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Volume 20, Number
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So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” (John 8:7, NKJV)
They had brought a woman to Jesus who was caught in the act of adultery (John 8:4). Desiring to accuse Jesus of wrong, His enemies tested Him by asking if He agreed with the Law of Moses that the woman should be stoned (John 8:5-6). If Jesus agreed with Moses, they could accuse Him to the Romans. If Jesus disagreed with Moses, they would accuse Him to the Jewish council. What they failed to remember is that Moses charged the witnesses of a death penalty offense to be the first ones to cast the stones (Deuteronomy 17:6-7). That is why Jesus replied as He did. He was not saying it is wrong to judge sin. He was exposing the hypocrisy of those who brought the woman to him (yet for some reason had not also brought the man with whom she was caught “in the very act” of adultery). Jesus was not a witness to her sin. When those who claimed to be witnesses departed, He had no legal ground to condemn her (John 8:9-11). But, He told her to “go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Jesus knew her sin and commanded her to stop sinning. Are you willing to let Jesus tell you to “go and sin no more?” Or, will you condemn Him for telling you that your conduct is sin?
-Sword Tips #1494, September 11, 2018
But he who
looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a
forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he
Apparently some believe that since Christians are under the “law of liberty” they are at liberty to adapt the law of liberty to current cultural norms and expectations. We are told that what worked in the first century to draw people to Christ for salvation is antiquated in the twenty-first century. Such a relativistic view of truth is ready made for this present age, but it is not the nature of the abiding truth of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:35; John 17:17; 2 Peter 1:3-4). Others say the law of liberty frees us from the regulatory demands of law-keeping (as if the commands of God are burdensome, 1 John 5:3). Yet, James is very clear in saying there is a “law” that one must continue in as a “doer of the work” in order to be blessed. If today’s verse does not say we must keep God’s law, then I must confess ignorance as to what it means! Later, James made it clear that Christians will be judged by the law of liberty: “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:12). Beware if you use the law of liberty as a license to change and discard the commands of Christ. To do so is to rob yourself of eternal blessings. The law of liberty frees us from sin, not from the restrains of following the law of Christ.
-Sword Tips #1490, September 7, 2018
Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:1-5
Fast food slogans from which we can take warnings against abandoning the faith that was “once for all delivered” for forms of faith that will never satisfy the soul.
I. “HAVE IT YOUR WAY.” (Burger King)
A. Man-Defined Salvation and Faith, Gal. 1:6-10.
II. “WHERE’S THE BEEF?” (Wendy’s
A. Religious Deception, Matt. 16:6, 12; Gal. 4:8-10; 6:14-17.
III. “YOU DESERVE A BREAK TODAY.” (McDonald’s)
A. Felt-Needs v. God-Defined Needs, Prov. 14:12; Jno. 6:60-68. 1 Kgs.
IV. “I’M LOVING IT.” (McDonald’s)
A. Redefining Love: “If it Feels Good, Do It.” Heb. 11:25; 1 Jno. 5:3;
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Scripture Reading: John 11:28-37
1. The death of Lazarus an occasion for the glory of God even in
sorrow, Jno. 11:3-6 (40), 11-15, 25-26, 41-42, 45.
I. MARTHA AND MARY’S FAITH DURING THEIR GRIEF, Jno. 11:17-27.
A. Martha: Jesus Refocuses Her Grief Toward Him and the Future, 11:21-27.
II. THE EFFECTS OF THEIR GRIEF.
A. On Jesus, Jno. 11:33-35.
III. WHY JESUS WEEPS, Jno. 11:33-35.
A. He Weeps Because of What Sin Does to Us All, Gen. 6:6; 2:16-17;
3:22-23; Isa. 59:1-2.
(Current events in the light of Scripture)
Running to Danger
The usual instinct when danger presents itself is to flee, not run toward the danger. Thankfully, Blaine Hodges is unusual that way. When a woman ran into a Bakersfield, CA Starbuck’s last Sunday screaming, “Help me, this guy’s going to kill me,” Hodges ran to her aid. When a man entered the store with something in his hand (a machete), Hodges’ friend Joe Harris described the scene: “Everyone else was running away and he was the first person to run straight to the action,” Harris told KGET. “He was like: ‘I’m going to stop this guy, regardless if I get stabbed or not. I can’t let this woman die.’” “Hodge was reportedly stabbed ‘many times’ during the encounter, and required nearly 200 stitches.” (“California man steps in front of machete to save woman at Starbucks: report,” foxnews.com).
We applaud Mr. Hodges’ bravery and valor. We should develop this sort of courage for fighting spiritual enemies to protect others and ourselves (1 Cor. 16:13; 2 Pet. 1:5).
It takes moral courage to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). We must battle false faiths and enemies of the cross to seize (“lay hold of”) eternal life (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
It takes moral courage to fight against the devil (Eph. 6:10-13). The armor of God must be put on and bravely worn into battle, not hung on the wall to admire but not used (1 Pet. 5:8).
It takes moral courage to contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 3). We must be willing to risk the rejection (and even wrath) of men when we oppose their error (Jude 4).
It takes moral courage to run to the fight instead of away from it. David ran toward the giant and his army (1 Sam. 17:48). Shall we run to the fight with faith in the living God, or run away in fear for ourselves and of men? (Matt. 10:28)
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