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(171) 20 June : Proverbs 14v22 / Deuteronomy 20v1-22v12 / Psalm 39v5-10

BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world. 

Wisdom to chew on

Understanding to grow in
God's law dealt with the realities of life then not the niceties of our day. Hostility would inevitably come from other nations. But, unless they are those Israel must drive out in judgment, God's people are commanded to offer peace under their overlordship, and if it is not accepted, to spare the women and children. And any woman from war that an Israelite married was to have sufficient time to mourn and not to be treated as a slave. Compared to what can occur during war this is all rather enlightened. Another reality, was the importance of respect for parents if the faith is to be passed to each generation. This probably explains why persistently rebellious sons were to be put to death. We also see the seriousness of murder is to be marked with atonement, inheritance is not to be given to favourites, people's property is to be protected and cared for, and gender distinctions are to be upheld, together with other creational distinctions. There is even health and safety law (22v8), and environmental laws for the sustainability of fruit and animal life (20v19-20, 22v6-7). As you read note God's concern with each law that is given.

Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.

Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.

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