Leviticus 6 IN FOCUS
The Lord said to Moses: 2 “If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the Lord by deceiving a neighbor about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbor, 3 or if they find lost property and lie about it, or if they swear falsely about any such sin that people may commit— 4 when they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must return what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found, 5 or whatever it was they swore falsely about. They must make restitution in full,
Unfaithfulness kills. Deception lowers dignity. The world is suffering today because of poor stewardship and unfaithfulness! Jesus said, 10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Luke 16. God is just! Oh yes we serve a living God who is faithful and He expects us to be holy. It is written, 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. – 1 Peter 1. Jesus Christ said, That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
The world will be beautiful with faithful people! The world will be awesome with people who will not swear and bear false witness. The world will be peaceful with people who are not interested in cheating others but building others with a solemn act of generosity. But an antithesis: a world that should have been beautiful where instead, so many people are suffering in indentured servitude because of cheaters, unfaithful stewards, deceivers, direct and indirect thieves and false witness! Where are the faithful stewards of God? Why the woes of the world? Who is neglecting his solemn duty of good stewardship to God?
Awake oh sons of God! Awake to your call! A call to be responsible! A call to repentance! A call to holiness! A call to duty!
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Like 19
Awake Oh ye people of God! Awake and bear fruits in season and out of season! We are bearing fruits each moment of time, 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. God needs nothing but our good fruits!
Who has deceived someone? let him remember and change! Who has cheated someone? Let him pay back in folds! Who has stolen something? Let him return with a solemn and sincere plead for forgiveness and mercies! Who is becoming an unfaithful steward? Let him remember why he has been entrusted with authority? Who is watching things fall asunder? Let him come to his senses and change! God said, 4 when they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must return what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found, . Sons of God, remember your God!
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Words: Isaac Watts,
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.