Friday, July 31, 2009

Psalm 12: Our Reflection
1) Help, Lord, for the godly are no more;
the faithful have vanished from among men.
Have we not come full circle in America?
which I believe we mirror Israel.
From Americas Exodus from Europe, the driving out of the Native Americans
to the growth of the church and the spread of the gospel
in expectation of Jesus arrival.
Just as Israel's exodus from Egypt and the driving out of the Canaanite's.
And the expectation of the coming Messiah.
Can we not also expect the same punishments that God brought upon Israel,
since we are creating the same exact sins before God?
Not because of what the wicked in our society does, but because of what the
righteous in our society is doing.
I bring this plea to the church:
1 Corinthians 5:9
I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people-
10). not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral,
or the greedy or the swindlers, or idolaters.
In that case you would have to leave this world.
11).But now I am writing you that you must not associate with
anyone who calls himself a brother
but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer,
a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
12)What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?
Are you not to judge those inside?
13) God will judge those outside!
" Expel the wicked man from among you."
Is it because we have not followed this very plea by Paul
that those on the outside
can look at us in the inside and say
"those hypocrites" and " Why do I need to go to church."
Does this not bring blaspheme to Gods name
just as the Israelites did and were condemned for?
(Jeremiah 23:1)
"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" Declares the Lord.
2) Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel,
says to the shepherds who tend my people:
" Because you have scattered my flock and driven
them away and have not bestowed care on them,
I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,"
declares the Lord.
Is this also the very reflection of what Jesus says
Revelation 3:15
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.
I wish you were either one or the other!
16) So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-
I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
17) You say,' I am rich;
I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.'
But you do not realize that you are wretched,
pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
18) I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire,
so you can become rich;
and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness;
and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see
~ With the tolerances of our acceptance of sin as being OK,
for the sake of taking the money of the people
the church has become a business
instead of a place of worship.
I wonder if Jesus would of found it just as distasteful
when He declared in Matthew 21:13
"It is written." he said to them,
"'My house will be called a house of prayer,
but you are making it a 'den of robbers.'"
Jeremiah 8:10
Therefor I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners
. From the least to the greatest all are greedy for gain;
prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.
11) they dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.
" Peace, peace," they say, when there is no peace.
Is this not what we are seeing and hearing today
Is this the very thing that's causing us to be lukewarm
Is not the rebuke of Israels priests not enough warning for us.
Have we completely forgotten the word as if it were not written at all?
Is that not what we are doing when we allow the sins amongst us?
We take the money and declare the sins forgiven?
All for the gain of the "church."
Jeremiah 5:30
" A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land:
31) The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?
Ezekiel 23:26
Her ( Israel) priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things;
they do not distinguish between the holy and the common;
they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean;
and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths,
so that I am profaned among them.
Which brings me to Jesus warning to us in Matthew 16:6
"Be Careful," Jesus said to them.
"Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducee.
Which was expounded on in
Luke 12:1
Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
But I will leave you with this from Jesus
Revelation 3:19
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am!
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
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