To the Saints in Fenton (and the surrounding regions)

    Should you choose to read along with us, my encouragement to you in this endeavor is to always read the passage of Scripture first, spending some time in meditation, before reading the devotional thoughts, for these comments may not help you where you are, depending on the day, but some other verses in Scripture might give you more encouragement on that particular day, and that is just fine.  Nevertheless, it might be helpful to hear from one of your pastors on what he got out of the text for that day and any exhortation or correction he may provide.  Feel free to write to any of us with any questions you might have about the chapter reading that day.  All three of us would be delighted to help shed some light on any passage.  My hope is that God will bring some good from all this hysteria, and maybe this is one of the smaller goods that will help us all to read Scripture together and to lift up our prayers to God each day.  God speed to you all, Pastor Lawrence.  

DAILY DEVOTIONALS

Psalm 96

Psalm 96 by Pastor Mark Hudson Psalm 96 may be easily divided into 1-6       the King’s glory 7-9       the King’s due 10-13   the King’s coming (Kidner) Marvin E. Tate treats 96-99 as one unit.  Some think these Psalms are ‘enthronement psalms.’  Tate prefers a less specific phrase that seems to be tied to the enthronement of an earthly king, ‘kingship-of-Yahweh psalm’ yet he recognizes the term ‘enthronement psalms’ is not going away. One of the…

Psalm 95

Psalm 95 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence Often used as a call to worship on the Lord’s Day, the first seven verses of this psalm serve as a great exhortation to God’s people in every generation to come into the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving, to sing with great joy unto His name, and to bow and kneel before the Lord with reverence. Although at times we don’t need to be told to sing or…

Psalm 94

Psalm 94 by Pastor Lawrence Bowlin Most of us might begin our prayers by addressing God as the God of grace or the God of comfort, but I imagine many might feel uncomfortable addressing Him as the God of vengeance. Nevertheless it is an appropriate title for the Lord, for He is not only a God who is merciful to repentant sinners but also a God who inflicts punishment upon the obstinate and the wicked.…

Psalm 93

Psalm 93 by Pastor David Groendyk If we boiled down Book IV of the Psalms into one theme, it would be, “The LORD reigns!” In fact, you could make the case that the theme of the entire book of Psalms is that the LORD reigns. But from Psalm 90 to Psalm 106 especially, the consistent refrain is that our God is the creator and ruler of all things. Those who find their refuge in him…

Psalm 91

Psalms 91 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson Psalm 91, a familiar and well-loved Psalm, can be divided into three sections 1-2       My refuge  (I) 3-13     Your refuge (You) 14-16   God’s refuge (divine I) I am gleaning insights from one of the better commentaries on the Psalms written by Derek Kidner.  The author of the Psalm displays a personal connection to the protecting love of God.  He calls God: Most High, the Almighty, Lord, and my…

Psalm 90

Psalm 90 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence The only psalm written by Moses, this is likely the oldest offering in the collection. Written during the time of the Israelites’ wanderings in the desert when they had no homes and were under the judgment of God for their lack of faith and disobedience, Moses pleads for mercy on behalf of his people from the everlasting God. For even though the Israelites were emigrants for many years in…

Numbers 36

Numbers 36 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson This chapter concludes chapter 27 where the daughters of Zelophehad asked Moses for a ruling from the Lord about their situation.  In chapter 27, they appealed to Moses for a ruling on their unique situation.  They wanted the land of their father (“their” inheritance) divided up between them because their father had no sons.  Here in chapter 36, the issue of land and inheritance finds specific application.  You…

Numbers 35

Numbers 35 by Pastor David Groendyk Israel hasn’t even entered Canaan yet, and God is already divvying up the land! What confidence and assurance in God the people of Israel should’ve had in their Lord. The Promised Land was going to be divided up and apportioned to each tribe, except for Levi. Because the tribe of Levi was the priestly tribe, they were not given a full section of land like the rest but rather…

Numbers 34

Numbers 34 by Pastor David Groendyk A list of names and locations—what is there to gain from this chapter? Much indeed! Numbers 34 comes to us nearly at the end of a very long testimony describing how God’s promise to Abraham would be fulfilled. In Genesis 17:8, God said he would give all the land of Canaan to Abraham and his offspring as an everlasting possession. Hundreds of years later, that promise is coming to…

Numbers 33

Numbers 33 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson Chapter 33 is an unusual chapter, yet this chapter reminds us of the various aspects of Moses’ calling.  Moses was a leader, lawgiver, judge, teacher, and an author.  During the time of the Exodus, Moses was constantly writing about the events that were happening.  He was adjudicating cases, responsible for listening to God and obeying His word.  Somehow Moses found time to write about the travels, problems, sins,…

Numbers 32

Numbers 32 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson One could label this chapter: Crisis Averted!  At the end of Numbers, we are  close to seeing Israel enter the promised land.  This will not be a leisurely stroll but hand to hand combat when they enter the land promised to them.  So, they needed every able-bodied man available.  They also needed a unified nation behind a strong leader. It seems like they had able-bodied men, unity, and…

Numbers 31

Numbers 31 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson Let’s begin with the outline that T. Ashley uses “with respect to four aspects of holy war methodology: 1-12                      Battle against the Midianites 13-18                   Inflicting the ban 19-24                   Cleansing the soldiers 25-47                   Dividing the booty 48-54                   Bringing an offering to Yahweh. Who are the Midianites?  Midian was one of the sons of Abraham through his concubine Keturah (Gen…

Numbers 30

Numbers 30 by Pastor David Groendyk Next up as this generation prepares to enter the Promised Land, Moses addresses the topic of vows. This is a topic we probably know a little bit about. A vow is something someone would make in a time of need. It would go along the lines of, “Lord, if you _______, then I will _______.” I’m sure we’ve all filled in those blanks during prayer at some points in…

Numbers 28

Numbers 28 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson If this chapter looks familiar, you have been reading the Bible.  You may find it helpful to understand repetitious sections by asking what is different, why is it placed here, and is anything added or removed when compared to previous sections?  You probably already do that when you read the Bible; especially the Old Testament since we do notice considerable repetition. As one reads the secondary literature, commentaries…

Numbers 27

Numbers 27 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence Although each individual will be held accountable for his own sins, sometimes the sins of the fathers can have deleterious effects on their children. Zelophehad was not one of the followers of Korah and his rebellion, but he was one of the first generation who doubted God’s Word and refused to go into the land of Canaan and fight. When he died sonless, he left his five daughters without…

Numbers 26

Numbers 26 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence As long and unexciting as this chapter may seem to be, it is a very pivotal one in the overall framework of the book, for it is showing the Lord’s unchanging purpose in leading His people into the Promised Land. After all the grumbling and complaining, and all the rebellion and challenges to authority, and all the dead bodies lying in the desert, the Lord would keep his promise…

Numbers 25

Numbers 25 by Pastor David Groendyk Balaam finishes his final oracle regarding the star to come from Jacob, the scepter to rise from Israel, Jesus Christ, who would crush the enemies of God’s people, and we see Israel at the very same location turning to idols. The ESV Study Bible puts it this way, “The juxtaposition could not be more stark between the most exuberant visions of Israel’s future and their present blatant infidelity to…

Numbers 24

Numbers 24 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence As the apostle Paul would say later on in Romans 8:38-39 that there are no angels nor rulers, nor powers in the heights or depths that can separate us from the love of God, so there is no curse pronounced by any shaman, magician or witch doctor that can have any effect on us who are blessed in Christ Jesus. Even today, in some third world countries, those familiar…

Numbers 22

Numbers 22 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson In Numbers 22, we experience a different perspective.  We “leave” the nation of Israel, Moses’ conversations, and the inner working of God’s people to overhear the machinations of Moab.  We are looking at them through the eyes of Balak, king of Moab and Balaam, the prophet.  Moab is “in great dread of the people” in 22:3.  Moab, learning from the defeat of the Amorites, decides on a power…

Numbers 20

Numbers 20 by Pastor David Groendyk Previously in the book of Numbers, the entirety of the older generation had been condemned to not enter the Promised Land due to their lack of faith in God. Now, in today’s chapter, we see the downfall of the Big Three leaders of the people. In quick succession, Israel loses Miriam, Moses, and Aaron. None of them will enter the Promised Land with the new generation. The first leader…

Numbers 19

Numbers 19 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence Bowlin There are two things in the Israelite camp that are continually at odds with the Lord’s dwelling in the mist of His people: sin and death. Whereas most of the other Levitical rituals prescribed in the Pentateuch are designed to deal with sin, this one is employed exclusively to counter death itself. Not being given any specifics regarding the timing of this ordinance, it is possible that it…