DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL, MAY 25 TO MAY 28, 2021
Here is your daily fountain devotional for this week’s study. DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL, MAY 25 TO MAY 28, 2021.
Topic: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOURS AS YOUR SELF
DATE: TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2021
Text: DEUTERONOMY 5: 16 -21
16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
17 “You shall not murder.
18 “You shall not commit adultery.
19 “You shall not steal.
20 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
21 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Our text for today deals with six commandments in the covenant relationship between Israel and God and all of them centre on our relationship with our neighbour. They include:
- Honour your father and mother
- You shall not commit adultery
- You shall not steal
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour
- You shall not covet
- Which of these commandments do you find difficult to keep?
In the new covenant order, Christ summed them up to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF (Mk 12: 31). He equally expanded on some of them, for instance, you shall not murder which He upgraded to a level whereby being angry with your brother makes you a murderer. Secondly, when looks at a woman lustfully, he has committed adultery with her (Matt. 5: 22 and 28). The fifth commandment has a promise of long life attached to it. How do you honour your parents? You must respect them for Christ pays serious attention to the peace and progress of our families.
Beloved, we have an obligation to keep all the commandments by the help of the Holy Spirit. If we fail in one, then we have failed in all (James 2: 10). Jesus came to fulfil them and not to abolish them.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to love my neighbour as myself.
DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL, MAY 25 TO MAY 28, 2021
TOPIC: COSTLY ASSUMPTION
Date: Wednesday 26 May, 2021
TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 2: 22 – 27
22 The Lord had done the same for the descendants of Esau, who lived in Seir, when he destroyed the Horites from before them. They drove them out and have lived in their place to this day. 23 And as for the Avvites who lived in villages as far as Gaza, the Caphtorites coming out from Caphtor[a] destroyed them and settled in their place.)
24 “Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge. See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engage him in battle. 25 This very day I will begin to put the terror and fear of you on all the nations under heaven. They will hear reports of you and will tremble and be in anguish because of you.”
26 From the Desert of Kedemoth I sent messengers to Sihon king of Heshbon offering peace and saying, 27 “Let us pass through your country. We will stay on the main road; we will not turn aside to the right or to the left.
Moses reminded the Israelites of how God gave them the commandments by speaking through the fire and how finally he wrote them on tablets of stone and handed them over to him. The reason for inscribing the commandments on the tablets was to remind them of the laws anytime they saw God’s fingerprint on the stone. For us believers, the commandments are written in our hearts – within us – so that we can easily comply through the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Note in verses 23 – 27, that Israel’s leaders and elders told Moses that they didn’t want to hear from God directly because they would die. They were afraid of death and told Moses to hear and tell them what God said. This was “a costly assumption” prompted by fear. Did they die in the first instance when they heard God from the fire? The answer is No! Even their testimony in verse 26 contradicts their request. Sometimes, some of us, out of fear, run away from the presence of God/His word only to meet deceitful men of God/prophets’ and believe their lies. Be careful to hear, read and meditate on the word of God. This day, God speaks to us through Jesus Christ (Heb. 1: 3) and we shall not die if we hear Him.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, deliver me from fears that tend to remove me from Your presence.
TOPIC: THE WISE STILL SEEK AND WORSHIP JESUS
Date: Thursday 27 May, 2021 (Children’s day)
TEXT: MATTHEW 2: 1 – 22
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,
When Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem in Judea, wise men from the east saw His star in their place and came to Jerusalem to worship Him. Jesus’ star appearing in the East indicates that he is not only the Messiah for the Jews but also for the Gentiles. When these men arrived in Jerusalem, they went to Herod and asked where the new King of the Jews had been born. Herod inquired from the Jewish leaders who immediately provided an answer from the scriptures thus; Bethlehem in Judea (verse 9). As soon as they came out to proceed on their journey, the star they had seen in the East, appeared and led them to the very place where Mary and the child Jesus were and stopped. God still leads His children today safely to their destinations if they follow Him faithfully.
On seeing the mother and child, they were overjoyed, bowed down and worshipped Him with gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. These gifts identify the identity of Jesus with the Gold represents Royalty; the Frankincense – the gift for the duty, and the myrrh was a spice used to anoint the body for burial.
Are you wise? Seek and worship Jesus with sacrificial gifts for who He is, and for His blessings in your life.
PRAYER: Oh God, give me the zeal to seek and worship You. Amen.
DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL, MAY 25 TO MAY 28, 2021
TOPIC: FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS
Date: Friday 28 May, 2021
TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 5: 28 – 33
28 The Lord heard you when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. 29 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!
30 “Go, tell them to return to their tents. 31 But you stay here with me so that I may give you all the commands, decrees and laws you are to teach them to follow in the land I am giving them to possess.”
32 So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. 33 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
In Deuteronomy 5: 22 – 27, the Israelites requested to hear God through Moses rather than hearing directly from God. They feared the voice of God that spoke through the fire. God however granted their request even though that was not His original plan for them. Let us understand that God us His permissive will, but that cannot be compared to His perfect will for our lives. God also commanded that they should fear Him always and keep all His commandments. This injunction was for their welfare and that of their children in the land they were entering to take possession. Secondly, their long life was guaranteed if they obeyed.
Beloved, the same thing applies to us who are of the new covenant order today. To fear God implies to obey the whole counsel of God, not only the ones we like. Ecclesiastes 12: 13 says: “Fear God and keep His commandment for this is the whole duty of man.” Let us note that to love God means to keep His commands and these commands are not burdensome (1 John 5: 3). His work is easy and His burden light (Matt. 11: 28). We only need to obey for our own good.
PRAYER: Grant me, dear Lord, the desire to obey You always.