Have Forgiveness, Will Travel, 20-30OCT – #1289

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For the love of God, Moses taught and taught. He really did. Deuteronomy is filled with teaching – including how to handle debts and deal with people and how best to worship. AND HOW TO FORGIVE. We don’t hold to these physical traditions anymore and we certainly don’t cancel debts every 7 years or share the wealth enough. We barely even try to pay off our own debts, allowing the interest to compound and threaten to bury us.

Why is it that we ALSO hold grudges when the Lord says FORGIVE? Why is it that we become possessive enough to get angry when someone wastes our time? (as if we own time anyway, we don’t). If we hold grudges, why are we are compounding the pain like interest and let it bleed over into a new day. It will bury us. We should shed that sorrow each day.

When Jesus says: Follow Me. He intends to feed us and take care of us each day – as in we don’t turn back and we don’t make demands on where we are going or what we take with us. So let us cancel our cross feelings for He cancelled our debt with His Cross Dealings – and let us embrace forgiveness no matter how hard it hurts.

For if given FORGIVENESS, which we have in Jesus, thru Jesus, with Jesus, then we will carry NONE of these burdens and we will travel more easily and with more light. MORE LIGHT! Travel light.

For if God instructed Moses to set servants free, we can realize our freedom by becoming His servant – serving our Lord – walking in a WAY of forgiveness.

Have Forgiveness, Will Travel.

Travel Light.

And the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

Amen

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Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always. But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the Lord your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the Lord will choose to put his Name is so far away), then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose. Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice. And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own. At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. Deuteronomy 14:23-15:11

The Year for Canceling Debts

At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you. However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today. For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you. If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.  Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.  There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land. Freeing Servants
If any of your people—Hebrew men or women—sell themselves to you and serve you six years, in the seventh year you must let them go free. And when you release them, do not send them away empty-handed. Supply them liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress. Give to them as the Lord your God has blessed you.  Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you. That is why I give you this command today. But if your servant says to you, “I do not want to leave you,” because he loves you and your family and is well off with you, then take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your female servant. Do not consider it a hardship to set your servant free, because their service to you these six years has been worth twice as much as that of a hired hand. And the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

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