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Isaiah 1:18 ” Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

In this verse God was confronting the nation of Judah.  For they had been practicing religious festivals of their own design in direct rebellion against Him.  In other words, they were taking God’s Word – adding and twisting it to fit their own desires and notions.  Kinda sounds like religion today where God’s Word has been spun and misinterpreted to become more politically correct and not offensive anyone.  But man’s job is not to reinterpret God’s Word in order to make everyone feel better.  Man’s job simply is to obey what God has already written.

Romans 14:10 ” You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we all stand before God’s judgement seat.”

If I would take to heart this verse and Matthew 7:2, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged…” you’d think I would stop judging others. It’s not that I voice my opinion loudly and rudely or treat others with contempt to their face…no, my condemnation is silent, covert, and secretive.  But regardless, yes, I still judge, and judge harshly…quickly jumping to conclusions before actually hearing all the details.  Other times, I form an opinion when I really have no right to…or I pass a verdict just for sport.  Either way, it’s wrong and something I really need to work on…how about you?

Jeremiah 14:10 ” This is what the Lord says about this people: ‘They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.’ “

The Prophet Jeremiah’s message was primarily one of judgement upon Judah for their shameful and persistent sins.  They seemingly lacked the desire or even control to stop straying from God’s law.  The world today still wanders from God…aimlessly roaming, running after whatever has their attention…following a harmful path that can only lead to death and destruction.

Isaiah 1:2 ” Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against Me.”

Rebellion is not a learned behavior…we are hard-wired to be defiant.  Just ask any mom contending with her toddler!  With independence and autonomy comes rebellion and disobedience.  Fast forward to adulthood and we see people resisting and defying authority everyday…refusing to accept  what they perceive as control over themselves.  For many, this extends  into their view of who God is and the refusal to accept Him, His laws, and His correction.  Rebellion against God is futile vanity that will only lead to judgment someday.

Job 34:11 “He repays a man for what he has done; He brings upon him what his conduct deserves.”

In Jeremiah 17:10 it says, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”  Not only will our actions and behaviors be judged…but what we think and have allowed our minds to be filled with will be judged also.  Foolishly believing all fanciful and provocative daydreams are secret, is proven wrong by this scripture…as is reasoning that how we silently judge others will never be found out is wrong too, for it will.

James 2:1 ” My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.”

Last night our small group Bible study had quite a lively discussion on discrimination within the Church.  We tend to be most comfortable at Church when everyone looks and acts like us.   Our prejudice surfaces when someone outside that “mold” ventures into the Sanctuary seeking the Lord.  Yes, they may not look like you…they may not have the same values or mores…but they are still a Child of God searching for the truth.  We need to extend to them the same love that Jesus did…not judging,  but supporting and encouraging as the Holy Spirit moves in their life.

Psalm 53:1 ” The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ “

That’s probably one of the most dangerous statements anyone could say…”There is no God.”   To treat the Lord with such contempt is the pinnacle of human rebellion.  For people who think there is no God also have the false delusion that judgment for their wicked behavior will never occur  either.  Lord,  help them to see the error of their way before it’s too late.