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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
This colorful water tower is in Mount Jackson in rural northern Virginia along I-81. It would be neat to see how this was painted. When you get up close you can see it is vibrant shades of red apples.
"On Every Side The Wicked Prowl"
Message summary: “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life” (1 Thessalonians 4:7).
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"On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man" (Psalm 12:8).
"On every side the wicked prowl." You can hardly read or watch the news without more evidence of the social decay and rot that is permeating our lost land and world. The anarchy, especially in our cities, is rampant. The wicked prowling is becoming more and more brazen with what seems a fully seared conscience among so many. One example is the flagrant, shameless shoplifting in some major cities.
A recent news report from San Francisco stated, "A flurry of shoplifters in masks and hooded jackets sprinted from a downtown Neiman Marcus last week and into getaway cars with armfuls of designer handbags — a scene captured on video and raising fears that rings of thieves were hitting retail businesses."
Today’s Bible text is a stunning observation that is evident all around us. In so many ways the vile is honored among men. The vile is reckoned as good and is not merely accepted but even honored. The Amplified Bible uses this phrase, “Vileness is exalted [and baseness is rated high] among the sons of men.”
The ancient statement of the prophet Isaiah is so appropriate: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
"As vileness is exalted among the children of man." When vileness is exalted the wicked prowl. God’s commands are healthy restraints contributing to the good of family and society at large, but the nature of sin is to see these restraints as restricting our freedom and a killjoy to all sources of enjoyment. When these restraints are removed or ignored the wicked freely strut about. Other versions state, “The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.”
Years ago while studying the book of Revelation the study guide asked to “List five things I would never have expected to see in my lifetime". It didn’t take me but a moment to put on my list, “I never expected to see sinful behavior accepted without shame and often displayed as honorable such as sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, the redefinition of marriage, faddishness of gender dysphoria, celebrating abortion, glorifying violence (and the list goes on). Yes, they’ve always existed, but when I was young these were sins that were clearly seen as shameful and dishonorable even to unbelievers.
Today I want to again call my brothers and sisters to obedience to God’s commands, “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life” (1 Thessalonians 4:7).
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, I resist the lowering standards of this world and its influence upon my thoughts, words and actions. Instead I choose to uphold, practice and teach the timeless and always relevant truths revealed in Your Word to my family and all whom I may influence or who seek my counsel. I will trust You to work in the hearts of those whom I seek to influence for Your Kingdom and will do my part to live a pure and holy life in this decadent age where the wicked strut about in their disobedient acts in rebellion to Your commands. The day of judgment is coming and even now we see in part Your judgment as we observe the disarray and aimlessness of those caught up in shameful behavior which greatly contributes to the instability of our times. In the name of Jesus we pray for Your merciful conviction to fall upon our darkened world. Amen.
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