Scripture Union Daily Guide 15th February 2021 Monday Message
TOPIC: Guiding Rules For Living
Opening Prayer: Sanctify my life dear Lord as I study your word in Jesus name.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 23:1-25
• Is there any command for me to obey? • What is God revealing to me in this passage?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 15th February 2021
The assembly of the Lord probably refers to the covenant people of God gathered in His presence. For us today it may refer to the church congregation or group of people gathering together to worship God. From vs.1-8, certain people were prohibited from entering the assembly of the Lord while the Edomites and Egyptians were allowed.
Identify those prohibited and “why.” This barrier has been removed by Jesus Christ who offers salvation to all mankind irrespective of their backgrounds. However, let those that name the name of the Lord depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19).
The Lord was very particular about the physical and spiritual cleanliness of His people. They were required not to defile themselves or the camp (vs.10-11). Note in particular, the need for proper sanitation and waste disposal and hygiene in our communities (vv. 12 – 13). We should avoid and discourage open defecation and littering of our environment.
Sin defiles a believer and separates him or her from God, but Jesus has the power to cleanse us if we repent (1 John 1:9). Note the provision God made for slaves who run away from their masters (v.15).
Read Romans 6:20-22 and God’s provision for the sinner who runs to Jesus for forgiveness in John 6:37b. Jesus is our surest refuge! Gifts in form of offerings/tithes from immoral earnings are outrightly rejected by God (vs.17&18).
All detestable activities that relate to fund raising in churches must be discouraged since God considers them detestable. Money earned from ritual, robbery and corruption are not acceptable either (see 1 Samuel 15:22). Note the instructions about vow making and its redemption (vv. 21 – 23 cf. Eccl. 5: 4-5).
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Lord, help me to daily keep seeking your cleansing so that I will continue to dwell in your presence always. • Pray for revival of Christians to personal witnessing and that the witness of the Church worldwide will never be muffled; pray for Church budgets to reflect Kingdom priorities.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with
• Isa. 62-64; Mark 14:27-53
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