Scripture: Psalm 38:11: “My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off.”
Observations: In Galatians 2 Paul continues to explain his ministry. Paul exposes Peter’s hypocrisy, and he explains that the law can not save an individual. We are saved by faith in Jesus Christ.
In Deuteronomy 16, Moses reminds the Israelites of the festivals they are to celebrate. We will celebrate Passover just next week. Then in 7 weeks will be the Feast of Weeks – we celebrate Passover. In the fall we have the feast of booths which is still celebrated in Israel. Interesting when Paul is speaking of hypocrisy, Moses was warning about not showing partiality. Chapter 17 gives a very harsh warning about worshiping false gods – death is the penalty. Do you realize if that was still the rule, we would have a lot less people in this world? If Kings had done what they were instructed, and written out God’s law, and read it every day, what a different world this would be! In chapter 18, there is a warning against sorcerers and fortune tellers, and again, about false prophets. Another true prophet was promised though – ‘it is to him you shall listen’ (Deut 18:15).
Application: This Scripture just seemed so appropriate today as I know of several families who are separated from loved ones because of COVID-19. I have no doubt they feel isolated. I have no doubt they are experiencing a touch of self-pity, helplessness and frustration. This is a non-discriminant, humbling illness that is striking all over the world. This is the time to draw closer to God.
Prayer: Father, you are the Divine Healer. You are the Banner over us. You are our protection and provider. Lord, be with those who are in the hospital, or in ICU wards, or in quarantine. Lord, I pray for families who have been divided because of Covid-19. Meet their needs Lord, and heal their loved ones. Give us wisdom Lord to maintain the rule of social distancing. David’s prayers were associated with war-like times. Lord, we are at war. Help us to live as we should to save as many lives as possible!
Next Reading: Deuteronomy 19-21; Galatians 3