Was the army of Israel commanded to destroy everyone?
Did the tribe of Levi receive an inheritance?
Originally, how many Cities of Refuge were there?
LESSON: God wanted everything destroyed that would interfere with them serving Him. We need to remove those things that come between us and God. At work, at home, or anywhere let us yield to Him.
PRAYER: Father, help me to remove from my life those things that hinder my service to you. Amen.
The story is told of a man known as a "Grandpa Hicks," who made his living by crooked means. He trapped fish illegally in a lake near his home. He rented out boats that didn't belong to him and kept the money. He stole gasoline for his motorboat from boats at the neighboring dock. Nothing was beneath him. He even stole fish from the lines of other fishermen. He seemed to have no conscience about such matters. But one Sunday morning, two of his grandchildren asked if Grandpa would take them fishing. With a stern look he replied, "I never fish on Sunday. I wasn't brought up that way!" This man reminds us of the Pharisees Jesus talked about in Matthew 23. He branded them as those depriving widows of their homes; those who lacked mercy and faith; and those who were cheaters. Yet, they were the ones who wanted to kill Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. Both Grandpa Hicks and the Pharisees were hypocrites. Every believer should benefit from fellowship, worship and instruction on the Lord's Day. But going to church on Sunday does not excuse us from right living on Monday. In Matthew 23:28 Jesus said, "Outwardly you appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and sin." Don't let Sunday be a cover-up for the way you live the other six days of the week.