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Ye Shall Not Respect Persons (Monday, September 11, 2017)

Deuteronomy 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

Introductory Thoughts

It is unfortunate when the world steals a biblical principle and twists the truth by perverting it to satisfy its own wicked ways. According to the Bible, no man is to be respected above another person in a form of unrighteous judgment (Leviticus 19:15). This truth was never intended to infer nondiscrimination in every matter. Instead, the idea was to keep people from being persuaded to “wrest judgment” (Deuteronomy 16:19) because someone was “great” (Deuteronomy 1:17), “proud” (Psalm 40:4), “poor,” or “mighty” (Leviticus 19:15). Furthermore, no one was to discriminate because someone was well-off financially (James 2:1-6; Deuteronomy 16:19). After all, it is a sin to judge upon any grounds other than the truth of the word of God (Proverbs 24:23; Proverbs 28:21).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): God’s laws are for everyone (Leviticus 24:22). Many judges were wicked, had favourites, and took bribes (1 Samuel 8:1-3; Isaiah 1:23; Psalm 82:2-4). They will not get by with this (Job 13:10). Paul warned Timothy to judge without partiality (1 Timothy 5:21).
• (For everyone): Can you think of some times in scripture when God discriminated? How is that different than what the Bible warns against when it says not to respect persons in judgment?
• How do we have to be careful as Christians when it comes to respecting persons (James 2:1-7)? What happens when we fail to heed the warnings of scripture (James 2:9)?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to help you take His mind on respecting persons.
• Ask the Lord to keep you from the world’s corrupt philosophies.

SONG: FOOTPRINTS OF JESUS

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Church Day (Sunday, September 9, 2017)

Respect—found twenty-six times in twenty-six Old Testament verses and twelve times in twelve verses in the New Testament

Variations: respect, respected, respecter, respecteth

Last usage in the Old Testament: Lamentations 4:16 (respected)

First usage in the New Testament: Acts 10:34 (respecter)

Interesting fact: On twelve occasions, the Bible uses the phrase “respect unto.” On every occasion, the phrase is used to depict proper respect given to others, to the Lord, or to His word.

Bible study tip: All scripture that is given comes by inspiration (2 Timothy 3:16). However, far too many well-meaning Christians mistakenly claim that the writers of scripture were somehow themselves inspired. This distinction is not something that the Bible ever infers. In fact, if the writers were inspired, the argument could be made that everything they spoke or wrote would be inspired and should be included in the canon of scripture. Yet, the Bible references several books or epistles written by Bible writers that are not contained within the canon of scripture. For example, Paul referred to an epistle written to the believers at Corinth prior to the epistle known as First Corinthians (1 Corinthians 5:9). When any Bible student approaches such inferences, he must do so in faith believing that no scripture is missing and that those writings left out were deemed unnecessary for a completed canon by God.

Sunday, Day 246—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 247—Ye Shall Not Respect Persons
Tuesday, Day 248—I Have Respect unto Thy Word
Wednesday, Day 249—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 250—Preferring One Another
Friday, Day 251—Ye Have Not Looked unto the Maker
Saturday, Day 252—At That Day

Day 246: Church Day
Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

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He Hath Respect Unto the Lowly (Friday, September 8, 2017)

Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

Introductory Thoughts

One does not have to read very far into the Bible before reading where God had respect unto one man while refusing to respect another (Genesis 4:4-5). Those who are careless students of the Bible might think the Bible contradicts itself when it states that the Lord is not a respecter of persons and also declares that He had respect unto certain individuals. It is very important that the Bible student consider that God does respect, but only when there is a cause for that respect. According to Psalm 138:6, the LORD hath “respect unto the lowly.” This truth is reiterated in Isaiah 66:2 where the Lord said, “to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): When we humble ourselves before God, we put aside our desires and do what He wants. God respects that (Proverbs 3:1, 4, 34b; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 51:17). He exalts an individual in due time (1 Peter 5:6; James 4:10). God’s own Son is our example (Philippians 2:5-11).
• (For everyone): The Lord is not impressed with man’s pride. How does Psalm 138:6 and Isaiah 66:2 indicate that humility yields respect from God? How is this truth the source of respect in Genesis 4:4-5?
• Do you want the Lord’s respect? Are you willing to humble yourself before Him and tremble at His word? Why does this draw the Lord’s attention?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank God for the opportunity to have His attention.
• Ask God to help you humble yourself before Him.

SONG: TAKE MY LIFE, AND LET IT BE

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God Had Respect Unto Them (Thursday, September 7, 2017)

Exodus 2:25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

Introductory Thoughts

No doubt God’s relationship with Israel was completely unique. Yet, everyone should understand that God did not choose to allow the Israelites to be saved while thrusting the rest of the world into hell. God chose to give His laws and statutes to Israel, but He also manifested Himself to others as the scripture clearly describes. Additionally, one must not fail to recognize the special relationship God established with Israel. He “looked upon the children of Israel, and . . . had respect unto them” (Exodus 2:25). In establishing His covenant with Israel, God promised them He would have respect unto them, make them fruitful, multiply them, and establish His covenant with them (Leviticus 26:9).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): God started the nation of Israel with Abraham and promised Abraham a people and a land forever (Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 13:15-17). Through this nation, God gave us His word and our Saviour (Romans 9:4-5).
• (For everyone): Read Deuteronomy 7:7-8. Why did the Lord have respect unto Israel? To whom did the Lord make promises? How is it wrong when New Testament saints seek to steal these promises rightfully belonging to the nation of Israel?
• Did God’s respect for Israel insure them entrance into heaven? How is it wrong to suggest that respect equals salvation?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank God for keeping His promises to the Jewish people.
• Ask the Lord to remind you of His faithfulness.

SONG: ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME!

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God Is No Respecter of Persons (Tuesday, September 5, 2017)

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Introductory Thoughts

When the Lord sent Simon Peter to preach unto the Gentiles, he learned a great lesson about the Lord’s nature—“God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). This same truth is conveyed throughout scripture. In 2 Chronicles 19:7, the Bible says, “there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons.” Romans 2:11 states the truth in very simple fashion by saying, “For there is no respect of persons with God.” In various ways, the same truth is conveyed in Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25, and 1 Peter 1:17. Although there are times where God respects some while rejecting others, God’s acceptance of one and rejection of another is never a baseless respect. The false doctrines of hyper-Calvinism teach contrary to this scriptural truth.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): God is a righteous judge (Deuteronomy 32:4; Revelation 16:7). He will judge us by His word—the Bible (John 12:48), not by favouritism (Leviticus 19:15). God intends salvation for “whosoever” (Isaiah 45:22; John 3:16; Acts 10:43; Romans 10:13; 1 Timothy 2:4).
• (For everyone): Why is this truth such a blessing to mankind? How does this speak to the availability of salvation for all? How does this truth assure us that we will not be rejected by the Lord without a just cause (the rejection of God’s Son)?
• What foundational reason does 2 Chronicles 19:7 give for suggesting that the Lord is not a respecter of persons?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank God for giving all men the opportunity to trust Christ.
• Ask the Lord to give you His burden for the souls around you.

SONG: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

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What Is Respect? (Monday, September 4, 2017)

Lamentations 4:16 The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.

Introductory Thoughts

The word respect is made up of the root word spect and the prefix re. The root word spect means to look (i.e., spectator, spectacle, inspect, circumspect, etc.) and the prefix re means “again.” The idea of the word respect is that an individual looks at two things and chooses to look at one of them a second time demonstrating favouritism. This truth is played out in the scriptures, especially notable in Lamentations 4:16. In this verse, the Lord connects the word respect to words like regard and favoured. This knowledge proves helpful when one seeks to understand other more well-known passages such as Philippians 4:11 and Colossians 2:16. Remember that King James Bible words almost always define themselves in their context.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Moses was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2:10; Acts 7:21-22). When he was older, he had to look at two ways of life and consider which one would have a more favorable end (Hebrews 11:23-26).
• (For everyone): What happened when the people refused to respect the persons of the priests and favour the elders? What does this teach us about God and respect?
• Read Philippians 4:11. When one looks at what he has and what he lacks and chooses to focus on what he wants, he is speaking in “respect” of want. This is why Paul clarified his intentions.

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask the Lord to give you a scriptural perspective on respect.
• Ask God to help you understand His respect.

SONG: A VISION OF THE LAMB

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Church Day (Sunday, September 3, 2017)

Respect—found thirty-eight times in thirty-eight verses

Variations: respect, respected, respecter, respecteth

First usage: Genesis 4:4 (respect)

Last usage: 1 Peter 1:17 (respect)

Defined: the demonstration of favouritism between two options

Interesting fact: One of the great dangers of demonstrating unjust respect for another person is that the respect often blinds one from the truth and perverts his interactions (Deuteronomy 16:19). For this reason, God does not demonstrate unjust respect toward persons. Everyone should praise God for this.

Bible study tip: The book of Acts should be studied with the understanding that it is a transitional book. The book begins with an emphasis upon Judaism and ends with an emphasis upon Christianity. It begins with an admiration for the law and ends with an appreciation for grace. It transitions from a focus upon Peter to a focus upon Paul. It opens when all the focus was upon the gospel of the kingdom and concludes with the gospel of the grace of God. These are only a sampling of the transitions demonstrated in the book of Acts, but they prove the point. When studying Acts, understand that God introduced Paul’s ministry (see Acts chapter 9) and henceforth followed the maturation of the New Testament church.

Sunday, Day 239—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 240—What Is Respect?
Tuesday, Day 241—God Is No Respecter of Persons
Wednesday, Day 242—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 243—God Had Respect unto Them
Friday, Day 244—He Hath Respect unto the Lowly
Saturday, Day 245—God’s Respect for Prayer

Day 239: Church Day

Isaiah 17:7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

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Pure Religion (Saturday, September 2, 2017)

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Introductory Thoughts

The word religion has unfortunately earned a bad reputation because of man’s wickedness. Men have developed phrases such as “Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship,” or “No religion, just a relationship.” While it is true that Christianity is based upon a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Bible also refers to such a thing called “pure” religion. Thus, most religion is man-made with the only exception being the purest form of worship directed solely at the preeminence of Christ. The word religion merely deals with what a man believes to be true. Religion is not evil in and of itself. It can be “vain” (James 1:26) or it can be “pure” (James 1:27). Religion that offers no change of heart is vain (James 1:26), but religion that changes a man’s heart before God is “pure” (James 1:27).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Read Matthew 7:20. Pure religion produces good works (Matthew 5:16; Matthew 25:35-40) and will change the way you live (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Timothy 5:22).
• (For everyone): How has what you believe changed the way you live? Has it changed how you speak, love, pray, give, or treat others? Has it changed the way you live Monday through Saturday or only upon Sunday when you are with other believers at church?
• According to James 1:26-27, how can you discern if your religion is vain or pure? Which is yours?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to help you discern whether or not your religion is pure.
• Ask the Lord to give you a pure heart before Him.

SONG: COME, WE THAT LOVE THE LORD

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Vain Religion (Friday, September 1, 2017)

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

Introductory Thoughts

The world is full of religion, but this religion bears little to no resemblance to the truth of the scriptures. Why? Because man-made religion is vain. It is empty. It dresses up nicely and pretends to possess great power and influence, but inwardly possesses no power to change men nor to give them life. It is like the “sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27). The Bible offers this simple analogy. A man that claims religion but cannot bridle his own tongue is adhering to a vain religion. He may believe himself secure and righteous, but he is simply deceiving his own heart. The only thing that can change a man is trusting Christ as Saviour.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): The only “work” that we can do to get to heaven is found in John 6:28-29. After we believe, we obey (John 14:15). God gives us the power (2 Corinthians 9:8; Philippians 4:13). There will be many who do not believe or obey (Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 6:46; 1 John 2:4; Titus 1:15-16). The Bible points out that their religion is worthless.
• (For everyone): Can you think of any “religious” people who live like the world? Why has their religion failed to change the way they live?
• Do you attend church, give money, do good deeds in the community yet find that your heart is just as wicked and vile as those who do none of the above? Are you willing to let Christ change your heart by saving your soul?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to help you forsake vain religion.
• If you are not saved, ask Jesus Christ to save you now.

SONG: JESUS IS MINE

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