Pentecost Devotional (26 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Fifty-First Day after Pentecost
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Deuteronomy 28:47-48

''If Yahweh makes you wealthy, but you don't joyfully worship and honor him, he will send enemies to attack you and make you their slaves. Then you will live in poverty with nothing to eat, drink, or wear, and your owners will work you to death.'' Deuteronomy 28:47-48

I grew up with texts like this one sounding an awful lot like either a prosperity theology or a theology of retribution. My tradition did not know very well what to do with verses like this as the book of Job is so clear that God does not pay people to behave. The life and ministry of Jesus show us clearly that being good, moral, and ethical does not mean that one will be wealthy and comfortable. All too often the Bible displays for us examples of the faithful who were anything but comfortable.


Fifty-Second Day after Pentecost
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 27:6

''The chief priests picked up the money and said, 'This money was paid to have a man killed. We can't put it in the temple treasury.''' Matthew 27:6

We are really good at justifying our actions or trying to, anyway. We look for ways to ignore our failings or missteps as irrelevant, unimportant, or excusable. Then we act as though the actions of others are anything but irrelevant, unimportant, or excusable. It has been that way for a long time. Perhaps the biggest problem is that this way of doing and living affects us all.

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