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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, February 19, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
The imagery of the bridegroom is often used in Scripture to depict the Messiah, while the imagery of the bride is used to depict God’s people. We, too, can be clothed with the righteousness of Christ when we believe in him. (NLT)
Isaiah 61:10-11 – I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels. The Sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, filled with young plants springing up everywhere.
Mary Hunt Webb (New Mexico) titled her story “THE BASIC PATTERN;” here is a portion of Mary’s story:
“When I was 12 years old, all the girls in our grade were required to take a sewing class. We were assigned three items to make: an apron, a short blouse with no buttons, and a skirt with a simple closure. . . .
“The clothes looked different on everyone.
“Something similar occurs in Christianity. Those of us who accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are expected to follow basic guidelines such as the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. (See [below] . . ., Deut. 5:6-21 and Matt. 7:12.) Although we follow the example of Jesus, Christianity looks different on each of us. We may wear it differently, but it still fits each one of us.”
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for providing the pattern for salvation so that we may be clothes in righteousness and wrapped in your love. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
Deuteronomy 5:6-21 – “‘I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.
“‘Do not worship any other gods besides me.
“‘Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish, you must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other ogd! I do not leave unpumished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations. But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.
“‘Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
“‘Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the Lord our God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your oxen and donkeys and other livestock, and any foreigners living among you. All your male and female servants must rest as you do. Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out with amazing power and mighty deeds. That is why the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.
“‘Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God will give you.
“‘Do not murder.
“‘Do not commit adultery.
“‘Do not steal.
“‘Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.
“‘Do not covet your neighbor’s wife. Do not covet your neighbor’s house or land, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else your neighbor owns.’
* This verse is commonly known as the Golden Rule. In many religions it is stated negatively: “Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you.” By stating it positively, Jesus made it more significant. It is not very hard to refrain from harming others; it is much more difficult to take the initiative in doing something good for them. The Golden Rule, as Jesus formulated it, is the foundation of active goodness and mercy—the kind of love God shows to us every day. Think of a good and merciful action you can do today. (NLT)
Matthew 7:12 – [Jesus said] “Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”
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