1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13
Nehemiah 9:33 – The right perspective says “thou art just” – “we have done wickedly.”
Nehemiah 9:38 – Nehemiah makes another covenant on behalf of the people with God. Though we fail often as did the children of Israel, we can renew our relationship with God each day. Brother Homsher of Neighborhood Bible Time referred to it as Personal, Daily, Direct, Dedication Renewal. We are a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1) – we daily need to get back on the altar.
Nehemiah 10:29-32 – Nehemiah might be considered a legalist. It had been generations since the people had committed (and followed) all the commandments of the LORD. Not entering into marriages with the locals. Obeying the Sabbath. Obeying the year of Jubilee. Following the temple taxes. Every single command. Which regardless of what people today may say – is what God requires!
1 Corinthians 9:23 – Paul would sacrifice his rights “for the gospel’s sake.” Will we? Hudson Taylor abandoned English dress to reduce barriers between him and the Chinese people:
His ship arrived in Shanghai, one of five “treaty ports” China had opened to foreigners following its first Opium War with England. Almost immediately Taylor made a radical decision (as least for Protestant missionaries of the day): he decided to dress in Chinese clothes and grow a pigtail (as Chinese men did). His fellow Protestants were either incredulous or critical.
1 Corinthians 10:4 – That Rock that was supposed to be spoke to the second time – was Christ! (Numbers 20:8)
1 Corinthians 10:10 – If you didn’t catch the examples of lust, idolatry, fornication, tempting God, you should have caught the prohibition against murmuring!
1 Corinthians 10:13 – If you haven’t memorized this verse, do it today!
Psalm 34:7 – We saw what the Angel of the LORD did to Sennacherib’s massive army that went against Hezekiah. God will protect you just as fiercely!
Proverbs 21:13 – If everyone in the church did exactly what I did – what kind of church would my church be?
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