You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
18 That which he laboured [yaga`] for shall he restore [shuwb],
and shall not swallow it down [bala`]:
according to his substance [chayil] shall the
restitution [tamuwrah] be, and he shall not
rejoice [`alac] therein.
19 Because he hath oppressed [ratsats] and hath forsaken [`azab]
the poor [dal]; because he hath violently taken
away [gazal] an house [bayith] which he builded [banah]
18 'He returns what he has
attained And cannot swallow it; As to
the riches of his trading, He cannot even enjoy them. 19 'For he has oppressed and forsaken the
poor; He has seized a house which he has
not built. NASB
Even if a person lives a perfectly honest life, which
no one can do, but if they did, then still, they will lose all that they have
earned. Mans own righteousness is no
better than the dust he is made of. In
fact it is far worse.
This is still within the context of a wicked person,
or one who rejects Gods word. So even if one thinks they are good and decent,
they are still wicked. Why? Because there is only one good, and that
comes through truth. All else is a lie
and therefore evil.
Wickedness is the production of evil. So living outside of truth prevents one from
being good automatically.
One cannot be good and evil simultaneously. They are mutually exclusive. You are either one or the other. You can never be both.
Of course you can flip flop back and forth between the
two by sin and confession, sin and confession and so forth, and that is what
you would expect from life. None of us
are perfect. But your life is defined by
the pattern of life which you live. Most
people pattern (or live most of their life) toward the sinward side. Living predominantly out of fellowship.
The trail of truth in life, moves toward good and all
that is right.
The trail of non-truth, or lies, moves toward bad,
evil, wickedness and all that is wrong.
And even though there are lots of people who believe that they can live
a decent life, but by excluding a relationship with God, just fool
themselves. The simple evil will always
lead to greater transgressions.
History has demonstrated many patterns of life which
man has led. From petty crimes, to gang
violence, to the self-righteous, to extreme tyrants and more.
The Tribulation, when it arrives, will become the ultimate
demonstration of the evil of humanity, ranging from those who do not want to
get involved, to those who would murder whole cultures.
But the picture here is on those who attempt to live
their life based on their own honest effort.
However, they reject the fundamental truth of life, which is, 'there is
no effort of man which is honest.' Only
Gods effort is honest, and true, and right.
God created all things for good, not evil. Evil steps in and takes away that which does
not belong to it. The effort of evil is
violence. Evil takes that which it has
no right to.
Therefore, even the 'honest' man in his 'honest'
efforts, is stealing from those who are the poor.
Who are the poor?
Those who pursue a pattern of life of good. Those who have believed in Christ, and have
decided within their own minds to advance in their spiritual life. They are the poor because their world is
being stolen away from them by evil.
Evil takes what is yours. If evil did not exist, then
you would be fabulously wealthy. So you
see, you have been robbed. You are poor.
Since evil will not inherit, it will eventually lose
all that it accumulates.
Evil tries to build a house and that is really nothing
more than pursuing a pattern of life which excludes God, Christ and doctrine. Evils house is everything that it pursues,
desires, and accumulates. Evils house,
is its frantic search for happiness, which it will never find.
Politicians demand authority and position which they
do not deserve. Celebrities demand fame
and fortune which they do not deserve.
Tyrants demand power and riches which they do not deserve. Social gossips demand listeners which they do
not deserve. Media sources demand
influence and credibility through manipulation, which they do not deserve. Individuals demand lifestyles of their own
definition, which they do not deserve.
Evil takes on all kinds of faces, but all are
traveling in the same direction of self-destruction, and the same conclusion of
failure and loss.
Jesus Christ controls history. Jesus Christ is the source of all good
things. Everything in your life comes to
you courtesy of Jesus Christ. There is
nothing that you were born with, nothing that you grew up with, nothing which
you accomplished, which was not courtesy of His grace.
If Christ withdrew His support of your life, you would
vanish instantly. You can't even hold
your own life together.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.