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                                                Romans 14:1-12

                                                   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!

 

 

Deuteronomy  28:1-14;

 

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

field.

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

thy sheep.

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

thee.

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

thereat:

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

in heaven.

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

rock:

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

rock.

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

the sand:

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!

 

Leviticus 26:13-17,25b

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

of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken

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

commandments;

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

fruits.

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

sins.

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)

Deuteronomy 28:15-68

 

 

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

field.

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

possess it.

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 Egypt, and with the

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

alway:

34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou

shalt see.

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

distress thee:

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

daughter,

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 Egypt, which

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

be destroyed.

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 Egypt again with ships, by the

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

 

Ezekiel 14:1-23 

 

1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before

me.

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 house of Israel that setteth up his idols in

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 house of Israel in their own heart, because they

are all estranged from me through their idols.

6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD;

Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your

faces from all your abominations.

7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that

sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth

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 Israel.

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 of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be

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

Lord GOD.

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

beasts:

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

delivered themselves.

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 upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine,

and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man

and beast?

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

comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem,

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.

 

 

Jeremiah 15:1

 

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.

 

Lamentations 2:17

 

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.

 

Daniel 9:3-19

 

 

Next week:

 

Revelation 9:20-21