Saturday, February 1, 2020
“Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house” (Micah 7:5,6 KJV).
In religious circles, it is frequently bemoaned, “Doctrine divides! Doctrine divides! We should throw away ‘doctrine’ and just assemble around ‘love!’” Today’s Scripture and its context expose that dictum for the utter foolhardiness that it really is….
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?,” the LORD asked in Jeremiah 17:9. He also answered His question, “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (verse 10). Almighty God sees the human heart at its most basic level. With firsthand knowledge, He declares His verdict: supremely deceitful and desperately wicked! (How flattering!) Doubtless, man did not originate the Bible. Otherwise, he would have painted a better picture of himself. As he does now, he would have praised himself through and through. “I am not perfect—no one is—but surely I am not that bad. Plus, I do try my best to make up for my mistakes, so God will give me partial credit!”
Sin involves one person: I, myself, and me! There are two Bible definitions for “sin.” One is Isaiah 53:6: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way….” The other is 1 John 3:4: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” To act sinful is to do nothing but “do your own thing,” follow your “own way.” So as to show us just how far off “our way” is from His way, God issued the Law, a series of boundaries He erected in order to define our failures. When we cross those lines, we commit sin (emphasized by the term “transgression”—literally “step across”). What happens? Division! Division! Division!
Let us survey some key Bible texts and see how sin divides everything….
Bible Q&As #689 and #690: “How is Jesus Christ the ‘firstborn’ of every creature?” and “How many angels fell with Lucifer when he transformed into Satan?”
We momentarily break away from this devotionals arc to bring you a special study tomorrow.