2-25-2016 Sin Within Is Not Equal To Skin Without

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV). None of these are judgments of skin, but sin! Judgments about homosexual behavior are not in the same category as judgments based upon skin color! Skin color is not a choice, homosexuality is! In this list of sins, no one is born an idolater, thief, adulterer, or covetous person, and no one is born a homosexual. God turned “the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly,” for the “filthy conduct of the wicked” was “lawless” (2 Peter 2:6,7,8 NKJV).

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4-6-2015 What Is “Discrimination?” #1

Discrimination” is the quality or power of finely distinguishing,” or making judgments. Making moral judgments based upon what God says, is exactly what God wants us to do. Solomon asked God to “give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9 NKJV). Making “judgments” and “discerning” on the basis of “good and evil” is what God’s “wisdom” is all about. Jesus called “Hypocrites! [those who] can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?” (Luke 12:56-57 NKJV). When is this ever wrong?

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

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Psalm 119 Aleph

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.

Aleph:                         Walking “In The Way”

Verses 1-3: The “undefiled” are “in the way” described, because they “walk in the law of the LORD.” Sin is a “transgression” of (crossing over) God’s Law (Hebrews 2:2-3), obedience is respecting and staying within that Law. “Law” is from a word meaning to “direct, guide, teach,” God’s Law led to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:19-24). This “walk” must be “with the whole heart,” and will help one “do no iniquity.”

Verses 4-6: God has “commanded” that we should “keep His precepts diligently,” that is, apply ourselves to what His instructions say. “Statutes” are the marked-out lines that show the course of conduct God wants us to follow. If “my ways were directed” by God’s Law, then “I would not be ashamed” to read His ways. Many people quit their Bible study, it seems, because they find things God expects of them and they don’t want to do them!

Verses 7-8: God has given us His “righteous judgments,” or decisions that are right, but the choice to follow them is left up to the individual. Praise to God flows from a heart full of: His Word, submission, appreciation, association with God. When we study and see what God expects, we immediately realize we need His help to accomplish it.

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

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Psalm 82

Vs. 1 gives the order of Judges and God is over all;

Vs. 2-5 list abuses of Judges who have left God;

Vs. 6-7 appeal for human Judges to change;

Vs. 8 reminds all of the Supreme Judge.

Asaph was “the seer” (prophet), and with David’s words (2 Chronicles 29:30), wrote 12 Psalms (50, 73-83). When Israel was restored to their land, they were reminded of these Psalms (Nehemiah 12:46).

Verse1: Defines the order of Judges: God amidst the “gods” (or those designated to “judge” among men, but should be guided by God’s Will). This follows other references to this under Moses’ Law. “”You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people” (Exodus 22:28). King Jehoshaphat “set judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges, ‘Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment’” (2 Chronicles 19:5-6). “If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them” (Ecclesiastes 5:8). Calling “judges” “gods” simply meant they were ordained to pass judgments on citizen behavior based upon God’s Holy Bible. Would that Judges today followed God’s Law, rather than man’s rules.

Verses 2-5: Lists direct violations of God’s Law these Judges had made in their judgments: (verse 2) “unjustly,” “show partiality to the wicked”(Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 1:17; Proverbs 18:5); (verse 3) uneven judgments involving “poor and needy,” or “afflicted and needy” (Exodus 22:21-22; 23:6); (verse 4) “poor and needy” delivered from the “hands of the wicked” (Psalm 37:14); (verse 5) Judges lacked knowledge of God’s Law, lacked judgment standards, and were reckless as if in the dark, which shakes the very foundation of a just society! This pathetic description of minds making decisions without God’s Word is used by Paul to show how pathetic people are in the world who refuse to follow the Bible (Ephesians 4:17-32) in obeying Jesus Christ. Every civil Judge today, regardless of rank or court, should be humbled and tremble before God with the seriousness of God’s expectations, and His final disposition of their opinions!

Verses 6-7: They are reminded in verse 6 that, though they represented God’s judgments, they were still but “children of the Most High,” therefore subject to Him. Their elevated position would not keep them from dying “like men,” probably as despised dictators (verse 7).

Jesus Christ quoted Psalm 82:6 to show that the term “gods” (Hebrew, Elohim) simply referred to “Judges,” and they were “children of the Most High.” If therefore, God called them “gods” how could anyone question Jesus referring to Himself as “The Son of God?” “Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?” (John 10:34-36)

Verse 8: The appeal is for the Highest Judge of all to exercise His righteous, just, and holy judgment upon all, including the unjust Judges. This is the promise of the New Testament (Acts 17:30-31).

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

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