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Hamartia outside the gospels and Paul's epistles

Football coach Erk Russell rattle snake story.

1) Today our study begins with the scripture that was read, Heb. 1:3Heb. 1:3
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3 who being the effulgence of his glory, and the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

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2) A lot of people have a lot of different ideas about Jesus – who He is and what He did.
a) Man is immoral; we violate the will of God and God says these violations create a debt.
b) Jesus came to wipe away the sins of men, no matter how immoral a person is.
c) Hebrews 2:17Hebrews 2:17
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17 Wherefore it behooved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

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d) Here we find it associated with the word “reconciliation” (KJV).
e) Let’s look at Heb. 3:13Heb. 3:13
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13 but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called To-day; lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin:

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– another passage which has our word – READ
f) Sin (immorality) will harden people. It is deceitful.
g) At first an immoral act may make a person feel pretty bad about what they did.
h) There is guilt, remorse, a man may say, “I was wrong and I will not do that again.”
i) The next day or later in the week, he thinks back to what was done and he wants to do it again.
3) Immorality hardens people. People may lose their sense of right and wrong.
4) Minds can become calloused; people may lose their ability to correctly reason.
5) God has some very strong and powerful warnings about engaging in immoral acts.
6) One warning in the book of Hebrews is found in 11:25.
7) In Heb. 12:1Heb. 12:1
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12 1 Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

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we are told that immorality can so “easily beset us.”
8) The image in Heb. 21 is that of an athlete.
9) In the next book (Jas. 1:15Jas. 1:15
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15 Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death.

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) we are told that sin (immorality) leads to death.
10) Heb. 12:4Heb. 12:4
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4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin:

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says “strive against sin.”
11) If this is our choice there is a great promise in 1 Jn. 1:71 Jn. 1:7
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7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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a) The blood of Christ can and will cleanse from “all sin” (immorality).
b) If we think we are not immoral (1 Jn. 1:81 Jn. 1:8
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8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

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), we lie and the truth is not in us.
c) Every single person struggle with some form of immorality.
12) God requires His people to recognize immorality and put it behind them.
13) In 1 Jn. 3:81 Jn. 3:8
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8 he that doeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. To this end was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

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we have another incentive to leave behind sin.
a) John said immorality is of the devil.
b) Satan is the one who wants people to be involved with sin.
c) Many want immorality.
d) Our world excels at ways to make immorality seem better, more secretive, and more enjoyable.
e) We seek to oppose it in our own lives and in the world.

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Hamartia in Paul's epistles

Hamartia, an important word in the New Testament

1) Rom. 3:9Rom. 3:9
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9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin;

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2) We have gotten to a point in society where people think that God is not all that concerned about behavior.
a) Much of our nation has lots is immoral compass.
b) Our nation does not know what is moral and immoral.
i) People in the business world are sometimes told to go to “sensitivity training.”
ii) 17 girls made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together.
3) In the Old Testament prophets condemned those who called evil good and good evil.
a) Rom. 3:20Rom. 3:20
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20 because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for through the law cometh the knowledge of sin.

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b) People can come to a “knowledge” of their immorality.
4) One of a Christian’s responsibilities is to let people know that they have violated God’s will.
5) This part of the great commission.
a) Rom. 5:12Rom. 5:12
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12 Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned:—

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b) Only one person needed to sin one time and that eventually catches up with all accountable people.
c) Immorality is contagious.
6) When people turn to the gospel, they find a complete cure for their problem.
7) Rom. 5:20Rom. 5:20
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20 And the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly:

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8) No person is too immoral to be saved by God.
a) Rom. 6:6Rom. 6:6
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6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin;

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b) God wants the “body of sin” (a life of immorality) to be put away.
c) When a person become a Christian, he no longer lives as he once did.
9) The man that was used to going out and drinking with his buddies doesn’t do that any more.
10) The drug user puts away his drugs. He just doesn’t “decrease” he says “no” to that way of life.
11) Those involved with fornication realize they were immoral and terminate that activity.
12) The gambler says he is through trying to increase his wealth at the expense of others.
13) Verse 12 in this chapter says – READ
14) Notice that “sin” (immorality) is explicitly joined with “lust.”
15) Verse 14 – READ
a) Sin (immorality) was something we once “served” (verse 17).
b) If we are a Christian, we have been “freed from that” (verse 18).
c) If we go back to it, we will die (verse 23).
d) If we choose to live as a faithful Christian and flee immorality, we will be “saved” (verse 22).
16) In Col. 2:11Col. 2:11
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11 in whom ye were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ;

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Paul said “putting off the body of sin.”
17) What types of activities have we put away because we became a Christian?
a) 1 Tim. 5:221 Tim. 5:22
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22 Lay hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.

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gives us an important principle: do not “partake” in the sins of others.
b) School children are often exposed to this very temptation.
18) Someone has a party with drugs or alcohol. Everyone they know is going to be there so they go.
19) The word we are looking at says “that is the way the world lives. That is how the heathens act.”
20) Two verses later in 1 Tim. 5 (24) Paul said the sins of some are “open.”

21) God wants a group of people who are moral, godly, distinct from the world, full of Christian graces.
22) Is that who we are?

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A sermon on morality – what does the Bible say about morality?

1) This study is based on the final 12 verses read from Eph. 5.
i) In verse 25 we find the word “church.” This word means the assembly (the people).
ii) The church of the Bible has a head (verse 23) – God says the church is headed by Christ.
2) God is very serious about this point – verse 25 says Jesus gave His life for the church.
a) In this church Christ died for Jesus has some plans. Verse 26 – READ
b) God wants a “sanctified” people (church).
3) We cannot be a child of God and live like people in the world.
a) At the end of verse 26 we are told that Christ has “washed” the members of His church.
4) The cleansing process culminates in baptism – baptism washes away sin. 2 Cor. 5:172 Cor. 5:17
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17 Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.

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5) Verse 27 – READ
6) God wants people who lead a life consistent with His word.
a) Thus, Paul describes this as no “spot” or “wrinkle” in Eph. 5:27Eph. 5:27
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27 that he might present the church to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

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WE WANT TO ENGAGE IN A STUDY OF IMMORALITY.

1) Titus 2:12Titus 2:12
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12 instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world;

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says we are to live “soberly, righteously, and godly” in this present world.
2) Throughout the Bible God’s people are called on to be distinct from the world and be holy.
3) 2 Cor. 6:172 Cor. 6:17
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17 Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you,

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says, “Come ye out from among them.”
4) Our society has evil at every turn.
a) Pornography, divorce, abortion, changing marriage, std’s, aids, unwed mothers.
5) Drive by shootings; no respect for the the police.
6) Euthanasia, Satanism , prostitution, indifference to wrong.
7) Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate.
8) It is time to remind folks there is a God and He has said some things. He has said many things.
9) God calls on people to live a sanctified life.
a) David once asked a question in Ps. 11:3Ps. 11:3
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3 If the foundations be destroyed, What can the righteous do?

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b) If we are a child of God Rom. 12:2Rom. 12:2
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2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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says “be not conformed to the world.”
10) God put the church in the world, but says the church is not to be “of” the world (Jn. 17:15Jn. 17:15
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15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one.

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11) Jesus said we are to be a “light” to the world (Mt. 5:13-16Mt. 5:13-16
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13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. 16 Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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12) Peter (1 Pet. 2:91 Pet. 2:9
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9 But ye are a elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

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) said we are to “show forth the excellencies “of God.
a) If we are not willing to live in this manner, the world will draw us into its midst.
b) 1 Cor. 5:61 Cor. 5:6
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6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

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says “a little leaven leavens the whole lump.”
13) There is the Personal Test: will doing this make me a better or worse Christian?
14) The Social Test: will an action influence others to be better or worse Christians?
15) The Practical Test: will the results of my actions be desirable?
16) The Universal Test: if everyone should do this, would it enhance or degrade society?
17) The Scriptural Test: does the Bible endorse it or is it forbidden?
18) The Stewardship Test: will this activity waste a talent God has given to me?
19) The Family Test: will something bring discredit & dishonor to my family, and will it embarrass them?
20) The Publicity Test: would I be willing for friends, fellow Christians, the elders, and the preacher to know about it?
21) The Common Sense Test: does it agree with plain, everyday, ordinary common sense?
22) The Fairness Test: is it honest, and it is practicing the “Golden Rule”?
23) The Problem Test: is it potentially harmful to me and / or others?

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"My father" – a sermon for father's day

a) More than 40 times in the gospels we find these words” “My father.”
b) Today is father’s day, and we want to look at the words “my father” in the book of Matthew.
2) Our study begins in Mt. 7:21Mt. 7:21
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21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.

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a) Some who planned on being saved will be rejected by God and this will be quite a shock.
b) The Lord’s warned about this and explained why this is the case in this 21st verse – READ

3) When we look at earthly father, we find that they generally have a “will.”
4) When men fulfill the role God has given them, that is fulfilling their divine role.
5) God intended for men to be respected and honored in their household.
6) God the Father has devised a plan to save us; we can obey that plan and be redeemed.
7) Jesus said the Heavenly Father’s also offers a plan and leadership; if followed, we will be saved.
8) Jesus went on to say that if we choose to obey God’s will, there will be some consequences.
9) Next on our list of references is Mt. 10:32Mt. 10:32
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32 Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven.

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a) READ.
b) Earthly fathers know they cannot be just and good if they have an “anything goes” policy.
c) God the Heavenly Father functions in this manner as well.
d) 2 Pet. 3:92 Pet. 3:9
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9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

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tells us that He does not anyone to perish.
10) Fathers make some choices and decisions that are sometimes very, very difficult.
11) God can “hard decisions.”
12) God will get no joy from saying that or turning people away, but this is what He will do.
13) Men get married and the will be called on to make some hard choices.
14) Eph. 6:4Eph. 6:4
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4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord.

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says that men are to “nurture and chasten their children in the Lord.”
15) Our world makes parenting a difficult job. Mothers do not have an easy time of things.
16) Being a child is not easy.
17) Dads have many responsibilities, and some of their tasks are specific to them.
a) Mt. 20:23Mt. 20:23
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23 He saith unto them, My cup indeed ye shall drink: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left hand, is not mine to give; but it is for them for whom it hath been prepared of my Father.

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b) The Father was the one who had made the decision and already arranged things.

18) In a home God intended for the male (husband) to be a key figure in keeping things on track.
a) A father’s children may not understand or appreciate what he is doing.
b) Sometimes being a mother or father is a thankless job.
19) God is our on-going example. There are many times when He is not thanked.
20) There are many who do not care what God has done or pays no attention to Him.
21) Some try to attack what God or what He has done, but God continues to be a father.
22) Mt. 26:39Mt. 26:39
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39 And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.

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and this is a familiar passage.
23) Here is another practical point about men.
24) Earthly dads should be a source of strength in their families.
25) They should be a source for their wife to lean on and find support.
26) Jesus found comfort in the words “my father” and today many earthly fathers still offer great aid.
27) Mal. 2:14-15Mal. 2:14-15
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14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because Jehovah hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously, though she is thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15 And did he not make one, although he had the residue of the Spirit? And wherefore one? He sought a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

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. Having a mom and a dad is God’s ideal arrangement.
28) It was the means God was going to use to produce a “godly seed.”
29) Mt. 26:53Mt. 26:53
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53 Or thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?

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says – READ
30) One of the things that we can think about on this father’s day is how dad may have helped us.
31) Good dads try to help their children as well as others.

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What does the Bible say about Abihu?

A helpful overview is found in the Eaton’s Bible Dictionary:

Abihu

“father of Him; i.e., “worshipper of God”, the second of the sons of Aaron (Ex 6:23Ex 6:23
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23 And Aaron took him Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab, the sister of Nahshon, to wife; and she bare him Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

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; Num 3:2; 26:60Num 3:2; 26:60
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2 And these are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the first-born, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 60 And unto Aaron were born Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

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; 1 Chron 6:31 Chron 6:3
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3 And the children of Amram: Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. And the sons of Aaron: Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

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). Along with his three brothers he was consecrated to the priest’s office (Ex 28:1Ex 28:1
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28 1 And bring thou near unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

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). With his father and elder brother he accompanied the seventy elders part of the way up the mount with Moses (Ex 24:1,9Ex 24:1,9
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24 1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto Jehovah, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off: 9 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel.

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). On one occasion he and Nadab his brother offered incense in their censers filled with “strange” (i.e., common) fire, i.e., not with fire taken from the great brazen altar (Lev 6:9Lev 6:9
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9 Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt-offering: the burnt-offering shall be on the hearth upon the altar all night unto the morning; and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning thereon.

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, etc.), and for this offence they were struck dead, and were taken out and buried without the camp (Lev 10:1-11Lev 10:1-11
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10 1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer, and put fire therein, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire before Jehovah, which he had not commanded them. 2 And there came forth fire from before Jehovah, and devoured them, and they died before Jehovah. 3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that Jehovah spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace. 4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Draw near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. 5 So they drew near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp, as Moses had said. 6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Let not the hair of your heads go loose, neither rend your clothes; that ye die not, and that he be not wroth with all the congregation: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which Jehovah hath kindled. 7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tent of meeting, lest ye die; for the anointing oil of Jehovah is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses. 8 And Jehovah spake unto Aaron, saying, 9 Drink no wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tent of meeting, that ye die not: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: 10 and that ye may make a distinction between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean; 11 and that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which Jehovah hath spoken unto them by Moses.

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; comp. Num 3:4; 26:61Num 3:4; 26:61
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4 And Nadab and Abihu died before Jehovah, when they offered strange fire before Jehovah, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children; and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest's office in the presence of Aaron their father. 61 And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before Jehovah.

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; 1 Chron 24:21 Chron 24:2
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2 But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest's office.

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). It is probable that when they committed this offence they were intoxicated, for immediately after is given the law prohibiting the use of wine or strong drink to the priests.”

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God is no respector of persons (Acts 10:34)

WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR WORLD WE SEE PREJUDICE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS AS WELL AS NATIONS. WE FIND EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE BEING REJECTED BECAUSE OF WHERE THEY WERE BORN, WHO THEIR PARENTS ARE, WHERE THEY ATTENDED SCHOOL, THE SKIN COLOR, ETC.

a) Our world likes to generate a lot of news about how different people are.
b) The media thrives on race related stories.
c) When people become Christians, differences such as race are of little importance.
2) An inspired man in Acts 10 claimed God does not favor one race over another.
a) God has done much more than say He regards all people equally.
b) He has actually illustrated this point in several ways.
c) God says all men are equal because He has given only one law.

3) There are preachers who try to say that some parts of the New Testament do not apply to non-Christians.
4) Marriage and divorce is sometimes dealt with in this way.
5) We have had members of the church say that prior to becoming a Christian, marriages do not count.
6) A person may divorce and remarry as often as they like, but after baptism, then marriage counts.
a) That type of teaching is difficult to reconcile with many New Testament verses.
b) In places like 1 Cor. 6 Paul said people had been guilty of “adultery.”
c) Since adultery is sexual sin for the married, what standard did these non-Christians violate?
d) What marriage law did they break? Was it man’s standard or God’s standard?

7) Study the word “whosever” in the New Testament.
8) You should find that this term occurs about 60 times.
9) Time and time again God says “whosoever” (all people). The gospel is universal in scope.
10) God has just one law for all men until the end of time—the law expressed in the New Testament.
11) This law is called the “law of liberty” (Jas. 1:25Jas. 1:25
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25 But he that looketh into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing.

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) and the “law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2Gal. 6:2
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2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

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12) All are guilty of sin, and God is not going to show any type of favortim when dealing with sinners.
a) God is not going to let one person “get away with sin” and punish others.
b) This should be a very appealing fact to people.
13) Some might like to think that only “bad people” will be judged.
14) What did Jesus say in Jn. 5:28-29Jn. 5:28-29
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28 Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, 29 and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.

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15) All will be judged by the Lord at the end of time, 2 Cor. 5:102 Cor. 5:10
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10 For we must all be made manifest before the judgment-seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

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16) God will not be partial about the future judgment. It will be an experience for all people.
17) Jesus also said (Jn. 12:48Jn. 12:48
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48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my sayings, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I spake, the same shall judge him in the last day.

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) that man will be judged by His word.
18) If God requires me to believe in His Son for salvation, this is true for everyone else?
19) If God requires me to believe but says others are not required to do that, He is a respector of persons.
20) God cannot require me to repent and not others.
21) He cannot require confession from me and not require that of others.
22) If God requires from me baptism for the forgiveness of sins, that is required of all others.
23) There is no respect of persons with God.
24) God CANNOT show favoritism to any person.
25) We either obey the one plan He has given or we do not.
26) Based on all that has been said, we can see why the Bible says there is only one church.
a) Jesus said He would build only one church (Mt. 16:18Mt. 16:18
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18 And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

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b) Eph. 1:22-23Eph. 1:22-23
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22 and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

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4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

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c) Eph. 2:14Eph. 2:14
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14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition,

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d) For us, Jew and Gentile may not sound all that important.

27) What if we changed Jew and Gentile to “black and white
28) What if we said “Caucasians and Hispanics?”
29) What if we said “males and females?” Only one divine church for all interested in salvation.
30) We will one day stand before a perfect judge who has a perfect standard. What will He say about us?

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Acts 10:34Acts 10:34
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34 And Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

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"As I teach everywhere in every church" (1 Cor. 14:37)

Paul said the Gospel that he preached was not received from men but by revelation from Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12Galatians 1:11-12
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11 For I make known to you, brethren, as touching the gospel which was preached by me, that it is not after man. 12 For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Understanding this, we learn that there is a singularity, a unity, and uniformity to the Christian faith. There are not different brands of Christianity. If Jesus had established a multiplicity of faiths, Paul would have preached it. However, Paul preached the same doctrine everywhere he went. There is only “one Lord,” “one faith,” “one baptism,” (Ephesians 4:5Ephesians 4:5
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5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

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Jesus did not teach different and conflicting doctrines, and neither did His inspired apostles (cf. John 17:20-21John 17:20-21
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20 Neither for these only do I pray, but for them also that believe on me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us: that the world may believe that thou didst send me.

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It seems the majority of religious people today view the Bible like a piece of abstract art; “it can mean whatever you want it to mean.” That teaching comes straight from the mind of Satan himself.

As a Bible-believing, Christ-centered, Cross-dominated people, we must determine to recognize and uphold the unity of the Body of Christ, and the uniformity of His doctrine. Anything more, or less, will cause one to have his name removed from the Book of Life (Revelation 22:18-19Revelation 22:18-19
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18 I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book.

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1 Cor. 14:371 Cor. 14:37
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37 If any man thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of the things which I write unto you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.

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Who was Abigail?

A helpful article comes from the Eaton’s Bible dictionary regarding Abigal (this article is given below).

— father (i.e., “leader”) of the dance, or “of joy.” (1.) The sister of David, and wife of Jether an Ishmaelite (1 Chron 2:16,171 Chron 2:16,17
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16 and their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. And the sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, and Joab, and Asahel, three. 17 And Abigail bare Amasa; and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.

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25 And Absalom set Amasa over the host instead of Joab. Now Amasa was the son of a man, whose name was Ithra the Israelite, that went in to Abigal the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah, Joab's mother.

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(2.) The wife of the churlish Nabal, who dwelt in the district of Carmel (1 Sam 25:31 Sam 25:3
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3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail; and the woman was of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.

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14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed at them. 15 But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we anything, as long as we went with them, when we were in the fields: 16 they were a wall unto us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. 17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house: for he is such a worthless fellow, that one cannot speak to him. 18 Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched grain, and a hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses. 19 And she said unto her young men, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal. 20 And it was so, as she rode on her ass, and came down by the covert of the mountain, that, behold, David and his men came down toward her; and she met them. 21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath returned me evil for good. 22 God do so unto the enemies of David, and more also, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light so much as one man-child. 23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and alighted from her ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground. 24 And she fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me be the iniquity; and let thy handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine ears, and hear thou the words of thy handmaid. 25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this worthless fellow, even Nabal; for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thy handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send. 26 Now therefore, my lord, as Jehovah liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing Jehovah hath withholden thee from bloodguiltiness, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now therefore let thine enemies, and them that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. 27 And now this present which thy servant hath brought unto my lord, let it be given unto the young men that follow my lord. 28 Forgive, I pray thee, the trespass of thy handmaid: for Jehovah will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord fighteth the battles of Jehovah; and evil shall not be found in thee all thy days. 29 And though men be risen up to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul, yet the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with Jehovah thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as from the hollow of a sling. 30 And it shall come to pass, when Jehovah shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee prince over Israel, 31 that this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood without cause, or that my lord hath avenged himself. And when Jehovah shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thy handmaid. 32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, who sent thee this day to meet me: 33 and blessed be thy discretion, and blessed be thou, that hast kept me this day from bloodguiltiness, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. 34 For in very deed, as Jehovah, the God of Israel, liveth, who hath withholden me from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light so much as one man-child. 35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him: and he said unto her, Go up in peace to thy house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person. 36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light. 37 And it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, that his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him, and he became as a stone. 38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that Jehovah smote Nabal, so that he died. 39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be Jehovah, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept back his servant from evil: and the evil-doing of Nabal hath Jehovah returned upon his own head. And David sent and spake concerning Abigail, to take her to him to wife. 40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David hath sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife. 41 And she arose, and bowed herself with her face to the earth, and said, Behold, thy handmaid is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord. 42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that followed her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.

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3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife. 5 And David's two wives were taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 2 1 And Hannah prayed, and said: My heart exulteth in Jehovah; My horn is exalted in Jehovah; My mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; Because I rejoice in thy salvation. 2 There is none holy as Jehovah; For there is none besides thee, Neither is there any rock like our God. 3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; Let not arrogancy come out of your mouth; For Jehovah is a God of knowledge, And by him actions are weighed. 4 The bows of the mighty men are broken; And they that stumbled are girded with strength. 5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; And they that were hungry have ceased to hunger: Yea, the barren hath borne seven; And she that hath many children languisheth. 6 Jehovah killeth, and maketh alive: He bringeth down to Sheol, and bringeth up. 7 Jehovah maketh poor, and maketh rich: He bringeth low, he also lifteth up. 8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, He lifteth up the needy from the dunghill, To make them sit with princes, And inherit the throne of glory: For the pillars of the earth are Jehovah's, And he hath set the world upon them. 9 He will keep the feet of his holy ones; But the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness; For by strength shall no man prevail. 10 They that strive with Jehovah shall be broken to pieces; Against them will he thunder in heaven: Jehovah will judge the ends of the earth; And he will give strength unto his king, And exalt the horn of his anointed. 11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto Jehovah before Eli the priest. 12 Now the sons of Eli were base men; they knew not Jehovah. 13 And the custom of the priests with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was boiling, with a flesh-hook of three teeth in his hand; 14 and he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the flesh-hook brought up the priest took therewith. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither. 15 Yea, before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have boiled flesh of thee, but raw. 16 And if the man said unto him, They will surely burn the fat first, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would say, Nay, but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force. 17 And the sin of the young men was very great before Jehovah; for the men despised the offering of Jehovah. 18 But Samuel ministered before Jehovah, being a child, girded with a linen ephod. 19 Moreover his mother made him a little robe, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, Jehovah give thee seed of this woman for the petition which was asked of Jehovah. And they went unto their own home. 21 And Jehovah visited Hannah, and she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before Jehovah. 22 Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons did unto all Israel, and how that they lay with the women that did service at the door of the tent of meeting. 23 And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings from all this people. 24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make Jehovah's people to transgress. 25 If one man sin against another, God shall judge him; but if a man sin against Jehovah, who shall entreat for him? Notwithstanding, they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because Jehovah was minded to slay them. 26 And the child Samuel grew on, and increased in favor both with Jehovah, and also with men. 27 And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, Did I reveal myself unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh's house? 28 and did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up unto mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings of the children of Israel made by fire? 29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation, and honorest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people? 30 Therefore Jehovah, the God of Israel, saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now Jehovah saith, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. 31 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thy house. 32 And thou shalt behold the affliction of my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel; and there shall not be an old man in thy house for ever. 33 And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thy heart; and all the increase of thy house shall die in the flower of their age. 34 And this shall be the sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas: in one day they shall die both of them. 35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in my heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever. 36 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thy house shall come and bow down to him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a morsel of bread.

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2 but I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kerioth; and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet;

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3 and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;

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3 1 Now these were the sons of David, that were born unto him in Hebron: the first-born, Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second, Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess;

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Who will God accept?

1) Will God accept me? Can I be acceptable to God? Who will God accept?
2) Questions about who God will accept are very common and very important.
3) God specifically tells us who He will accept in Acts 10:35Acts 10:35
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35 but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him.

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4) The end of this verse specifically says God will accept people.
5) The first part of Acts 10:35Acts 10:35
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35 but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him.

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6) Peter said God will accept people from “Every nation.”
7) Compare Acts 15:9Acts 15:9
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9 and he made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.

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35 but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him.

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a) Acts 10:35Acts 10:35
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35 but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him.

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b) If a wayward brother sister is willing to comply with God’s terms, they can be accepted.
2) The salvation process that God uses is also associated with the middle of verse 35.
a) A person must “fear God” and “work righteousness.”
b) A person does not become a Christian by chance. They must be taught.
c) They must obey the “one faith” (the “common faith” (Jude 3).

3) When a person is taught, they “fear” God (this fear is “reverence” – respect).
4) When a person respects God, they are inclined to be obedient.

5) God says if people in any nation want to be acceptable to Him, they need to respect Him.
a) They also need to “work righteousness.” Compare Rom. 2:8, 10Rom. 2:8, 10
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8 but unto them that are factious, and obey not the truth, but obey unrighteousness, shall be wrath and indignation, 10 but glory and honor and peace to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek:

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6) Eccl. 12:13Eccl. 12:13
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13  This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

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says “fear God and keep His commandments.”
7) Christians build a record that is an eternal record.
8) We are God’s children if we choose righteousness.
9) Working righteousness does not mean we are working our way to heaven.
10) It simply means what James descried in Jas. 2:18Jas. 2:18
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18 Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from thy works, and I by my works will show thee my faith.

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– faith is shown by its works.
11) Deut. 4:29Deut. 4:29
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29 But from thence ye shall seek Jehovah thy God, and thou shalt find him, when thou searchest after him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

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13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

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10 Glory ye in his holy name; Let the heart of them rejoice that seek Jehovah. 11 Seek ye Jehovah and his strength; Seek his face evermore.

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12) We can be acceptable in the sight of God – it does not matter who we are if we obey.

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Immorality in the nation of Israel (Judges 19)

1) The 19th chapter of Judges begins our text.
a) At this time Israel had no centralized authority (the government was in a shambles).
b) Anarchy and injustice was the state of the nation.
2) In the latter part of verse 1 we find there was a man from the tribe of Levi living in some hill country.
3) The end of this verse says he took a “concubine” from Bethlehem.
4) “Concubine” may be thought of as a “lesser wife.”
5) The concubine became dissatisfied and left – verse 2 – READ
6) After a little time the wife was ready to go back with her husband.
7) Verse 9 – READ
8) The husband wanted to “get on the road.” Verse 10 – READ
a) They got to the city of Jerusalem – verses 10-11.
b) A servant was with the husband and wife and he suggested everyone stay in Jerusalem.
9) Verses 12-13 – READ
a) The couple, just like many travelers today, decided to keep going for a while.
b) They came to another place and decided to spend the night there – verse 15 – READ
10) An interesting statement is in this verse: “no man took them into his house to lodge.”
a) Travelers did not have access to the types of temporary lodging we have now.
b) Staying in Jerusalem was not safe.
11) This couple was finally approached by an old man – verse 16 – READ
a) Verse 17 – READ
b) At the end of verse 18 our travelers said to this fellow they had no place to stay.
12) Verse 19 says they had all the supplies they needed.
13) They lacked was a place to stay.
14) The old man said he would give these people all they needed; he said it was too dangerous to stay on the street.
15) Verse 20 – READ
a) After a time some people from the town came to visit.
b) One paraphrase refers to this group of visitors as “perverts.”
16) An event happened that was similar to the event involving Lot and the area of Sodom.
17) They had some plans for him that were vile – verse 22 – READ
18) The old man was a lot like Lot – he wanted to protect his house guests.
19) He Verse 23 – READ
20) Notice what we are told in 25a: READ
21) The rest of verse 25 says the wife (concubine) finally ended up outside the house.
22) This woman was treated very badly and finally killed.
23) The man took her back home but there was not a burial in the traditional sense of the word.
a) Verse 29 tells us the corpse of this wife was, in a sense, put forward for public viewing.
24) A key verse in this chapter is the last one – verse 30 – READ
a) People in Israel became aware of what had happened to this man’s wife.
b) Seeing the body of this woman stirred practically the entire nation to action.
25) Judg. 20:1-2, 3Judg. 20:1-2, 3
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20 1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was assembled as one man, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto Jehovah at Mizpah. 2 And the chiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword. 3  And the children of Israel said, Tell us, how was this wickedness brought to pass?

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a) The man in Judg. 19 got a first hand look at immorality; it affected his own family.
b) Immoral acts still bring great sadness to people.
26) A key point from Judg. 19, however, is this: God’s people responded to immorality.
27) Think of how our society regards immorality.
28) People have started to erase sin from their vocabulary.
29) We need to go back to the Bible and see how God defines sin.
a) We need to be the people who stand up in society and talk about immorality.
b) God is the moral judge of all people; morality is not judged by a poll.
c) It is not determined by a government, or from one generation to the next.

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