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The reason why there is no knowledge of God or nothing of doctrine being taught.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The reason is that “there is no knowledge of God or nothing of doctrine being taught.”

MAT 15:7 “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. ‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.”

be ready in season and out of season; means Keep your sense of urgency, stand by, be ready at hand, whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable.

2TI 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction = it means to proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people.

Remember the acronym such as K.I.S.S. = (K)eep (I)t (S)imple (S)tupid.

JER 4:22 “For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children, And they have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know.”

The time is coming when people will not tolerate, (endure) sound and wholesome instruction.

Wanting to have their ears tickled or having ears itching for something pleasing and gratifying, they will gather to themselves one teacher after another, choosing to satisfy their own liking and to support the errors they hold.

There is no demand for Bible teaching in time of apostasy or legalism or, as in our passage this morning, or “nothing of grace is being applied.”

Grace and truth or doctrine always go together.

JOH 1:14, Grace and truth.
ACT 6:8, Grace and power,
ROM 1:7, Grace and peace,
1TI 1:2, Grace and mercy,
2PE 3:18, Grace and knowledge.

“the land mourns” means the people are miserable under the cycles of discipline.
“finding fault” refers to phariseeism or evil activism and religious apostasy.

Activism, or trying to clean up the devil’s world, is the last thing you need to get involved with when you’re under the cycles of discipline.

It is negative volition toward doctrine and a shrinking pivot that brings these things.

HOS 4:5 “stumble by day” means cosmic involvement in the so-called “light”, including crusader arrogance, phariseeism, activisim or cleaning up the devil’s world).

“stumble with you by night” refers to becoming a loser by rejecting Bible doctrine after hearing it, or failing to metabolize gnosis doctrine into epignosis doctrine.

Today, hundreds of thousands of pulpits speak of “`peace, peace,’when there is no peace,” just as they said in Jeremiah’s day and in Ezekiel’s day, as in EZE 13:10-16.

EZE 13:10-16 states and that the false presentations of some prophets are whitewashed to look more attractive than what they really are.

Whitewash was a natural metaphor for hypocrisy.

ACT 23:3 where he said “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! And do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law order me to be struck?”

This is a reference to the subject of hypocrisy.

1. The “shoulder” Pharisee, so-called because he wore his good deeds upon his shoulder and paraded the good that he did.
2. Then there was the “procrastinating pharisee” who knew “what” he should be doing but he could always come up with a spiritual reason or a Bible verse to put off doing something good.
3. The bruised and bleeding pharisee who thought it was a sin to look at a woman and therefore, whenever women were around he would bend over and close his eyes and he kept running into walls!
According to the pharisees, the more bruises you had from walls, the more holier you were. This type of Pharisee was typified by the idea of him walking with his head down or turned away to avoid looking at, or bumping into women (who might be on their menstrual cycle) or other unclean folks.

4. There was the hump-back tumbling pharisee, He was called that because he wanted to demonstrate his humility and so he slouched way over and bent his back and walked around all day in that so-called humble position.

Similar to the Blind Pharisee, the hump-back was known for walking around with his eyes averted for the purpose of avoiding visual temptations.

Avoiding temptation is one thing, but this type of Pharisee’s heart was wrong, because it was the importance of making a show of his avoidance of temptation (and piety) which was to be criticized.

5. There was the ever reckoning pharisee who kept count of all of his good deeds so that he’d know what god owed him in terms of blessing.
6. There was the “God-fearing” pharisee who did what he did because he was scared to death of going to hell and being judged.
7. There was the god-respecting pharisee who did what he did because he thought it was right to do it, and he had integrity to some extent.

A minority of Pharisees were believed to have been of this type, though Pharisees from the School of Hillel (who died just prior to Jesus’ ministry) may have comprised a majority of this type of Pharisee.

Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea and Paul (and most likely Gamaliel, as well, from both Biblical and extra-Biblical accounts) were all Pharisees who would have fit into this category.

After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD which was thrown down by the Roman empire, the only remaining sect of Judaism remaining was that of the Pharisees — which became Rabbinic Judaism.

These were the folks who had theology almost exactly in line with Jesus — with the primary discrepancy being Jesus’ concern for the poor, the unclean and the oppressed.

ROM 2:1, Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgment, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

JAM 2:10, For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

GAL 3:10, For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”

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