Pentecost Devotional (6 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Eleventh Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Leviticus 25:35-37

''If any of your people become poor and unable to support themselves, you must help them, just as you are supposed to help foreigners who live among you. Don't take advantage of them by charging any kind of interest or selling them food for profit. Instead, honor me by letting them stay where they now live.'' Leviticus 25:35-37

We have seen that Leviticus points to economic justice for all parties in Israel from the priests and Levites to widows and orphans. What we may not have caught is that the laws in Leviticus were to apply equally to economic justice for foreigners as for the people of Israel. In fact, the verse above assumes that foreigners were to be dealt with in equity and addresses an expectation that the people would more likely mistreat the poor than the foreigners in the land.


Twelfth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 6:30

''God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields, even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow. He will surely do even more for you! Why do you have such little faith?'' Matthew 6:30

Faith and fear walk hand in hand, even if they are most often at odds with each other. Faith is about trust and confidence. It is about being able to focus on what God truly desires for us, with the certainty that our needs will be met in the process. Fear is rather the opposite, by which we are more certain than not that our needs will not be met. It is faith in reverse, and often as not mixes with our faith, even while it undermines what faith offers.
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