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Exodus 23:10-12; Refreshment and Rest

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11/13 Exodus 23:10-12 Refreshment and Rest

We are studying the Book of the Covenant, God’s expansion and application of his Ten Words to his people. He is communicating his expectations for those who are in relationship with him. These are the principles on which you must base your life, and this is what that will look like in the life of the the Hebrew people, now set free from bondage so that they can worship the one true God. Keep in mind, God’s principles for life are for the good of his people. Do you want to enjoy life, to get the maximum pleasure out of your existence? Do you want to live life to the full, sucking the marrow out of your brief existence on this planet? Then heed the instruction of your Creator. As the Psalmist says:

Psalm 119:37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.

What we find in this passage is instruction for the good of his people, for the good of the poor, for the good of animals, and even for the good of the land, and it all points us to seek our ultimate eternal good in the presence of God.

Exodus 23:10 “For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield, 11 but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard. 12 “Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

Verse 12 is basically a restatement of the fourth command; back in Exodus 20, he said:

Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Sabbath as Refreshment and Worship

As we have seen, God set his people free from slavery in Egypt. Right up front, he tells them that life in his service will be different. He will give them a regular day off. He requires that they stop and take time to enjoy him. This is a set-apart day, a day to the LORD. This is a day for worship. Now in chapter 23, God says it is a day for rest and refreshment, especially for those who most need it. Literally, it is a chance for them to catch their breath. Do you ever feel that in the pace of life, with work and school and home and family and all the other obligations and activities we pile on top, that you just need a moment to catch your breath? God here gives his permission, or rather his command, that we take time to catch our breath. Here in chapter 23 he focuses on the aspect of refreshment. But to say that this is time for refreshment and rest is not different than what he said in chapter 20 when he focused our attention on time set aside for worship, time to stop and remember, fix our eyes on who God is and what he has done. God tells us to:

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

True rest and enjoyment, real genuine lasting refreshment comes from God.

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Three times in Psalm 80 (v.3,7,19) the psalmist asks that God would restore us by letting his face shine on us.

Psalm 80:3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Psalm 80:7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Psalm 80:19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Acts 3:20 talks about ‘times of refreshing’ that ‘come from the presence of the Lord.’

Acts 3:20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…

God demands that we take time to be refreshed by his presence. This is not at all a heavy duty to be grudgingly done if we understand and really believe that genuine refreshment comes from the presence of the Lord. When we really grasp that God is the source of true joy, we will run to him and not away from him.

And God intends that his refreshment not be withheld from anyone. He demands that we extend rest even to ox and donkey, and refreshment even to the son of the servant girl and to the sojourner with you. In other words, the door to rest and refreshment is open to all. All are invited. No-one is excluded. That is verse 12, a restatement of the fourth command – time set aside each week for worship and refreshment.

Sabbath Year

Verses 10 and 11 are interesting. Rest for ox and donkey, for the alien and the son of the servant woman. Here rest is extended even to the land. You thought militant environmentalist were extreme and ‘earth day’ was a big deal; look at what God told his people thousands of years ago:

Exodus 23:10 “For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield, 11 but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.

God required rest not only for people, not only for work animals, but even for the land. Farm the land for six years, let it rest for one. We now know that this is wise farming to prevent the soil from being depleted of nutrients, but this is not the reason God gives. His reason is that the poor may eat, and the wild animals may eat. This is a wise welfare program. You don’t own property? You don’t have money? Go out into the fields and gather food. Paul tells the Thessalonian believers “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” (2Thess.3:10). It is not clear if this was to be the same year of rest for all land across Israel, or if this was to be six years from whenever you started farming a particular piece of land. If that was the case, there would always be some land being actively farmed and some land lying fallow, available for the poor and the animals to feed in. This would require great faith in God as provider. This year’s produce is usually stored up for food and for seed for next year. If I don’t work the land this year, then next year I will have nothing to eat and the following year I will have no seed to plant. If I don’t work the land, I and my family won’t eat. God answers this concern directly in Leviticus 25:

Leviticus 25:18 “Therefore you shall do my statutes and keep my rules and perform them, and then you will dwell in the land securely. 19 The land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and dwell in it securely. 20 And if you say, ‘What shall we eat in the seventh year, if we may not sow or gather in our crop?’ 21 I will command my blessing on you in the sixth year, so that it will produce a crop sufficient for three years. 22 When you sow in the eighth year, you will be eating some of the old crop; you shall eat the old until the ninth year, when its crop arrives.

Belief Results in Obedience

Obedience to this command was directly related to the people’s trust in God to provide. God promised to take care of you. Will you do what might seem on the surface to be financially reckless and irresponsible in obedience to him and trust that he will take care of you, or will you do what appears to be wise on a human level and demonstrate that you aren’t depending on him. God took this very seriously. In response to his people’s obedience God promised:

Leviticus 26:12 And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. 13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

14 “But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, 15 if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: …

33 And I will scatter you among the nations, and I will unsheathe the sword after you, and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste. 34 “Then the land shall enjoy its Sabbaths as long as it lies desolate, while you are in your enemies’ land; then the land shall rest, and enjoy its Sabbaths. 35 As long as it lies desolate it shall have rest, the rest that it did not have on your Sabbaths when you were dwelling in it. …43 But the land shall be abandoned by them and enjoy its Sabbaths while it lies desolate without them, and they shall make amends for their iniquity, because they spurned my rules and their soul abhorred my statutes.

The people did not do what God had said, so God kept his promise, as is recorded in the last chapter of 2 Chronicles:

2 Chronicles 36:15 The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against his people, until there was no remedy. 17 Therefore he brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans, … 20 He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its Sabbaths. All the days that it lay desolate it kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

Restoration of All Things

It’s as if God is standing up for the rights of the land to not be deprived of rest. He ensures, by the exile of his disobedient people, that the land gets its appointed rest. This is intriguing language – the land is said to enjoy its Sabbaths. God provides rest even for the dirt! Jesus told us that not one sparrow is forgotten before God (Lk.12:6). Jesus also said:

Luke 19:40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Paul tells us in Romans 8 that:

Romans 8:19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.

The whole creation is described as groaning and waiting with eager longing and hope. In some way the freedom that God’s creation will experience is linked to our future hope. This world is a mess. There is pain and suffering and death and decay – all brought on by our sin. But all this points to something better. God created the world and it was good. He created everything to display his glory. The pains of this world are pains of childbirth – it is not pointless suffering – it is hope-filled suffering. New life will come out of death. Freedom, hope, refreshment, joy! Longings satisfied!

Our Future Rest

The author of Hebrews picks up this thread of Sabbath rest and points us to an as yet unrealized rest that we who hope in Jesus Christ have to look forward to. In the end of chapter 3 he says that Moses’ generation did not enter in to God’s rest because of their unbelief and he warns us to take action so that we do not miss out in God’s rest because of our own unbelief and hardness of heart. In the beginning of chapter 4 he reminds us that God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, because God finished his work in six days and then rested from his work of creation. Then he points to King David, who in Psalm 95, writing well after the conquest of the land under Joshua, tells us that we can still enter in.

Hebrews 4:7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

How do we enter God’s rest? We enter this rest through faith in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are told to:

Hebrews 3:1 … consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,

We are told to

Hebrews 3:6 …hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. …14 For we share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.

Our confidence is in the good news message of salvation.

Hebrews 4:2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest…

The message of good news is preached, but we must enter in by faith. We put our trust, our hope, our confidence in the truth of the gospel, in the person of Jesus, the Son of God, our great High Priest (4:14). We can rest from our work because Jesus finished his work for us.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We have confidence to enter in because the work has been finished. We can approach the throne of grace. We are sinners in need of mercy and grace – gifts that we didn’t earn and don’t deserve. We rest from our works and enter in to enjoy his rest. Hebrews goes on to tell us that “repentance from dead works” is a foundational doctrine (6:1).

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

We must turn away from what we can accomplish, we must abandon our good works as a way of earning God’s favor and we must put our trust in God who justifies the ungodly.

Jesus invites us to find true rest in him.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

John 7:37 …Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”’

John 8:31 … “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

Come! Come! Come to Jesus and be refreshed!

Pastor Rodney Zedicher ~ Ephraim Church of the Bible ~ www.ephraimbible.org

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Exodus 23:1-9; Love the Truth

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11/06 Exodus 23:1-9 Love the Truth

As we study God’s law, we gain a greater appreciation for who God, the great Lawgiver is. As we see what he is passionate about, we get a taste of his character and nature. Understanding what God commands is a way of getting back to the heart of God, to see what he is like. We see that clearly in this section of the Book of the Covenant, itself an expansion of the ninth command:

Exodus 20:16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Let’s look a the text together:

Exodus 23:1 “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. 2 You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice, 3 nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit. 4 “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. 5 If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him. 6 “You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit. 7 Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked. 8 And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear–sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. 9 “You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

Absolute Truth in a Relative World

We see that God is passionate about truth. Truth matters to God. God demands that the people who are in relationship with him be truth loving people. This presupposes that truth exists. God created a world in which true and false are real, valid categories. Our culture attempts to dismiss these absolute categories. Our society is all about tolerance and respect. You have a right to believe whatever you want to believe, and I have no right to tell you what you believe is wrong. I have no business pushing my beliefs on anyone else. If you believe in God, that’s good for you. Just don’t push your truth on me. I have the right to believe that there is no God, or that my way to get to God is just as legitimate as your way to get to God. Don’t tell me that Jesus dying on the cross as a substitute for my sins is the only way to God. In our society the only thing that is absolutely not tolerated is the idea that there are absolutes. The bible doesn’t go along with our culture of relativism. The bible calls the person who says in his heart that there is no God a fool (Ps.14:1; 53:1). The bible says ‘there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death’ (Pr.14:12; 16:25). Jesus says:

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus claims to be truth. He is absolutely, exclusively the only way to God. You have every right to choose to be a fool. Just know that following your heart and denying God’s truth leads to eternal death in an objectively real place called hell, where God’s wrath will be poured out eternally. God is passionate about truth – objective, hard, factual, real, absolute, unchanging truth – because he

John 3:16 …so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish….

2 Peter 3:9 … not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

The stakes of truth are high. We as his people are called to be witnesses. We are his witnesses. We testify to the reality of God. If our testimony is to be trusted and believed, we must be truthful, truth-loving people. We must be known and characterized as those who always tell the truth. There are several categories of truth-telling spelled out in this passage.

Notice, this passage is more similar to the ten commandments than it is to much of the rest of the Book of the Covenant. Much of the covenant code is framed in the if – then ‘if you break this law, then these are the appropriate consequences.’ This section is stated absolutely – ‘thou shalt not.’

Exodus 23:1 “You shall not spread a false report.

Let’s turn this into a positive. Speak only what you know to be true. ‘But I heard it from so-and-so’ Do you know it to be true? ‘But they wrote this’ or ‘I heard them say this.’ Do you know that you are interpreting their words in the way that they meant them? ‘But I saw them do this with my own eyes!’ Do you know the full context and background of the situation and why they did what they did? Do you know that you are interpreting what you saw correctly? You shall not spread a false report. Seek to see others in the best possible light, assume the best, view their actions and words the way you would like your actions and words to be viewed. Speak only what you know to be true.

You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

‘I would never do that! My friend is not wicked, she’s just frustrated with this person, and I am too. We are not being malicious, we were just sharing our experiences so we know how to pray for this person.’ Will your conversation about that other person serve that person in love, to build them up and care for them, or will it serve to enhance resentment and frustration?

2 You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice,

We naturally have a strong desire to be part of the group. Few people like to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd. ‘If everybody else thinks this way, maybe I’m the one that’s wrong. I don’t have to say I agree or disagree, I can just keep quiet.’ To blend in with the crowd is to go along with the crowd. The majority is not always right. We must be willing to stand for truth, even if we find ourselves standing alone. Think of the many Israelites in the crowd around Nebuchadnezzar’s image (Dan.3). ‘I would never worship anyone or anything but the one true God. I have no respect for the king or his image. I will just bend down and adjust my sandals at the appropriate time. After all, God knows my heart.’ But three young men, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah had such a robust belief in their God and the truth that the king and his fiery furnace could do them no permanent harm, that they refused to compromise the truth or their consciences. They stood tall when the whole crowd bowed down, and they stood out like sore thumbs. They refused to fall in with the many and imply that there is more than one true God, even at great personal cost. They were confident God would deliver them, either by bringing them instantly into his presence to receive the martyr’s crown – which would be far better, or by preserving them miraculously through the flames as a testimony to those around. We must be those who love the truth more than our own skin.

3 nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit.

It is a common temptation to favor the powerful who can pay us back. There is another equally dangerous temptation on the opposite extreme that also undermines truth by always siding with the weak and assuming that the powerful are automatically in the wrong. We must not allow sympathy to outstrip truth. We want to help those that are the underdog, and that is good. But the bible does not call us to steal justice from the rich in order to give to the poor. The bible calls us to be no respecter of persons, to be blind to status and always do what is just. To favor the poor and to rule in their favor simply because they are poor is to deny them justice and to fail to truly love them in a way that is redemptive and transformational. We must love truth more than what seems on the surface to be nice.

Love your Enemy

4 “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. 5 If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.

When Jesus told us to love even our enemies, he was not teaching something radically different from what we are taught in the law of God. Here in Exodus we are taught that the same kindness and care that is due to a neighbor must be extended even to enemies. An enemy in this context would primarily be a legal adversary, someone you have a dispute with or who has a dispute with you. If you see potential harm or loss coming to your enemy, natural human inclination would cause you to stand back and watch with a sense of satisfaction. ‘He’s getting what’s coming to him. Serves him right for treating me that way.’ No, God requires that we take action to prevent loss to our enemy, even inconvenience yourself greatly to do what is right. ‘You shall bring it back to him.’ And this is not mere kindness to animals without care for the neighbor. The first scenario is a lost unattended animal. In the second scenario your enemy is with his animal. He can unload the donkey, get the donkey back on its feet, and reload the animal so that the load is more balanced all by himself. Again, we would be tempted to pull up a chair and watch with satisfaction the struggle of our enemy. No, God requires that we come alongside our enemy and help them, which would require a significant investment of time and energy, and probably greatly inconvenience ourselves. Notice, this is one who hates you – possibly one who has attacked you without cause. They have made themselves your enemies. Certainly, if I have a problem with someone, I need to get over it and help them. But if someone has a problem with me, do I really need to reach out to them? Isn’t that their problem that they need to deal with? ‘You shall rescue it with him. You shall refrain from leaving him with it.’ God says ‘go, help the one who hates you.’ This deals with heart attitude. I cannot allow myself to take pleasure in another man’s misfortune. I must extend love at great personal cost, even to my enemy.

Truth and Love

6 “You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit. 7 Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked. 8 And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear–sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. 9 “You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

Truth and love must go hand in hand. Justice and mercy must come together. Truth is to be honored, and God is the ultimate defender of truth. God says ‘I will not acquit the wicked.’ If you violate justice, that is wicked, and God will hold you accountable. We must love the truth more than money. Justice must not be put up for auction. Truth must not bend under financial pressure.

Here again, care is to be extended to the sojourner.

Exodus 22:21 “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 23:9 “You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

You know the heart of a sojourner. You know what it’s like to be at the bottom, on the outside, without rights. Care deeply. You know their soul, their life. You know what goes on in their heart. Treat them the way you wish you had been treated.

God who Acquits the Wicked

I want to come back to one issue that is brought up in this text. This passage holds up the importance and value of truth, and God himself says “I will not acquit the wicked.” But isn’t that exactly what God says he does in the gospel? Romans 4:5 tells us that God is the one who “justifies the ungodly.” God tells us not to ‘kill the innocent and righteous,’ but isn’t that exactly what God did when he “did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all” (Rom.8:32)?

2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he(God) made him(Christ) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

In the gospel message we have Jesus, without any sin of his own, taking our sin and himself paying the ultimate price that justice demands. Isn’t this the kind of perversion of justice that God hates?

Proverbs 17:15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.

But this is the consistent message of good news preached throughout the bible, from the sacrificial system, from prophesies like Isaiah 53, that point to the death of a substitute, from Christ’s own words in the gospels and the understanding of his disciples as recorded in the writings of the New Testament, the message of good news for sinners is forgiveness of sins by transferring guilt to an innocent victim. “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn.1:29) Jesus “bore our sins in his body on the tree” (1Pet.2:24). “It was the will of the LORD to crush him” and “He was crushed for our iniquities.” (Is.53:10,5) How is it right for God to justify the ungodly but wrong for us to acquit the wicked? One way to answer this question is to see that my sin was really and truly transferred to Jesus. He became sin for me. And his righteousness is imputed, or credited to my account. There is a real transfer of guilt so that God is punishing my sin in Jesus and rewarding Jesus’ righteousness in me.

Another way to answer this question is to ask how God’s justifying the ungodly and punishing his perfect Son is different from us acquitting the wicked. A guilty person has failed to honor his neighbor, he has failed to honor the law, and he has failed to honor the law-giver. He owes a debt of honor to the one he has wronged, to the law, and to God. If we let the wicked go free without paying the appropriate penalty, we fail to uphold the value of the law and we dishonor the law-giver. If we let the wicked go free, we release into society a person that is likely to repeat the same crime or worse, so we endanger the community. If we punish an innocent person, we wrongly strip them of honor and we again dishonor the law and the law-giver by condemning a person the law says should be esteemed. We injure society by removing their good influence from the community.

But when Jesus took our sin on the cross, he upheld the value of the law and honored the law-giver by graphically illustrating the seriousness of sin. He paid our debt in full! Jesus suffered no permanent loss of honor by being punished in our place; rather he brought glory to himself and his Father by his sacrifice: looking toward the cross, Jesus prayed:

John 17:1 …“Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,

When God justifies the ungodly, he does not release into society someone likely to repeat the same offense. God begins the work of inward transformation. God regenerates the sinner, he gives us new life and a new nature so we will now love God and bring glory to him, and love neighbor even to the point of laying down our life for our enemies. Jesus releases us into society to bless those around us.

And Jesus’ death did not deprive society of his own righteous influence, because Jesus did not stay dead! Jesus is alive!

(I have been helped in my thinking on this topic by John Piper’s article “Why Is God Not An Abomination To Himself”, March 23, 1992; found in A Godward Life, p.199)

Praise God that he is both:

Romans 3:26 …just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Pastor Rodney Zedicher ~ Ephraim Church of the Bible ~ www.ephraimbible.org

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