Deuteronomy 15 – Cancelling of Debts

Deuteronomy 15 – Cancelling of Debts

Cancellation of Debt Today I was blessed by ending my daily reading with Deuteronomy Chapter 15.  It was an amazing chapter that I could fully relate to since I am buried under student debt.  It seems like I paid premium dollar for education that I could apply to a job that never existed.  It was a trap.  It was a false promise.So below is my perspective of Deuteronomy 15 and the cancellation of debt. Here is a quick summary for those with the attention span of a…. what was I talking about? Moses speaks to Israel: all debts cancelled after seven years. God instructs everyone to be generous to the poor and to not refrain from lending because the Sabbath year approaches. Slaves are to be released every seventh year, and not turned out empty-handed. Meaning send them on their way with enough to survive in the world. Slaves who wished to continue serving would have their ear pierced with an awl, to signify the relationship. The firstborn of the herd or flock is to be given to the Lord. The sacrifice must be flawless. In every single way. If you couldn’t even finish the first paragraph without having your mind wander you should stop now… or if you truly want to find out about the cancellations of debt and the seventh year proceed. Could you imagine a world where debts would be canceled every 7 years? A place where every creditor knows that by forgiving the debt of a fellow person, they are actually increasing the value of that persons life.  The creditor must know that God will...
Women Heirs

Women Heirs

Numbers 36 – Women Heirs In this final chapter of Numbers, the daughters of Zelophehad are instructed to marry within their tribe to maintain their tribe’s inheritance. This chapter continues on the theme of allocating the Promised Land. The basic idea is that with no sons, the property of Zelophehad goes to his daughters to help carry on his estate and his “name”. One of the principles of inheritance is that the property of the wife is given to her husband, and this chapter is largely how we figure that out. The leaders of Manasseh complain that if Zelophehad’s daughters marry outside of Manasseh, then Zelophehad’s property will be permanently given to that other tribe. The tribal inheritances are meant to be permanent, so transferring property from one tribe to another breaks that permanence. This only becomes a problem when a woman inherits her father’s land and passes it on to her husband. Moses responds by agreeing to close this tribal loophole. Any woman who inherits property from her father must marry within her father’s tribe. This serves the dual role of preserving her father’s name amongst his brothers and preserving the land within the larger tribe. To remedy this inconvenience the daughters were ordered to marry family of their father’s tribe. This was to be a law to all heiresses for the future in other tribes. The daughters followed the new law by marrying their father’s brother’s sons (cousins), thus keeping the inherited land in their own tribe. Do you come from a family of all daughters? How was your inheritance carried out? Do you see benefit in...
Numbers Chapter 23:19

Numbers Chapter 23:19

Numbers 23: 19 – God is not swayed “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has he said, and shall he not do it? or has he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Balak was being rebuked for reasoning that God could be persuaded through human strategy and also for not realizing that the Israelites could not be cursed no matter what strategy was used. God is not limited like man is. He is not limited to time, space or any other measure. God can do it all, He is omnipotent which means one who can do what is impossible. Balaam said that God is not a man that He should lie, or the Son of Man that He should change His mind. God had spoken what He had spoken, and that was the end of the story. Balaam was told to bless the Israelites, and He did. Balaam is saying that God is not like men. Men are known for lying, unfaithfulness, and not keeping their word. God on the other hand, never lies and is constantly faithful. When He decides to bless a people, they are blessed. God will not change His mind and curse them immediately after blessing them. Only a person, who can be corrupted by others, power, and money could be so fickle, but not God. He is holy and trustworthy. Do you question God’s promises? Have you realized that true blessings happen for a reason (GOD) and typically even when you fall down things are much better? What Balak didn’t...
Leviticus 27

Leviticus 27

Leviticus 27: In a very systematic and thorough fashion, the chapter analyzes the various kinds of things which men may promise to dedicate to God. Regulations appropriate to each are then specified and vows of people, animals, houses, inheritances and land are described in full. There is also an analysis of what happens when you break a dedication or vow. God anticipates that the vows which are made at one moment in time may be regretted later, and the person making the offer will attempt, in one way or another, to renege or replace one offering for another. False vow’s which are basically promises or dedications that are not kept. It may have been a vow made sincerely at the time, but was forgotten, regretted, or for some reason not fulfilled. It may even have been a vow which was never intended to be kept, even when it was made. Leviticus 27 warns against the making of false vows, each vow which was made should be kept no matter the circumstance. When you make a vow, dedication or promise to the Lord you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, and your God will surely require that you fulfill the dedication. However, if you refrain from vowing at all, it would also be a sin. Be careful of what goes out from your lips or is thought in your head, because you might be voluntarily vowing to the Lord. There are many people who have faced crises and who have, at that time, made commitments to God about serving Him in the future,...
Leviticus 18:22

Leviticus 18:22

Forbidding Tattoos? Chapter 19 of Leviticus starts off with several guidelines or laws, including the commandments that state how one should refrain from worshiping false idols and prophets, respect their parents and obey the Sabbath. Disobeying these laws meant that a person was going against the word of God. If a person did not follow these rules, they were to be cut off from the community. There were also laws on how to properly harvest one’s crops. God said that there should be a portion of the crops given to those who are poor and hungry. The rich and powerful should not have special privileges that give them advantages over everyone else. The people of Israel were instructed by God to respect their elders, respect the house of the Lord, and to refrain from turning to mediums. God also said to show respect to nonbelievers as well as believers. This was aimed at the Israelites that were living in Egypt at the time. The chapter ends with a summary and a reiteration that all of the Lord’s commands and rules should be followed. Those who chose to disobey would suffer the consequences. The guideline that I personally disobeyed without knowing is Leviticus 19:28, Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. I have a few tattoo’s which I now need to ask forgiveness for betraying the Lord without knowing. So do you have tattoos? How do you feel about this scripture? Do you feel that like other guidelines laid out in this chapter this verse...
Guilt Offerings

Guilt Offerings

Leviticus 5 – Guilt Offerings The Lord spoke to Moses, saying If a person commits a trespass, and sins unintentionally in regard to the holy things of the Lord, then he shall bring to the Lord as his trespass offering a ram without blemish from the flocks, with your valuation in shekels of silver according to the shekel of the sanctuary, as a trespass offering. And he shall make restitution for the harm that he has done in regard to the holy thing, and shall add one-fifth to it and give it to the priest. So the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him. So if a person sins, and commits any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the Lord, even if he or she does not know it, he or she is guilty and shall bear the iniquity. My question to you today is how often do we see a sin happen or a trespass and do nothing? Well with the guilt being passed to you for not doing anything how does this weigh on your shoulders? It is NOT enough to merely not tell lies. God requires His people to make the truth known, so even if one merely knew about a lie, they were responsible to make the truth known. So take some time today and make the truth known....
Biblical Commandments

Biblical Commandments

Exodus 24 The God who cannot be seen, is seen, not only by Moses, but by the priests and also by seventy of the elders of Israel. A cloud covered the mount six days; a token of God’s special presence there. Moses accessed into the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights. He was given the commandments written in stone. These laws enforced by God were given to Moses to be taught. God’s covenants and commands are for our own good, the more we think of them, and the more plainly and fully they are utilized in our lives, the more reason we may see to comply with them. Just to remind you of the 10 Commandments from Exodus 20 they are: You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make idols. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet. How often do you think of these commandments? Do you live your life by utilizing them? How has living your life by these laws changed your outlook on life? Have a great Tuesday!...
Gen 27:41 Jacob & Esau

Gen 27:41 Jacob & Esau

Unforgiveness Definition: A Grudge Against Someone Who Has Offended You. In Gen 27:41 of the Bible, Esau had all the excuses in the world to hold a grudge against his brother. Jacob had offended him greatly by taking his father’s blessing. Esau could not forgive nor have love for his brother. Have you ever been offended or hurt by someones actions against you or a loved one? How did you overcome the feelings of unforgiveness and hatred? The power of forgiveness is one of the greatest skills we must learn. Life is to short to hold grudges, we need to forgive, release and bless those people who have betrayed us. What are your thoughts? Hairy Arms, Happy Meals &...

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