Session 5

How to right your wrongs

From Numbers: A 5-Week Devotional

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Numbers 5

“You owe me!” Maybe you’ve said this if you’ve had your wallet stolen, been injured in an accident or even had property destroyed. For any person who has experienced wrong-doing, it’s natural to want somebody to ‘pay’ for the damage.

The Old Testament Law provided countless examples of restitution—how someone would pay back a wrong. Righting a wrong varied according to what had been destroyed or damaged (see Exodus 21 and Exodus 22). Numbers 5:7 says the wrongdoer “…must make full restitution for the wrong…add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged.”

When thinking of a broken fence, restitution is easier to calculate. But what about lost trust or relationships damaged by words? How do we provide restitution for these? What is the value of a reputation injured by senseless gossip or the damage caused by a broken promise? What is a fifth of that worth?

If we are the wrongdoer, we have the power to begin to make right every wrong.  In Numbers 5:6,  the Lord says, “Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the Lord is guilty and must confess the sin they have committed…”

Taking the first step of confession does two things:

         1.   It acknowledges responsibility for the wrong committed;

         2.   It provides a way to healing—for either person.

Restitution is always difficult. The injured person may never forgive us. But if we do not confess our wrongs, we will never have the opportunity to right them.

Reflect:

  • Have you been the recipient of restitution? What did it feel like? How did you respond?
  • Is there a wrong that you need to confess today? Need help to take this first step toward restitution? Come to the Care Room at NewSpring this Sunday or email us at hello@newspring.cc

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Session 1

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Session 2

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Session 3

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Session 4

How to work better together

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Session 5

How to right your wrongs

“You owe me!” Maybe you’ve said this if you’ve had your wallet stolen, been injured in an accident or even had pr...

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Session 6

How well do you keep your word?

Yes. I promise. I swear. I'll make it happen. Most definitely. For sure. There are a million ways we make promises with our wor...

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Session 7

How can giving be better than receiving?

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Session 8

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Session 9

You are here. Now what?

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Session 10

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Session 11

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Session 12

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Session 13

How to be comfortable with change

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Session 14

What do you need to say yes to today?

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Session 15

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Session 16

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Why should I listen to him? Who put him in charge? I should be in charge. He’s messing everything up. I would be much better at his...

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Session 17

Listen to God and do what He says

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Session 18

What happens when we tithe

God provided for the Levites in a different way than he provided for other tribes. Instead of giving them a portion of the promised land,...

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Session 19

Why did animals have to die?

If we’re disturbed by the sacrifice of animals, it’s because we’re supposed to be. Making payment for our sin shouldn&r...

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Session 20

Are the consequences my fault?

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Session 21

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Session 22

Where is your attention?

Clocks. Watches. Task lists. Reminders on your phone. We are surrounded by reminders of time. But in all of our efforts to make the most ...

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Session 23

Can you change God’s mind?

Have you ever tried to run away from something God has already spoken over your life? For example, you know God has called you to quit sc...

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Session 24

You can’t pay me enough

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Session 25

If no one knows, why does it matter?

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Session 26

Is God part of your plan?

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Session 27

Do you love those you lead?

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Session 28

What does it mean to worship?

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Session 29

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Session 30

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Session 31

Can you be too generous?

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Session 32

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Session 33

Take time to reflect

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Session 34

God is a giver and a forgiver

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Session 35

Does God have a rule for this?

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