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Joshua 5:5
All the people that came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the desert during the journey from Egypt had not.

Circumcision was the indelible mark of distinction between the Israelites and the heathen nations. Those who wandered and eventually perished in the wilderness were under the judgment of God, and, anyway, there was no danger of confusing this wandering nation with the nations around them in the land. But the distinction was important to God, so He brought to their attention the failure to circumcise their males, and to Joshua fell the monumental task of bringing the nation into conformity with Godís commands. He will carry it out, and they will wait around as they heal. Lord, help us remember that, although you may not punish every lapse into unfaithfulness, they are important to You. Help us get right and stay right with Jesus.
Deuteronomy 5:5
(At that time I stood between the LORD and you to declare to you the word of the LORD, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up to the mountain.) And He said:

The people of God were fearfully aware of the need of a mediator between them and God. They did not themselves deserve to draw near to Him, and the fire that flashed forth made them feel afraid they would be destroyed by His burning wrath. It is wonderful how this feeling of dread and fear has been removed, as we approach the Holy God through our Mediator, the Lord Jesus. We boldly and happily approach the throne of grace, knowing that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Thank You for this wonderful access, O Lord our God! Grant us grace to help, through Jesus Christ alone.
Numbers 5:5
The LORD said to Moses.

The verse division seems strange here, but it brings us to focus upon some crucial truth in our day. In the Bible the one true God, the maker of heaven and earth, the source and sustainer of all life, the One before Whom every knee will bow and the Judge of all of us, takes the initiative to communicate to man. He does so in words to a particular people, under the leadership that God Himself has established. These realities are challenged on every side in our day. The value of words, the personality of God Himself, His choice of Israel, His actually speaking, are all things under intense challenge from the intellectual world. Lord, we believe You are the Creator and Sustainer of all. We are Your people. We embrace Your words, spoken to Moses. Speak to us of Your Son, Jesus.
Leviticus 5:5
When anyone is guilty in any of these ways, he must confess in what way he has sinned

Forgiveness involves confessing the way in which we have broken Godís law in our personal behavior. It involves saying the same things about our sin that God says about it. It involves bringing a sacrifice to atone for our sin and offering that sacrifice to God in faith. The Devil is always ready to help us say something else about out sin than God says. We call it by a different name and present it in a much better light than it would have by itself. We deceive ourselves, and rob ourselves of the full and free forgiveness offered us through the blood of our Savior. Lord, help us be honest with You about what we have done. You have assured us that the blood of Your Son will cleanse.
Exodus 5:5
Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working."

Pharaoh had decided to disregard God altogether, so he turned on Moses and tried to make I more difficult for hi. How could he continue to represent the people when Mosesí intervention was to make life more difficult for the people. This would surely turn the peopleís hearts away from concern about God. It was true that this would make Mosesí job harder, but it would not succeed in altering Godís purpose. In fact, the one long-range result would be to heap up condemnation for Pharaoh and all his nation.
Pharaoh could not turn the focus away from himself, for God was bringing judgment upon the land of Egypt. Do our leaders fail to see the real reason for our problems and difficulties? We see Your hand, Lord Jesus.
Genesis 5:5
Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.

God had warned Adam and Eve that in the day they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would surely die. We can see how important in Godís eyes was spiritual death. Adam and Eve became dead in trespasses and sins the very day they ate. A relationship with God of love and trust was broken beyond anything Adam could restore. Sin would continue to have its impact on human action and development. Death reigned in a way that affected all that Adam and his descendants would do. And though God may preserve the physical life of Adam for 930 years, his body must die as well, and he must return to the dust. And all of us were dead in our transgressions and sins. Thank You, Lord, that Jesus has brought us life.
Revelation 1:5
...and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and freed us from our sins by His blood...

Jesus faithfully testified to His deity up to His very death, affirmed His deity by His resurrection, and exercises His deity in His dominion over all the powers of earth. As John leads us in worshiping Him, he speaks of Jesusí present love for us and the power of his blood to free us from the bondage of our sins. Thank You, Jesus, for your present, active love for us. Thank You for the power of Your blood to free us from our sins. Help us to remember this day what You suffered to pay for our sins, and help us turn from them with loathing. Praise King Jesus!
Jude 5
Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.

Jude is moved by God to warn Christians to contend for the faith. He sees terrible dangers within the church itself from teachers who claim to know God, but who teach a way of life that leads to destruction.
In some cases they go so far as to challenge the authority of Scripture and present themselves as superior guides to the way of life. And all this within the professing church! Obviously, being connected with the professing church is of no more value in itself than for the Israelite to be an outward part of the nation of Godís people. Those unwilling to believe and follow were destroyed. Lord, help us to follow only the voice of Jesus our Shepherd.

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