“’Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch men. Like eagles full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor. Should I not punish them for this?’ declares the lord. ‘Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?’” (Jeremiah5:26–29)
The rich are often guilty of economic injustice. Rather than defend the widows, orphans, or poor as God expects, instead they became rich off of them, and one day they will suffer the judgment of God.
God’s people are to protect foreigners in our midst without property and to treat them properly. Human rights are to be a concern for those who serve the purposes of God.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have clearly told us to take the human rights of others seriously, and that includes those who are among us without property or a place to lay their heads and to provide food and clothing for them. We are in a crisis in this country right now, and we must repent of our sins and seek God’s forgiveness sincerely and purposely. We must seek to help those who are in serious need, for it is God’s will for us to do so. It is in Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Bible study is not just learning the words, it is to learn how to live our lives in relationships with family, others, and Almighty God.”
“I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord Almighty. The silver is mine and the gold is mine, declares the Lord Almighty.” (Haggai2:7–8)
Glory may refer to material elegance, personal reputation, or Spiritual presence. All are included here. Only God has and can create true glory. He has the power to bring material and spiritual glory to His house of worship. He can use forces of nature and of history to accomplish His purposes. We may proudly total up our material possessions, but none belong to us. God is sovereign Lord over all His creation’s wealth. True wealth comes only when God grants peace. The strange paradox is that one would put faith in the created mater (gold & silver) rather than the Creator of this matter!
“For there many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, or whatever name you want to place on those especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—-and that for the sake of dishonest gain.” (Titus1:10-11)
Some of the slickest hucksters and scam artists or whatever name you want to place on those in the world who prey on unsuspecting people by means of a religious message for a price. Such practices call us to remember the gospel is free. Truth remains the same no matter the price offered by adherents of false doctrine.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected. ‘Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. He did not say this because he card about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.” (John 12:4–6)
Thievery was wrong. In Exodus 20:15 it states: ‘You shall not steal.’ Persons in most societies can own their own property. We must understand that God, however, is the ultimate Owner. To take property from someone is a violation of their personhood.
Thievery in the name of religion and charity reveals greed has consumed a life, as had happened to Judas. In Matthew 6:19-34, we see that material needs are a reality of life that all people face. Jesus took our needs seriously and devoted much time to talking about them. Material things are not bad in themselves. They become bad when we place more importance on them, that on our relationship with God. Amen!