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Day 37 - Acts 9

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

5 minutes a day 5 days a week - a year of Bible Wisdom

Getting Some Shut Eye

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
In the book of Psalms, which scripture mentions sweet sleep?

Sincerely,
Insomniac

Dear Insomniac,

The verse you are looking for is in Proverbs, not Psalms.  Pr. 3:24 talks about the sweetness of sleep that can only be found in a wisely led life (Pr 3:13).  When we lean on the Lord’s will and not our own understanding (Pr 3:5), we will find a wisdom that is worth more than silver and gold (Pr 3:14-16).

Day 36 - Acts 8

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Giving Back

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
I have been studying the topics of repentance and restitution.  It is clear that God expected restitution in the Old Testament – Deu 22:19, 22:29 Neh 5:10-11, Lev 24:18, Ex 21:32, Ex 22 to name a few, but I find only one scripture in the New Testament (Luke 19:8-9 about Zaccheus).  And he was not under the New Covenant at the time.  So I am not sure it really proves God's will on restitution today.  What is the New Testament teaching on restitution?  If someone repents of stealing, cheating, destroying others’ property, etc., are they required to right the wrong to the degree that they can?  Or as the one sinned against, are we to "turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, hand over the other cloak", forgive and not ask restitution?

Sincerely,
Pay Back

Dear Pay Back,

If christians are sinned against, we should turn the other cheek and go the extra mile (Matt 5:39-42).  When a christian repents of stealing, cheating, etc., first and foremost, he must steal no more (Eph 4:28).  However, repentance involves more than just stopping a behavior – repentance is a change of mindset.  As you mentioned, Zacchaeus epitomized that heart of repentance (Lk 19:7-9).  The Bible never specifically says how much a christian should do to make restitution… and it would be unwise to make specific rules where the Lord hasn’t.  Many concepts in the Bible are a matter of principle and not a specific rule.  As we try to imitate Christ (1 Cor 11:1), issues like these often come down to simply asking the question, “What would Jesus do?”  Genuine repentance leads to a desire to rectify our wrongs whenever such means are possible.

Day 35 - Acts 7

Monday, February 20, 2017

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