mins
Feb 7

Exodus 19-20: Commandments 6-7

Jesus upholds all the laws and commandments given to Moses— not just the 10 Commandments. He says they cannot change in the least… until all things are accomplished. And then he goes ahead and fulfils them completely on our behalf, freeing us from the condemnation we deserved under the Law of Moses. However, because the enduring value of these laws, Jesus continues to expound them in his Sermon on the Mount. @Growing-Disciples ​
Stuart Holman
11 mins
Feb 6

Exodus 19-20: Commandment 5

The fifth commandment stresses the importance of the child-parent relationship as a matter of great importance; literally of great ‘weight’. Today we consider how to 'honour' our parents through the varying seasons of life.
Stuart Holman
11 mins
Feb 3

Exodus 19-20: Commandment 4

The fourth command proclaims a Sabbath Rest for all God’s people. There are at least 3 reasons why the Christian also sets aside a Sabbath. It is not meant to be a guilt-driven burden. Instead, it is how we live well in relationship with God. We don’t judge others, but we prioritise it for ourselves, and for those for whom we have responsibility.
Stuart Holman
10 mins
Feb 2

Exodus 19-20: Commandment 3

The third commandment forbids God’s people to ‘take up the name of Yahweh your God to worthlessness.’ This is because God is determined that his name will be honoured and revered throughout all creation, among all nations— and his people are charged with demonstrating this to all.
Stuart Holman
9 mins
Feb 1

Exodus 19-20: Commands 1 and 2

God’s commandments reveal his nature to us, as well showing us how to live in relationship with him. The first and second commandments show us that God’s love for us is a jealous love. He will tolerate no rivals for our love because of his own strong and passionate love for us. Worshipping anything else, or mediating worship for God through anything else, is an insult to God because it limits his glory.
Stuart Holman
10 mins
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