A Year In The Bible - Part 2 Day: 23 - Releasing of debts. No turning back!

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Day 23 - Releasing of debts. No turning back!

Deuteronomy 15-18; Psalm 115; Luke 9

After a time span passes, all creditors were to release their debtors from obligation. In the new testament, Jesus gives the disciples great powers. The disciples were not always successful in casting out demons nor were they always welcomed.

  • 15:1 At the end of every seven years you shall make a release.
  • 15:2 This is the way of the release: every creditor shall release that which he has lent to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother; because Yahweh's release has been proclaimed.
  • 15:3 Of a foreigner you may exact it: but whatever of your is with your brother your hand shall release.
  • 15:9 Beware that there not be a base thought in your heart, saying, "The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand;" and your eye be evil against your poor brother, and you give him nothing; and he cry to Yahweh against you, and it be sin to you.
  • 15:10 You shall surely give him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him; because that for this thing Yahweh your God will bless you in all your work, and in all that you put your hand to.
  • 15:11 For the poor will never cease out of the land: therefore I command you, saying, You shall surely open your hand to your brother, to your needy, and to your poor, in your land.
  • 15:12 If your brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you, and serves you six years; then in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you.
  • 9:1 He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
  • 9:2 He sent them forth to preach the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
  • 9:3 He said to them, "Take nothing for your journey--neither staffs, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats apiece.
  • 9:4 Into whatever house you enter, stay there, and depart from there.
  • 9:5 As many as don't receive you, when you depart from that city, shake off even the dust from your feet for a testimony against them."
  • 9:6 They departed, and went throughout the villages, preaching the Good News, and healing everywhere.
  • 9:7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him; and he was very perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,
  • 9:8 and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.
  • 9:9 Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this, about whom I hear such things?" He sought to see him.
  • 9:11 But the multitudes, perceiving it, followed him. He welcomed them, and spoke to them of the Kingdom of God, and he cured those who needed healing.
  • 9:12 The day began to wear away; and the twelve came, and said to him, "Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and farms, and lodge, and get food, for we are here in a deserted place."
  • 9:13 But he said to them, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we should go and buy food for all these people."
  • 9:14 For they were about five thousand men. He said to his disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each."
  • 9:15 They did so, and made them all sit down.
  • 9:16 He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to the sky, he blessed them, and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude.
  • 9:17 They ate, and were all filled. They gathered up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over.
  • 9:23 He said to all, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
  • 9:24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same will save it.
  • 9:25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits his own self?
  • 9:26 For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed, when he comes in his glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy angels.
  • 9:28 It happened about eight days after these sayings, that he took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up onto the mountain to pray.
  • 9:29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became white and dazzling.
  • 9:30 Behold, two men were talking with him, who were Moses and Elijah,
  • 9:31 who appeared in glory, and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
  • 9:32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory, and the two men who stood with him.
  • 9:33 It happened, as they were parting from him, that Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let's make three tents: one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah," not knowing what he said.
  • 9:34 While he said these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered into the cloud.
  • 9:35 A voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!"
  • 9:36 When the voice came, Jesus was found alone. They were silent, and told no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.
  • 9:37 It happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met him.
  • 9:38 Behold, a man from the crowd called out, saying, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.
  • 9:39 Behold, a spirit takes him, he suddenly cries out, and it convulses him so that he foams, and it hardly departs from him, bruising him severely.
  • 9:40 I begged your disciples to cast it out, and they couldn't."
  • 9:41 Jesus answered, "Faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here."
  • 9:42 While he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him violently. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.
  • 9:43 They were all astonished at the majesty of God. But while all were marveling at all the things which Jesus did, he said to his disciples,
  • 9:51 It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem,
  • 9:52 and sent messengers before his face. They went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him.
  • 9:53 They didn't receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem.
  • 9:54 When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?"
  • 9:55 But he turned and rebuked them, "You don't know of what kind of spirit you are.
  • 9:56 For the Son of Man didn't come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." They went to another village.
  • 9:57 As they went on the way, a certain man said to him, "I want to follow you wherever you go, Lord."
  • 9:58 Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
  • 9:59 He said to another, "Follow me!" But he said, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father."
  • 9:60 But Jesus said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead, but you go and announce the Kingdom of God."
  • 9:61 Another also said, "I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say good-bye to those who are at my house."
  • 9:62 But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God."
  • Retention/Recall
    • At the end of each ____years, all creditors were to release debtors from their obligations.

      Deuteronomy 15:1-3 OK

    • How does God feel about following advice from fortune tellers, and those who deal in familiar spirits?

      Deuteronomy 15:9-12 OK

    • Jesus gave his 12 disciples what kind of powers?

      Luke 9:1-3 OK

    • Did Jesus tell the disciples that everyone would welcome them wherever they would go?

      Luke 9:3-5 OK

    • When King Herod heard the rumors about Jesus doing miracles, who did Herod think Jesus might actually be?

      Luke 9:6-9 OK

    • With 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, Jesus feed a huge crowd (around five thousand people). How many full baskets were left over?

      Luke 9:11-17 OK

    • Every person must ponder and weigh within their own hearts what it means to deny themselves and take up their cross. These verses require introspection, help from the Holy Spirit to understand fully.

      Luke 9:23-25 OK

    • It's hard to understand how anyone could be ashamed of Jesus. If someone, somehow was ashamed of Jesus, would there be a consequence?

      Luke 9:26 OK

    • Peter, John, James and Jesus went up a mountain to pray. What happened to Jesus? Whom did they also see?

      Luke 9:28-36 OK

    • Were the disciples always successful in casting out demons?

      Luke 9:37-43 OK

    • When the Samaritan village did not receive them, were James and John angered? How did Jesus correct them?

      Luke 9:51-56 OK

    • Once we receive Jesus and begin to follow him, must we be careful not to turn back to our old ways before we knew Jesus as Savior?

      Luke 9:57-62 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.