Pentecost Devotional (21 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Forty-First Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Deuteronomy 18:1-2

''The people of the Levi tribe, including the priests, will not receive any land. Instead, they will receive part of the sacrifices that are offered to Yahweh, because he has promised to provide for them in this way.'' Deuteronomy 18:1-2

For most people, this kind of arrangement is a recipe for disaster. It places one class of people in a very vulnerable position. It makes them dependent upon the faithfulness and generosity of those who control the wealth of the land. In a society with reasonable economic equality, it is not as much a problem as when inequality grows. In the presence of great inequality, the dependence of a prophetic class upon the powerful elite makes it much more difficult to be the mouthpieces of Yahweh.


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Forty-Second Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 23:37

''Jerusalem, Jerusalem! Your people have killed the prophets and have stoned the messengers who were sent to you. I have often wanted to gather your people, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you wouldn't let me.'' Matthew 23:37

Rather than a portrait of an angry God, Jesus paints the picture of a mother hen. It is a far cry from the image so many have of God. While this portrait may seem at odds with some passages, it is a seemingly constant refrain on Jesus' lips. He teaches forgiveness, even from the cross. He teaches grace for all who accept their sin and failures. He teaches love for enemies, including foreigners and national enemies. He declares God as loving toward one and all, then he places that same character into action.
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