Exposed

*Luke 12:1-5 (ESV)*
In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.
But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!

 

I believe this passage is pretty self-explanatory, but do think it is important to recognize that Jesus spoke of the “leaven of the Pharisees” as their continually self-perpetuating, infections sin…  of hypocrisy.  

Basically, this indicates that they were engaged in play-acting.  And in particular, the warning was related to their religious activity and true attitude toward God.

However, Jesus also promised that there will come a time when every dusty corner of our hearts will be emptied of all secrets.  Therefore, it is beneficial for us to develop a genuine respect the God who will judge rightly all we have ever said, done and even though.

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Spiritual Apathy is More Dangerous than External Persecution.

Mark 7:20-23 (ESV)
And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.
For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Thoughts on Christian Culture 5: Arrogance

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Two faces of pride:

~ I am always right.
~I cannot believe I did something wrong.

The first response refuses to acknowledge sin.
The second one wallows in self-pity.

Either way, the focus remains on personal performance instead of the need to seek God’s forgiveness.

And Then There Were None…

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Those who are in the habit of lying, complaining, or bragging should not be surprised to one day discover that their former audience is no longer listening.
~Me.
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 Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
~Proverbs 16:22-23 (ESV)

When You Just Gotta Vent

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*Proverbs 29:11 (NKJV)*

A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back.
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It seems this particular warning is always applicable to my own life.
I think it is interesting that the Hebrew word which is translated as “feelings” is ruwach, which can refer to one’s actual spirit, or to their emotional temperament/disposition
BLB lexicon offers both of the following entries (as well as a few others).
In
3.6 disposition (of various kinds), unaccountable or uncontrollable impulse
And
6.
1. as seat or organ of mental acts
2. rarely of the will
3. as seat especially of moral character
In context, I believe these two ideas are the most applicable to the Proverb because they refer to the core essence of who one really is.
In effect, if one is a fool, (s)he will impulsively give vent to ignorance, impatience, arrogance, anger etc when enough pressure is applied to just the right place in his/her life.
It will be a spontaneously childish reaction, rather than a carefully considered, wise response.
This is to be expected because this is who they really are inside.
Regardless, such behavior is neither attractive, nor productive.

Inferno

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*Proverbs 29:8 (NKJV)*
Scoffers set a city aflame, But wise men turn away wrath. 

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Things that come to mind when reading this verse:

1. It is unwise to scoff at the righteousness of God.
2. The destruction of Sodom by God in response to the wickedness of the people. Their irrationally hostile attitude toward their heavenly visitors sealed their fate. (see Genesis 18-19)

*Genesis 18:20-21 (NKJV)* And the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,
I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”

*Genesis 19:24-25 (NKJV)* Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens.
So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

3. The mocking, rejection, and crucifixion of Christ Jesus, which preceded the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 ad

Matthew 27:27-32, 39-44 (NKJV) Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.
28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.
29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.
31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

39 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads
40 and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,
42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
43 “He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”

44 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.

4. And this:

*Psalm 33:10-12 (NKJV)*
10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.
*12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.*

Saved! (From more than just the consequences of our Sin.)

John 17:20-23 (NKJV)
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

 

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