Can God Get A Witness?

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Deuteronomy 9:25–9:29; Titus 2:1–15

wit·ness: One who can give a firsthand account of something seen, d, or experienced.

Deuteronomy is, in effect, the “Last Will and Testament of Moses”. Moses provides a contrasting snapshot of the Israelite witness and the Mosaic witness. The Israelite witness was unimpressive at best, destroying(?) at worse.

What was their witness? Stubbornness, wickedness, and sin.

The Mosaic witness? Yep, they are stubborn, wicked, and sinful. Please love them, be gracious to them, and have on them anyway. Do this for the glory of your holy and to fulfill the s made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

admonished Titus to teach those in his care “…so that ’s will not be slandered.” continues, “Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that any opponent will be ashamed, because he doesn’t have anything bad to say about us.” Even slaves were to be “demonstrating utter fulness, so that they may adorn the teaching of our Savior in everything.”

This passage in Titus can be used inappropriately. ’s focus isn’t explicitly behavior, but how ’s , teaching, and message comes across to others. All the behaviors weren’t a list of dos and don’ts so much as a be aware of the witness you are giving to others about .

※Questions※

What is your witness? How do you witness? Why do you witness?

※Part of the Post-Communion Prayer, 2019 Book of Common Prayer※

And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as ful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.