Principles are outlined about the transfer of land as a possession. In 25:23 God declares: “The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is mine: for you are stranger and sojourners with me.” Reflect upon this principle and its connection to private property.
Everything we have comes from the Lord and belongs to God. The Gospel parables about stewardship further develop this understanding. Keep this in mind as you read about slavery from verse 39. While our understanding of slavery has grown over the centuries to be completely excluded, still, masters in Biblical times were enjoined “not to rule over them [slaves] with rigor, but you shall fear your God.” The master for right living is the Holy Spirit who will teach us all things, always prompting us to the law of universal love and equality which Jesus held up for us the night before he was crucified.
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Example: Embracing with compassion 25:35
The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship
throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy
that are read each year beginning with autumn.
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Fishing—this is what the disciples are about. Here, however, it is a symbol—for now they are Fishers of People. Though they do not recognize Jesus on the shore, they recall the impact on their hearts of the miracle that happened when Jesus gave a similar command three years ago.
The word in Greek for the great quantity of fish is plethos, from which the word plethora comes. Only one other time in the whole Gospel of John is this word used. In 5:3 John tells of the many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed at the pool of Bethesda.
What changes does Jesus command you as to where you are doing your fishing? Do you believe in the great catch of souls that God has planned for you to draw into the Kingdom, because of your faith, hope, and love?
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Example: Casting on the other side v. 6
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
In the Easter Season this year we read the final third of John’s Gospel.
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The early Church retraces the road to Calvary. The trial of Paul bears similarities to that of Jesus—hatred, false witness, and abuse. Paul confronts his accusers just as Jesus did when the Lord was struck in the face.
Enter the joy of Jesus as he appears to Paul, telling him that his present suffering is the prelude to Rome. God uses the rejection of Paul as the means to move him to the next place where God needs him—the center of the ancient world: Rome.
Felix and Pilate: do you see the similarities? Felix’s refusal to do justice has Paul further confined for two more years. The two-year wait becomes part of God’s timing. All plots to deny, delay, or delete God’s plan will fail. Are you becoming impatient with God’s plan upon your life?
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Example: A clear conscience before God 23:1
Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
In the Easter Season this year we read Acts 18:23—28:31.
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