by Christopher Harbin

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Twenty-First Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Numbers 21:8-9

''And Yahweh answered Moses, 'Make a snake out of bronze and place it on top of a pole. Anyone who gets bitten can look at the snake and won't die.' Moses obeyed Yahweh. And all of those who looked at the bronze snake lived, even though they had been bitten by the poisonous snakes.'' Numbers 21:8-9

The best known text of the New Testament refers back to this passage in Numbers, and yet the vast majority of believers have never given it any significant attention. Most have probably never even read it. We routinely preach and teach from John 3, but all too often fail to look at the background to which Jesus was pointing Nicodemus.


Twenty-Second Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 12:33-34

''A good tree produces only good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. You can tell what a tree is like by the fruit it produces. You are a bunch of evil snakes, so how can you say anything good? Your words show what is in your hearts.'' Matthew 12:33-34

A short few chapters back, Jesus had spoken of false prophets in relation to the fruit of their lives. He had warned that we are known by what we do. Our actions reveal our character. Our actions are the most effective display of the internal realities of our lives, identity, values, and character. Our actions do not make us, but they do display our true selves to the world around.
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