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Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor
standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he
meditate day and night.
We all want to be happy! Here is the prescription. The Psalmist
really says "how happy" is the man or woman who avoids the
counsel, the influence and the ways of those who are rebelliously
opposed to God (in new testament terms, those who reject the Lord Jesus
Christ). How happy is the person who has pleasure in the Word of God.
This blessing requires knowledge of the Word of God and thinking about
the Word of God (meditation) . The blessing will be for our present life
and for eternity. We don't naturally think like God thinks, for example
we think we must do something to earn heaven when God says we must trust
in the Lord Jesus Christ who has already finished the work that saves.
The Holy Spirit will use the Word of God when we meditate on it to
change our minds where we disagree with God. Then when we think like
God, we will be truly happy, because then we will think right about the
worth and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Week of July 7, 2002
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they
were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew
him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he
said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
Am I my bother’s keeper (or protector or guardian)? This question
was asked by the first person born in the Bible who became the first
murderer in the Bible. He had murdered his brother because His brother
worshipped God’s way and he had worshipped his own way. Cain was
likely angry at God but he showed his anger by slaying his brother.
Adam and Eve had sinned by not believing God. Now Cain, their
firstborn son, sins by destroying the one who obeyed God. Why did he
think that destroying his brother would solve his problem with God?
Obviously, in his jealousy and anger, he wasn’t thinking clearly. He
could have followed Abel’s example and offered the right sacrifice
after he found out that God was not pleased with his offering but
instead He rebelled and murdered Abel. He had become a murderer like
Satan and was doing Satan’s will.
True worshippers of God are concerned about the practical well-being
of others which is why the Lord asks us to look after widows, orphans
and the poor (see James 1 and 2). They are concerned about the Spiritual
well-being of others which is why we share the Gospel. A true worshipper
of God does not kill but shares his practical goods as well as the Lord
Jesus Christ and His salvation that he might be “his brother’s
of July 14, 2002
all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (KJV)
all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. (RSV)
But does the Lord really care concerning us?
The next verse warns us about Satan and says, “Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about,
seeking whom he may devour”. One of the ways he “devours” is by
convincing us that that the Lord doesn’t really care:
1. He tried to convince Adam and Eve that God
had withheld blessing from them by withholding the fruit of one tree in
the garden from them. (Genesis 3:5)
2. He tried to convince Mary and Martha that
the Lord really didn’t care about them and Lazarus or he would have
been there when Lazarus was sick and before he died. (John 11:21, 32,
3. He tried to convince John the Baptist that
his preaching was a lie. (Matthew 11:3)
4. He tries to convince us that the Lord is not
really coming for us. (2 Peter 3:4)
But the Lord does care:
1. Adam and Eve lost paradise but we learn that
God still loves sinners, not just those that are good. (Romans 5:6-8)
2. Lazarus wasn’t just healed, he was raised
from the dead. The Lord waited and then performed a miracle that
exceeded the expectations of Lazarus’ family and friends.
3. John was reassured that the Lord was the
Messiah. (Matthew 11:4)
4. The Lord is coming for us but is waiting so
that others can be saved. (1 Peter 3:9)
He cared for Adam and Eve even when they
disobeyed, he cared for Lazarus even though He waited until he died, he
cared for John the Baptist even if He left him in prison, and He cares
for us even if it doesn‘t seem like He does sometimes.
Week of July 21, 2002
the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that
there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one
that feareth God, and escheweth (turns away from) evil? (KJV)
it be nice to be a perfect man like Job or to at least know an upright
man like Him. Likely none of us reading this would claim to be perfect
and upright though we might fear (reverence and worship) the creator God
of the old testament as presented to us in Christ. Our experience forces
us to confess , “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of
unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips”
(Isaiah 6:5). In our day, there is terrorism, scandals in the corporate
shootings, kidnapping and abuse of youngsters, but is there any who turn
away from evil? Likely, there are more than we think because they don’t
make the news. Those who do turn away from evil are likely those who
realize that they are sinners and by trusting in the worth and work of
the Lord Jesus Christ are born from above (John 3:7) and have a
conscience about sin that they never had before.
the Lord Jesus certainly was like this. He was “holy, harmless,
undefiled” (Hebrews 7:26). “When he was reviled, reviled not again;
when he suffered, he threatened not” (1Peter 2:23). No one has ever
been able to find sin in this one who is the “Lamb of God” (John
1:29). Yet like Job, this is the one who suffered. One of Job’s
comforters said, “Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being
innocent (Job 4:7) ?” In answer to that question, a Man walked the
sands of time 2000 years ago and He died on a cross though He was
innocent. Life is not fair since the innocent do suffer, but if the Lord
Jesus Christ had demanded that life be fair, we would not have a
sacrifice for our sins that satisfies God. It is faith in that perfect
one that gives life meaning and gives us peace with God.
of July 28, 2002