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April 12

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Joshua 20-21 /Proverbs 12 /Ephesians 4-6

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OT

Joshua 20:1-6 The LORD said to Joshua, “Now tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed Moses. Anyone who kills another person unintentionally can run to one of these cities and be protected from the relatives of the one who was killed, for the relatives may seek to avenge the killing. Upon reaching one of these cities, the one who caused the accidental death will appear before the leaders at the city gate and explain what happened. They must allow the accused to enter the city and live there among them. If the relatives of the victim come to avenge the killing, the leaders must not release the accused to them, for the death was accidental. But the person who caused the death must stay in that city and be tried by the community and found innocent. Then the one declared innocent because the death was accidental must continue to live in that city until the death of the high priest who was in office at the time of the accident. After that, the one found innocent is free to return home.”

Proverbs 12:23 Wise people don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their folly.

NT

4:1-7 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace. We are all one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and in us all and living through us all. However, he has given each one of us a special gift according to the generosity of Christ.


OT Flash Points

Cities of refuge – so revenge wouldn’t happen without a trial for all residents
All the good promises of God to Israel came true

Proverbs: Life and joy result from righteousness

NT Flash Points

As a prisoner of Christ then … lead a life worthy of His rescue


Perspective

The Cross in discipleship
As Jesus means it
Not a sentiment but reality
Dead to sin
Alive to God
The power is the Holy Ghost, not the gift of the Holy Ghost

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