Pentecost Devotional (19 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Thirty-Seventh Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Deuteronomy 14:29

''The Levites have no land of their own, so you must give them food from the storehouse. You must also give food to the poor who live in your town, including orphans, widows, and foreigners. If they have enough to eat, then Yahweh your God will be pleased and make you successful in everything you do.'' Deuteronomy 14:29

Unlike so much of the political and economic rhetoric we hear, the Mosaic code required that the poor and disenfranchised be cared for as a precursor to the economic welfare of the nation. Caring for the poor, voiceless, and landless was a prerequisite for Yahweh's blessing for the nation as a whole. Rather than care for ourselves first and then take care of others with our excess, the motif here is to assist those in need and then look to our own interests.


Thirty-Eighth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 21:5

''Announce to the people of Jerusalem: 'Your king is coming to you! He is humble and rides on a donkey. He comes on the colt of a donkey.''' Matthew 21:5

There goes Jesus being humble again. If his comments a chapter before about being a servant instead of the master of slaves were not clear, the picture we are given here is one more attempt to press forward this agenda of an alternate paradigm of leadership. He is a king. He is Messiah, but he is not Messiah and King according to our paradigms of power.
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