Tag: neighbor

  • Biblical Principle #261: Law’s Penalty for Wrongful Taking

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God prescribed the penalty for an Israelite who wrongfully took another’s property. Explanation In the Law of Moses, we read: 5 Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 6 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘When a man or woman commits one of the sins…

  • Biblical Principle #260: Israel’s Restitution for Property Theft

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God gave Israel the penalty for the theft of property and the moving of boundary stones. Explanation We have previously established that GOD told Israel not to steal. Besides forbidding the sin of theft, GOD prescribed the restitution for various crimes of thievery. Theft of Personal…

  • Biblical Principle #244: Israelites to Give Truthful Testimony

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, Israelites were commanded to provide truthful testimony, never bearing false witness. Explanation From the beginning of GOD’s first covenant with Israel, telling the truth about one’s neighbor was a top concern, for it was one of the Ten Commandments: 16 “You shall not bear false witness…

  • Why are Christians so Mean? (A transparent answer to a hard question)

    “Why are Christians so mean?” Sadly, the question is asked more frequently than we’d like to admit. Let me begin by saying if you feel you’ve been mistreated by a Christian or you’ve witnessed someone else mistreated by one, I am sincerely sorry. That shouldn’t happen. People—and especially Christians—should love one another. Unfortunately, the reality…

  • I’m a Christian, Now What? (What Does GOD Want Me to Do?)

    In the post “What Does GOD Want from Me?,” I explained that GOD wants three basic things from each person: Today, I want to dig a little deeper into these three things. Knowing GOD is a life-long journey—a process. We never arrive at a full knowledge of GOD (in this life), therefore the goal is to…

  • November 12 – Prophecy of Judgments

    Reading Mark 13:1-2 Matt. 24:3; Mark 13:3-4 Matt. 24:4-35; Mark 13:5-31; Luke 21:8-33 Matt. 24:36-51; Mark 13:34-37; Luke 21:34-36 Matt. 25:1-46 Devotional On the Tuesday before Jesus’ death, as He and His disciples left the temple, one of them pointed out the majesty of the stones and the buildings there. Jesus explained to them how…

  • November 6 – Who is My Neighbor?

    Reading Luke 9:51-56; 17:11-19; 10:1-24 Matt. 11:28-30 Luke 10:25-42; 11:1-13 John 10:22-42 Devotional 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered,…

  • March 5 – Duties of Respect and Support

    Reading Lev. 19:9-10 Deut. 24:19-22; 23:24-25 Lev. 25:35-38 Deut. 5:16 Lev. 19:3a; 20:9 Deut. 21:18-21 Lev. 19:32-34; 24:22; 19:14, 16-18 Deut. 22:1-4; 5:21; 25:4; 22:6-7; 20:1-20; 23:9-14 Devotional GOD expects children to obey and respect their parents. This has always been true and GOD gave the Israelites instructions regarding this. He said: Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God…

  • March 20 – What Goes Around Comes Around

    Reading Judg. 8:4-9:57 Devotional Gideon had many wives and they bore him seventy sons. He also had a concubine (a woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife or wives) who bore him a son named Abimelech. As soon as Gideon died the Israelites did evil again before GOD and they also…

  • February 28 – Attitude Matters

    Reading Deut. 5:17 Ex. 21:12-14 Num. 35:20-21, 16-19, 29-31, 33-34 Ex. 22:2-3a Num. 35:22-25 Deut. 19:4-6 Num. 35:9-15 Deut. 19:1-3, 7-10 Num. 35:26-28 Deut. 19:11-13 Num. 35:32 Ex. 21:22-25, 16 Deut. 24:7 Lev. 24:19-20 Ex. 21:26-27 Deut. 22:25-29 Ex. 21:15, 18-21 Deut. 25:11-12; 5:19 Ex. 22:3b, 1, 4 Deut. 19:14 Devotional GOD told the Israelites how…