08 May: A Culture of Toleration

Today’s chapter sets the scene in history for the consequences of having a culture of unbridled toleration…

READ JUDGES 1  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

To understand this chapter, you need to go back in time by six centuries to a place where the Creator God dropped a clue into the fabric of HISstory. Speaking with Abraham, He said…

“In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” [Genesis 15:16]

What’s happening in today’s chapter is clearly about divine intervention in HISstory. There’s layer upon layer in this epic saga and it requires the Creator’s birds-eye view that covers millenniums. Not understanding the full picture, however, and thinking we know better down on the ground, humans seem to have a habit of changing the goal posts. We think that if we’re accepting, open-minded, considerate, inclusive, showing grace, understanding and forgiveness, we’ll be the kind of people that any good god would surely want us to be.

While this is absolutely true, if it includes turning our back on the Master Planner and His guidebook, it’ll always have unforeseen and tragic consequences. So we can learn from HISstory as we watch the downfall, even of God’s people, when they totally ignore the warnings in a culture of unbridled toleration. Hinged on trust and obedience, there’s always been a mandate at stake in every scene played out on the Creator’s global stage. From the first chapter, the issue has been the same: Do we want to operate in His likeness (as we were designed to do[a]) and are we willing to follow His lead?

Read More? …CLICK on “08 May – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly to the One who made you to be like Him? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I praise Your Holy Name, Lord, because You are the God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome. You show no partiality and You accept no bribes. [Deuteronomy 10:17]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: The Kingdom of Denmark[c]
  • Your Country: Teachers and Educators
  • Yourself: Your immediate family
  • Your concerns for today
My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? Turn, Lord, and deliver us – wherever we are on the planet and whatever our circumstances. Save us because of Your unfailing love. [Psalm 6:3-4]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Thank-you Father God that Your eyes are on the righteous and Your ears are attentive to our cry. But as I go about my daily choices, help me to remember that Your face, Lord, is against those who do evil to blot out their name from all the earth. [1 Peter 3:12; Psalm 34:15-16]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

You, Lord, have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. [Isaiah 25:4]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[d] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future

Jesus said: “Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” [John 7:17]

[a] Genesis 1:26

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/denm/owtext.html

[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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