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“You shall have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure, that your days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 25:15 NKJV).

From: April 3, 2020

GOD CARES ABOUT HOW YOU DO BUSINESS

God told Moses to teach the people of Israel to establish and maintain a standard of weights and measures, so that their nation would endure. God said that those who used dishonest weights and measures were behaving unrighteously and were an abomination to Him.
 
Having fair weights and measures establishes trust, so that a nation’s economy prospers. It reduces the possibility of enmity between buyers and sellers. And perhaps most importantly, it protects the poor, who are most often the victims of dishonest schemes.
 
The U.S. has a governmental office called “The Office of Weights and Measures” that promotes uniformity in weights and measures laws, regulations, and standards to achieve equity between buyers and sellers in the marketplace. This office works to make sure that we get the gallon of gas or milk, or the pound of sugar or bacon, that we paid for.
 
Perhaps Jesus had this law in view when on the Monday of Passion Week, he “overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves” (Mark 11:15). For the moneychangers were notorious for charging an exorbitant fee for exchanging foreign monies for the Temple shekel. And those selling doves were especially despicable, for they were profiting off of the poor. For the Torah taught that anyone who could not afford a lamb was to bring two doves as a burnt offering for sin (cf. Lev. 5:7). This is why Jesus said, “You have turned my house, which was meant for prayer, into a den of thieves” (cf. Mark 11:17).
 
God cares about fairness in the marketplace. God cares about how you do business.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, we are thankful that You led our nation’s forefathers to establish fairness in the marketplace. We are thankful for America today, yet we ask You to watch over our economy and especially our small business owners. Some may think that You are against business, but Your Word shows that in fact, You are quite interested and care that we run our businesses fairly and honestly. We also pray for the poor in our nation today, that You would watch over them and empower us to be care for them in Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.

‘Then he said to the disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.”’ (Luke 10:16 NLT).

From: April 3, 2019

HAVE YOU ACCEPTED OR REJECTED JESUS?

Jesus sent out 72 disciples two by two to preach the gospel in every town and place he was about to go. He prepared them to understand that some people would accept their message and some would reject it. The main thing was to know that ultimately they were accepting or rejecting Christ. Even more significantly, anyone who rejected Christ, would be rejecting God. For accepting Christ Jesus is the only way to be accepted by God.
 
For those who love the acceptance and approval of man, sharing the gospel is feared. For if the hearer rejects the message, they might reject the messenger too. Yet, for those who love the acceptance and approval of God, sharing the gospel is foremost.
 
In the end, the most important question is: “How have we responded to Jesus?”
 
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we confess that we are often silent before others concerning the gospel. We may be in too much a hurry, or too concerned about what others may think, when we should always be ready to share your gospel. Forgive us and renew our strength to tell others about Jesus. We love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.” (Luke 10:23-24 NLT).

From: April 3, 2018

THE LONGING OF GENERATIONS FULFILLED IN JESUS
Jesus told His disciples that they were blessed because they were privileged to see and hear that which their forefathers had long awaited. The coming of the Messiah had been prophesied since the Garden when God spoke to the serpent saying that the woman’s “Seed shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Gen. 3:15). For centuries, people of faith looked forward to the coming of Messiah, yet they didn’t see it. As the author of Hebrews wrote, “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it” (Heb. 11:13). The disciples were seeing and hearing what generations had longed for, namely, Jesus the Messiah.
 
For those of us today that have placed our faith in Jesus, our longing is already fulfilled, but not yet. For the Lord has opened our spiritual eyes and ears, and we already have the Spirit of Christ with us and in us. Yet, our bodies long for the day when our “faith shall be made sight,” becoming like Jesus and seeing Him “as He really is” (1 John 3:2).

“A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him” (Proverbs 12:14 NKJV).

From: April 3, 2017

The one whose word and deed is marked by wisdom and diligence will be “satisfied with good” and receive appropriate “recompense.” Yet, when has the world seen such a one? In truth, the Lord Jesus is the only One who has demonstrated both word and deed in perfect balance and beauty.
 
As regards word, even the temple guards sent to arrest Jesus reported, “Never has anyone spoken like this man!” (John 7:46).
 
And as regards deed, the multitude who witnessed Jesus causing the deaf to hear and the mute to speak, were astonished and said, “He has done all things well!” (Mark 7:37).
 
Those who would be truly “satisfied,” and receive a desirable “recompense,” will trust in Christ’s word and work, rather than their own. As the apostle Paul wrote, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17).

‘Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”’ (Luke 10:36-37 ESV)

From: April 3, 2016

“Who is my neighbor?” Asked the legal expert of Jesus. He asked this question seeking to “justify himself.” For the law is so perfect in its demand, who can keep it? Therefore, the lawyer sought a loophole or a limitation to the law in order to satisfy it. However, Jesus did not allow for a legal accommodation. Instead, he told a parable of three travelers passing by a man in need. The first two were experts in the law of Moses, yet failed to love their neighbor by stopping to help. The third man, a Samaritan, one hated by the Jews as a half-breed and certainly not a legal expert, he actually stopped to help the injured man. The parable surely hit the mark. It is not enough to know the law. One must do it. And since the lawyer must’ve realized the impossibility of keeping the law, perhaps he recognized his need for a Savior to rescue him from the sin that he couldn’t overcome. Because the truth is, both he and we are the ones in the ditch that needs someone to show us mercy.

“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:30 NKJV)

From: April 3, 2015

When the 70 disciples that the Lord sent out to bear witness returned, they were overjoyed that even the demons were subject to the name of Jesus. But Jesus told them not to rejoice over such things. Spiritual warfare is real and Christ-followers have been given authority, but we are not to glory in this. We are to “rejoice” that we are saved and that our names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life. On this Good Friday when we remember the price that our Lord paid for our inclusion into that Book, we rejoice in Him.

“At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, ‘O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way'” (Luke 10:21 NLT)

From: April 3, 2014

Jesus found joy in the way the Father revealed his true identity to those with childlike faith, yet concealed it from those who thought themselves wise. Jesus delighted in the Father’s sovereign plan. It brought him joy to the full. He shared the Father’s pleasure in this. This is the joy that is available to the Christian, an unconquerable exultation that flows to those filled with the Holy Spirit. This is not the conditional coincidence of happiness, but the perpetual state of the one whose contentment rests in Christ alone.

“Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20 ESV)

From: April 3, 2013

Spiritual warfare is real and Christ-followers have been given authority, but we are not to glory in this. We are to “rejoice” that we are saved and that our names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

“At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (Luke 10:21)

From: April 3, 2012

After the 72 returned rejoicing from their witnessing assignment, Jesus was filled with joy from the Spirit. Two thoughts: 1) You’ve never known true joy until you’ve felt this joy of the Holy Spirit. 2) If you want to share this joy with Jesus, answer the call to be a witness for Him.

“Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children'” (Luke 10:21)

From: April 3, 2011

When the 70 returned from witnessing, the Lord was overjoyed. That’s what you feel when you share the gospel, the joy of Christ!