Daily Archives: July 7, 2010

Joshua 9, Psalm 140-141, Jeremiah 3, Matthew 17

The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.

But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel. Joshua 9:14-15,18

Do not grant the wicked their desires, O LORD; do not let their plans succeed, or they will become proud. Psalm 140:8

Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies. Psalm 141:3-4

Have you not just called to me: ‘My Father, my friend from my youth, will you always be angry? Will your wrath continue forever?’ This is how you talk, but you do all the evil you can.”

In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 3:4-5, 10

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

King David asked for protection from the lies and schemes of others. A neighboring nation lied about their proximity to Israel to save themselves from death. Consequently, Israel swore an oath on the name of the Lord God of Israel to honor a treaty with them. Israel never consulted God in the matter. It appears God’s name had already become just a swear word.

Am I really any different? With the same mouth I praise God and talk coarsely. I am lying to myself by acting as if this doesn’t matter? Because of Jesus my sins are forgiven. However, I would be wise to inquire of God before I open my mouth.  A better use of my tongue would be to pray for protection from myself as well as those who would wish me ill.

Lord, Set a guard over my heart and mouth so that I won’t sin against You or those you have created in your image. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.



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