1 Cor. 2: 4-20
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. Note: This refers to church disputes..The least esteemed would be more akin to sufferings and more merciful in judgment. Trying to pattern our justice system after the bible we offer judgment by one’s peers, not the high and mighty.
Note: President pardoned Suzan Antony, instrumental in women’s right to vote, he pardoned her for whatever she did because all the jury were men.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Note: In cases of one feeling they are offended, if cannot be settled we submit to (Mat. 18: 15-18)
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Note: How we tend to condemn only certain sins, but all sins are worthy of hell without repentence.
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. ( Rom 8:30-34) This is why we condemn not sinners but seek their salvation, for we too were sinners.
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Note: to be brought under the power of sin, means to not be obedient to Christ and a not a follower of the Spirit which sanctifies and keeps. It would be to deny the power of God to keep us from falling (Jude 24) Know also there is a difference in sinning and being under the influence and power of sin. We pray daily for forgiveness of sins of our weak nature, being influenced by sin and committed without meaningful intent to disregard God. However to be one to be under the power of sin is to be ruled by Satan not God. (Acts 26:18) powerless to cease from sin (2 Peter 2:14,20,21))
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Note: Jesus being alive has life within himself, thus was able to call dead from the graves, resurrect those in prison of the grave after his resurrection; but the crucified (Dead) Jesus had to be raised by God, that God that was in him before his death giving him life within himself. (John 10: 18)
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. Note: speaks of marriage of the body of Christ with sin.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (As we are of one spirit) ( Phil 1:27
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. Note: the sin against the body is as seen in the next verse.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? Note: The body now of the Holy Spirit is to be used to God’s glory
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Note: we closed last Wed in Chapter 5:8- (james 1:8) not (1 John 1:8)
Psalm 32:1-11 (Sun. March 22,2020)
This word today from our Lord God is a proper follow up from last Sun. wherein we were given great confidence in this time of trouble in the nation from Ps 91
Listen as God speaks to us thru his servant David.
Let use for subject that seems to fit the text: Is your heart right with God?
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (covered by the blood)
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, (going the way of unrighteousness) and in whose spirit there is no guile.
Guile beloved is the spirit of fraud and hypocrisy which should not be found in the spirit of the Godly. Each one us must ask self “If my heart right with God:?
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring (My restlessness) all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
Selah represents it is said a musical pause, which today we call musically a “Rest” or interlude. But Martin Luther taught it is to be silent and reflect carefully what the verse is saying.That is certainly a good use of the word “Selah”
Now David said:The hands of God’s correction was so heavy his moisture is as the drought of summer, in other words: His soul was like a dry dessert flower in need of refreshing rain.
5 I acknowledged (David said), my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
David here makes a difference between sin and iniquity. There are various meanings given to word “Iniquity” but all mean “wickedness”which tells us all sin is sin but not all sins equal, That is why the bible teaches the “It is the Wicked that shall perish”
Recalling here his grievous sin of adultery and murder, he tells of how with blessed assurance, he had sought forgiveness and had been forgiven and now speaks words of wisdom to you and I, saying to forgiven and Godfearing man
6 That every one that is godly pray unto God in a time when he mayest be found: for surely even in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Him that trusts in the Lord.
Oh, we live in such a time…when our only hope is “Trust in the Lord”
7 I’m not worried, I’m not afraid David said for: “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about (your arms are all around me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Think about it!
Notice now how the Lord himself speaks thru David prophetic song:
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Oh, to be guided by the eyes of God….that’s why we sing…walk on by faith in God each day, for he is able to carry the load and can “SEE” way down the road..
He will guide me with His eyes…..those eyes that is on the sparrow and I….I…I…Know.!!!
9 Now Hear God! don’t be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
Those of the country know a untamed horse will bite you. Don’t let the Lord have to bridle you like a dumb Ass. Xcuse me…to make you behave.
10 Many sorrows David concludes, shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. ….Don’t have ask me why I trust in God…wherever I may be ..for his mercy is all around me, before me, behind me….so yes, I will trust him.
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Let me close with this question: My beloved “Is your heart right with God, have you been washed in the crimson flow…are you cleansed and made holy , humble and lowly….is your heart right….
If heart’s right have nothing to fear…just go on and praise him…for praise he sings in next Psalm…praise is becoming for the upright.
How can I not praise him for all he’s done for me…etc.
Every now and then..just have to hold my mule while I shout….for I sing because I’m happy…because free His eye is on the Sparrow and I know…need not ask nobody, I know
Storms of life may be raging..but I know
Strong winds may be blowing…but I know
Killer virus may be all around…but I know
Like Job, I know ….My redeemer lives
I know..He that keepeth Israel neither slumbers or sleeps but Eyes on the sparrow