“These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good. Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations, but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips. Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.
The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
By human standards we cannot wrap our minds around a God who both LOVES us and a God that is JUST. Caught between these two words are GRACE and MERCY. So, let us consider the JUSTICE of God first.
CONDESCENSION is a very negative word by definition. However, when you add the word DIVINE in front of it, it turns to a more positive definition. This is God “LOWERING HIMSELF” to communicate wisdom to people.
Your battle today will not be against “flesh and blood” but the deceitful forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12) and the deceitfulness of indwelling sin (Hebrews 3:13). And these two forces are going to try to use your emotions against you. Therefore, your emotions are a gauge, but they should not be what guides you. Faith in God is what guides you!
This part of the Gospel of Matthew (Chapters 21-23) deal with the conflict in the Temple. After one day after his triumphal entry, Jesus transitions to flipping over tables. (Malachi 3:1; Mark 11:11) While the Pharisee’s were displeased, there was not attack on Jesus’ authority. As soon as on the third day He enters the Temple the conflict begins.
“Give them Grace or Give them Hell?” Matthew 16:13-20 THIS conversation at Caesarea Philippi is universally regarded as marking a new era in the life of Christ. His rejection by “His own” is now complete. Jerusalem, troubled at His birth, had been troubled once again when He suddenly came to His Temple, and began to … [Read more…]
A smooth rock is not one would use to fight a giant. A sharp or jagged rock would have been preferred but even that is not a great weapon. Instead, David, who is a weak warrior in his own right, not even a full-grown man yet, stands up against an impossible fight. This story is less about David and more about the power of God.
We spend so much time talking about the judgment of God when Jesus already has told us the verdict.
Tongue in cheek meant contempt – the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn or the state of being despised; dishonor; disgrace.