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9 Will God ['el] hear [shama`] his cry [tsa`aqah] when
trouble [tsarah] cometh [bow'] upon him?
10 Will he delight [`anag] himself in the Almighty [Shadday]? will he always [`eth] call
[qara'] upon God ['elowahh]? KJV-Interlinear
9 'Will God hear his cry, When
distress comes upon him? 10 'Will he
take delight in the Almighty, Will he call on God at all times? NASB
The spiritually negative person is a hypocrite, a
fraud. He proposes to pursue and serve
truth, but his passion chases lies. He
defines the lies of the world as his truth, and therefore becomes a hypocrite
or a fraud with regard to the realities of life.
Anyone, be they tyrant or good in their own eyes, when
they reject, ignore, or try to modify truth, is a hypocrite.
As they pursue this pattern of life, throughout their
life, then they become comfortable within their self-imposed environment of
When truth is presented to them over and over, again
and again, they ignore it for the simple reason that it does not fit their
comfort zone of beliefs.
A very good example of this would be those who
continue to oppose the war in Iraq, a war that has been turning dramatically
toward a strong victory for us, yet this truth does not fit their original
opinions in rejection of the war, so they continue to oppose it in spite of a
successful outcome. Freedom through
military victory is a long, very long established Biblical doctrine.
Sometimes people have preconceived ideas and find it
very difficult to accept changes in their pattern of thinking. Making changes in religious thinking is also
good example of this concept. When a
person is brought up thinking in a certain way, a way that is fraught with
errors, it is often times difficult to overcome those preconceived beliefs.
Likewise, when a person has made public, his opinions
and they prove to be in error, then backing down from ones errors is also
sometimes difficult. It isn't unusual to
see politicians pursue with even greater vigor, their bad ideas, in hopes that they
can maintain their perceived reputation.
That said, I will no doubt get emails from folks who
believe that this is some form of political forum couched in the shadows of a
Bible study, but truth is truth regardless of whether it is political or
social. We all have to deal with life
sooner or later. The Bible does not give
us the privilege of choosing only those truths which are convenient to our
Most, if not all, beliefs in life come from the public
venue. Everyday we are exposed to
politics, to news stories, to celebrity statements, to movies, to advertising,
to hearsay, to gossip, to religion, and so forth. All of these forums will have an impact on
the way in which we think. You will
either believe them or not. You will
either use them in forming your own opinions, or you will adopt someone else's
beliefs as your own.
Bible doctrine is one of many opinions out there in
the world. The difference between the
Bible and everything else, is that the Bible possesses the truth, and
everything else is either a result of that truth or a variation of a lie
against the truth.
Sure, there will be those who will use the Bible for
illegitimate agendas, but the true student of the Word of God, if he maintains
his perseverance and objectivity, will be able to see through the false, and be
able to sort out the truth.
As for those who establish a pattern of thought, which
continually excludes God and truth from their lives, then that pattern becomes
a comfortable habit for them. They begin
to believe their web of lies and then when disaster strikes, they are
14 Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized
the godless. NASB
They see nothing happening during their lives to move
them away from lies. But then is that
really the truth?
18 'Come now, and let us reason together,' Says the
Lord, 'Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will
be like wool. 19 'If you consent and
obey, You will eat the best of the land; 20 'But if you refuse and rebel, You will be
devoured by the sword.' Truly, the mouth
of the Lord has spoken. NASB
God has truth always before us. There is never an excuse for anyone to not
know what they are doing, and not know the repercussions of their decisions in
Anyone can recover from the lies of life and resume
living a life of truth, and thus establish a solid pattern of life for
27 When your dread comes like a storm, And your
calamity comes on like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come on you. 28 'Then they will call on me, but I will not
answer; They will seek me diligently,
but they shall not find me, 29 Because they hated knowledge, And did not choose
the fear of the Lord. NASB
14 Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen;
let them deliver you in the time of your distress.' NASB
But when a person continually lives a life apart from
the legitimate teachings of the Word for God, then they, by their own rejection
of God, have isolated themselves from His help.
God merely answers their implied prayer, requesting God to leave them
alone. He does.
And, another result of living a long life apart from
God, is that when the chips are really down, you will still not turn toward God
for help. The spiritually negative
person will remain defiant, even in the face of their own helplessness and
The ultimate example of this? At the Great White Throne, millions and probably
billions will stand before Christ, knowing that they are going to the Lake of
Fire. Even so, they will hate Christ all
the more, and not repent or change their attitude. That is the quintessence of
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.