Pentecost Devotional (3 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Fifth Day after Pentecost
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Exodus 3:12

‘‘God replied, ‘I will be with you. And you will know that I am the one who sent you, when you worship me on this mountain after you have led my people out of Egypt.’’’ Exodus 3:12

We often see characters in the Bible asking God for proof. Recently in a production of ‘‘The Cotton Patch Gospel,’’ I watched John the Baptist demanding proof from his audience, proof of a changed life. It is not very different from people I meet in day to day life who ask for proof from God, or Gideon who demanded proof from God thrice before taking steps to follow God’s instructions.


Sixth Day after Pentecost
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 5:20

‘‘‘You must obey God’s commands better than the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law obey them. If you don’t, I promise you that you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.’’’ Matthew 5:20

I routinely come across people telling me that we are believers in the New Testament and therefore we need to forget about the Old Testament. I hear claims that we are under grace, not law, therefore the Old Testament is no longer of any value. Interestingly, Jesus does not appear to be of the same mindset. No, Jesus was not a legalist in any sense, but here in the Sermon on the Mount he tells us that we need to do a better job of following what we call the Old Testament than the legalists were doing!
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