Bible In One Year-Day 84 (Tuesday, March 25, 2014)
Commentary: Deut23-25. In these chapters, we find further rules given by Moses to the Israelites before entering the Promised Land. Through these chapters, few things are quite outstanding; cleanliness (23:14), paying of vows (23:23), payment of wages without deferment (24:14), perfect and just weights and measures (25:15) and be responsible for sinful acts (24:16). The violation of all or any of these is sin before the Lord;
Deuteronomy 25:16 “For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
What Moses was telling them in essence was that for them to live healthily and with long life, they shouldn’t sow evil seeds in the Promised Land. Just as it is usual for me to remark in my messages in the first three months of every year “don’t cheat while filing your tax return, and if you decide to cheat or defraud the nation, don’t bring your unrighteous harvest into the house of God”. It amounts to sowing evil seeds in the Promised Land by doing such things and you cannot expect to reap good health, gladness and joy in God’s own country, i.e. your Promised Land;
Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
My yearly slogan is quite biblical, whatever you reap from sinful businesses should not be brought into the house of God;
Deuteronomy 23:17-18 “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. Thou shalt not bring the hire (or wages) of a whore (harlot), or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
The blessing of God only falls on what you earn in the genuineness of your sweat and not that earned in cheating. A hundred dollars of genuine earning is weightier in blessing than a thousand dollars acquired through unrighteous means. One thing cheaters don’t really know is that each time they cheat, they actually rob themselves. The inability to make progress or gather much may anchor on this. We should ask the Lord to reveal to us where restitution is needful for us to make it quickly. The practical demonstration of restitution is in Lk19:1-10. No doubt Zacchaeus was a sinner and rich, but on meeting the Lord or when Jesus decided to be his guest, the first thing was to correct every wrong;
Luke 19:8-10 “And Zacchaeus stood, and said to the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said to him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Jesus as your guest is more precious than keeping the verdict of hell fire in form of wealth. Be like Zacchaeus and let Jesus be proud of you. We could see that Zacchaeus repented AFTER he received salvation. Jesus did not condemn or threaten him. Zacchaeus appreciated God’s love and grace and took the step to start showing it to the poor as well. He further decided to correct the wrong of the past where possible. This is genuine conversion. When you become born again, your old life shouldn’t be seen in your future, i.e. a remarkable difference must be evident when you evaluate your life 5-10 years after receiving Jesus into your life; the Holy Spirit must have done a great job in you. This is what is referred to as GROW IN GRACE.
2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
The reading for today is Deut26-28. Keep the fire burning and alive.

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