7-28-2015 Judge Not At All?

“Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:2 NKJV). Was Jesus condemning any and all criticism of behavior? If so, He contradicted His later statement: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-16 NKJV). But Jesus Christ did not contradict Himself. Judgment is a double-edged blade, it cuts both ways. Jesus continued: “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Matthew 7:2 NKJV). Christians know that God’s Word is the standard of Judgment, and they try to obey it. Hypocrites are those who use Scripture to condemn Christians but make no effort to repent and be baptized for the remission of their own sins!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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(#178) The Proverbs of Solomon 26:2-Don’t Fear Useless Cursing

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 26:2: “Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.”

The “flitting sparrow” and “flying swallow” hardly ever seem to use their feet because they are darting around. This illustration from real life shows the reason one should not worry when cursed “without cause” – “it shall not alight.”

Useless curses include those made:

(1) using false gods: as Goliath did to David before the giant came down: “So the Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods” (1 Samuel 17:43). Those curses did nothing to David. So, also, are the “curses” made from voo-doo, sorcery, witchcraft, or any other false religion: “And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time’” (1 Kings 19:1-2). This never happened to Elijah!

(2) falsely using Jehovah God, as with the expression, “Godd__n you.” Only God can damn or condemn anyone, and He has stated who that is in His Bible: “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:18-19); “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16); “Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!” (James 5:9). People cannot command God’s condemnation upon anyone God has not condemned!

(3) from a heart full of wickedness, for God can turn them back upon the wicked person who said them: “His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity” (Psalm 10:7, read verses 2-11); “As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him” (Psalm 109:17, read verses 6-20); “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness” (Romans 3:14, read verses 10-18).

The only condemnation anyone should fear is from God, and He has cleared the way for everyone to be saved by their obedience, for He: “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4); is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9); sent Jesus, who said: “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). Save yourself from the curse with cause!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Psalm 139 Father Knows Us Best

This Psalm of David gives a picture of how thoroughly God knows us. We should seek to know Him as completely as we can, for “when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods” (Galatians 4:8); “the world through wisdom did not know God” (1 Corinthians 1:21); “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8); Jesus Christ will be “taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8).

Verses 1-6 show how completely God knows about our individual lives;

Verses 7-12 show how useless it is for anyone to try to flee from God;

Verses 13-16 show when God begins to know us;

Verses 17-18 show how completely we should know God;

Verses 19-22 show how completely we should side with God;

Verses 23-24 show how completely open we should be with ourselves and God.

Verses 1-6: There is no one who knows and understands us like God does: not Mother, Father, Children, Husband or Wife, close friend. God interacts with individual lives by examination, constant monitoring, complete understanding of our thinking, hearing all our words, protecting and guiding at times, all exceeding our own understanding of ourselves!

Verses 7-12: As Adam and Eve discovered in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6-8), there is nowhere God cannot find us: Heaven (as if we could!)? He is there; “Hell” (Sheol, the place beyond the body’s grave, where departed spirits dwell)? He is there; fly as fast as the light of a new day (as if we could!)? dive as deep as the sea goes? He still could guide and hold us; be surrounded by total darkness? God sees as if it was still light. God is everywhere, but He is NOT everything! God is Creator NOT the Creation! Pantheism is totally wrong in this concept.

Verses 13-16: God designs, develops, and delivers each and every human baby ever born! For each and every human baby, while in the womb, God “covered” (intricately weaves together) our organs; “fearfully and wonderfully” develops the baby; makes the skeleton support structure; begins His work on “unformed” “substance” (Hebrew term for embryo), prepared the baby to live “the days fashioned for me” (plans for the baby to live its life on earth). Abortion is the destroying of the work of God, and wise Solomon said: “I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him” (Ecclesiastes 3:14). Abortion is taking from the work of God!

Verses 17-18: There is much more about God than we can grasp, but we should learn all we can while we can. The Word of God is the gradual unfolding of the revelation of God.

Verses 19-22: Instead of demanding God to “side” with us, we should get on God’s “side.” There should be no evil work a Christian would practice, plan, or proceed to do: terrorism, abortion, self-centeredness, drunkenness/drug abuse, divisiveness, fornication/adultery, lust, or anything else contrary to “sound doctrine.” Whatever God condemns, Christians should condemn. Whatever God hates, Christians should hate. Whoever is an enemy of God, should be an enemy to a Christian. No Christian should compromise this commitment to God for any  political platform, union slogan, or gang fidelity!

Verses 23-24: An open heart asks for God to check it out, and is willing for Him to “lead me in the way everlasting.” Why wait? God provides for Christians to “examine themselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5). “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world” (1 Corinthians 11:31-32).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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More Like Moses

When Israel decided to forsake following God, in Exodus 32, the Lord decided he’d had enough from the stiff-necked Israelites and decided to destroy them and “make a great nation from Moses.”

Instead of standing back, Moses implored the Lord not strike down the people. He begged for mercy for them (Exodus 32:11-13).

The statement has been made, “If God doesn’t judge America, He will need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!”

Every good person knows the evil in the world and abhors it. But do we honestly think that if America isn’t destroyed, God should apologize to Sodom? By what authority does a person make a statement like that?

None of us have been commissioned by God to bring condemnation down on anyone. Certainly we need to warn people who live in sin there will come a judgment, but we are not the ones appointed to hasten their destruction.

Before we pray God to strike down a people or a nation because of their acceptance of sin, shouldn’t we think about Moses’ example? Shouldn’t we at least try to teach them the truth so they could be saved from sin? Isn’t this our duty?

To say that if America is not judged (destroyed) or God should apologize is reprehensible and unworthy of repetition by a Christian. It implies that human beings should sit in the judgment seat instead of God. The statement is, in short, blasphemous.

We need more people like Moses.

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“You Are Like Whitewashed Tombs”

In almost all of Matthew 23, we see the Lord’s judgment regarding the hypocritical Pharisees. In verse 27-28, He condemns them by saying:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

We can make application of Jesus’ condemnation of the Pharisees in the church today. Many claim to be followers of Christ, but their actions (or the lack of action) betray them. Just to “say” we are a Christian, doesn’t make us a Christian. Jesus is still looking at the intent of our heart and contrasting it with the profession of our faith. Do they match? Are we really what we “claim” to be – a Christian?

Something to seriously think about!

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