Read the “0306 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
“And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.” (Deuteronomy 15:12-15)
Good morning. We’re having a wonderful time down here in Texas. We have made new friends, and renewed old friendships. But we still think about our other friends back home in New Jersey. We will be leaving in two weeks to start our journey back. We will always remember Florida, Texas, and our home: New Jersey. In our passage today, God is telling the Hebrews, when after six years, to release their Hebrew servants in the seventh year. They need to remember that they were bondmen in the land of Egypt, and the LORD freed them and they left Egypt with everything they needed. The Hebrew masters should not send their Hebrew servants away empty, but should furnish them liberally from what God had blessed them with. Did they disagree with that? They needed to remember that they were in bondage at one time in Egypt, till the LORD redeemed them. We, as Christians, were once in bondage: in bondage to sin before the LORD redeemed us. God showed us mercy and grace as He paid the price of our redemption.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Should we not also show grace and mercy to other Christians? Remember where you came from.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John13:34-35)
1) Remember those in bondage to sin.
“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)
2) Remember those we follow.
“Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.” (Hebrews 13:7)
3) Remember to help the lost and fallen.
“But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Jude 1:17-23)
One more item to remember: it’s hard to look down your nose unless you are looking in a mirror. Remember.
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