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Read devotionals for May 2024

June 1, 2024

Deuteronomy 25:13, 14 – Thou thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and small. Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.

Thought: Sleazy, greedy businessmen have existed in every age. They are individuals who afflict the afflicted and give favors to those who favor them. Perverted weights and measures have always been ways for those in the market to cheat and swindle their customers. They provide less product to their customers for more money. In the homes and businesses of the Jews, perverted weights were not to be kept. True measures were the standard.

Proverbs 20:10

June 2, 2024

Deuteronomy 25:15 – But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days be lengthened in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Thought: The Lord not only prohibited false weights and measures, but also authorizeed perfect and just weights and measures. The Lord didn’t care if a person made a profit on his merchandise just as long as the buyer was treated with respect and honor. Cheating and extortion are evil. God provided an incentive for an individual to be a fair and honest businessman. The upright merchant would see his days lengthened in the promised land.

Leviticus 19:35-36

June 3, 2024

Deuteronomy 25:16 – For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the Lord thy God.

Thought: Single actions can be classified under broad categories. Cheating by means of weights and measures is an evil action. It can be classified under the broad category of unrighteousness. Cheating is unrighteous because it is wrong behavior. God demands righteousness from His people. Unrighteousness is an abomination unto the Lord. It stinks in the nostrils of God. Righteousness, on the other hand, is a sweet smell to the Lord.

Proverbs 11:1

June 4, 2024

Deuteronomy 25:17, 18 – Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; how he met thee by way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.

Thought: There are several lessons we learn from these two verses. First, God is concerned for His people. Second, God holds all nations accountable for their actions. Third, nations are not free to act as they please. There are divine standards that have been set by God that nations are to follow. Fourth, it is not uncommon for stronger nations to take advantage of weaker nations. Fifth, God does not forget the atrocities committed by evil governments.

Exodus 17:8-16

June 5, 2024

Deuteronomy 25:19 – Therefore it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven, thou shalt not forget it.

Thought: Justice demands that all evil is punished. When the Amalekites attacked Israel while they were in the wilderness, they manifested wickedness. This evil could not be overlooked. God promised that once Israel was in the Promised Land, that the remembrance of Amalek would be blotted out. God has two means of punishing evil. First, governments are charged with vengeance. Second, God’s divine retribution can punish evil doers.

1 Samuel 15:1-3

June 6, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:1,2 – And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possesses it, and dwellest therein; that thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name there.

Thought: The firstfruits are precious to the individual who has labored diligently to bring them to harvest. Time, talents, and treasures have been invested in order to have the firstfruit that comes forth. Israel, however, was not to be the recipient “of the first of all the fruit of the earth.” It was to be placed in a basket and taken to the place wherein God would put His name. This offering reminded the Jews that God was also a part of their abundance.

Numbers 18:12-13

June 7, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:3 – And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the Lord thy God, that I am come unto the country which the Lord sware unto our fathers for to give us.

Thought: Each offering unto the Lord had a purpose behind it. When the firstfruits of the land were brought to the priest, the Israelite was to acknowledge “that I am come unto the country which the Lord sware unto our fathers for to give us.” It was a profession of God’s faithfulness. The Jews were seeing the promise of God coming to pass in their lives. Sometimes we forget that God is true to His Word. His trustworthiness should be honored.

Genesis 17:8

June 8, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:4, 5 – And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord thy God. And thou shalt speak and say before the Lord thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous.

Thought: God had intervened graciously and benevolently on behalf of Israel. Jacob and his family were facing a severe famine when it was revealed to them that Joseph was still alive and was second in command in Egypt. Jacob took his small family into that foreign land, and God turned them into a powerful people. Moses describes them as being great, mighty, and populous. God both preserved them and cultivated them under Pharaoh.

Exodus 1:7

June 9, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:6, 7 – And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage: and when we cried unto the Lord God of our fathers, the Lord heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression.

Thought: We have three actions by three different groups or individuals recorded. First, the Egyptians evil entreated, afflicted, and laid hard bondage upon the Israelites. Evil is in the world. Second, the Jews “cried unto the Lord God of our fathers.” This is the appropriate response of the faithful instead of vengeance. Third, “The Lord heard our voice, and looked on our affliction. The prayers of God’s children are heard by God and arouse His attention.

Exodus 6:5

June 10, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:8 – And the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs and wonders.

Thought: God delivered Israel from Egypt. His deliverance is noted in five ways. First, there was a “mighty hand.” Strong hands are of extreme importance in battle. Second, there was an outstretched arm. God delivered a strong “punch” to Pharaoh. Third, it involved great terribleness, that is, “awe-inspiring spectacles.” Fourth, it involved signs that pointed to God who did them. Fifth, it involved wonders. The ten plagues caused men to stand in awe.

Psalm 78:12

June 11, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:9 – And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey.

Thought: God not only delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, but He also blessed them with the Promised Land. This land would be their home for hundreds of years to come. It is described as “a land that floweth with milk and honey.” It was a land that was very productive. It would give the children of Israel both sustenance and an income. When Israel inherited the land, it was well developed. All they had to do was to drive out the adversaries.

Ezekiel 20:6

June 12, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:10 – And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which, thou, O Lord hath given unto me. And thou shalt set it before the Lord thy God, and worship before the Lord thy God.

Thought: Each Israelite was to acknowledge what God had done for him by freeing him from slavery and allowing him to have a possession in the land of Canaan. In addition, he was to bring his firstfruits and offer them to God. These were also a gift from God. It is interesting that when we give to God that we only return that which He has given to us. Having set the offering before God, the Israelite was to worship, that is, pay homage and praise to God.

Proverbs 3:9

June 13, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:11 – And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given thee, and unto thine house, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.

Thought: The children of Israel were told to “rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given thee.” This is not the customary reaction of most. Instead of rejoicing in our gifts, we have a tendency to take them for granted. Sometimes, we might even complain about the good things that we have received from the hand of God. In addition to rejoicing in the gifts they received from God, the Israelites were to rejoice in the blessings others received.

Psalm 63:3-5

June 14, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:12, 13 – When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled; then thou shalt say before the Lord thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them.

Thought: Two important considerations are found in these two verses. First, the tithes of the third year were to be given to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. This was the third year of seven ending with the year of Jubilee. God wanted His people to care for those who couldn’t care for themselves. Second, only after the tithe had been offered could the Jew affirm his obedience to God. Obedience involves doing before affirming.

Psalm 119:93

June 15, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:14 – I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I have hearkened to the voice of the Lord my God, and have done according to all thou hast commanded me.

Thought: Man finds many ways to circumvent the commands of God. The faithful, however, will never find excuses to be disobedient. Here, those who dedicated the firstfruits of the land to God affirm that “I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead.” What others may have done, they refused to do. Their obedience to God was full and complete as is should be.

1 Samuel 15:22

June 16, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:15 – Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless the people of Israel, and the land thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

Thought: When God’s people trust God they can call upon Him to fulfill His promises to them. They understand and appreciate God’s faithfulness. Thus, they are not ashamed or scared to ask God to do the things He has promised to do. Their faithfulness to give God the fruitsfruits of Canaan was one of the provisions of their receiving the Promised Land. Having complied with God’s terms, they ask God to bless the land He had provided for them.

Psalm 90:17

June 17, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:16 – This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

Thought: God provides the orders. Man is to manifest obedience. God’s orders are found in his statutes and judgments contained in His Word. Man’s obedience is to be more than an outward display. Obedience should spring from one’s heart and soul. Obedience is not supposed to be partial. Instead, it is to involves our all. Notice that God has given. Man, on the other hand, often keeps back. These thoughts should be our focus this day and the next.

Deuteronomy 10:12

June 18, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:17, 18 – Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: and the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments.

Thought: Two words need to be defined as we study these verses. The first word is “avouched.” Israel had avouched the Lord, and God had avouched them. The word means “to say.” Another definition is avow. Both Israel and God acknowledged certain things to one another. Israel chose God and affirmed they would obey Him. God avowed that Israel was his “peculiar people,” our second word. They would be His treasured possession.

Exodus 19:5-6

June 19, 2024

Deuteronomy 26:19 – And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as the hath spoken.

Thought: When God exalts an individual, it is to the highest level. God chose Israel to be His covenant people. If they obeyed the covenant, He promised “to make thee high above all nations which he hath made.” They would be both praised and honored by others. Their name would be exalted in the world. Too, they would be a “holy people.” They would be pure. They would be set apart. They would be a people dedicated to the purposes of God.

Ezekiel 16:9-14

June 20, 2024

Deuteronomy 27:1 – And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandments which I command you this day.

Thought: If some living today had heard these words of Moses, they would have been repulsed. Command keeping to some is legalism. They believe that teaching the necessity of keeping God’s commands comes from an evil and mean-spirited heart. We wonder why anyone would object to keeping God’s commands. They spring from His divine nature. They are for the benefit of man. Keeping them brings great reward. How could this be evil?

John 14:23-24

June 21, 2024

Deuteronomy 27:2, 3 – And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaster them with plaster: and thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the Lord God of thy father hath promised thee.

Thought: God believed in providing the children of Israel and all those who entered into their land with memorials. Here, He commands His people to erect great stones and plaster them with plaster. Upon the plaster was to be written “all the words of this law.” The Israelites would be reminded of their covenant with God any time they exited and entered the land. The stranger who came into the land could read the wonderful statutes given to Israel.

Proverbs 3:1