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4-1-2016 Who Is God #5

Comparative Religion courses, or television programs, reduce “The God” to the level of man-made “gods.” David said, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none who does good” (Psalm 53:1 NKJV). Truly “a fool” makes his/her moral rule to live as though God did not exist. God’s moral judgment on them is, “There is none who does good.” Living as if there was no Law of God would mean none of these are wrong: “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). “To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom” (Proverbs 10:23 NKJV). All who think evil is “fun” are fools!

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

#fools, #god-exists, #law-of-god

WRITTEN WHERE?

Where, how and on what a message is written sometimes tells us something about it. For example, the expression is used regarding the “writing on the wall” which often refers to something doomed for failure. For King Belshazzar — during the days of Daniel — he literally saw a hand actually writing on the wall and it caused him great fear. (Daniel 5:5-9) The message did spell doom for his kingdom. (Daniel 5:24-28) Yes, the handwriting was on the wall and that very night Belshazzar was killed and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom. (Daniel 5:30-31)

We also have the phrase of that which is noted as being “written in stone.” As opposed to something written in sand that can be quickly washed away, this expression usually refers to something being more permanent and unchangeable. When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, they were written on stone, but in Moses’ anger at the people involved in the breaking of the very first two of those commands (Exodus 20:3-5), the stone tablets were hurled down and broken. (Exodus 32:15-19)

Those writings were significant and were destined to duly impact the lives of those to whom they were brought about at the hand of God. Still, where is the most significant place for God’s message to be written? The writer of Hebrews noted what had been prophesied to be where we read. . .

(10) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Hebrews 8:10 ESV)

This was with reference to the new covenant in Christ (Hebrews 8:8-9) as prophesied through Jeremiah. (Jeremiah 31:31-34) However, this was God’s desire all along as even David acknowledged. (Psalm 40:8) With God’s Commands and Will held within our heart, we will be led away from sinning against Him. (Psalm 119:11)

In view of Paul’s ministry of the Word to those at Corinth, Paul stated. . .

(3) And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:3 ESV)

As disciples of Jesus, is this truly showing with us? May we allow the writing of God to be on our heart so that our life can be properly lived according to His Will.

Have a great day WITH GOD’S MESSAGE AT HEART!

“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

#heart, #law-of-god

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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.

#bible, #bible-study, #book-of-psalms, #daily-bible-reading, #god, #judgments, #law-of-god, #obedience, #precepts, #statutes, #truth