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Church Day (Sunday, October 22, 2017)

Stealing—found forty-eight times in forty-five verses

Variations: steal, stealeth, stealing, stole, stolen

First usage: Genesis 30:33 (stolen)

Last usage: Ephesians 4:28 (stole, steal)

Defined: to take something or someone away secretly or without right

Interesting fact: Genesis chapter 31 contains 17 percent (eight out of forty-eight) of the occurrences of the variations of steal or stole. Interestingly, this single chapter contains both major concepts of the words steal and stole: (1) to take things not belonging to you (Genesis 31:19, 30, 32, 39) or (2) to go away secretly (Genesis 31:20, 26, 27).

Bible study tip: The Bible incorporates several three-word phrases with the word “of” surrounded by the same word at the beginning and end. The only difference is that the closing word is plural (i.e., king of kings, heaven of heavens). The purpose of this use identifies the first word as superior to all those included in the latter grouping.

Sunday, Day 288—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 289—Thou Shalt Not Steal
Tuesday, Day 290—Out of the Heart
Wednesday, Day 291—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 292—The Thief Cometh
Friday, Day 293—Whose Is Partner with a Thief
Saturday, Day 294—If a Man Shall Steal
Day 288: Church Day
Leviticus 19:11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

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According to Our Iniquities (Saturday, October 21, 2017)

Psalm 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

Introductory Thoughts

Man naturally reacts to God’s chastening similar to how Cain reacted when he said, “My punishment is greater than I can bear” (Genesis 4:13). Any honest person, however, would have to confess with the sweet psalmist of Israel that God “hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10). Truthfully, every man deserves hell because “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Additionally, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;” yet “the LORD hath laid on him [Christ] the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Truly men have been made partakers, undeservedly so, of God’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Paul knew he deserved hell and that God’s mercy and grace saved him (1 Timothy 1:13-16; Titus 3:5-7). Man has no hope without mercy and grace (Psalm 130:3; Ezra 9:13; Nehemiah 9:31; Lamentations 3:22-23; Hebrews 2:1-3).
• (For everyone): Have you been made a partaker of God’s wrath or God’s grace? Why? What do you deserve? What would happen if God judged you according to your sins? Would He be just in doing so?
• Read Ephesians 1:7. Instead of dealing with you according to your sins, God has dealt with you “according to the riches of his grace.” When is the last time you thanked Him for this grace?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank God for His marvellous grace.
• Ask God to continually remind you of His goodness toward you.

SONG: GLORY TO HIS NAME

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If We Confess Our Sins (Friday, October 20, 2017)

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Introductory Thoughts

The Lord sees and knows everything, but this does not eliminate man’s responsibility to confess his sins to this all-knowing God. Confession exposes or makes known what is already open before God (Psalm 32:5; Proverbs 28:13). In order to maintain proper fellowship with God, man’s sins must be followed by a confession of those sins (Leviticus 5:5; Numbers 5:7), the sooner the better. At times, confession is a personal issue, but at other times, it is a national issue (Ezra 10:1, 11; Nehemiah 1:6; Nehemiah 9:2; Daniel 9:4, 20). Regardless, confession always precedes forgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9). Failure on man’s part to confess his sins is to forfeit God’s mercy (Proverbs 28:13).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): God used Jephthah to deliver Israel after they confessed their sin (Judges 10:6-10, 16; Judges 11:32). Jeremiah told the people how to get right with God (Jeremiah 3:12-13). Consider other examples: Psalm 51:3-4; Isaiah 55:7; Jonah 3:8-10; Luke 15:21-24.
• (For everyone): Are there sins you have committed against the Lord that you have failed to confess? Why? Would you not rather enjoy the forgiveness, cleansing, and mercy from the Lord? What would keep you from making it right?
• When is the last time you called upon God and confessed the sins of your family and your nation?

Prayer Thoughts

• Confess any personal sins that are presently unconfessed.
• Confess the sins of your nation, and beg God’s forgiveness.

SONG: JUST AS I AM

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We Have Received the Atonement (Thursday, October 19, 2017)

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Introductory Thoughts

Sin demands atonement. This is repeatedly reiterated throughout the Old Testament with phrases such as, “I shall make an atonement for your sin” (Exodus 32:30), and “the priest shall make an atonement for him as touching his sin that he hath sinned in one of these” (Leviticus 5:13). Interestingly, the word atonement contains its own built-in definition. Atonement, generally speaking, puts God and man at one. When atonement is made, man is “forgiven” (Leviticus 4:20) or “cleansed” (Leviticus 14:31). Things are made right! Atonement is a frequent subject throughout the Old Testament, but in the New Testament, we are told about the finality—“we have now received the atonement” (Romans 5:11).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): In the Old Testament, blood had to be offered yearly for the people’s sins (Hebrews 9:6-7; Hebrews 10:1-4). Jesus’ blood paid for our sins (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7). He only had to die once (Hebrews 9:24-28). That is why His atonement is “the” atonement in the New Testament.
• (For everyone): How many times does the word atonement appear in the Old Testament? How many times does it appear in the New Testament? What is the significance of this truth?
• Read Leviticus 17:11. What is it “that maketh an atonement for the soul”? How was this accomplished by the death of Christ? How does Romans 5:11 prove this fact?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank the Lord for the atonement received through His Son.
• Ask God to continually show you what Christ has done for you.

SONG: ARISE, MY SOUL, ARISE

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Bearing the Sins of Many (Monday, October 16, 2017)

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Introductory Thoughts

The Bible repeatedly says that the soul that sins shall bear his iniquity (Leviticus 5:1, 17). How does a man bear his iniquity? The answer is quite simple: by suffering the consequences of those sins. Thus, the scripture says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). The apostle Paul confirmed the point by stating, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). A lost man who sins has the unfortunate burden of continually bearing his own sins. Why? Because he has not trusted in Christ’s payment for sins. “Christ was . . . offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28). It is Christ “who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). Thus, man’s choice is whether to continue to bear his own sin or allow Christ to bear it for him through His death on the cross.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Through Adam’s disobedience, sin entered into the world (Romans 5:12) and every man has to bear his own sin (Numbers 15:31). However, the Lord Jesus Christ came to bear your sin (Isaiah 53:4-6, 12; Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4). Will you accept Him today (Romans 10:13)?
• (For everyone): Are you going to bear your own sins, or did Christ bear them for you on the cross? Why is this so important? What happens to those who seek to bear their own iniquities?
• In what ways did Christ bear our sins in His body while on the cross? What is the significance of the phrase “that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24)?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank the Lord for bearing your sins.
• Ask God to teach you more about what He did for you.

SONG: BEHOLD! BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD

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Church Day (Sunday, October 15, 2017)

Sin—found throughout the Bible, but specifically 110 times in eighty-two verses in the book of Leviticus

Variations: sin, sinful, sinned, sinner, sinners, sinnest, sinneth, sinning, sins

First usage in Leviticus: Leviticus 4:2 (sin)

Last usage in Leviticus: Leviticus 26:28 (sins)

Defined: the transgression of the law

Interesting fact: Sin has a voice and it uses that voice to testify against those who partake in sinful deeds (Isaiah 59:12; Jeremiah 14:7). The Bible says that sin first lures with temptations and lusts and hooks the sinner. Once hooked, in the court of God’s law, sin turns upon those who partake. Paul said it this way, “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me” (Romans 7:11).

Bible study tip: The Old Testament uses three primary names for God. They usually appear in the English Bible as God, Lord, and LORD. These variations are translated from varying words and carry independent meanings. For example, LORD is translated from the word Jehovah (a name also appearing in the Bible) and is often employed to depict God as the self-sufficient God. In order to be a good student of God’s word, find out what these names mean and why God would choose to use one name over the other in a particular text.

Sunday, Day 281—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 282—Bearing the Sins of Many
Tuesday, Day 283—There Is No Rest
Wednesday, Day 284—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 285—We Have Received the Atonement
Friday, Day 286—If We Confess Our Sins
Saturday, Day 287—According to Our Iniquities
Day 281: Church Day
Psalm 38:18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

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Make It Right (Friday, October 13, 2017)

Leviticus 6:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.

Introductory Thoughts

When a man gets right with the Lord, he should likewise look for opportunities to make things right with his fellow man. If he stole, he should look for an opportunity to restore that which he stole. If he lied, he should go back and tell the truth. If he hurt someone, he should apologize for any harm he caused. This should be the natural overflow of a man’s heart when he realizes he has done wrong. Perhaps the greatest example of this truth occurred in the life of Zacchaeus. When he met the Lord, he declared, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold” (Luke 19:8).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Samuel challenged the people to examine his life and if he had done anything wrong to them, he offered to make things right (1 Samuel 12:2-5). We should be like Samuel. Consider these other examples (2 Samuel 12:1-6; Nehemiah 5:7-12; Proverbs 6:30-31).
• (For everyone): Have you stolen? Have you lied? Have you hurt someone wrongfully? What should you do in an effort to make things right? Are you willing to do what needs to be done?
• Failure to make things right could hinder your walk and effectiveness for Christ. Are you willing to let your pride keep you from doing what is right?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to show you opportunities to make things right.
• Ask the Lord to keep your pride from hindering you.

SONG: I AM RESOLVED

 

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Some Things Cannot Be Undone (Thursday, October 12, 2017)

Numbers 14:39 And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
40 And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.
41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.
42 Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

Introductory Thoughts

Sin brings consequences. Although the blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin (1 John 1:7), some things cannot merely be undone. The children of Israel were supposed to go into the land of promise, but they chose to believe the report of the ten faithless men, rejecting the faithful report of Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 13:26-33; Numbers 14:1-10). It was not until the people heard the looming judgment from God that they changed their minds and determined that they would go into the land of promise. They thought they could merely change their minds and remove all the consequences of sin but soon found out that that was not their prerogative. With or without forgiveness, sin has certain consequences.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Esau despised his birthright and could not get it back (Genesis 25:29-34; Hebrews 12:16-17). Disrespectful children could not take their words back (2 Kings 2:23-24). Saul was disobedient and lost his throne and then his life (1 Chronicles 10:13-14).
• (For everyone): What are some sins in the Bible that were forgiven but still brought lasting consequences (i.e., David and Bathsheba, Moses smiting the rock)? What can you learn from these examples?
• What are some things that could happen in your life that would bring lasting consequences? Could you be forgiven for those sins? Why should this not cause you to take sin lightly?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to give you wisdom concerning the danger of sin.
• Ask the Lord to help you as you deal with the sins of your past.

SONG: NEARER, STILL NEARER

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