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TUESDAY 5th FEB., 2019

THEME: DO NOT IMITATE EVIL

PASSAGE: DEUT. 12:30-32
30. Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. 31. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. 32. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

MESSAGE
The word ‘imitates’ means, “To use or follow as a model; to copy; to copy exactly; reproduce” (Falex). In this present world of competitions, many manufacturers have tried to copy other manufacturers’ inventions or products so that they can make a lot of undue gains, which is a punishable offence. That’s stealing of intellectual property or company secret.

God warned the Israelites to desist from imitating the heathens who were their neighbours either in traditions, customs or religion. God had made it clear to them from the beginning that He is a jealous God. The nation of Israel was under the direct control of Jehovah and it would be a gross disobedience for them to go after other gods to worship or inquire from them.

On many occasions, the Nation of Israel had played the ‘harlot’ in following the gods of the nations around them. Some of the forbidden heathen gods were Baal, Ashtoreth, Dagon, Chemosh, etc. Some of the time, God delayed in His response to Israel’s requests because of their sins or because of His good purpose which they might not understand. Due to delay in God’s response to their requests or expectations, they sought support or assistance from heathen gods they felt might answer them speedily (although with bitter repercussions). For instance, Israel requested for a king and wanted to be like other nations and God gave them what they wanted but with bitter repercussion. King Saul became a whip God used to chastise them for their rejection of Him (1 Sam. 8:7-20).

Are you considering visiting a heathen god for a solution to your problems? Are you considering joining in going back to your old ways of life because of your new worldly friends? Are you considering befriending your male lecturers so that you can pass that course after some failures? It is definitely NO WAY OUT! Trust in God who can give a lasting solution that does not bring regrets. Wait for the Lord!

HYMN: EMHB 565 (CM)
1: I KNOW that my Redeemer lives,
And ever prays for me;
A token of His love He gives,
A pledge of liberty.

2: I find him lifting up my head,
He brings salvation near,
His presence makes me free indeed,
And He will soon appear.

3: He wills that I should holy be;
What can withstand his will?
The counsel of His grace in me
He surely shall fulfil.

4: Jesus, I hang upon Thy word;
I steadfastly believe
Thou wilt return and claim me, Lord,
And to thyself receive.

5: When God is mine, and I am His,
Of paradise possessed,
I taste unutterable bliss
And everlasting rest.

MEMORY VERSE: Deuteronomy 12:30 “Do not be trapped into following their example in worshiping their gods. Do not say, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.”

PRAYER: Almighty God, do not allow the ways of the world to ever get my attention or desire, for You alone are the True and Omnipotent God. Grant me the patience to depend upon You and wait for Your time, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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