May 24, 2020
Read vs. 7-12
The first five verse are dealing with shaky, unstable people and those solid, grounded
on the rock, folks. I will not deal with this today. The Bible does not say, let him
that wavers on all things, waver on still, nor he that is stable on the Rock, remain
stable still, but it does say,
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still, and he which is filthy, let
him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:
and he that is holy let him be holy still.” (Revelation 22:11)
The previous verse says, “For the time is at hand.” (ibid. v. 10)
In thinking about citizenship last week, the 13th chapter of Romans, vs. 11-14 says:
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out
of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off
the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness,
not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the
flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
So the time of action is at hand, now!
Bad News – Good News
Then – Now
How to live a stable life!
1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the
voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all His
commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD
thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if
thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground,
and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou
be when thou goest out.
7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be
smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way,
and flee before thee seven ways.
8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy
storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he
shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he
hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the
LORD thy God, and walk in His ways.
10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the
name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of
thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy
ground, in the land which the LORD swear unto thy fathers to give
12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to
give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work
of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou
shalt not borrow.
13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou
shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou
hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I
command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I
command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after
other gods to serve them.
Matthew 7:7-8, 12-13a,14a, 17a,18a,21b,24-25
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to
you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the
way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth
unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns,
or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt
tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree
bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and
in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from
me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth
them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them
not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
How to have an unstable life now and for ever!
Mathhew 13b-c, 14b-16, 17b, 18b-21a, 22-23, 26-27
13 I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land
the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.
14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these
15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my
judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that
ye break my covenant:
16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror,
consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes,
and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for
your enemies shall eat it.
17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before
your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall
flee when none pursueth you.
18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will
punish you seven times more for your sins.
19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your
heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:
20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not
yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their
21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I
will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your
22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of
your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in
number; and your high ways shall be desolate.
23 And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk
contrary unto me;
24 Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet
seven times for your sins.
25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of
my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities,
I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into
the hand of the enemy.
How to have an unstable life! (con’t)
15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of
the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His
statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall
come upon thee, and overtake thee:
16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the
17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the
increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be
when thou goest out.
20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in
all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be
destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness
of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he
have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to
22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever,
and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with
the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall
pursue thee until thou perish.
23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth
that is under thee shall be iron.
24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from
heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
25 The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies:
thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before
them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
26 And thy carcass shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto
the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.
27 The LORD will smite
thee with the botch of
emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst
not be healed.
28 The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and
astonishment of heart:
29 And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness,
and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only
oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.
30 Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou
shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt
plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.
31 Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat
thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy
face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given
unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them.
32 Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and
thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day
long; and there shall be no might in thine hand.
33 The fruit of thy land, and all thy labors, shall a nation which thou
knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed
34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou
35 The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a
sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the
top of thy head.
36 The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over
thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known;
and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.
37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword,
among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
38 Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but
little in; for the locust shall consume it.
39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink
of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt
not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them;
for they shall go into captivity.
42 All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.
43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high;
and thou shalt come down very low.
44 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the
head, and thou shalt be the tail.
45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue
thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou
hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep His
commandments and His statutes which He commanded thee:
46 And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon
thy seed for ever.
47 Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and
with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall
send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in
want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck,
until he have destroyed thee.
49 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end
of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou
shalt not understand;
50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person
of the old, nor shew favor to the young:
51 And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land,
until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn,
wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until
he have destroyed thee.
52 And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced
walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land:
and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land,
which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
53 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons
and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in
the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall
54 So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye
shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom,
and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:
55 So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children
whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege,
and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in
all thy gates.
56 The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not
adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for
delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the
husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her
57 And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet,
and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them
for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith
thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.
58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are
written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful
name, THE LORD THY GOD;
59 Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues
of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore
sicknesses, and of long continuance.
60 Moreover He will
bring upon thee all the diseases of
thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the
book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou
62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of
heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of
the LORD thy God.
63 And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to
do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over
you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be
plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one
end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve
other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even
wood and stone.
65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the
sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a
trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:
66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear
day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
67 In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at
even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of
thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine
eyes which thou shalt see.
68 And the LORD shall bring thee into
way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again:
and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and
bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.
The Overcomers – Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21
1 Then came
certain of the elders of
2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and
put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I
be enquired of at all by them?
4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord
GOD; Every man of the
his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his
face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that
cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
5 That I may take the
are all estranged from me through their idols.
6 Therefore say
unto the house of
Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your
faces from all your abominations.
7 For every one of
the house of
up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his
iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him
concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself:
8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign
and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people;
and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the
LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand
upon him, and
will destroy him from the midst of my people
10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the
punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him
that seeketh unto him;
11 That the house
polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may
be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.
12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,
13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing
grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break
the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and
will cut off man and beast from it:
14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they
should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the
15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it,
so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the
16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD,
they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be
delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through
the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:
18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD,
they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be
19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon
it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:
20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord
GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but
deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my
four sore judgments
and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man
22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought
forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto
you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be
the evil that I have brought upon
even concerning all that I have brought upon it.
23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their
doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all
that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.
1 Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood
before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them
out of my sight, and let them go forth.
17 The LORD hath done that which he had devised; He hath fulfilled
His word that He had commanded in the days of old: He hath thrown
down, and hath not pitied: and He hath caused thine enemy to
rejoice over thee, He hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.