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Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.

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Rev. Bob Celeste


Stop spinning your wheels and beating a dead horse

Monday August 7th, 2006

Today we are going to continue taking God's word and as a result God's Word seriously and literally. Today we are going to look at what it says Scripturally about spending your entire life evangelizing one heathen, one unbeliever or as Paul says, one infidel.

Let us start with what Jesus said:

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:1-8 ACP/KJV)

first let's look at words in the key sentence for knowing when to walk away and utilize your evangelical talents on another.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Let's start with the word holy. Hagios, hag'-ee-os, sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated):--(most) holy (one, thing), saint. So the word "holy is much more than most people think, for it includes sacred knowledge, knowledge of things which are sacred, such as the knowledge of salvation.

So, you are not to give things that are holy to dogs, what is Jesus referring to when He says dogs? Well, Jesus is literally saying dogs, just as we understand it. the animal and those who act like them. Have you ever noticed that a dog will eat just about anything but margarine. A dog will eat it's own vomit.

The next word we want to look at is "pearls" again Jesus is using a word that has not changed, pearls are small things of great value made by God. The knowledge you have of salvation, as a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian are pearls of wisdom.

And finally let's look at swine, keep in mind, Jesus was speaking to a Jewish audience in 31 AD or so, a society much stricter than today's Jews when it came to keeping the law and the prohibitions on eating anything unclean. The Greek word is "choiros" and it literally means swine, pig, hog, an abomination to be eaten by the Jews.

So, now let's go back and read our first Scripture for today again:

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Be careful when you judge, do not judge as the world judges, using man's rules, for with what measure you use to judge others by so will God use to judge you by, in addition to His using His rules to judge. Likewise be sure to know that the way you do business with another is how God will do business with you. Now as for evangelizing, what Jesus is saying is Judge a man you are evangelizing, not with emotions and stubbornness but by how he or she is responding.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:1-8 ACP/KJV)

The last paragraph deals directly with evangelizing. When evangelizing, there comes a time when you have to look at the person you are trying to lead to the Lord and aks yourself this question, "Am I wasting my time? Am I spinning my wheels? Am I beating a dead horse?" "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you" You will know the anser by how they react. If theya re truly seeking the truth, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." They will ask and they will be answered. They will both anser the door and invite Jesus in: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.

Let's go see what Paul said to Titus regarding this same subject.

Put them (those you are preaching to and those you are evangelizing) in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned by himself.

(Titus 3:1-11 ACP/KJV)

Now, what has Paul told Titus? Well in the first paragraph Paul has told Titus that he is to be gentle and to remember that at one time, he too was a heathen. So, he is to be gentle and honest in both his preaching and his evangelizing.

In the second paragraph Paul goes on to remind Titus that Jesus did not come to earth demanding that to be saved one must work, follow weird ceremonies and earn forgiveness and salvation, but that instead Jesus came to do all the work and that through Grace and what He did on the cross are we saved.

In paragraph three, Paul is reminding Titus that salvation thru the Blood of Christ and His Grace are a good thing. There is no way we could ever be good enough to work our way into heaven. And that those who are Saved are to do the good work of a preacher and evangelist, not to earn their way into heaven, but as a manner of thanking Jesus for what He did on the cross and our salvation.

Now we get to the fourth and last paragraph of our study today.

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned by himself.

How do you know when to walk away from the one you have been evangelizing? When each time you go to talk to the one you are evangelizing they turn the subject away from their sin and Christ's salvation to questions about technicalities in the law, wanting to know how God could be so mean as to want animal sacrifices, wanting to know if you really believe that God caused old men to really write the Bible, arguing about evolution verses creation while giving darwin great credit and God nothing but sneers, arguing with you about what Jesus meant when He said this that or another thing, trying to tie you up by using a bit of Scripture here and a bit there, arguing and trying to refocus your attempt at salvation on such things as homosexuality, "why some of the nicest people I know are gay."

In other words, after they have rejected the Gospel of Christ twice, turn and leave them. Trust God that if they are to be Saved, it will come through someone other than you at this time.

So, let's summarize, using only Scripture, so as to know how to avoid spinning our wheels and beating a dead horse.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned by himself.

That's it. Jesus tells us that we, those who are truly Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, will be known by our fruits. That all of us will bring forth good fruit. Some twenty fold, some thirty fold, some sixty fold and some one hundred fold. You will never reach even the twenty fold if you don't get out there and start, and by getting tied up on one stubborn servant of satan, you may, even by working yourself into a sweat, never even get one fold.

By taking God's word seriously we know how to do all things. We know that we are to preach and evangelize, we know that we are to stick to the Bible as it is written to preach and evangelize. And we know that there are some who will not respond to us. We even know when we are to walk away and go seek others who are truly seeking.

Lord God of Creation, help us to do Your will and the work You have chosen for us. Help us Lord to avoid getting bogged down and beating dead horses. Help us Lord to avoid casting our peals before pigs and stubbornly ignoring the pleas of the seekers of the word while we let our ego convince us to continue the argument with even one unregenerate heathen.

Thank You Jesus, and please bless us and keep us safe in these times of trouble and secular satanism. Amen.

Thank You Lord,

Your little spoiled brother Bob.

Amen.


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