Hideyoshi, a Japanese warlord who ruled over Japan in the late 1500s, commissioned a colossal
statue of Buddha for a shrine in Kyoto. It took 50,000 men five years to build, but the work had
scarcely been completed when the earthquake of 1596 brought the roof of the shrine crashi … More
In the previous verses, we were told how dead works are judged. Now we are told how wickedness is judged (v. 16). The inadequacy of the old sacrificial system is especially shown by the list of sins given in these verses:
1. Hateful attitudes - (v. 17)
2. Sharing with thieves and adulterers - (v. 18)
3. Lying - (v. 19)
4. Slander - (v. 20)
God’s longsuffering grace must never be looked on as laxity (II Peter 3:3-10) nor abused (v. 21). His reckoning for rebellion will be carried out. Before destruction comes there will be an opportunity for deliberation and repentance (v. 22), Some of the greatest blessings ever to come to mankind have come through the Jew who was acting in the will of God. To the Jew, we owe our Bible, our Savior, and our faith. However, the Jew out of the will of God can do more to neutralize, dynamic, evangelical Christianity than anything else the world has to offer. Any missionary caught trying to share the gospel with the Jew in Israel today will probably be expelled from the country. A few years ago, a missionary, we know, in Word of Life was kicked out of Israel for sharing the Gospel.
The crowning sin of Israel in the Old Testament, up to the Babylonian captivity, was idolatry. After the captivity idolatry was not the big problem but instead it was formalism and hypocrisy. In the future, during the tribulation, many Jews will revert back to idolatry and worship the image of the beast. In the meantime, God pledges to reveal Himself to those who want to know the truth (v. 23).
Idolatry is still a big sin in the world today. In many religions, like Roman Catholicism, people carry a crucifix and bow down to statues of the Virgin Mary etc. In Protestantism it may be things like a car, a boat or other objects.
But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. "You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son. These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. "Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!"
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Psalms 47:1-9The Lord Rules Over The Earth
Psalms 48:1-8Jerusalem is Greatly to be Praised
Psalms 48:9-14The People Are Invited to Rejoice in God
Psalms 49:1-15Observation of The Prosperity of The Wicked
Psalms 49:16-20The Hope of The Righteous is Eternal
Psalms 50:1-6The Lord Came to Judge
Psalms 50:7-15The Lord’s Indictment Against Formalism
Psalms 50:16-23The Lord’s Indictment Against Hypocrisy
Psalms 51:1-9An Appeal to God’s Love And Compassion
Psalms 51:10-13David Petitioned God For Inward Renewal
Psalms 51:14-19A Prayer For General Prosperity
Psalms 52:1-4The Destruction of a Man of Treachery
Psalms 52:5-7Destroying Others to Make Yourself Look Good
Psalms 52:8-9The Destiny of The Man of Faith
Psalms 53:1-6God’s View of The Human Race