Joshua 22:17 We Can’t Afford Compromise

Joshua 22:17 (KJV)
Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD,

The iniquity of Peor was idolatry. More than that is was idolatry initiated through compromise. When Balaam was forbidden of God to curse Israel, he accomplished the same purpose by convincing Balak and the Midianites to join hand in hand. This “friendship with the world” led to Israel’s idolatry and then to God’s judgment against them.

Now Notice Israel’s assessment of that judgment these many years later, “from which we are not cleansed unto this day.” They were judged then by a plague but still the consequences of their compromise lingered. The problem with leaven in the flour barrel is that, try as you might, you can never get it all out.

  • Compromise plagued Israel through every generation up to and including today
  • Compromise plagues Christianity in general and
  • Compromise is to one degree or another hindering every believer’s walk with Christ

We simply cannot afford to compromise further.

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Joshua 22:17 We Can’t Afford Compromise

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Joshua 7:2-3 The Danger of Success

Joshua 7:2-3 (KJV)
And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.
And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.

Here is an example of one of the great dangers of success, especially resounding success. Israel immediately forgot about the miraculous aspect of their victory at Jericho. They only saw the victory.

They won so decisively that they instantly assumed there was no enemy that could defeat them. They forgot that they could put themselves at odds with God.

Notice that their next function was to judge others. They went to access the capabilities of Ai.

  • They did not look inward to judge themselves
  • They did not look upward to see God’s view
  • They assumed they were fine and everyone else was not.

There is a place and time for judgment. But it always comes after seeking God and thoroughly examining self.

 

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Deuteronomy 2:30-31 Even In The Obstacles

Deuteronomy 2:30-31 (KJV)
But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.
And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.

Nowhere does the Bible shy away from the idea that God hardens hearts. I think the reason that is a problem to so many is because they tend to apply it to a Calvinistic view of God choosing some to be damned forever in hell.  It would be much better to view it as God choosing our roles in His plan. He chooses that:

  • All would be saved
  • The saved would be united together in a local church for service and that
  • Those who reject salvation are judged because of that rejection

Notice that God did not turn the heart of Sihon in Israel’s favor. God could have had He chosen. That was not His choice. God could make all our obstacles vanish before our eyes and before we see them as an obstacle. He doesn’t do that always. (Could we even know how many times He has done that if He has removed them before we recognized them?) Sometimes God allows the obstacle, even chooses the obstacle for some purpose greater than our ease.

God is still God, still capable and still wonderfully good to us. We must choose to glorify Him in all things, even the obstacles.

 

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John 17:25 These Have “Known”

John 17:25 (KJV)
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

Jesus did not say “these have believed that thou hast sent me.” Jesus said, “these have known that thou hast sent me.

  • Faith is not believing what the Bible says is true
  • Faith is knowing what the Bible says is true

Here is the great difference between the religious and the true believer. Here is also the thing that so confounds the people of the world. Worldlings become increasingly sure that they know nothing at all. Everything they have come to believe to be true is suspect:

  • The history they have learned
  • The science they have studied
  • The philosophies they have embraced

It is all to be accepted as only being what they believe to be true at the moment. It could all become different with new knowledge and new discoveries. (About the only thing that is not suspect is their certainty that the Bible is not true.)

Then along comes the Christian. He holds something he knows to be true, that Jesus is of God.

  • He does not merely believe it
  • He most certainly knows it
  • He has no empirical evidence to prove it
  • He cannot produce hard facts that support it

There is no experiment that can reproduce it but

  • He knows it to be true

He only has one argument at his disposal for those who question him; “Come and see.” Those who know Jesus know Jesus to be God. It’s as plain as that.

  • Some believe He is probably God
  • Some accept that believing can be beneficial but
  • Those who know, know

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John 7:42 No wonder There Was Division

John 7:42 (KJV)
Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

No one was really thinking clearly here.

  • One argued that Jesus is the Christ, but their whole basis appears to be experience
  • Others argued from the scriptures that He could not be the Christ, but they did not consider all Scripture regarding Christ

No wonder there was division among them.

Scripture must always be our basis of faith. Experience will never suffice. Experience, consistent with the Scripture can be a powerful encouragement in our faith but it can never replace faith in the Word of God.

Scripture, not studied in context with the whole, is deceiving and dangerous.

  • We must believe based on the Bible.
  • We must see the Bible as a whole truth to be taken only as a whole.

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Revelation 8:1-4 Earnest Christians Ought to Pray

Revelation 8:1-4 (KJV)
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

Perhaps more than any other part of the book of the Revelation the seven trumpet judgments represent the terrible judgment of God in the Tribulation. I do not want to seem dogmatic about this, it is merely a suggestion, but allow me to represent the trumpet judgments as the whole of the Tribulation:

It is preceded with silence in heaven.
These are days when it can seem like heaven is silent. Evil men are waxing worse and truly good men are hounded as evil.

It sees heaven urging and then intently hearing the prayers of saints
Today is no time to hold back our prayers. We must pray and we must do so fervently.

And then the trumpet sounds
The first sound of the trumpet, though not reflected in this passage, calls the believers to heaven. All born again Christians are removed from the earth before judgment begins.

The more silent heaven seems right now, the more earnest Christians ought to pray because the closer Christ’s return must surely be.

 

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Hebrews 11:13-16 Eyes on the Prize

Hebrews 11:13-16 (KJV)
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

The way these survived their struggles was the same for each, they focused on the promise of God for eternity.

  • They did not pine for the past
  • They did not linger in the present
  • They sought a future/heavenly country

This does not mean that they wallowed around in their present. The point of the chapter is the testimony each of them possessed in their present. What it does mean is that the goal was their focus. As the common term would say it, they had their “eyes on the prize.”

Any Christian can emerge victorious through the obstacles of life if only we have our eyes on the heavenly prize.

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Philippians 2:4 An Interest in Others

Philippians 2:4 (KJV)
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Barnes Notes has some very good stuff with regard to this verse. I will use it without much comment.

My version will be highly abbreviated.

“Do not let your care and attention be wholly absorbed by your own concerns, or by the concerns of your own family. Evince a tender interest for the happiness of the whole, and let the welfare of others lie near your hearts. This, of course, does not mean that there is to be any improper interference….

  • We are not to be “busybodies” in the concerns of others
  • We are not to obtrude our advice where it is not sought
  • We are not to find fault with what pertains exclusively to him. 
  • We are not to be gossips about the concerns of others.

Where Christian duty and kindness require us to look into the concerns of others, there should be utmost delicacy.

However,

  • We are to feel that the spiritual interests of everyone in the church is, in a certain sense, our own interest. 
  • There are circumstances where it is proper to look with special interest on the temporal concerns of others. 
  • we should seek the welfare of all others in a spiritual sense.”

Barnes’ commentary is much more detailed. This gives a good sense of what he meant to convey.

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2 Corinthians 6:4-10 An Approved Ministry

2 Corinthians 6:4-10 (KJV)
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

This is the Scriptural way a preacher’s ministry is approved. Notice:

  • Nothing is said of number of professions
  • Nothing is said of number of baptisms
  • Nothing is said of conference speaking invitations
  • Nothing is said of awards and plaques
  • Nothing is said of recognition in magazines

The truly approved preachers are very likely little known preachers. He values only the approval of the Lord. That probably makes him less approved by others.

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When the Towers Fell

When the Towers Fell
September 11, 2001

 

Three thousand miles lay between
My own home and that awful scene

I did not hear one crash or two
I did not see the smoke and hue

I did not know those souls so dear
Whose lives were lost on that morning clear

But when those planes hit the World Trade Towers
I sensed the attack on this land of ours

And all America, at least the most
Joined together as a solemn host

We felt the sorrow pain and loss
And most of us looked to the Cross

We knew our country needed healing
From the hurt which she was feeling

We stood to defend our precious land
And knelt to place it in God’s hand

But fifteen years has turned some pages
I am sorry to say there have been great changes

Let’s turn back with dedication
And again unite as a nation

Let’s honor our founders, history and Old Glory
And once more rejoice in our story

Let’s once again trust in God
And seek His blessing for this, our sod.

 

Marvin McKenzie
9-11-16