Posts Tagged ‘Book of Deuteronomy’

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– Saying “Father, if thou be willing – remove this cup. Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.” – Luke 22:42

Jesus is praying here in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before being betrayed and arrested.  However, the Son of man is still asking for God‘s will to be done – as it had been all along during his time on earth (John 5:30, John 6:38).  It is the same for us every day – every time we pray (Luke 11:2).

Whatever happens in this whole wide world – or our own little ones each and every day, is going precisely and perfectly according to His plan.  To fulfill His purpose, for His pleasure alone – all declared by Him from the very beginning (Isaiah 46:10, Titus 1:2, Revelation 4:11).

There is never anything new to God under His sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). What has been is now – what is to be, has already been (Ecclesiastes 3:15). Our waking up each morning is according to His will – because of His judgement and His mercies (Zephaniah 3:5, Lamentations 3:22-23). If the Lord is willing each day, we live (James 4:15).

However, what He does is always perfect, right, and truthful – without any iniquity (Deuteronomy 32:4). It has to be – or what would qualify Him to judge us each day – or this world when the time comes (Romans 3:4-6)?  Would we want a Maker who made mistakes and missed things to determine our eternal destinies?

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– If I justify myself, my own mouth will condemn me. If I say “I am perfect” – it shall also prove me perverse. – Job 9:20

– Then the wrath of Elihu was kindled against Job – because he justified himself rather than God. – Job 32:2

Christ did not hang on the Cross for us to justify our own actions, words, and behavior as believers.  As if we’ve done “just enough” to repent of our own liking – but not God’s.  It is the Lord who proves us all – whether we love Him with all our heart, mind, and soul – not ourselves (Mark 12:30, Deuteronomy 13:3).  We can claim such as Christians – but only be loving Him with our lips – while our hearts are still going after things like covetousness, still far away from where He wants us to be (Isaiah 29:13, Ezekiel 33:31, Matthew 15:8, Galatians 5:22-23).

Who among us will ever be able to say “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin (Proverbs 20:9)?”.  We can’t stop sinning just because we’re Christians.  The best we can hope for is to put our sins into remission through repentance.  Just like cancer, they can always come back – sometimes more destructive than the first time.  Although most men will proclaim every one their own goodness (Proverbs 20:6), there is not a man on earth who does not sin (1 Kings 8:46, Ecclesiastes 7:20).  As it is written, there is none righteous – no, not no one (Romans 3:10).

Scripture has concluded all are under sin (Galatians 3:22).  We are under the sentence of death from day one because of it (2 Corinthians 1:9).  We can’t justify ourselves as being just in His eyes – just because we don’t seem to sin as much as others appear to.  We can’t justify ourselves worthy of God’s grace – because grace is unmerited favor; it gives us something we shouldn’t deserve.  The only perfect and worthy offering for all sin was the Lamb without blemish, who was slain at Calvary (Revelation 5:12, 1 Peter 1:19).

Job didn’t covet, didn’t envy, or serve graven idols.  Yet, he lost nearly everything he had short of his life – in one day (Job 1:13-19),  His worst fears were realized (Job 3:25).  Why?  He had developed a huge “I” problem (Job 29:14-25, John 7:18).  He justified everything he did as being right in his own eyes; whether they were in God’s or not (Deuteronomy 13:18).  He idolized himself.  He had perverted the Word of God by essentially declaring himself perfect. This was his sin – and he didn’t see it until God answered and humbled him out of the whirlwind (Job 38:1-42:6).

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