I. C. 3.
1 Th 1:8-10; 5:22
8For from you
sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in
every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to
speak any thing. 9For they themselves show of us what manner of
entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve
the living and true God; 10And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom
He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to
5:22Abstain from all appearance of evil.
I. D. 1.
Heb 9:12, 24-26
by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once
into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the
figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of
God for us: 25Nor yet that He should offer Himself often,
as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the
world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put
away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Heb 10:10,12,14 10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 12But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 14For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
I. D. 2.
Exo 20:4-5a; 32:1-5a, 9-10a 4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5aThou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, 32:1And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 2And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 3And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 4And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 5aAnd when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, Tomorrow is a feast to the LORD. 9And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 10aNow therefore let Me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them.
2 Chr 33:15-17
he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and
all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in
Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. 16And he repaired
the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank
offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. 17Nevertheless
the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the LORD
their God only.
the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest
to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; 30Take
heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they
be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods,
saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. 31Thou
shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which
He hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their
daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. 32What thing
soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish
Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and
put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire
before the LORD, which He commanded them not. 2And there went
out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
Sam 15:1-3, 7-9, 21-23
also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his
people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of
the LORD. 2Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which
Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came
up from Egypt. 3Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all
that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and
suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is
over against Egypt. 8And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites
alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9But
Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and
of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not
utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they
the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which
should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.
22And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt
offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to
obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of
rams. 23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and
stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected
the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from
Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is
called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the
cherubims. 3And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and
brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and
Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. 4And they brought it
out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of
God: and Ahio went before the ark. 5And David and all the house of
Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir
wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on
cymbals. 6And when they came to Nachons threshingfloor, Uzzah
put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen
shook it 7And the anger of the LORD was kindled against
Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by
the ark of God.
1 Ki 12:26-33
Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: 27If
this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then
shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto
Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of
Judah. 28Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of
gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold
thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 29And
he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. 30And this
thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even
unto Dan. 31And he made an house of high places, and made priests of
the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. 32And
Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the
month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the
altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made:
and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. 33So
he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the
eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart;
and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the
altar, and burnt incense.
III. (General Applications)
1 Sam 16:7
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look
not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused
him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward
appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
1 John 3:15
Whosoever hateth his brother is a
murderer: and ye know that no murderer
hath eternal life abiding in him.
For out of the heart proceed evil
thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
IV. A. (Also II. G.)
that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful
disputations ["non-essential"/non-moral issues]. 2For
one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3Let
not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth
not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4Who art thou
that judgest another mans servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth.
Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 5One
man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike.
Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6He that
regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth
not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to
the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he
eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7For none of us liveth to himself,
and no man dieth to himself. 8For whether we live, we live unto the
Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or
die, we are the Lords. 9For to this end Christ both died, and
rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10But
why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy
brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11For
it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and
every tongue shall confess to God. 12So then every one of us shall
give account of himself to God. 13Let us not therefore judge one
another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or
an occasion to fall in his brothers way.
therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols,
we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is
none other God but one. 5For though there be that are called gods,
whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6But
to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things,
and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we
by Him. 7Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge:
for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing
offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8But
meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better;
neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 9But take heed lest by
any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 10For
if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idols temple,
shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things
which are offered to idols; 11And through thy knowledge shall the
weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12But when ye sin so
against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13Wherefore,
if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth,
lest I make my brother to offend.
1 Cor 10:14,
my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of
the altar? 19What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that
which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 20But I say,
that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and
not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
21Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye
cannot be partakers of the Lords table, and of the table of devils.
2 Cor 6:14-7:1
ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what
communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath
Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And
what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple
of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;
and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17Wherefore come
out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the
unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18And will be a
Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
7:1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse
ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in
the fear of God.
now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye
again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in
bondage? 10Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or
of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17Which are a shadow
of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Speak not evil one of another,
brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his
brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge
the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
not the Spirit. 20Despise
not prophesyings. 21Prove all things; hold fast that which is
good. 22Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.