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April 10

Maturity – past the Law into godliness
Joshua 17-18 /Proverbs 10 /Galatians 4-6

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OT

Joshua 17:17-18 Then Joshua said to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the descendants of Joseph, “Since you are so large and strong, you will be given more than one portion. The forests of the hill country will be yours as well. Clear as much of the land as you wish and live there. And I am sure you can drive out the Canaanites from the valleys, too, even though they are strong and have iron chariots.”

Proverbs 10:1b A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother.

NT

4:1-7 Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves great wealth for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you.


OT Flash Points

Compromises in territories, adjusting according to needs and size

Proverbs: How does your father and mother feel about you? Godly vs. Foolish

NT Flash Points

Full rights of Sons come with maturity – press on past the Law which was your baby-sitter – GROW UP!
There is no safety in dogma (defensive doctrine)


Perspective

Unless your personal life is hid with Christ in God, natural ability will continually lead you into chastisement, disciplinary action

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