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For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were cut down in the wilderness.
The stunning truth in this verse is that Jesus Christ was the spiritual rock that Israel drank from. The old covenant, promised to Abraham and fulfilled through Moses, this was all about Christ Jesus. Israel did not believe in a different God than we do as Christians. It is the same God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This Triune God revealed Himself to Moses as a burning bush, to Abraham as 3 travelers, to so many throughout history, and finally as God the Son - Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Jesus is the lifeline and the heartbeat of God's story.
You must observe my regulations and you must be sure to walk in my statutes. I am the Lord your God. So you must keep my statutes and my regulations; anyone who does so will live by keeping them. I am the Lord.
God is commanding Israel of how to live. He repeats twice that He is the Lord. In other words, "Doing this brings life because of who is giving you the command". 2 John 1:6-7 says, "And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love." (NIV) God's commands bring life in the midst of love, which is why our love relationship with God is so important. God must author the loving obedience in our hearts, that we may offer our lives as part of His story.
Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers, and thus the Gentiles glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.”
To the church everywhere: "receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you!" The gospel message reaches out without discrimination or personal agenda, it is offered freely. We are messengers of a message we ourselves have received and believed; witnesses of the truth and salvation that comes from faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. If Jesus would not have received us as we were, then who could have? Praise Jesus that He receives all who come to Him, all with burdens and sin. Rest is the promise to all who come. (Matthew 11:28)
Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the most beautiful things that God is calling us to is unity in Christ Jesus. There is fulfillment in being together with other believers as a family in Christ. Each believer is stronger when in community with other believers. Be encouraged to seek out other believers and to join together with them for God's glory. This is according to His design. Doing so will build up the body of Christ, and help to build your faith in Him.
When Gideon realized that it was the Lord’s messenger, he said, “Oh no! Master, Lord! I have seen the Lord’s messenger face to face!” The Lord said to him, “You are safe! Do not be afraid! You are not going to die!”
Gideon's reaction here is a collision of rightfully fearing the Lord, and his remembering that no one can see God face to face. I think it's important to consider that Gideon actually believes in this moment that he is going to die. The realization that he has been speaking with the Lord frightens him to death. The Lord being gracious and kind responds with peace. We cannot stand in the presence of God without His help. He sustains us, protects us, and strengthens us to receive from Him. How awesome it is that the Holy Spirit of God lives within us.