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"This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me." Matthew 15:8
This morning, God put on my heart, Jesus' anger and grievances at the iniquities of the Pharisees and scribes, who honored Him with their lips, but dishonored Him with their service/works. And, once again, this is along the same line as God's messages to me this year regarding the "Lukewarm CHRISTian." See my previous Blogs.
Jesus preached His grievances against the scribes and Pharisees often:
13 "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves."
And, in Mark 3:4-5, we learn that Jesus became angered at the Pharisees, because they questioned that He was healing a man on the Sabbath day:
4 "And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other."
What does this mean for our Life today, January 23, 2021? Well, if you have read my previous Blogs, you know it means a lot! God will not overlook sin! "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
We know that Jesus says in Matthew 15:1-2: "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."
But, did you also know that Jesus says in John 7:24: "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment"? Why would Jesus tell us to "judge righteous judgement"?
Let us look at Luke 5:31-32 for our answer: "And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
We can see from this Scripture that one reason CHRISTians must "judge righteous judgment" is like a physician who heals people of their sickness, but must first test them to learn their ailment. We, as God's children, are instructed to use God's Word and Truth, and "judge righteous judgment," to test people and learn of their sins, so that we may heal the hearts of the unrighteous, and, by the same token, so that we do not unawares reap the unrighteousness of the unrighteous.
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:8
So, what we learn is that Jesus is very clear in His instruction to "judge righteous judgment," so we are able to follow God, and not the evils of the world. And, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians:
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14
It makes sense, then, that our fellowship with unrighteousness should be only with sinners, who are willing to learn God's Word and Truth, and how it impacts their Life and choices in Life, and are also willing to earnestly consider their sins, and necessary repentance (turning away from ... sin). "Change your hearts! And show by the way you live that you have changed." Matthew 3:8 In other words, repent.
And Jesus also said in Luke 13:5: "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
Once someone learns God's Truth, and still chooses to continue their sinful behavior, or, worse, encourages us to participate in their evil deeds, then we must consider previous Scripture herein, which instructs us not to associate with unrighteousness. See 2 Corinthians 6:14 above. We can see that this requires us to always know the character of people with whom we associate, or to "judge righteous judgment."
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins," Hebrews 10:26
Therefore, Oh, Heavenly Father, the living God:
9 "Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord." Psalm 26:9-12
Our Prayer for You Today:
"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve . . .” Matthew 20:28
Almighty Father, we thank you for your great salvation plan for mankind and your beloved Son, Lord Jesus Christ, who came into this world as a living sacrifice. In all His time on earth, He loved and served the world.
We pray, Father, that we become shining examples of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that we faithfully and humbly love and serve all of those around us, and especially those who are most needy.
Lord Jesus Christ, we praise you and we glorify you. We give you thanks for your great Love, and your sacrifice for our sins. We praise you, for you came to fulfill the Father’s Will, to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We pray and pledge that we will walk with your Love always, and that we may be of service to the masses in our short time here, as is the Father's Will, and, to Fear Him and obey His commandments. Ecclesiastes 12:13
Lord Jesus, may your life of love and service be our guide to love and serve the underprivileged, the abandoned and the neediest amongst us.
Help us, Lord, to love beyond measure, without expectations, limitations or conditions, everyone, but especially those who need our love the most.
Hallelujah! Praise God, the Most High!
We ask for all of these things in Jesus' sweet name. Amen!
Faithful and humble servant to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.