07 February: Misguided Dedication
After saving a nation from a nation, the rubber hit the road with the first constitutional demand: the dedication of their first born sons…
READ EXODUS 13 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:
I can’t read more than a few sentences of this chapter before I’m back on the carpet, kneeling beside the body of our dead son. More than 90 months have passed since that day, yet a simple morning read can bring it all back as if it were yesterday.
I remember Mikey’s dedication well. We were in Brazil and living on board our third ship, Logos II. Very close friends of ours were visiting from Germany and they performed Mike’s dedication service for us. The ship’s Director and his wife consented to being Mike’s God-parents and committed to pray for him through his life.
But what happens if the act of dedication – motivated by happy thoughts of protection and blessing like a sort of “pillar of cloud by day” [v21] to guide your son’s life path and “a pillar of fire by night” [v22] that illuminates his dark moments – is actually misguided dedication? The sort of “dedication” in today’s chapter is about a kingdom of priests – “called out ones” – who’ve irrevocably handed over their heirs in a gesture that meant: that what is dedicated belongs to God.
And what happens when the child comes of age and his Maker takes that which belongs to Him? Will my dedication be misguided, or can I still trust/follow/dedicate myself to the One I dedicated my son to – even when the deal that once involved “handing him over into God’s loving care” now includes a sword that pieces my own soul?[a]
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Wanting to connect with the Lord the Giver of Life? 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 …”
Father, I trust You that a day is coming when it’ll be said: “Behold, this is our God for whom we’ve waited that He might save us. This is the Lord for whom we’ve waited. Let’s rejoice now and be glad in His salvation.” [Isaiah 25:9]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Use the link to pray for the Pacific Islands[c]
Your Country: Parachurch Ministries
Yourself: Victory over Temptation
Your concerns for today
O God my praise, please don’t be silent when I need Your help. [Psalm 109:1]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
As I go about my daily choices, Lord, help me to remember that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in me, whom I have from God. I’m not my own, I’ve been bought with a price. Help me today to glorify God in my body. [1 Corinthians 6:19-20]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Thank You Lord that You are with me like a victorious warrior. You’ll exult over me with joy. You’ll quieten me with Your love. You’ll rejoice over me with shouts of joy. [Zephaniah 3:17]
“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: Topic = The Creator’s Will
“Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” [1 John 2:6]
[a] Luke 2:33-35
[b] Matthew 6:5-15
[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31