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4-9-2015 What Is Discrimination #4

Solomon said, “a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NKJV). Today, Christians are “those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14 NKJV). Skin color is no basis for discrimination, but a moral decision is! If discrimination against skin is opposed along with discrimination against the immoral, then Solomon “saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there” (Ecclesiastes 3:16 NKJV). This is “throwing out the baby with the bathwater.”

Throwing out all “discrimination” because some of it is wrong, destroys the difference between ”good and evil.” Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24 NKJV).

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

#appearance, #discern, #discrimination, #heart, #iniquity, #judge, #judgment, #righteousness, #skin-color, #solomon

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Psalm 119:129-136 Pe Why The Word Is Wonderful

It is fitting that the greatest tribute to the Word of God is IN the Word of God, itself, and is in the longest chapter of the Word of God! This Psalm has no author’s name, historical incident, or other distraction from its theme. It is divided into 22 sections (one for every letter in the Hebrew alphabet), each consisting of 8 lines, each line beginning with the alphabet letter of that section (aleph is the first letter of each line under the aleph section, for instance). The chapter uses some 8-10 different words to describe the Word of God, each bringing something extra to the total picture of the Word of Truth. In order to savor the depth and richness of teaching in this Psalm, we will examine each portion as if it were its own chapter.

Psalm 119:129-136  Pe                                 Why The Word Is Wonderful

Verses 129-131 give admiration for God’s Word;

Verses 132-135 make humble requests for God’s help;

Verse 136 shows concern for those who haven’t appreciated God’s Word.

Verses 129-131: (Verse 129) God’s “testimonies” (words describing and manifesting God’s character) are “wonderful” (wonder-full, brilliant, captivating), therefore “my soul keeps them.” We are drawn to that which fascinates us: Moses to a burning bush (Exodus 3:1-3); Jesus’ power over afflictions (Matthew 15:29-38); multitude on Pentecost hearing Jesus preached in their own languages by the Holy Spirit’s power (Acts 2:1-11); the man born lame “walking, leaping and praising God” (Acts 3:1-11); Peter’s vision of life without prejudice (Acts 10:9-17). Our rapt attention should be centered in God’s Word. (Verse 130) The Bible is the gradual unfolding of the revelation of God. A light turned on in the darkness draws attention not to the light, but to what can now be seen. There is no surprise, therefore, when Scripture’s “light” enters the darkened soul, and gives “understanding to the simple.” (Verse 131) A soul struggling to be free from the entanglements of sin, trying to be distant from temptations, fighting the influence of ungodliness, “pants” (gasps, gulps) for God’s “commandments” (words authorizing the path to follow).

Verses 132-135: Having expressed how much God’s Word means, it is appropriate to ask for help from God. It is in His Word we learn that: (Verse 132) He looks mercifully as His “custom is toward those who love” His “name.” God’s habit is always to be merciful to lovers of His name. (Verse 133) His Word “directs” (guides, leads) our “steps,” so that “iniquity” (having no right value) has no “dominion” over us. Obeying God’s Word does not keep on from single sins, but from sinful practices becoming habitual, the thoughts of Jesus (John 8:34) and John (1 John 3:4-8). (Verse 134) He “redeems” (frees, ransoms) the obedient “from the oppression” that comes from “man,” so that we “may keep Your precepts” (words highlighting what is right). Jesus Christ “gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5). (Verse 135) Since “God is light” (1 John 1:5) He brightens the way of all who are willing to be taught His “statutes” (words marking the right and the wrong way).

Verse 136: The Word of God is so full of wonder, the obedient weep because the God of love, mercy, salvation, and comfort is ignored by those who need Him most; and because the souls yet burdened down with the toils, tears, troubles, and terrors of sin haven’t seen the wonders of The Word, The God, The Christ. “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) for you and me, and so should every Christian.

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

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Long ago the Psalmist repeated a proverb that…

Long ago the Psalmist repeated a proverb that is ever true, Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Do not think the strength of America is in its military might, its warheads and smart bombs. Nor is our might in democracy or capitalism. Our currency declares “in God we trust”, but our soft underbelly reveals a bloated paunch distended with iniquity and bulging with perversion. “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.” The great empires of old all rotted from within. Their ruins were preceded by the foul odor of decay. The watchman shouts the warning, the trumpet blasts the alarm, but the people slumber on “at ease in Zion”, reclining on beds of ivory, dining on the little lambs of the flock, and drinking themselves into stupor. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#iniquity, #just-a-minute

No Iniquity in Jacob?

How can the Lord say to Balak (through Balaam) that He saw no iniquity in Jacob when time and again he gets angry at their rebellion?

It is an interesting question, but one, I think, that is easily answered. Israel, as a nation, was blessed. The only one who can curse is the same one who blessed – in this case, God. No matter prophet is asked, no matter how “saintly” he may be, he can only do that which the Lord allows, and the Lord was not going to allow Israel to be cursed by a people whose interest was harm to God’s chosen.

This encourages us to note that what the Lord blessed (protects), no man or superhuman power can undo (cf. John 10:28-29). It was not a matter of there being no sin in Israel for it is abundantly clear that there was; it was a matter, however, that when the Lord is on the side of one (or many), He will “air” no dirty laundry, but to those who need washing.

Here is an illustration that most accept: my wife can look at me and note the many failures in my life as a husband, but only she can speak about them – she will let no one else speak of them; this is her love protecting me (and I need a lot a protection!).

#blessed, #harmonize, #iniquity, #love, #protection