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Deuteronomy 11:10-12

For the land where you are headed is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, a land where you planted seed and which you irrigated by hand like a vegetable garden.  Instead, the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy is one of hills and valleys, a land that drinks in water from the rains,  a land the Lord your God looks after. He is constantly attentive to it from the beginning to the end of the year.

God is delivering the nation of Israel to a land blessed by God. As powerful a nation Egypt was, God was more powerful - and this message is about God being good. God is not giving Israel a land where they will need to work it hard in order for it to produce. This miraculous land has a heavenly caretaker: God Himself. In His goodness God blesses Israel with this land, and as a nation they enter into land to reap a harvest which they did not sow. God is good, and He expects obedience. Yet that obedience cannot be apart from Him, it must be desperately dependent upon Him.

John 11:25-26

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies,  and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Lazarus has been dead four days, and Martha tells Jesus that she believes he will rise again in the "resurrection at the last day". (vs. 24) Then, Jesus points to Himself as the resurrection and the life. Today, read this verse as if Jesus is speaking directly with you. Read it as if He speaks to you about your life, in whatever circumstance or situation - because He IS speaking to you about your life. Our Lord Jesus IS our very life! We breathe in life instead of death every day because of Jesus alone. Lazarus risen is prophetic truth, pointing to Jesus as the author of life itself.

Mark 7:14-15

Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand.  There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.”

Jesus is in the middle of correcting the suggested lifestyle of the Pharisees. There is a theme, throughout Jesus' interaction with the Pharisees, of misunderstanding God's law, and a continued inability to change their paradigm. Jesus goes directly against the tradition, and points to the heart of a person as the source of any evil. The Pharisees, because they placed too much weight and improper value on outward tradition, miss this point as they attempt to scorn Jesus' disciples for not washing their hands before eating a meal. Jesus is after hearts to turn to Him.

Isaiah 53:4-6

But he lifted up our illnesses,he carried our pain; even though we thought he was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed. All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him.

We can only approach God through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Being God the Son and having lived a sinless life, He is uniquely qualified to rescue mankind from certain, eternal death. We all need rescuing because we are fallen and were deceived by sin. Consider today what it must have been like for Jesus to endure all He did on His road to the cross. Consider the love and commitment He feels for us, because He had the power to stop all that pain for Himself. Yet, He did not stop it. He walked in obedience and love, choosing instead to be crushed so that we would have hope in Him.

Psalm 54:4

Look, God is my deliverer! The Lord is among those who support me.

We serve a God who has chosen to be vested in our lives. He sought to be with us, and succeeded in doing so through His Son Jesus Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Today's promise that God sustains us is not only for us individually, but for each other through one another. God is not only with you, He chooses to be with those who stand firm with you. Whether it be helping to carry your burdens, helping to see you through times of temptation or crisis, or just being a strong brother or sister in Christ; Jesus wants His body (the church) to serve and "uphold" one another in love.