Saturday, April 10, 2021

With Unveiled Eyes Look and See

With Unveiled Eyes Look and See 
By David Brenneman 

Read first this from 1 Samuel 15.  The context being that the newly established King Saul began his reign not taking his role seriously. In fact he began in fear, and after being anointed, began allowing both the people and his eyes to deceive himself.  Sin was grasping his life, and although it seemed it was small things, much like we look at sin today, in the Lord Jesus's eyes it certainly was not for him and is not for us.

"Does the Lord have as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than a sacrifice, and to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as reprehensible as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as reprehensible as false religion and idolatry.
Since you have rejected the word of the LordHe has also rejected you from being king.”

The end result took years to bring about to replace King Saul, eventually King David took his place as the anointed King of Israel. 

Jesus told the Jewish Leaders to go and look at this passage.  They were like you and I.  We see in many places in Scripture where it's as plain as day that God says everyone does what is right in their own eyes.  But what about seeing what the Spirit says we should be looking for?

Everyone knows a live person in a box cannot see anything.  A live person in a box that has become their tomb has no realization that it has in fact become their final resting place.  Gruesome but hear it out. To live life with no regard to the consequences of sin and the reality of it, to disregard what the Bible is plain about telling all about it, is to go about life in a casket.  To reject what the Bible says, to not take it seriously as Saul did not, to have totally disregarded the seriousness of your offenses towards the Holy God, is to go about your life with a veil over your head. You believe you are living while in point of truth you are dead in your trespasses and your sin. 

Read what King Saul was told by Samuel, from the Lord Jesus.  Now it's your turn to go, read, and understand.  Now this passage is being sent to you. 

"Does the Lord have as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

This verse here speaks to those who believe their good deeds will mean something when they too stand before Christ.  Burnt offerings and sacrifices are done to please, on the outward appearance, a particular diety.  It isn't just the Jewish people who have and will again offer these things to whom they believe is God.  You are capable of trying to offer, for all to see, good deeds and your giving, as a public display. Such does nothing to reveal your heart's intent. 

"Behold, to obey is better than a sacrifice, and to pay attention is better than the fat of rams."

Read pay attention.  
In his particular case King Saul did neither.  While you yet draw a breath, you still have a choice and chance to do both. 

"For rebellion is as reprehensible as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as reprehensible as false religion and idolatry."

Reprehensible. The dictionary defines it as an adjective.  "deserving censure or condemnation."  

Do you condemn sin? Is is something you blithely dismiss or does it bother you at all?  Look at what King Saul was told his ACTIONS equated.  Your actions can equate to heinous sins. You may dismiss the potency of them, you may not regard them as being as bad as they are.  But YOU are not the Judge of all Life.  You go into court after receiving a subpoena or summons. You do not have the right to rewrite law in order to escape your deeds. You are at the mercy of the Judge. You will be made to comply with his or her view of what is presented as the facts. In many cases, the media is present. In many of those cases the proclaimed guilty cry out, they resisted the judgment. They sometimes have tried to escape the verdict.  Yet in the end they ended up in jail. Their point of view on what their version of the truth meant nothing. 

In the Court of God, the only rule of Law is the Word of God.  Not your interpretation of it, not my interpretation of it. Jesus's interpretation of it is what it is. 

Your only recourse in the Courtroom of God is whether or not you have Jesus Christ as your Savior.  

Even those who are saved will sin until their time on Earth is done.  They alone find forgiveness in Jesus Christ alone. Not through a Priest or Pope, Bishop or Cardinal.  

Only in Christ do we become just as if I had never sinned. In Christ it's also described that we let the light of Christ shine for people to see.  It's not to be covered.  No veil. Those who are in Christ are those who are alive. They are not in a casket as the walking dead.  

You alone are responsible for you in this life.  You choose to come to Christ for Salvation or you reject and live in rebellion.  Remember that part of this passage we read. 

Rebellion towards God, towards Salvation, is EQUAL to the sin of divination, insubordination, false religion and idolatry.

Our world is saturated with those meddling with astrology, with mediums, with talking to dead people.  It's saturated with people completely rejecting Christianity. False religions are any religion outside of Christianity.  Idolatry is celebrated and encouraged. It's everything that defines taking the worship due to God and giving it to someone or something else.  All religions of the world reject Jesus as the Christ. They reject the notion of sin. The certainly reject the judgment of God and the God ordained penalty for sin.

The simple truth is this. Without Salvation, you are going to have a summary judgment against you.  You die, you WILL wake up in Hell.  Your good deeds, as Scripture says, are as filthy rags.  Your idea of good is worthless.  

Only by coming to Christ for Salvation can that summary judgment be changed. Only by what Jesus did, can a person be saved. Not one single person in Heaven got there based upon anything they did while being in this world short of recieving Christ as their Savior. 

So my Friend, today, you have before you the truth of your condition. 

Today you can do something about the judgment that awaits you. 

While you yet live you can have that veil removed.  You can receive eyes that truly see.  

I cannot choose for you.
You can do nothing to keep family or friends from Hell other than it being your own transformed life by Jesus Christ that helps them find forgiveness in Jesus. 

It's really one of the worst kinds of hypocrisy to send your children to Church and you not go yourself.  You may think it might help them but what will become of you? If they do indeed receive Christ as their Savior and you do not, they will go to Heaven while you spend eternity in torment in Hell. 

Lastly consider it takes the power of God to remove your veil completely. Only Jesus can shine bright enough to get through to a condemned soul. 

Are you looking with unveiled eyes or are they covered?  Are you trying to live in obedience and the truth of God or are you living for yourself in this lost world?

You cannot live without being born again in Christ Jesus.  

Consider going one step further today if you have reaf this much, what's a few more minutes? Look up Romans Road to Salvation.  God the Father didn't make Salvation complicated to understand.  Take that one step more and learn what living life is about. 

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