Showing posts with label mercy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mercy. Show all posts

13 August 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of James—James 2:12-13

D4 Believers Should Know We Are Under Freedom But Will Be Judged by the Judgment We Use on Others James 2:12-13

James 2:12-13 WEL So speak and act as those who will be judged under the law of liberty 13 For the judgment [is] without mercy to those who have shown no mercy, and [the law of liberty] exults mercy over judgment.
Law of Liberty=
  • See James 1:25 WEL But whoever looks at the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, is not being a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work. This one will be blessed for what he does.
  • This is not the law of death (the Old Testament law Romans 7:5, Romans 7:13, Romans 8:2, 1 Corinthians 15:56). It is the Law of Christ for Christians. The Lord Jesus perfectly fulfilled and was obedient to the Old Testament law. It is obsolete for Christians; we do not have to follow it anymore(Hebrews 8:13 NIV By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear).
  • Matthew 11:29-30 NLT Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.
  • There are over 1,000 rules in the New Testament for Christians. Here are a few: 1 Thessalonians 4. I do not know much about this site, but it does list the over 1,000 rules in the New Testament. Please remember that this is from Dake’s Bible and Finis Dake has some very problematic interpretations. So beware!
  • The Greek word is κρίνω krínō. It means to decide and make a decision in various uses.
  • So it is translated separate, prefer, opinion, determine, judge (pronounce judgment), etc.
  • Here, what we say and do will be judged by the perfect Law of Liberty. All of God’s decisions are based on love and wisdom.
Without mercy=
  • The Greek word is ἀνίλεως aníleōs. The Greek word for mercy is ἔλεος éleos.
  • Mercy doesn’t mean to tolerate anything, no discipline, no rebuke, or to accept whatever a person does is to be tolerated and not judged. Consider,
    • We must forgive others (Matthew 6:15).
    • Yet, there may be punishment. See 1 Kings 2:36-46 concerning King Solomon and Shimei.
    • Showing the wrong kind of mercy, may lead to snares to sin and abandon God and His ways (Deuteronomy 7:16).
    • Some things deserve punishment. We must respect that (Deuteronomy 13:1-11).
    • 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 shows there is to be separation from evil.
    • Ephesians 5:1-7 shows not to be partners with those who refuse to repent.
    • 1 Corinthians 15:32-34 GW If I have fought with wild animals in Ephesus, what have I gained according to the way people look at things? If the dead are not raised, "Let's eat and drink because tomorrow we're going to die!"  33  Don't let anyone deceive you. Associating with bad people will ruin decent people.  34  Come back to the right point of view, and stop sinning. Some people don't know anything about God. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Mercy over judgment=
  • Sometimes God shows no mercy: Psalms 59:5 GNB Rise, LORD God Almighty, and come to my aid; see for yourself, God of Israel! Wake up and punish the heathen; show no mercy to evil traitors!
  • God gives mercy when the conditions are met: Ezekiel 3:19 NLT If you warn them and they refuse to repent and keep on sinning, they will die in their sins. But you will have saved yourself because you obeyed me.
  • An Example of those who met God’s conditions and received mercy and those who refuse to repent: Matthew 12:41 NLT The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here--but you refuse to repent.
Summary= There is a Christian lifestyle and worldview. We are to live in God’s kingdom, so we must live and think that way. This includes what we say and what we do.
  • What is the perfect Law of Liberty?
  • When should we show mercy, and when should we not?
  • What is God’s standard that He judges by?

18 April 2018

Bless The Lord

Theme: A Song of Praise

Scripture: Psalm 103

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: God deserves our continuous praise for all He does for us.
Think: Always be mindful of the blessings of God in my life.
Do: Praise God daily for the many blessing He gives.

B1 This deals with a lot of God’s attributes.
B2 Psalm 103:1-2,
C1 Introduction of David’s song
C2 Praising God
C3 Bless
D1 The Hebrew word is בָּרַךְ bârak (baw rhack).
D2 It means
E1 The greater to the lesser: a boon, blessing, etc. It is to confer something good on or to someone (source).
E2 The lesser to the greater: kneel, praise, etc. It is to glorify and to regard as sacred (source).
D3 Uses
E1 Genesis 1:22 (MEV) Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
E2 Psalm 16:7 (MEV) I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; my affections also instruct me in the night seasons.
E3 Psalm 10:3 (MEV) For the wicked boasts of his soul’s desire; he blesses the greedy and despises the Lord.
C4 All that is within me probably signifies the difference between mere outward worship and inward worship. Mark 7:6 (MEV) He answered, “Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.
B3 Psalm 103:3-5, Some benefits
C1 Forgives all
D1 What did the Psalmist know that many of his contemporaries did not? Hebrews 10:4 CSB - For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
D2 Hebrews 10:10 CSB - By this will, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time.
C2 Heals all. Is this physical or spiritual or both?
C3 Redeems life from destruction.
D1 What destruction is he referring to?
D2 The word for redeems is גָּאַל gâʼal and refers to kinsman redeemer.
D3 What does this remind you of? Compare: Ruth 4:13-14 and Isaiah 44:6 (MEV) Thus says the Lord the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the Lord of Hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; besides Me there is no God.
C4 Crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies.
D1 It is understood that the crown is woven with lovingkindness and compassion. (Source)
D2 Matthew Henry comments: and what greater dignity is a poor soul capable of than to be advanced into the love and favour of God? (Source)
C5 Satisfies our mouths which renews our youth
D1 Is there anything that is more satisfying than God’s blessings?
D2 What blessing has He given you?
D3 1 Timothy 6:17 (MEV) Command those who are rich in this world that they not be conceited, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who richly gives us all things to enjoy.
B4 Psalm 103:6-8,
C1 Name one blessing from these verses that you have experienced.
C2 What is the balance between God’s justice (judgment) and mercy?
B5 Psalm 103:9-12,
C1 Has God ever been angry at you? How did you respond?
C2 Why is God’s mercy extended to those who fear Him?
C3 Is this an illustration of God’s mercy?
D1 A mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death. "But I don't ask for justice, the mother explained. "I plead for mercy. "But your son does not deserve mercy, Napoleon replied. "Sir, the woman cried, "it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for. "Well, then, the emperor said, "I will have mercy. And he spared the woman's son. (Source)
D2 Or can God extend mercy because justice and God’s conditions were met?
E1 Hebrews 9:26 (MEV) For then He would have had to suffer repeatedly since the world was created, but now He has appeared once at the end of the ages to put away sin by sacrificing Himself.
E2 Old Testament: Exodus 20:6 NKJV - but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
F1 All are required to love God and keep His law. If a person does love God, they will want to keep the law.
F2 No one can do this: Romans 3:20 NKJV - Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.
E3 New Testament:
F1 2 Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV - in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
F2 1 Peter 4:17 NKJV - For the time [has come] for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if [it begins] with us first, what will [be] the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
F3 Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV - For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
D3 Let’s say that when I was 10 years old, I was throwing rocks. Not paying attention, I hit my dad in the forehead. He has an injury that requires suturing. Someone has to pay. After confessing and acknowledging that I did it, I was stupid, and I was not paying attention, he can do a number of things. He can say, “Ok, I know you learned your lesson,” thus, showing mercy, but he pays the doctor’s bills. He might say though, “I forgive you, but you must do extra chores to pay for the doctor’s bills.” In the latter, I pay. Regarding sin, either I pay (hell) or God pays:
E1 1 Peter 1:18-19 CSB - For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb.
E2 Ephesians 2:8-9 CSB - For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God's gift—not from works, so that no one can boast.
B6 Psalm 103:13-14,
C1 What does this teach us about fathers?
C2 How does God pity (show compassion to) us?
B7 Psalm 103:15-18,
C1 How long is life? If short or long, how should we prioritize? Isaiah 55:6 NKJV - Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
C2 Explain the difference between God’s rules in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
B8 Psalm 103:19-22,
C1 Where is God’s throne?
C2 What is the extent of God’s kingdom?
C3 Why don’t we see God’s rule on earth today?
B9 Questions
C1 How do we continually praise God?
C2 Is praising God only verbal or are there other ways?
C3 How can we remind ourselves of God’s blessings?
C4 How can we praise God in difficulties?
B10 Next week:
C1 When under attack
C2 Theme: A song for justice
C3 Scripture: Psalm 109