November 2, 2019 LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC – DON’T OPPRESS ONE ANOTHER
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, November 2, 2019. – International Day to End Impurity for Crimes Against Journalists.DON’T OPPRESS ONE ANOTHER
READ: Leviticus 25:8-17
Leviticus 25:8-17 – And you shall number seven sabbaths or weeks of years for you, seven times seven years, so the total time of the seven weeks of years shall be forty-nine years.
Then you shall sound abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month [almost October]; on the Day of Atonement blow the trumpet in all your land.
And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his ancestral possession [which through poverty he was compelled to sell], and each of you shall return to his family [from whom he was separated in bond service].
That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; in it you shall not sow, or reap and store what grows of itself, or gather the grapes of the uncultivated vines.
For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat the [sufficient] increase of it out of the field.
In this Year of Jubilee each of you shall return to his ancestral property.
And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another.
According to the number of years after the Jubilee, you shall buy from your neighbor. And he shall sell to you according to the number of years [remaining in which you may gather] the crops [before you must restore the property to him].
If the years [to the next Jubilee] are many, you may increase the price, and if the years remaining are few, you shall diminish the price, for the number of the crops is what he is selling to you.
You shall not oppress and wrong one another, but you shall [reverently] fear your God. For I am the Lord your God.
MEMORISE: You shall not oppress and wrong one another, but you shall [reverently] fear your God. For I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 25:17)
To oppress someone is to keep the person down by force or make the person sad or gloomy. It means to frustrate or deprive him something expected, desired or even qualified for. It is a level of causing another man pain. Some people delight in oppressing others. But thank God for the few like Nehemiah who abhor such. He was disappointed when he heard that the rich were oppressing the poor (Nehemiah 5:1-13)
If the unbelievers oppress Christians, it is understandable as persecution. What can we say when Christians oppress one another, even ministers of God oppressing co-ministers? There are cases of husbands oppressing there wives, and vice versa. We hear of elders and other church leaders oppressing their pastor’s, and vice versa. Is our history not severally dotted which brother oppressing sisters, bosses tyrannising their followers, etc?
As you go out today remember be sure that agenda and act to oppress other person’s are not found in you. The one you oppressed today might found favour in God’s sight to be your boss in the very nearest future. What then becomes of you?
If you are being oppressed in any form, the grace and power of God will bring you out, victoriously, in Jesus name. Amen. Nevertheless, when you are finally free and favoured by God to be ahead of your oppressors, don’t revenge; act like Joseph (Gen. 45:1ff). That is the mind of Christ that you must possess (cf. Phil. 2:5).
1. Father, forgive me, if there be anyone I have oppressed.
2. O Lord, stop the plan of oppressors over me, my family, my business, etc., in Jesus name.
3. Lord Jesus give Your Church victory over every oppressor in this nation, in Jesus name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Jeremiah 17:8-20:5; 2 Timothy 2:14-3:8