Pentecost Devotional (7 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Thirteenth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Leviticus 26:14-16

''If you disobey me and my laws, and if you break our agreement, I will punish you terribly, and you will be ruined. You will be struck with incurable diseases and with fever that leads to blindness and depression. Your enemies will eat the crops you plant.'' Leviticus 26:14-16

This verse seems to embody the general impression that most have of the Old Testament. An initial read seems to point to God being interested in punishing those who would not obey. It would appear that the obedience suggested might be in regard to issues of worshipping Yahweh, respecting the Sabbath, and not worshipping idols. The problem with that interpretation is the larger context.


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Fourteenth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 7:19-20

''Every tree that produces bad fruit will be chopped down and burned. You can tell who the false prophets are by their deeds.'' Matthew 7:19-20

We generally don't expect to hear Jesus saying things like chopping down and burning trees that don't produce good fruit. This comment comes in the midst of a series of statements with regard to false teachers and improper directions in life. Jesus starts off with a general warning to avoid the crowded rush to follow the wrong paths in life, paths that lead to death. He then shifts to talking about false prophets who encourage that rush towards death.
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