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April 16, 2013

O Israel, You Stubborn Fools!

I am currently working my way through the book of Judges.  Countless times I want to cry out, "O Israel, how many times must you wander from your Lord in your stubborn and wicked hearts before you learn your lesson and be faithful to the Lord?!?!?!"  But soon as these words enter my mind, my thoughts turn on myself and say, "O Timothy, how many times must you wander from your Lord in your stubborn and wicked heart before you learn your lesson and be faithful to the Lord"

See, we can look back on Israel in judgement and condemnation (And let's face it, what Christian hasn't at one point said, "I would have recognized Jesus as the Messiah if I was there?") now because it's already a thing of the past.  You foolish people, each time you turn from the Lord and worship false idols bad things happen to you!  I can see it plainly because I am reading this in the histories of the Bible.  But "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?"  It's easy to condemn Israel for their foolishness, but if we are honest with ourselves and with God, we are just as bad as Israel.  I do not have enough fingers for the amount of sins that I can think of that I have committed this week (and it's Tuesday morning!).  And that does not include the ones that I am ignorant to.  Before we condemn Israel or anyone else for their sinfulness, we must first examine ourselves and he who is without sin be the first to cast the first stone.  In other words, don't worry about condemning others for their sin, instead bring your own heart before the cross to repent of your own sins.  Only after you have done that can you then gently encourage others to do the same.

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