Key Verse: “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:31,32).
God does not keep His children in the dark concerning His likes and dislikes. Because He does not want us to incur His anger and displeasure, He presents laws to lead us into fruitful and enduring relationship with Him. There is a vivid demonstration of this stance of a loving Father in the Scripture today. Having rescued the children of Jacob from hundreds of years of bondage in Egypt, God is now taking them to the Promised Land of freedom and abundance.
The Lord wants them to abide by a new regime of rules, ceremonial, moral and ecclesiastical, that would carve them out as a peculiar breed set aside for God. In the Promised Land, the Israelites must shun ‘uncircumcised’ fruit until the fifth year.
The Lord also commanded His people to treat strangers among them with love, while there should be no sharp practices in business transactions. Each time the Lord concluded the pronouncement of a law, He would declare ‘I am the LORD.’ Why? It is to assert the unquestionable authority of God Who does not change. His commandments are as timeless and are to be obeyed throughout all generations.
Thought for the day: God’s do’s and don’ts are the only doorway to His Presence.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.