Ever done something you regretted? Ever done something bad? Ever been confronted with a situation that seemed to be more than you can handle?
Turn to God! Ask Jesus into your situation! Give it all up to Him!
Do you realize all He has already done for you? Do you realize that He has paid it all so that we can be forgiven? Do you realize that He has paid it all so that we can be reconciled? Do you realize He has paid it all when He gave up His innocent life for us?
So don’t lose hope today! Don’t despair! Put all your hope and trust in Jesus!
Today’s reading …
Purging Innocent Blood
1“Suppose a slain person is found fallen in a field, on the land Adonai your God is giving you to possess—who struck him is unknown. 2Then your elders and judges must come out and measure the distance to the towns that are around the slain one. 3Now the town nearest to the slain one—the elders of that city are to take from the herd a heifer that has not been used for work or pulled a yoke. 4Then the elders of that city are to bring the heifer down to a flowing wadi that has not been plowed or sown, and break the heifer’s neck there in the wadi. 5The kohanim, the sons of Levi, will come forward—for Adonai your God has chosen them to serve Him and pronounce blessings in His Name, and by their mouth every dispute and assault is to be settled. 6All the elders of that city nearest to the slain one will wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the wadi. 7Then they will answer and say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see. 8Grant atonement for Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, Adonai, and do not put innocent blood on Your people Israel.’ Then atonement will be granted to them for the blood. 9So you will purge the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in Adonai’s sight.
When You Go Out
10“When you go out to war against your enemies, and Adonai your God hands them over to you and you take them captive, 11suppose you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire her and would take her as a wife for yourself. 12Then you are to bring her into your house, and she must shave her head, trim her nails, 13and remove her captive’s clothing, then sit in your house and weep for her father and mother a full month. After that, you may go to her and become her husband and she will be your wife. 14Now if you are not pleased with her, then you may send her off wherever she wishes. But you must certainly not sell her for silver—you may not treat her as merchandise, since you have humiliated her. 15“Suppose a man has two wives—the one loved and the other unloved—and both the loved and the unloved bear him sons. But it happens that the firstborn son belongs to the unloved wife. 16Now on the day he lets his sons inherit what he has, he must not treat the loved one’s son as firstborn, in place of the unloved one’s son, who is the firstborn. 17Rather, he must acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the hated one, by giving him a double portion of all that he has. For he is the first of his vigor—the right of the firstborn is his. 18“Suppose a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not listen to the voice of his father or mother. They discipline him, but he does not listen to them. 19Then his father and mother are to grab hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city—to the gate of his place. 20They will say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious—he does not listen to our voice. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21Then all the men of his city are to stone him with stones to death. So you will purge the evil from your midst—and all Israel will hear and be afraid.
Hung on a Tree
22“Suppose a man is guilty of a sin with a death sentence and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree. 23His body is not to remain all night on the tree—instead you must certainly bury him the same day, for anyone hanged is a curse of God. You must not defile your land that Adonai your God is giving you as an inheritance.
–from Deuteronomy 21
Jesus was innocent, but was hung on a tree to pay the penalty of our sins! He willingly gave up His life that we could be reconciled and forgiven! So let’s give Him the praise, the honor, and the glory! Let’s live today in a way that will point people to Him and lift Him up for all that He has already done once for all! God loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life!
Love in Practice
1“You are not to watch your brother’s ox or sheep going astray and ignore them —you must certainly bring them back to your brother. 2If your brother is not near you or if you do not know him, then you should bring it into your house and it will remain with you until your brother comes searching for it and you return it to him. 3You are to do the same with his donkey or his coat or anything lost by your brother, that may be lost by him and you find—you may not ignore them. 4You must not watch your brother’s donkey or ox fall down on the road and ignore it—you must certainly help him lift it up again. 5“A man’s apparel is not to be on a woman, nor is a man to wear woman’s clothing—for whoever does these things is detestable to Adonai your God. 6“If there happens to be a bird’s nest in front of you along the road, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the hen sitting on the young or on the eggs, you are not to take the hen with the young. 7You must certainly let the hen go, but the young you may take for yourself so that it may go well with you and you may prolong your days. 8“When you build a new house, you are to make a guardrail for your roof, so that you do not bring the guilt of blood on your house if anyone falls from it. 9“You are not to plant your vineyard with two kinds of seed, or else the whole harvest will be forfeited —both the seed you plant and the produce of the vineyard. 10You are not to plow with an ox and a donkey together. 11You are not to wear a woven mixture , wool and linen together. 12You are to make for yourself twisted threads on the four corners of your garment in which you cover yourself. 13“Suppose a man takes a wife and goes t0 her and then dislikes her, 14accuses her of shameful things and gives her a bad reputation by saying, ‘I took this woman, but when I came near her, I didn’t find her virginity.’ 15Then the father of the young woman is to take her and her mother is to bring out the signs of the young woman’s virginity to the city elders at the gate. 16The young lady’s father is to tell the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man as a wife, but he hates her. 17Indeed, he has accused her of shameful things, saying, “I didn’t find your daughter’s virginity.” Yet these are the signs of my daughter’s virginity.’ They are to spread the wedding cloth before the elders of the city. 18The elders of that city are to take the man and punish him. 19Then they are to fine him 100 pieces of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought an evil name on a virgin of Israel. Then she is to be his wife—he may not send her away all his days. 20“But if this thing is true—that the signs of virginity were not found in the young lady— 21then they are to bring the young woman out to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city are to stone her with stones to death, because she has done a disgraceful thing in Israel, to behave like a prostitute in her father’s house. So you are to purge the evil from your midst. 22“Suppose a man is found lying with a married woman. Then both of them are to die—the man who lay with the woman and the woman. So you are to purge the evil from Israel. 23“Suppose there is a young woman who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her. 24Then you are to bring them both out to the gate of that city and stone them with stones to death—the young woman because she did not cry out in the town, and the man because he humiliated his neighbor’s wife. So you are to purge the evil from your midst. 25“But if the man finds the engaged woman in the field, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her is to die. 26But to the young woman you are to do nothing—there is no sin in the young woman deserving of death. For this matter is the same as when a man rises against his neighbor and kills him— 27for he found her in the field, the engaged woman cried out, and there was no one to save her. 28“Suppose a man finds a young virgin who is not engaged, grabs her and lies with her, and they are discovered. 29Then the man who lay with her is to give to the young woman’s father 50 pieces of silver, and she is to be his wife, since he has humiliated her—he may not send her away all his days.
–from Deuteronomy 22
Let’s live out today in love! Let’s give love! Let’s share love! Let’s declare love! Let’s show what true love really means! Let’s bring God the glory, the honor, and the praise!
Glory of the Kingdom
1A psalm of praise. Of David. I will exalt You, my God, the King, and I will bless Your Name forever and ever. 2Every day I will bless You, and praise Your Name forever and ever! 3Great is Adonai, and greatly to be praised —His greatness is unsearchable. 4One generation will praise Your works to another and declare Your mighty acts. 5I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty and Your wonders. 6They will speak of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will proclaim Your greatness. 7They will pour out the renown of Your great goodness, and sing joyfully of Your righteousness. 8Adonai is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. 9Adonai is good to all. He has compassion on all His creatures. 10All Your works praise You, Adonai, and Your kedoshim bless You. 11They declare the glory of Your kingdom and speak of Your might, 12to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of His kingdom. 13Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and Your dominion endures from generation to generation. 14Adonai upholds all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down. 15The eyes of all look to You and You give them their food on time. 16You open Your hand and satisfy every living thing with favor. 17Adonai is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. 18Adonai is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. 19He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him. He will hear their cry and save them. 20Adonai watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. 21My mouth declares the praise of Adonai. Let all flesh bless His holy Name forever and ever!
–from Psalms 145
Let’s give God all the praise! Let’s lift up His name! Let’s share the testimonies of His greatness with those around us! Let’s share His love with them that they may turn back to Him! Let’s live in unity so that we can show His love and His power to the world around us!
1This is the third time I am coming to you. “By the testimony of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” 2I spoke a warning, when I was with you the second time. Though now I am away, I am again speaking a warning to those who have sinned before, as well as to all the rest, that if I come again, I will not spare anyone— 3since you are demanding proof that Messiah is speaking through me. He is not weak toward you, but powerful among you. 4For He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives through the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we shall live with Him by God’s power toward you. 5Test yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Examine yourselves! Or don’t you know yourselves—that Messiah Yeshua is in you? Unless of course you failed the test. 6But I hope that you will realize that we haven’t failed the test. 7Now we pray to God that you do no wrong—not so that we may appear to have passed the test, but in order that you may do what is right even if we may seem to have failed. 8For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. 9For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray for this—your perfecting. 10For this reason I write these things while I am absent, so that when I am present I need not proceed harshly, according to the authority which the Lord gave me—for building up and not for tearing down.
11Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Aim for restoration, encourage one another, be of the same mind, live in shalom—and the God of love and shalom will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the kedoshim greet you. 13The grace of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah and the love of God and the fellowship of the Ruach ha-Kodesh be with you all. Amen.
–from 2 Corinthians 13