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September 7, 2017

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Reading along with us in Deuteronomy? Here’s today’s reading:

Deuteronomy 15 (ESV)

“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the Lord‘s release has been proclaimed. Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release. But there will be no poor among you; for the Lord will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess— if only you will strictly obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all this commandment that I command you today. For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin.10 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. 11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’Continue Reading

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  1. I find it amazing how when the slaves are to be freed they won’t leave empty handed. They will leave wealthy and able to live. It reminds of how God doesn’t just free us from sin and then forget about us, He provides for us for the whole journey of life.

  2. 15:10 ‘You shall give freely…’ I think of a Robert Morris quote – ‘God does not bless giving, rather, He blesses giving from a right heart attitude’ …Very powerful.

  3. What great trust God is calling the Israelites to here! If they would just believe Him, they would gain by following these standards and not lose. Sounds like us, too, doesn’t it? Because this 7 year financial recalibration makes life about God and others and not ourselves. Something that always needs to be reinforced in our lives!!!!

    And what a great picture verse 16 is of our lives…yes, I am your slave God, but I don’t want to leave you. If humans could do that in relation to another human because of there kindness and provision, how much more so us in dealing with God?

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