Pentecost Devotional (20 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Thirty-Ninth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Deuteronomy 16:10-11

''Go to the place where Yahweh chooses to be worshiped and celebrate the Harvest Festival in honor of Yahweh your God. Bring him an offering as large as you can afford, depending on how big a harvest he has given you. Be sure to take along your sons and daughters and all your servants. Also invite the poor, including Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows.'' Deuteronomy 16:10-11

Often while reading texts like this, we gloss over the fact that it was not written to the rank and file of Israel. It was written for those who owned land. It was written for those who controlled wealth production. It was written for those who had control over the economic resources of the land, and were therefore responsible to Yahweh for how they utilized those same resources for the benefit of all.


Fortieth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 21:31

'''Which one of the sons obeyed his father?' 'The older one,' the chief priests and leaders answered. Then Jesus told them: 'You can be sure that tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you ever will!''' Matthew 21:31

We are quick to make comparisons with one another. We are quick to judge and misjudge people, determining who is worthy and unworthy, who is right and wrong, who has value and who does not. The problem is that all too often our definitions are completely out of sorts. We miss the greater perspective regarding a whole host of internal issues that are not visible to our prejudices.
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