SUNDAY, 20TH NOVEMBER 2016
MEMORY VERSE: “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” – Luke 19:8
BIBLE PASSAGE: Leviticus 6:1-7
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.
6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:
7 And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.
INTRODUCTION: Restitution is an act of putting right what has been done wrongly, restoring what has been taken wrongly and repairing or giving any equivalent to loss or damage. It is strictly enjoined in scripture and is a necessary evidence of true repentance. This is also a very important step for every believer for a clear conscience and good testimony.
- Restitution at various dispensations
- The blessings of restitution
RESTITUTION AT VARIOUS DISPENSATIONS
The doctrine of restitution has been taught at various dispensations. Before the law, Jacob restituted his ways (Genesis 32:9-32). It was in operation under the law (Leviticus 6:2-5; Numbers 5:6-8; Exodus 22:1-5), and during the period of the kings and the prophets as well (2Samuel 12:1-6; 2Kings 8:1-6). This principle of the unchanging Lord is operative at this dispensation of grace as well, right from the time of Jesus Christ and the apostles until now (Luke 19:8-10; Philemon 7:21).
THE BLESSINGS OF RESTITUTION
Dangerous as it may be, if one fails to restitute his or her ways before the Almighty God and his fellow men, the blessings are however numerous and diverse if one obeys. Examples include Abraham (Genesis 13:14-18); Joshua and the conquest of Ai, which initially looked impossible despite its small size until the sin of Achan was restituted (Joshua 7 compare this with God’s promises to Joshua at his commissioning in Joshua 1:1-4).
Other blessings include open heavens (Malachi 3:8-11). God promised to destroy every devourer on behalf of every honest and faithful tithe payer and release blessings through open heavens. There shall be health for the true believer (James 5:14-16). Heaven, the abode of God, shall become the inheritance of the faithful keeper of the doctrine. Heaven is clean and no unclean thing will enter it (Hebrews 12:14).
Much as restitution like any other doctrine of Christ is worth contending for by every Christian, Godly wisdom is, however, needed for the purposes of guidance, right timing and peace. We need to be humble enough for this guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- Justify restitution at various dispensations.
- Mention some of the blessings of restitution.
Blessed week with The HOLY SPIRIT
- MONDAY: Ezekiel 33:15 – There is still room for the sinner in the kingdom of God who will genuinely turn from his or her wicked ways.
- TUESDAY: Nehemiah 5:12 – Prayerfully confess that all that has been wrongfully acquired shall be restored.
- WEDNESDAY: Proverbs 28:13 – God’s mercy endures forever especially upon the penitent.
- THURSDAY: Hebrews 9:27 – Let us remember that an unavoidable appointment awaits every man.
- FRIDAY: Genesis 2:18, 24 – Let us be warned, the godly injunction here is “cleave unto his wife…” and not “wives.”
- SATURDAY: Matthew 7:13-14 – The narrow way will not take excess luggage, so restitute them now.
- SUNDAY: Acts 10:34-35 – The door is still open to the willing soul.