Day Eighteen – הַיּוֹם שְׁמוֹנָה עָשָׂר לָעֹמֶר
The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. Ecc. 12:13
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. Song of Songs 6:3
“When all is said and done…”
This saying continues, “there is much more said than done.” God has given us His commandments so that we would live our lives a certain way. His commandments don’t make us righteous. Does that make any sense? We are made righteous by grace through faith. In making us this way He prepares for us good works to do. How is it that we can keep His commandments with the foundation of faith? Faith does not nullify the Law, it establishes it.
• Thinking like a soldier, how do you see the LORD as your commander-in chief? As a child of God – crying Abba Father, how do you learn to obey Him in truth?
• I command you, “Do what you are going to do today!” While this seems silly, what is it about someone commanding us that often rubs us the wrong way?
• How does these final words of Ecclesiastes describe what needs to be done “by every person?” What are the limits on enforcement of God’s Laws? How do we understand our community responsibilities in terms of learning/teaching together God’s righteous standards?
Resources for Day 18 of Counting the Omer
Video Devotional – Making Connections During This Season:
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