EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
SUNDAY OCTOBER 1, 2023
TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 22:1-5
Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.
2 And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.
3 In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother's, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.
4 Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.
5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
Key verse: Deuteronomy 22:1 “Thou shalt not see the brother's ox or his sheep go astray and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.”
Question: Why does the Old Testament emphasize women not wearing trousers?
Answer: In the righteousness of faith, Christ is the end of the law and the commandments to those who believe. The righteousness of the law says every Israelite must obey these things if you must live, but the present righteousness is right in our hearts, the just shall live by faith in God. The present righteousness is not by keeping the law of Moses but by observing the principles of righteousness and as a result some details of the law that applied to Israel have been abolished. But the principles of righteousness that lived in the law continue because the law is written in our conscience. It is now in our hearts. Now we still must obey it in Christ because it will affect our morality.
From our key verse, the bible says that he knows what to do and he does not do it, unto him it is sin. Again, the Lord summarized the scripture by saying that all that is required is love. If you know that this is your brother’s son, a babe, just a child of one and a half years that has left the house and is now found in the street. You know this person has missed the mother, this child has missed the father or whoever brought the child out and you leave the child there in the evening and darkness is coming. Will you say you are righteous? You are not righteous.
The principle of this still holds in Christ, you are not righteous. If you did that, you have afflicted your neighbor. You do not love your neighbor as yourself. What if it has been your child? So, principle remains; is that ok? Which then makes it the moral law of love towards your neighbor. The emphasis is on your neighbor, the moral law continues.
Thought for the day: Moral laws are not abolished but remain functional in Christ.
Song for the day: Forever O Lord, Thy word is settled.
Bible reading for the day Isaiah 22-23: Ephesians 3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA