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Gen.6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
The God Who had made the earth and its elements was about to destroy the earth by its elements. It had become corrupt beyond the limits of His longsuffering, a frightful status to be avoided at all costs. When the patience of God with sinners comes to an end, His wrath arises to a sudden destruction and there is no remedy (2 Ch.36:16 c/w Pro.29:1). As touching the elect, God is "longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Pe.3:9), but branches in Christ that continually bear not fruit (like repentance) are liable to be taken away (Joh.15:2). They but cumber the ground (Luk.13:6-9), robbing productive specimens of valuable nutrients and are liable to spread their blight to them.
Ecc.5:4-6 "When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. (5) Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. (6) Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?"
In a previous meditation we saw that the word "angel" can refer to ministering spirits, God Himself, and also human ministers who serve as God's messengers to His people. Our featured text today explores this a little further and demonstrates the importance of contextual study while increasing our understanding of and appreciation for the beautifully interwoven coherency of the Holy Scriptures.
Acts 2:26-27 "Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: (27) Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."
(Note: The following is a faithful copy of a tract authored by Pastor Ben J. Mott, Jr.)
One need not investigate much to discover that Freemasonry is a religion. A most superficial knowledge of this institution will establish this fact. It is commonly known that the leader of the lodge is titled "WORSHIPFUL Master." What does that descriptive word "worshipful" convey if not religion? Masons take their oaths on the holy book of their religion. Masonic ceremonies incorporate prayers to a deity whom they term "the Great Architect of the Universe." The lodge furniture includes an altar. According to the World Book Encyclopedia, "Masons try to promote 'religion in which all men agree, that is, to be good men and true.' " (1) These easily acquired facts should be sufficient to convince any reasonable person that Freemasonry is a religion.
Gen.13:11 "Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other."
In a previous meditation we had taken notice of the fact that Lot was a just, righteous man (2 Pe.2:7-9) but he too often walked according to the flesh, not the Spirit. When Lot made his ill-fated decision to choose Sodom, like Eve, he let the sight of his eyes outweigh better knowledge (Gen.13:10 c/w Gen.3:6) and was in principle not walking to God nor with God but from God. It is noteworthy that in so doing, we read here, "and Lot journeyed east."
In a natural sense, the points of the compass have no direct bearing on the rightness or wrongness of a thing nor on the condition or destination of the soul: God gathers His redeemed from all directions (Psa.107:2-3). There is, however, an interesting spiritual significance seen sometimes in Scripture relative to the compass points. One such example is the frequency with which "going east" is commensurate with moving away from God towards error, deception and lies: a step in the wrong direction. The devil is the father of lies (Joh.8:44).
2 Ki.2:23-24 "And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. (24) And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."
Rev.2:9 "I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan."
Heb.9:10 "Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation."
The church of God in this world had a reformation but it was not in or about 1550 A.D. That there was a great spiritual awakening that was largely excited by the dedicated efforts of the Protestant Reformers is not to be denied. That there was a great return to the value and authority of the Holy Scriptures generated by the Protestant Reformers is not to be denied. That there is cause for thanksgiving to God for changes brought about by the work of the Protestant Reformers is not to be denied. That there are many decent and God-fearing people who make up the ranks of Protestantism is not to be denied. That the church of the living God (1 Ti.3:15) was reformed by the Protestant Reformers is to be denied. Something else was reformed in that period by the likes of Luther, Calvin, Knox, etc.
(1) Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
(2) Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
(3) Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
(4) Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
Pro.14:4 "Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox."
Wisdom here speaks of one of the axioms of an imperfect world: if we are to make advantage of life, there will be certain unpleasantries to deal with but they are worth it. We must consider the trouble/benefit ratio of virtually every venture. Few are the "win/win" issues of life; almost all things are compromises.
There may be less hassle in renting an apartment than owning and maintaining a home, but the advantages of home ownership are usually worth it. Paul even advises that there is less hassle in remaining single (1 Co.7:32-35) than being married, but (thankfully) this he only spake by permission, not commandment (1 Co.7:6-7)! Marriage, with all of its frictions, disappointments and distractions is a blessed estate ordained of God for the fulness of man and woman's joy. It is honourable in all (Heb.13:4).