Pray the Morning Prayer
Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 12:1-15:23
As the LORD your God has blessed you, you shall give to Him. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; Deuteronomy 15:14-15
This morning was interesting for me, as I was reading through today’s reading I kept noticing all the mentions of blood – how could I not after yesterday with the Holy Spirit singing “blood and water flow…” over and over again? Anyway, by the time I got to the end of the reading I had several things underlined to go back over them later after I had allowed the reading to sink in a bit. I lay down to meditate on the reading and work over it in my head and just kept praying “Lord, what do all these old rules have to do with us today?” The more relaxed I became the louder His voice became until the Holy Spirit said “He is a just God”, then opened my eyes where they fell on the section of underlined scripture where Moses is detailing his instructions for a slave when they don’t want to leave their masters house.
Therefore I command you this today. But if he says to you “I will not go out from you,” because he loves you and your household, since he is well off with you, then you shall take an awl and put it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your slave forever. (15:15-17)
My eyes fell first onto the bold section and then ran back up the page to the beginning of what I had underlined to put it into context. When I read “I will not go out from you” I was immediately reminded of God’s promise to us “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) And realized that this commandment for a slave is a foreshadowing of what Jesus would do for us all!!!!! Read it again!
if he says to you “I will not go out from you,” because he loves you and your household, since he is well off with you, then you shall take an awl and put it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your slave forever. (15:15-17)
Jesus was pierced
for our transgressions, He was crushed for our sins, the punishment that was supposed to be ours He bore for Himself! If that isn’t love I don’t know what is! Because He loves us He did this for us! And because God is just someone had to take the punishment for the sins. So Jesus stepped up and said “I’ll do it Dad. I can handle it, they’re worth every second.” Through the blood sacrifice of Jesus we have been redeemed out of slavery to sin and into Life through the Spirit! Hallelujah! God is just, and He poured that justice out onto Jesus because they both knew that we wouldn’t be able to take it ourselves. But even better than all that is the fact that Jesus not only took it all Himself, but He took it all plus extra. He not only paid our bill, He tipped the waiter too! He left nothing for us to pay, nothing other than a debt of gratitude toward Him. Paid to Him through the use of the gift that He gave us, a relationship with HIM!
This morning I got my bill for the web address that I’ve been using for the last year www.TamarMinistries.net God led me to keep the address and have it point to the blog to keep everything consistent and flowing smoothly. Anyway, when I opened the bill for the address renewal I found that the balance on the account was zero! I was floored and just kept shaking my head and saying “How Lord? How can I owe them nothing when it cost me so much last year?” I have still to figure out how my balance was zero to pay for another whole year of web-domain name hosting, but I’ll take it! But as if that wasn’t enough, God really wanted to drive this point home today so He gave me a second scenario to share with you.
My husband is a mechanic for Mercedes, so of course, I drive a Mercedes. (It was cheaper for us to buy a Mercedes than to buy any other car! Yup, God’s that good!) As I pulled out of my parking space at the park this afternoon after our Parks & Prayer meeting I noticed that the car was making a funny noise. As I pulled out onto the paved road in the park I noticed that my car seemed to be leaning a bit to one side and when I let go of the steering wheel it pulled dramatically to the lower side… yup, I had a flat tire. And not just any flat tire, this was a rim-of-the-wheel-was-driving-on-the-ground kind of a flat tire. UGH! So I carefully pulled into the gas station across the street and up to the air station, popped in the three quarters that I just “happened” to have in my purse – I never carry change. But when I tried pumping air into the oh-so-very-flat tire, nothing happened. And I’m not talking about, a little air went in and the tire re-inflated a little bit. No I mean NOTHING happened! The air was leaking right back out of the tire just as fast as the machine was pumping it in!!! Well, being a girl I doubted myself and my tire filling abilities so I went into the station to see if the only other soul in sight, the attendant, might know anything that I could be doing wrong to get air into this tire. He asked the lady in back in the kitchen to see if she knew of anyone in town that did tires, pulled out a local phone book and jotted down the number onto a scrap of yellow paper for me. Now, again I have to point out here, my husband is a mechanic… who has a side business of mounting demotion derby tires for other demo drivers… he knows a thing or two about tires. I know that if I have something going on with our car and I don’t call him and ask his opinion first then I’m an idiot! So when the attendant is giving me the number of a local tire company the first person I called was, of course, my husband. And his first reaction was, “Call the Mercedes roadside assistance line! That’s what it’s there for.” It hadn’t even dawned on me to call the manufacturers service line for help! (There’s a huge lesson in that right there, but I’m going to pass it up to get to my original point, however ponder on it awhile and I’m sure the Holy Spirit will enlighten you as to where I would have gone with it if I had the time to go down that rabbit trail.) My first fear, how much will it cost???
So I called the Mercedes roadside assistance line, talked to the technician that they sent out to save me, he arrived in his somehow still crisp clean and perfectly white Mercedes uniform shirt and ended up swapping my flat for the spare. But how much did it cost??? It was free! Absolutely positively zero charge for him to drive 45 minutes out to where I was, change my tire and drive another 45 minutes back to work!!! Seriously? How can something like that be free? I mean, this isn’t a service like AAA where I have to pay for it every month or every year, this is a service that I get just because my car is a Mercedes!
Yeah, God really IS that good.
Jesus paid the price for us. The entire price, He paid every penny and then some. We don’t have to pay for ourselves every month or even every year; no. We get premium roadside assistance, any time day or night, JUST because we’re driving with Jesus. Just because we’re in the car with Him we get luxury service all day, every day for FREE. Wow, our God is awesome!!!!