Pentecost Devotional (15 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Twenty-Ninth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Deuteronomy 4:32-34

''When Yahweh your God brought you out of Egypt, you saw how he fought for you and showed his great power by performing terrifying miracles. You became his people, and at Mount Sinai you heard him talking to you out of fiery flames. And yet you are still alive! Has anything like this ever happened since the time God created humans? No matter where you go or whom you ask, you will get the same answer. No one has ever heard of another god even trying to do such things as Yahweh your God has done for you.'' Deuteronomy 4:32-34

There are many claims made today regarding the similarity or even sameness of all the religions of the world. To be sure, there are certain ethical principles that are shared among them. At the same time, it is rather superficial and naive to simply consider them all the same. This text in Deuteronomy is getting specifically to that point. There is a claim by Yahweh and in Yahweh's actions of some distinctive character issues, of some very different manners in which Yahweh acts.


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Thirtieth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 18:20

''Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.'' Matthew 18:20

The traditional use of this verse is perhaps my biggest pet peeves when it comes to Biblical interpretation. Repeatedly, we use it to justify a small gathering for an event at church, as though to say that when only two or three of us come God is blessing those few. While that may be true enough, this verse has nothing whatsoever to do with such an interpretation.
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