A Year In The Bible - Part 2 Day: 4 - Justice. Revenge. Grudges

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Day 4 - Justice. Revenge. Grudges

Leviticus 19-20; Hebrews 7

Some descriptions and examples of God's desired behavior for humanity regarding charity, just and prompt payment, truly equal justice, revenge, grudges, and neighbor interaction.

  • 19:9 "'When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.
  • 19:10 You shall not glean your vineyard, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and for the foreigner. I am Yahweh your God.
  • 19:13 "'You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. "'The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning.
  • 19:15 "'You shall do no injustice in judgment: you shall not be partial to the poor, nor show favoritism to the great; but you shall judge your neighbor in righteousness.
  • 19:16 "'You shall not go up and down as a slanderer among your people. "'You shall not endanger the life of your neighbor. I am Yahweh.
  • 19:17 "'You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.
  • 19:18 "'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahweh.
  • 19:31 "'Don't turn to those who are mediums, nor to the wizards. Don't seek them out, to be defiled by them. I am Yahweh your God.
  • Retention/Recall
    • Why does God command the farmers to not fully harvest their crops? Whom is God being kind to with such a command? Is there a lesson for every profession, not just the farmer?

      Leviticus 19:9-10 OK

    • Is it acceptable to withhold payment to a worker overnight?

      Leviticus 19:13 OK

    • Regarding justice should the poor be favored over those considered great? Should those considered great be treated differently than the poor?

      Leviticus 19:15 OK

    • In our politics, in our businesses, in relationships, how does God look upon slander and hate?

      Leviticus 19:16-17 OK

    • Being a true Christian is not easy. How does God look upon revenge and grudges? How are we to treat our neighbors? What about terrible neighbors? Not taking revenge or even holding a grudge..not easy.

      Leviticus 19:18 OK

    • The fear of the Lord (great respect and reverence) is the beginning of knowledge. Is it wise to consult physics, wizards, fortune tellers?

      Leviticus 19:31 OK

What is the Sinner's Prayer for Salvation?

The sinners prayer is a common Christian term for a prayer that is said when someone wants to repent of their sin, ask God for forgiveness, and verbally state their belief in the life, death, and saving resurrection of Jesus Christ.

"For, if with your lips you acknowledge the truth of the message that JESUS IS LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with their hearts people believe and so attain to righteousness, while with their lips they make their Profession of faith and so find salvation." Romans 10:9-10

Christ's death on the cross paid in full the debt of our sin. Action must be taken to take hold of the gift.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven through any good works. At this moment I trust Christ alone and receive by faith all Grace purchased by Jesus as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him and by my faith take hold of His grace and love for me. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Thank you for your word that will guide me as to how I should live my remaining days. Please grant me the wisdom to discern correctly and motivation to grow my faith, obedience, understanding, appreciation, and love for you. Thank you for your Grace and mercy that I do not deserve. Thank you that my salvation is not based on my level of performance in my short life but in my receiving what your victory on the cross did pay for. Thank you that I can receive by my faith alone, your glorious gift of salvation. Thank you for hearing this prayer and for saving me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.