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March 19, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Judges 3-5
Audio: Judges 3-5

Psalm 99 (ESV)

The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
    He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion;
    he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name!
    Holy is he!
The King in his might loves justice.
    You have established equity;
you have executed justice
    and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the Lord our God;
    worship at his footstool!
    Holy is he!

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
    Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.
    They called to the Lord, and he answered them.
In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
    they kept his testimonies
    and the statute that he gave them.

Lord our God, you answered them;
    you were a forgiving God to them,
    but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Exalt the Lord our God,
    and worship at his holy mountain;
    for the Lord our God is holy!

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. O Lord our God, you answered them;
        you were a forgiving God to them,
        but an avenger of their wrongdoings (Psalm 99:8).

    The Forgiving Avenger

    Although today's psalm is centered around God's holiness, it's interesting the psalmist introduces the "righteousness of Jacob" (Psalm 99:4) followed by Moses, Aaron and Samuel who were "among those who called upon his [the Lord's] name and the Lord answered them (Psalm 99:6).

    The psalmist then reminds us what is written in Exodus 33:9 and Numbers 12:5 in Psalm 99:7, "In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them."

    Exodus 33:9 says, "When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses."

    Numbers 12:5 says, "And the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward."

    In light of this we learn why the Holy Spirit promoted the psalmist to remind us of these men of God from the past:

    "O Lord our God, you answered them;
        you were a forgiving God to them,
        but an avenger of their wrongdoings" (Psalm 99:8).

    Jacob, Moses, Aaron and Samuel were flawed people. Although they were righteous, they were not without sin. They needed the same forgiveness from God we do today.

    In an article at titled "The Trauma of Holiness" it says, "Today most people in the world comfortably assume the Lord grades on a curve. Arrogantly man parades about, confident God will disregard our “mistakes.” But Isaiah, like the other biblical authors, knew that to violate even one commandment was to be guilty of them all (James 2:10), and so he fell prostrate before the splendor of God’s holiness. We too would respond this way if we saw what Isaiah saw."

    When we recognize the holiness of God, we begin to see just how sinful we are – not just in our actions but in our thoughts and attitudes. As God conforms us to the image of Christ, his holiness becomes our holiness. 

    "Man is never sufficiently touched and affected
    by the awareness of his lowly state
    until he has compared himself
    with God’s majesty." – John Calvin

    1 Peter 1:13-16 says, "Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy.'"

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "We Will Walk in Your Ways" by Matthew Henry

    "Lord, our souls have told you: you are our God. Other lords have had dominion over us, but we affirm the Lord this day to be our God.

    We will walk in your ways, keep your commandments, honor your judgments. We will listen to your voice and give ourselves to you as your people—for your praise, and for your glory.

    Lord, truly we are your servants, born in your house. You have loosed our bonds. We are bought with a price, so we are not our own, but yield ourselves to you. We join ourselves to you in an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.

    We are yours. Save us, for we seek your ways. We give you what is yours, that which comes from your hand. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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