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Out of Thine Own Mouth

We’ll need two great truths for our study this week: For sake of space I can’t quote all the texts so grab a Bible and go to Luke 19:12-22. Consider vs. 22 carefully and then put it on the back burner of your mind. Now go read Esther 5:11-14 {if you have time read the whole book}. In Esther Ch 2 we are introduced to a man named Haman. Reading the whole book reveals that this Haman fellow is {as they say in south Alabama} “not worth knockin’ in the head”. In other words he’s a sorry ‘no account’ excuse for a man. In our text [Esther 5:9-14] Haman gets outraged by a good and Godly man named Mordecai because Mordecai knows Haman is a wretch and he won’t bow or show reverence to Haman. As a result Haman sets about plotting how to kill Mordecai and all the other Jews as well. In Esther 5:14 Haman thinks he’s finally going to get to kill Mordecai so he asked his wife and friends how best to put Mordecai to death. Now get this…here is where it gets real interesting: His wife suggested he have a gallows built in their house and his friends all agreed with her. Can you believe she even said such a thing? Proverbs 14:3 says in part “in the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride…” and Proverbs 18:6 says “a fool’s lips enter into contention and his mouth calleth for strokes”. Now let’s move that scripture from Luke 19:22 to the front burner. “Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee…” Haman’s wickedness is about to be reckoned upon his own head. See Psalm 7:11-17! Zeresh’s words are about to become some of the bitterest words any woman ever spoke. In Esther chapter 7 Queen Esther reveals the plotting scheming murderous plans of Haman and the King is outraged! Haman is seized and blindfolded and hanged upon the very gallows he ordered built for Mordecai. What of Zeresh? Out of her own mouth she pronounced the sentence. They arrested her ten sons and just as she had watched in horror as Haman was forced up the ladder and hanged, so too they took all 10 of her sons and hanged them on the gallows she suggested one after another. What a price words have. What terrible self-condemning words have rolled off your tongue and mine? What foolishness have we said which was recorded by God himself? Moreover what mischief have we concocted in our hearts that God saw? I don’t know about you friend, but many years ago I knelt before God at an old wooden altar and begged His mercy and forgiveness for all the foolish, cruel, hateful, vengeful, spiteful and proud thoughts of my heart and all the words my mouth has uttered which He found displeasing. I am sure that many of you reading this are aware that words may mean little among men, but God records each and every one. Thanks be to God for His forgiveness. Like many of you I’ve said some awful things. I’ve done some terrible things. My heart has conceived some wicked things, but I got a “new heart and a new start” from God’s hand of compassion. You can get one too! Come get your ‘slate wiped clean’ at Calvary Baptist Church. 

One Day

I hate to go to the doctor.  No matter what my ailment is, they always seem to associate it with my weight. I swear it seems the doctors would say even a hangnail is because I’m overweight.  I don’t hate doctors, just their advice.  They’re right of course and even if I disagree or ignore the warnings, excess weight has been proven to cause a myriad of other health problems.  The doctor tells me if you don’t lose weight, there are going to be consequences, but I feel ok.  So I take the approach that one day I’ll get serious about this weight issue and I leave the office and promptly get in line at my favorite fast food restaurant for a burger and fries. With a diet coke of course.  One day becomes a distant goal and I never find myself reaching that day.

Likewise, the Bible has been warning man for years of the consequences of sin.  Romans tells us that we are all sinners, no one is righteous, and all have come short of the glory of God.  It also tells us that the penalty of sin is death.  But, you say, we all die.  Yes, but the death this refers to is spiritual, eternal.  Some don’t like the warning about the decision we have all made.  Again, you say, I haven’t made any decision, what do you mean?  If you are reading this and you have not been born again, if you have not called out in repentance of your sin and confessed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have made a decision.  You have rejected the gift of salvation, received by faith in Jesus and his death on the cross as payment for your sin. God gave each of us the ability to choose.  Will you believe the words of the living God and the testimony about his Son Jesus Christ?  Will you look at yourself and see a sinner in need of a Saviour?  Or will you ignore the warnings like you ignore the doctor’s advice.  Perhaps you have sensed your need, but like the doctor’s advice you have put it off, considering all the changes that will come with a decision for Christ.  Sadly, I have had people tell me, I want to be saved but I don’t want to have to give up this or that. Whatever the thing, it keeps them from trusting Christ because rather than see what they will gain, they can only see what they will give up.    Many times I have seen someone in a church service come under conviction upon hearing the word of God. (Romans  10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.) When the invitation to come and accept Christ was offered, they put it off.  The devil whispers to them “not now, later”. Unfortunately later never comes for many. Just like weight loss is put off, the decision for Christ is put off, and the consequences are eternal.  Be sure that God is just and the penalty for sin is hell and eternal judgment.  Why not make today the “one day” and become a child of God?