Devotion Day 15, 90 Days through the Bible

Day 15; Deuteronomy 23:12 – 34:12

In our readings today, we hear one of the earliest creedal statements, it begins with the words; “My father was a wandering Aramean.” Here’s the whole quote from Deuteronomy 26:5b-10b. This is what the Israelites were to recite when they brought in their firstfruit offering. The creedal statement is in italics.

“My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, putting us to hard labor. Then we cried out to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with miraculous signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey, 10 and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, O Lord, have given me.”

When we give our tithe and offering in church, what goes through your mind? “O, I’m just doing my part.” Or “Here’s what I promised to give.” Or, “God, so loved the world, loved me, that he sent his only begotten son, who died that I might have life and have it abundantly, so now I bring the firstfruites of that which the Lord has given me.” I can honestly say, on occasion, I’ve thought each one of these and others.

Today, may we give thanks for what God has done for us and given us and return unto God a portion of what we’ve been given which expresses our gratefulness for all that God has done and is doing.

O God, thank you for all you’ve done in saving me, in giving me life, in blessing me and all your people. Today, and always may choose life, by choosing to follow your ways and choosing to abide closely with thee. Amen.

Day 16 Reading – Joshua 1:1 – 14:15

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