Pentecost Devotional (32 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Sixty-Third Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Joshua 6:25


''Rahab and her family had to stay in a place just outside the Israelite army camp. But later they were allowed to live among the Israelites, and her descendants still do.'' Joshua 6:25

Israel always had difficulties relating to immigrants in their midst. This passage points to a time-limited issue in regard to becoming full participants within Israel. It also points to the fact that Israel did include Rahab, her family, and their descendants. This was a process, but it was a process designed for inclusion and welcome.


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Sixty-Fourth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Mark 4:24


''Listen carefully to what you hear! The way you treat others will be the way you will be treated-and even worse.'' Mark 4:24

This is Mark's version of Jesus' ''Golden Rule.'' Mark does not set up Jesus giving the more famous ''Sermon on the Mount.'' Instead, he takes an assortment of Jesus' sayings and places them in a unit as a summary of the things that Jesus taught over the course of his ministry. The initial setting for the passage is Jesus teaching on the shore of Lake Galilee, but we are not being led to believe that Mark is transcribing specific words spoken at a specific time. We would understand from Mark that Jesus repeated himself on many occasions. Mark is just giving us a smattering of those teachings.
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