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February 17, 2023

Privilege Brings Responsibility – 2.17.23

Filed under: Old and New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 1:53 pm

Luke 12:48  But the one who did not know and did what deserved punishment will receive a light beating. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be expected 

Ephesians 1:3-5  Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him., He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 

John 15:16  16 You did not choose me, but I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you

1 Peter 2:4-5, 9  As you come to him, a living stone—rejected by people but chosen and honored by God—you yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen race,,, a royal priesthood,, a holy nation,, a people for his possession,, so that you may proclaim the praises,, of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Caring for the Poor – 2.17.23

Filed under: Old and New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 1:45 pm

Amos 4:1  Listen to this message, you cows of Bashan who are on the hill of Samaria, women who oppress the poor and crush the needy, who say to their husbands, “Bring us something to drink.

Amos 5:11 Therefore, because you trample on the poor and exact a grain tax from him, you will never live in the houses of cut stone you have built; you will never drink the wine from the lush vineyards you have planted. 

Amos 8:6 We can buy the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and even sell the chaff!”

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 “If there is a poor person among you, one of your brothers within any of your city gates in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him enough for whatever need he has. Be careful that there isn’t this wicked thought in your heart, ‘The seventh year, the year of canceling debts, is near,’ and you are stingy toward your poor brother and give him nothing. He will cry out to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty. 10 Give to him, and don’t have a stingy heart when you give, and because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do. 11 For there will never cease to be poor people in the land; that is why I am commanding you, ‘Open your hand willingly to your poor and needy brother in your land.’ 

Exodus 23:6-9 “You must not deny justice to a poor person among you in his lawsuit. Stay far away from a false accusation. Do not kill the innocent and the just, because I will not justify the guilty. You must not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and corrupts the words of the righteous. You must not oppress a resident alien; you yourselves know how it feels to be a resident alien because you were resident aliens in the land of Egypt. 

Proverbs 14:31 31 The one who oppresses the poor person insults his Maker, but one who is kind to the needy honors him. 

Care for Widows and Orphans 2.27.23

Filed under: Old and New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 1:40 pm

Exodus 22:25-27  25 “If you lend silver to my people, to the poor person among you, you must not be like a creditor to him; you must not charge him interest. 26 “If you ever take your neighbor’s cloak as collateral, return it to him before sunset. 27 For it is his only covering; it is the clothing for his body. What will he sleep in? And if he cries out to me, I will listen because I am gracious. 

Exodus 23:11  11 But during the seventh year you are to let it rest and leave it uncultivated, so that the poor among your people may eat from it and the wild animals may consume what they leave. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove. 

Leviticus 19:9-15     “When you reap the harvest of your land, you are not to reap to the very edge of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 Do not strip your vineyard bare or gather its fallen grapes. Leave them for the poor and the resident alien; I am the Lord your God. 11 “Do not steal. Do not act deceptively or lie to one another. 12 Do not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God; I am the Lord. 13 “Do not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages due a hired worker must not remain with you until morning. 14 Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but you are to fear your God; I am the Lord. 15 “Do not act unjustly when deciding a case. Do not be partial to the poor or give preference to the rich; judge your neighbor fairly. 

Leviticus 25:6   Whatever the land produces during the Sabbath year can be food for you—for yourself, your male or female slave, and the hired worker or alien who resides with you. 

Deuteronomy 14:28-29  28 “At the end of every three years, bring a tenth of all your produce for that year and store it within your city gates. 29 Then the Levite, who has no portion or inheritance among you, the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow within your city gates may come, eat, and be satisfied. And the Lord your God will bless you in all the work of your hands that you do. 

Deuteronomy 15:12-13  12 “If your fellow Hebrew, a man or woman, is sold to you and serves you six years, you must set him free in the seventh year. 13 When you set him free, do not send him away empty-handed.

Deuteronomy 16:11-14   11 Rejoice before the Lord your God in the place where he chooses to have his name dwell—you, your son and daughter, your male and female slave, the Levite within your city gates, as well as the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow among you. 12 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt; carefully follow these statutes. 13 “You are to celebrate the Festival of Shelters for seven days when you have gathered in everything from your threshing floor and winepress. 14 Rejoice during your festival—you, your son and daughter, your male and female slave, as well as the Levite, the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow within your city gates.

God hears the cries of the poor and eventually judges the guilty.

Psalm 10:14  But you yourself have seen trouble and grief, observing it in order to take the matter into your hands. The helpless one entrusts himself to you; you are a helper of the fatherless

Psalm 69:33 For the Lord listens to the needy and does not despise his own who are prisoners. 

Psalms 82:3 Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute

January 20, 2023

Government Authority – A Christian Perspective – 20 Jan 23

Filed under: Old and New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 10:32 am

1 Peter 2:11-25  Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits. 13  Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor as the supreme authority 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 16 Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 18 Household slaves, submit to your masters with all reverence not only to the good and gentle ones but also to the cruel. 19 For it brings favor if, because of a consciousness of God, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if when you do wrong and are beaten, you endure it? But when you do what is good and suffer, if you endure it, this brings favor with God. 21 For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 He did not commit sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth;, 23 when he was insulted, he did not insult in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten but entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds, you have been healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray,, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 

FIRST, we are to obey God’s word, rather than mans word,  Acts 5:29.  When laws or rules conflict with God’s Word, we are to obey God. 

However, God has established government to rule and protect His children. In God’s sovereign goodness he is providing mankind with a structure of human authority.  God’s overall plan for human government is for the good of the people governed.

  • We are to submit to government authority because God has placed them in their positions.
  • Christ was our example.  Christ suffered unjustly when he died upon the cross.  
  • Live with integrity and good works in your larger society, remembering that you are temporary residents. Heaven is our home, and as we wait for it, we are to abide to the laws of the land.  (vs 11-12).  (Psalm 9:12) 
  • We are to submit to government authority because this is one of the ways you silence those who oppose you. (vs 13-17) 
  • Submit to those in authority over you in your work, even if they are unfair, because this pleases God. (vs 18:20) 
  • Yes, we are to submit even to authorities who are unbelievers and morally bankrupt.
  • We are not to rebel against government authority, as long as that authority does not contradict God’s words.
  • VS 18 “slaves”.  Peter was not addressing whether slavery was immoral; he was offering wisdom for the period of time when slavery was allowed in the laws of the land. Back in this time-frame, many Christians were household slaves.
  • Life Application Study Bible, NIV 1984. Tyndall House Publishers Inc.
    • “In most aspects of daily life, it was possible and desirable for Christians to live according to the law of their land. Today, some Christians live in freedom while others live under repressive governments.  All are commanded to cooperate with the rulers as far as conscience will allow.  We are to do this “for the Lord’s sake” – so that his Good News and his people will be respected.  If we are to be persecuted, it should be for obeying God, and not for breaking moral or civil laws.”
  • VS 12. Conduct yourselves honorably…
    • Philippians 2:15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, 
    • Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. 
  • VS 21 that you should follow in his steps…
    • Matthew 16:24  Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
    • 1 John 2:6  The one who says he remains in him should walk just as he walked. 
  • VS 23 when he was insulted…
    • Isaiah 53:7  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not open his mouth.
    • Luke 23:46 And Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.”, Saying this, he breathed his last. 
  • VS 24 he himself bore our sins…
    • Hebrews 2:28  so also Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
    • Isaiah 53:5  But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds.

January 1, 2023

“Never” Promises – 01 Jan 23

Filed under: Old and New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 8:42 am

Deuteronomy 31: 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Judges 2:1 Now the angel of the LORD went up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up from Egypt and brought you into the land that I swore to give to your fathers. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you

Psalms 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Isaiah 49:15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

Mark 13:31 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016)

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