Deuteronomy 22:21 Taking Care Of Your Neighbor

Lone sheep

If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. Deuteronomy 2:21

Taking care of one’s neighbor is not a very common sight to be seen. The majority of people are out for themselves and only to take care of themselves, even at the expense of others.

During the time of Moses, oxen or sheep were one of the main livelihoods of the people. It was their source of income, their help in plowing the fields and providing clothing. It was also traded for other items of need and ultimately used as a sacrifice to God.

There would be times when an ox or sheep would stray away from the owner. God had told the Israelites to not ignore it, but to immediately return it to the owner.

It is common for people to ignore the needs or property of others. Although today, most people do not use sheep or oxen for their livelihood, there are other things of value to people. People will see a neighbor’s fence falling down on the backside of the property out of normal sight. They ignore it and do not tell the neighbor anything about it.

Other times they may see something wrong in their neighbor’s property or life and will just ignore it, rather than letting the neighbor know what was seen or perceived. People are all about minding their own business, unless it affects them or it is juicy gossip.

The greatest need of any person is the need to know Jesus and receive the salvation that He offers to every believer. Most people will not say a word to the person about Jesus, because he does not want to offend the person with the gospel message. Yet, every person has the right to know.

If they have the right to get their property back, which is here today and gone tomorrow, they definitely need Jesus and the salvation He is offering them. Believers must take care of their neighbor and let them have what God wants to give them or has already allowed them to have.

Do not take anything that belongs to your neighbor, but even more so, do not keep back anything from them that can be theirs. God has salvation ready for all who believe. How can your neighbor believe, if you do not tell him.

Take time today to care for your neighbor.

I pray today that you will have God’s love for your neighbor; that you will not take anything that belongs to your neighbor; that you withhold anything that belongs to your neighbor; that you will take care of your neighbor as God takes care of you. 

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Leviticus 20:2 Sacrificing Children

Children together

Say to the Israelites: Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him. Leviticus 20:2

One of the commands that God gives the Israelites is to not sacrifice any children to Molek. It was a common practice to burn the child to get the favor of the false god, Molek. Neither the Israelite, nor the foreigner living in the land was allowed to do this detestable practice.

Since that time, the majority of the world is willing to accept that physically sacrificing children is not an acceptable practice, at least in word. Many nations have rules against sacrificing a child. Yet, the majority of the world does sacrifice children on a daily basis.

The first thing most believers think of when talking about sacrificing children is with abortion. In America, this had become an acceptable thing to the point, that today abortion is accepted for any reason at all, right up to the point of actual birth. This practice has even crept into the church as acceptable.

However, there is another also another method of sacrificing children that occurs daily in many homes, even Christian homes. It is the sacrifice of time spent with a child. For the same reasons that many children are aborted, many are left alone in the search for money, position, fame, or more. Children are left to be raised by the school, nannies, day cares baby sitters, or older siblings, rather than by the parent.

This is a type of sacrifice people make in order to make money or survive in life. Abortions are done out of fear and to survive in life, to make money, have fun. Not spending time with children is also sacrificing their lives for the same reasons.

God is a God of relationships of love. Love is spending time with others. If one is aborted or ignored, then there is no love and there is a sacrifice.

If you have children, NOW is the time to tell them that you love them. NOW is the time to take the time to spend time with them. Prove that you do love them, by spending time with them. Prove that you love by allowing your child to have life.

God is a God of life, not death. Are you allowing your child to have life?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people of all ages; that you will not sacrifice children or others for selfish reasons; that you will trust God to help you make the time for others; and that you will trust God to provide for your needs.

Jeremiah 36:23-24 No Fear Or Remorse

Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. Jeremiah 36:23-24

Jehoiakim was the king of Judah and had been leading the people into sin against God. Through Jeremiah, God had been telling the people that destruction was coming because of their actions. Some of the people heard the words and believed them. When it was reported to the king what was being said, he requested the scroll be brought and read to him.

As the scroll was read, he would tear out section by section and burn it in the fire. When the entire scroll was read it was destroyed and there was no fear of God in what was said, nor did they turn and repent of their sins.

Very few people today would purposely burn the Bible if they were given one, even though even fewer would take time to read any of it. There are many people who go to church each week and hear the words of God read from the Bible. Instead of burning the Bible, they ignore it. Most people ignore most of what the Bible says.

The world likes to pick out the verses that God loves them, all believers are to forgive, and that there will be peace and happiness some day. When it comes to the verses talking about turning away from sin and coming judgment, most people ignore them.

Ignoring God’s word is no different than the king burning the scroll. It is actually better for one to burn the bible than to ignore it. Burning it, shows one has no fear of it or remorse for sins. Ignoring it gives the appearance of accepting it, while the heart is far from God.

Think about when you hear or read parts of the Bible. What are your thoughts on what you hear or read? Do you strive to apply those words to your life?

Do you respect and honor God’s word or do you ignore it and go on with your life?

Do not burn God’s word today, they are words of life, abundant, eternal life.

I pray today that you will find life in God’s word; that you will desire to know God’s word; that you will apply His word to your life; and that you will not ignore what God has to say to you.

2 Kings 19:5-6 A Time To Ignore

When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard–those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.’ ” 2 Kings 19:5-6

Sennacherib had threatened to destroy Israel. He made statements on how powerful Assyria was and all of the nations that they had already conquered. He also stated that God would not be able to help them.

King Hezekiah had sent some men to the prophet, Isaiah. Isaiah had told them that God is telling them to not be afraid. God had heard what the king of Assyria was saying and how he was blaspheming Him. God was going to reroute the Assyrian army and kill the king.

The enemy likes to boast of his power and ability to destroy and conquer. Over the years many different countries that have had larger armies have threatened smaller nations. They often feel that their power is greater and that nothing can stand in their way. Although they may have larger armies, there has been times when much smaller armies have rerouted them and won the battle.

In the spiritual realm, there is also an enemy that is at war with every believer. Satan and all of his followers are striving to put fear in your heart. The world, who follows Satan, will tell lies to you on a regular basis.

They will try to tell you that God is dead and cannot really help you.

He will remind you of the sins you have done and try to convince you that you are unworthy to be saved by Jesus.

Satan will try to tell you that God really does not hear your prayers, because they are not being answered the way you want.

When you make a mistake, the world will be right there to kick you some more to keep you down.

The false spirits will try to convince you that the Bible is just a bunch of made up stories.

The world will try to tell you that you, as a person, can do everything on your own and that you do not need God.

These are all lies of the enemy to put fear and doubt in your minds. The enemy may look very powerful, but in reality, up against God, is nothing. When these lies come in, it is a time to ignore those words. It is not the time to be afraid. God is greater and is absolute truth and love at all times.

Look to God’s word and see what He says. Read about how He loves you with an undying love and wants to forgive you and save you. Hold on to the truth that Jesus did remove your sins. Know that God is more powerful than the enemy.

God’s love will cast out all fear. Listen to His words, not the words of the enemy.

I pray today that you will know the truth of what God says about you; that you will not listen to the words of the enemy; that you will not fear the threats of the enemy; and that you will trust God to win the battles and war over your life.