Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 July 2010 Proverbs 6:16‏

Proverbs 6:16     These six things doth the Lord hate; yea; seven are an abomination unto him.

 

And all God’s people joyfully shouted: ‘Oh thank you Lord for allowing us to witness another beautiful sunrise and blessing us with your incredible mercy, which is new, refreshing and exciting every morning! We praise your glorious and Holy Name, and will certainly try to walk worthily of you this day. On the strength of the precious blood of the Sacrificial Lamb, your Son Jesus, spilled for us, we offer this prayer. Amen!’ Yes Friends, we’ve been blessed to see another bountiful day, so let’s go out and live it for the Lord as best we can. And today we’ll continue looking at the third of those seven deadly sins as Cousin Sol perceived them. And since it’s of the utmost importance to remember them, every day we’ll recount those that we’ve done so far. The first was ‘a proud look,’ then ‘a lying tongue,’ and today it’s ‘hands that shed innocent blood.’ Oh my brethren, the shedding of innocent blood has been one of man’s many downfalls from the beginning of time, when Cain slew his brother Abel through jealousy. The Lord didn’t like it then, and He still doesn’t take kindly to it now, many thousands of years later. And when He asked Cain for his brother, Cain was boldfaced enough to ask the Lord: ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ (Gen.4:9) And sadly Friends, many of us today are just as boldfaced to shed innocent blood, with no undue qualms, because we don’t consider ourselves our brother’s keeper either. But the truth is that we are, if we consider ourselves followers of Christ, since we are all brothers and sisters, all one in Christ. For Cain’s blatant crime and contempt, the Lord laid a curse on him. ‘When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.’ (Gen.4:12) And since Cain was a farmer that curse just spoiled his whole livelihood. But would you believe Cain was arrogant enough to complain? ‘And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment (iniquity) is greater than I can bear.’ (Gen.4:13) Then he whimpered that everyone who saw him would desire to slay him. But oh my people, the awesome Deity we worship is so magnanimous and merciful that he heard Cain’s plea: ‘And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.’ (Gen.4:15) But sadly Friends, from then onwards, right down through the ages, the floodgates of man’s innocent blood have been opened by the hands of his brother man. What a crying shame! Untold wars, robbery, jealousy, greed, power hunger, even a sadistic blood lust have caused man’s blood to flow innocently. And most unfortunately, all the above are still doing so today, and possibly more blatantly than before. Man has very conveniently forgotten the laws of God, that one of the Ten Commandments is ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ (Ex.20:13) And I say that because we still do it with such impunity and gall. Oh my people there is no shortage in the Good Book of God’s admonitions and warnings re shedding man’s blood innocently. Let’s look at a few. Way back when, before the Lord destroyed the earth with the flood, for its abominable sinfulness, He informed Noah: ‘Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.’ (Gen.9:6) But did we listen? No! Once the earth was repopulated, we continued the same way. And in Ex.21:12, the Lord unequivocally proclaims: ‘He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.’ What don’t we understand about violence and bloodshed eh Friends, when it pertains to our God and punishment for it? And I like how the Lord phrases this law concerning bloodshed in Numbers 35. ‘So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. Defile not the land which ye shall in habit, wherein I dwell: For I the Lord dwell among the children of Israel.’(Num.35:33-34) What’s there not to understand eh mih people? It’s all plain and straightforward, especially this deathly serious promise made by Habakkuk. ‘Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood (bloodshed), and stablisheth a city by iniquity.’ (Hab.2:12) But who’s listening, who’s paying attention in a wicked, violent, godless world? Not too many of us Friends. It also seems that we’ve forgotten the Lord’s statement when Isaiah called Judah to repentance. ‘And when ye spread forth your hands (pray), I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.’ (Is.1:15) Oh my people, our behaviour is utterly ridiculous in light of what the Good Book says. And even if we consider the Old Testament outdated, then listen to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane when one of His disciples drew his sword and cut of the ear of the high priest’s servant. Surely, He’s not outdated too. ‘Put up again thy sword into his place; for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.’ (Mat.26:52) Oh Friends, our God has told us on numerous occasions, and in no uncertain terms, that when we disobey His commandments we will pay, and pay dearly too. What is it going to take for us to sit up and pay strict attention; total destruction? The problem there my people, is that then it will be too late. And since we began with Genesis, it’s rather appropriate to end with Revelation: ‘He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.’ (Rev.13:10) That’s all I have to say today Friends, but I pray that the Lord will work expeditiously in all our hearts to remove the blood lust that seems to exist there. Till tomorrow then, God willing of course, stay safe and tread the straight and narrow path. Much LOVE!…the Good Book does not lie…he who lives by the sword…will surely die by the sword…

 

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