Exodus 23, 24
Continuation of laws concerning social justice, especially bribary, and sabbath laws about farming/land use. Chapter 23 also denotes three feasts: Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Harvest, and Feast of Ingathering. The LORD also states that he will clear out the land before them “little by little” (vs. 30). The reasoning is quite clear: so the land does not become desolate; the LORD has said that He would give them homes they did not build, and vinyards that they did not tend: by driving the “ites” out of the land little by little, the LORD is providing for his people while keeping the land fruitful, and, I think, so that the people will see the faithfulness of the LORD month after month and the land is taken.
Psalm 45, 46
My pastor has begun a series on Hebrews; it is interesting that what he preached on yesterday, I read the OT reference of this morning: Psalm 45:6-7. Jesus’ throne is an eternal throne, and he rules in moral purity. The reading in Psalm 46, a picture of heaven, reminds me of the song from Coram Deo. After gazing on the beauty of the LORD, the psalm ends with:
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Luke 7, 8
In this passage in Luke, Jesus heals many people: raising many from the dead, healing a woman of bleeding, and exercising deamons from man. In the midst of this, he teaches the parable of the sower and calms the storm.