Implacability


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Grace Bible Church
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Robert R. McLaughlin
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Implacability

I want to focus on implacability. Many believers today lack gratitude inwardly or thankfulness overtly, and, in many cases, they lack both. One of the many words that I like to use that are not directly quoted from the original language of the Bible, including the Hebrew, nor the Aramaic, nor the Koine (Common) Greek has a word like the English word implacability. I like to use this English word because it truly does get the point across to my congregation, students, listeners or viewers.
And what point is that?

It is the point that comes from the Latin word — implacabilis; meaning implacable, impossible to appease, impossible to satisfy, no matter what you think, say, or do, it means to be stubborn-minded, or to be in a constant state of friction. In fact, David warned his playboy son Solomon to be careful of those individuals who, no matter what you say or do, they have no desire to forgive you whatsoever. It doesn’t matter how many times you have asked them for forgiveness, they are filled with anger, wrath, bitterness, jealousy, but most of all, their one desire is to hurt you many, many, times.

In fact, these are the type of individuals that David describes in Proverbs 6 to Solomon, his son. And, believe or not, I am going to describe implacability for you directly from a passage in the Word of God.

Normally, when we go to Pro 6, we begin with PRO 6:16 which says that There are six things which the Lord hates, and the seventh thing is in PRO 6:19, A false witness {who} utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

I have always been intrigued or fascinated by the seventh thing mentioned in verse 19 which is that the Lord hates the sins of the tongue and the spreading of strife and lies. Throughout the word of God, the number 7 refers to a seeker of the truth, and therefore the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross because He said Tetelestai meaning that His work on the Cross is finished.

JOH 17:4, “I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do.”

JOH 19:30, When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.

Now, look at one more passage that uses water as a teaching aid; ISA 12:1-6, Then you will say on that day, “I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord; For although Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, And Thou dost comfort me.

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. Therefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation.

And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted.

Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth. Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

As our Lord was starting to give some very important warnings to the disciples concerning HOW they listen. in LUK 8:18, “Therefore take care or be careful how you listen;”

Notice the words, “Take Care” for example, in MAR 4:24 to WHAT you listen to; “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it shall be measured to you; and more shall be given you besides.”

What about the appearance? Shouldn’t all believers wear their best clothes to church and then brag about how great they are?

JOH 7:24, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

What about presuming against others?

PSA 19:13, Keep back Thy servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

We are also told that when it comes to “passing judgment” that in 1CO 4:5, Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.

Then, of course, MAT 7:1-5, is our final passage especially when it says such things like “Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Finally, remember what our Lord said in the OT to the prophet Isaiah; ISA 11:3, And He will delight in the fear of the Lord, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;

Now, how about if I show you something that should get you excited because it tells us some very important doctrinal truths about our future state – which, of course, is heaven as we know so little about. And, that my friend is how most believers go through life with fear, anger, envy, jealousy, hatred, but most of all, “revenge motivation” and they have no desire for reconciliation. It other words, it’s impossible to satisfy some people when no matter what you say or do, they find fault.

However, remember, JUD 1:16, These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their {own} lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of {gaining an} advantage.

Especially when it comes to certain types of sins like mental attitude sins, and lack of appreciation. And there’s a statement that all of us should be aware of and guard our hearts against – and that statement is a warning to the arrogant believer who is never content and always envying or lurking after that which others have.

No Contentment = No Humility!

Now, let’s begin with my main passage which reveals one of the saddest responses to the grace of God.

First of all, let’s read the passage, LUK 17:7-19, “But which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? “But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me until I have eaten and drunk; and afterward you will eat and drink’?

“He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.”

And it came about while He was on the way to Jerusalem, that He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered a certain village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

And when He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And it came about that as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine ‑ where are they? Was no one found who turned back to give glory to God, except this foreigner? And He said to him, “Rise, and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

So, our Lord entered into a certain village of Lepers who had heard that Jesus, the miracle man was coming to town. Also, scores and scores of people who had leprosy met him including the Ten Lepers who were reminded of their disease every time they looked into the reflection of themselves in the water.

As many of you know, the word “water” is used in the Bible for the “water of the Word; EPH 5:26, Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

ISA 55:1, “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance.”

Here is an amazing miracle that is not magic or trickery but the simultaneous instant healing of ten men with leprosy. Healing just one would have glorified the Lord, but our Lord healed ten at once and interestingly enough under the doctrine of numerology ten represents the number of Divine Perfection. For example: Ten represents the number of Divine Perfection: There are 10 commandments (EXO 20)

There were 10 plagues on Egypt (EXO 9:14)

There are 10 “I AM”’s spoken by Jesus in John.
1. I am the Bread of Life
2. I am He.
3. I am from above.
4. I am the Light of the world.
5. I am One that bears witness of Myself6. I am the Door of the sheep.
7. I am the Good Shepherd.
8. I am the Resurrection and the Life.
9. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
10. I am the True Vine.

Now, there was absolutely no way that anyone could ever deny how compassionate and sympathetic our Lord was toward those who suffered, especially when it came to lepers.

The miracles Jesus did were not for self-exaltation or for money but because of mercy on people who suffered. Now, believe or not, it is a tribute to modern medicine that most of us know very little about the disease called leprosy.

Why?

Most of us have never seen a leper. We only know what we read in the Bible. If we had lived in those days, we would have known a great deal more. In Bible times, like cancer today, it was the most feared disease in the world. It was deadly, incurable and hopeless. So much so did the ancients fear it that anyone suspected of having the disease was banished from society.