Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 6 (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner, Part 3: “Worshiping the god of Respectability!”)

By admin On February 20th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 6

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The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner, Part 3: “Worshiping the god of Respectability!”

To read Part 1, click here…Today’s Devotional – November 3rd (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner!)

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“(Jesus) Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees…all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.” Matthew  23:2, 5-7

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James Tissot – The Pharisee and Publican – Brooklyn Museum & Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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In ancient times, it was easy to spot a man-made god!

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Because they were usually made of wood, metal, or stone.

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Idol: The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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MODERN-DAY GODS

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But today, our false gods are not so easy to detect! Because the true gods are actually the lusts of our heart: Mammon (materialism), pride, lust, greed, and other similar inanimate objects.

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It is whatever we put before the true God that becomes a god or idol in our heart.

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THE GOD OF TELEVISION

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For instance, those who watch more television than study and contemplate the Scriptures have made television-watching one of our gods.

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Academy Awards Ceremony – Wikipedia – Share Alike Lic.

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THE GOD OF RESPECTABILITY

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Now, there is a god which is not so easily detectable, and yet is one of the major gods of today’s world. And this god is born of the spirit of pride.

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And just what is this major god which is so easily overlooked?

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It is “The God of Respectability”! Yes, many humans worship The God of Respectability. And to some degree, all humans do!

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Yes, each and every one of us have foolish pride in our heart, to some extent. In many, pride is almost undetectable. In others, it sticks out like the proverbial, “sore thumb”!

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Rolls Royce 200EX ‘Ghost’ – Flickr – The Car Spy – Wikimedia Share-alike license

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A WORLD OF PROUD PURSUITS

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And let’s face it! People often resort to extreme measures in order to gain the respect of others! And, “the god of this world” has provided many different ways in which we humans can gain the respect of others.

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For instance, we now have giant industries which exalt humans to an almost god-like status: the professional sports industry, the music industry, politics, the television and movie industry, and even religion!

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After all, why do people want to become the leader of a society? Or why do people spend countless hours learning to be a doctor? Or a lawyer, or an actor, or a champion athlete? Pride? Oh yes, there may be other reasons as well. But pride is the great motivator of Mankind!

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LUCIFER, THE ORIGINATOR OF PRIDE

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After all, wasn’t it pride that caused the downfall of Lucifer? Listen…“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:12-14

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Lucifer Fallen – Gustave Dore – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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IF WE LOVE PRIDE, WE’RE HIS CHILDREN

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And so, if Lucifer, who is, “the god of this world”, became the father of foolish pride, then what can we expect of his children?

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And so, a great multitude in this world seek after some means to gain the respect of others. And whether it is owning some beautiful home, or an enviable automobile, or gorgeous apparel, or a coveted career, or having money, or just being the baddest dude on the block. It is the “god of Respectability” that we are worshiping!

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And of course, Lucifer, is that god we are truly worshiping! Because Lucifer, now called Satan, was the progenitor of all foolish pride! And those of us who love pride, love the god of pride!

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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GOOD NEWS! TIME TO CHANGE!

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Now the Good News is, that the true God, Jehovah, is willing to purify us from our love of pride and respectability! Yes, and the Day which is just before us, has been designed for that very purpose…

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Listen…“Enter into the Rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the Day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:” Isaiah 2:10-12

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And so, this and other similar passages reveal just who it is that will be the recipients of God’s wrath in the soon-coming Day of the Lord!

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THE OBJECTS OF GOD’S WRATH

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We who are proud! We who think we’re better than others! We who build up a treasuries, storing up silver and gold, and nicely-appointed houses and well-manicured gardens and lands and drive extravagant vehicles, and spend hours in the gym, or frequent eloquent establishments, or wear costly gowns with white collars…largely for the sake of foolish human pride and self-exaltation! We will be the object of God’s wrath on that dreaded and terrible Day just before us!

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“PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, YE DOUBLE-MINDED”

James 4:8

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But those who are wise will want to begin right now in assisting God in the removal of our pride, before we get caught in that Day!

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Yes, not only should we be studying our Bibles, cramming for that great final exam; but we must also be pleading with God to purify us by fiery trials, so that we may come forth as purified gold! (Job 23:10)

 

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Then and only then can we say along with faithful Job…“I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee (God). Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5, 6

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Yes, it was the fiery trials that Job experienced that ultimately humbled his soul, when he finally heard God’s Words, and saw His Lord, face-to-face! And this is what’s in store for us too, God’s tried and tested children, when we likewise hear, truly hear God’s Word, and finally see Him face-to-face!

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Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 4, GO HERE…January 28 (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner, Part 4: “Anger Rests In…Fools”) 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Drive out all my foolish human pride! Purify my heart. Give me the mind of Christ, so that I too can become meek and lowly on heart…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…“May 5th (The Proper Way To Wash Dishes!)”, or you can also read… “APRIL 25 (A Carnegie Hall World!)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“THE SCORNER (THE PHARISEE)”

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“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, AN EVIL EYE, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:18-23 

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Please tilt your head to the left. Do you see a man with a very long pointed nose. (Obviously, the sketch to the right is just an exaggeration in order to help you find the face in the photo to the left.)

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Do you see an angry look? His right eye-brow is raised as if he is judging.

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This second face in the Moon appears to be that of a combination of a man as well as a fox. Or maybe a wolf. Doesn’t he have a long narrow nose like a wolf or fox? Maybe even a dog. Nevertheless, the expression on his face, as he appears to look down upon the Earth, is that of scorn. Unlike the first Moon-man’s sad shock and awe; this ‘man/fox/wolf/dog’appears to be that of anger and scorn. As if he is disgusted at the sinful planet below.

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He is very moral, you see!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 2nd Face: The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner”

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TOMORROW:

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January 7 (Satan: The god of This World, Part 1: “I Write The [Classical] Songs!?!”)

 

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