Daily Devotional, Year 4 – May 25 (A 3-Fingered Judgment-Day, Part 13: “How To NOT Take The Long Road Home!”)

By admin On January 26th, 2018

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – May 25

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A 3-Fingered Judgment-Day, Part 13: “How To NOT Take The Long Road Home!”

To read Part 1, click here…Today’s Devotional – January 20th (A 3-Fingered Judgment-Day)

 

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“Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge,

ye shall be judged:

and with what measure ye mete,

it shall be measured to you again.”

Matthew 7:1, 2

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In the April 24 devotional (click here to read) it was revealed that when the Moon is full, there are three faces etched into its surface: one that appears as a man, the second face as a wolf (or some similar dog-like beast), and the third face as a rabbit, or perhaps a mouse.

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PHARISEEISM: THE SPIRIT OF PRIDE

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But these two devotionals are focusing on the second face, the wolf-like beast

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If you will notice, this creature appears to have somewhat of a judgmental facial expression. Yes, one of his eyebrows is raised, causing him to appear as if he is looking down at the world with a judgmental eye.

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This face represents a proud Pharisee. This is because the Pharisees were a class of very moral spiritual leaders. And the Pharisees looked down on others with a judgmental eye (much like this wolf-like Moon beast).

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OUR FAVORITE PASTIME!

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What do you think is the greatest and most loved pastime in this world? Is it basketball? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Super_Bowl_XLIII_-_Thunderbirds_Flyover_-_Feb_1_2009.jpgBaseball? Football? Soccer? Tennis?

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Well, when we get right down to it, we might say that the greatest and most beloved of all pastimes in this world is judging others!

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After all, if one could actually take account of his or her daily thoughts it might be discovered that more time is spent criticizing others than we would even imagine or care to believe!

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Quite often, we are not even consciously aware that we are judging others. It comes so naturally to us, it is as easy as breathing! We just do it! As we work, as we walk, as we converse with others, we are constantly judging, criticizing, and condemning others in our thoughts, and at times, even in our words!

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LIVING IN A PROUD, FINGER-POINTING WORLD

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And certainly the mass media promotes judging of others! If one could honestly analyze the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Germany_Singelfingen_Gossips.jpgtelevision or radio, judging others is a constant underlying theme. Take for example, talk shows. Judging the behavior of others is mostly the daily mental diet which these pharisean programs feed their audience! “Oh that horrible politician!” Or “Oh that dishonest businessman!” Or, “Look at that dirty-looking person!”

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These are so often the kinds of thoughts that run through our hearts and minds as we go about our day, whether we are aware of it or not.

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GOD IS THE ONLY RIGHTEOUS JUDGE!

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But the sad and fearful reality is, to point the accusing finger at another living soul is to place ourselves on God’s Judgment Throne against that erring person…“There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” James 4:12

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But as our signature verse to today points out… For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:1, 2

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Yes, God is the Searcher of hearts. And if we have been elected to be His royal priesthood, then we know that He will be sifting and purifying us from all our unjust judging. And when we engage in our proud finger-pointing at others, we must realize that there are three fingers pointing back at us…from Heaven!

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SLIP-SLIDING IN OUR OWN MUDDY WAYS!

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And so, if you or I do not wish to take the long road to Heaven, we need to replace our critical arrogance with a meek and lowly Spirit, grasping what Paul finally realized…“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1st Timothy 1:15

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Yes, we need to take this same attitude. And God will assist us in this process, allowing us to become what we look down in disdain at others for! And just as Peter had to be “sifted as wheat” because of his foolish pride, so too will God allow us to walk through the purifying fires of tribulation that our self-righteous pride will be purged away, and replaced by a humble and meek and lowly Spirit.

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY!”

Proverbs 25:25

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgBut the Good News is that this is still the day of Salvation. And we can use our remaining time here spending many hours contemplating God’s Word, in hopes of allowing Him to regain His rightful place on the throne of our heart.

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And who knows? Maybe by aggressively and prayerfully pursuing His heart-cleansing Word, we can spare ourselves a lot of needless and painful and discouraging hours slip-sliding in our own muddy ways, all because we foolishly judged others!

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 The Noble Berean is highly encouraged to scroll down to almost the bottom of this page, and listen to a 24 minute audio reading of Ellen White’s book, “Christ’s Object Lessons” in which she discourses on the parable of “The Two Worshipers”: the Pharisee and the Publican, which deals with this day’s topic of judging others.

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to crucify that “Old Man” within. Remove far from me all vanity and pride. Give me the desire and power to hide your great and precious promises in my heart…

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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 Pharisee Scorner”, or you can also read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart”

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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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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.

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Unlike the first Moon-man’s sad look of shock and awe (click here to see and read about); this ‘man/fox/wolf/dog’ appears to be that of anger and scorn. As if he is disgusted at the sinful planet below. He is very moral, you see.

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THE PHARISEES…

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“Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” Prov. 21:24

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Yes this wolf-like beast-face in the Moon, is what the Bible calls a proud Pharisee. They were the morality crowd. They were the finger pointers. They were the scorners. They didn’t realize that their own pride was even more reprehensible to God than the drunkenness, immorality, or sexual perversions of the unsaved of the world.

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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 Pharisee Scorner”

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TOMORROW:

May 26 (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 8: “Nick Vujicic: A Pity-Party’s Worst Guest!”)

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CHRIST OBJECT LESSONS, BY ELLEN G. WHITE

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This is a sampler of the audio book about the Bible’s parables in which Ellen White relates them to every day practical living…

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Chapter 13 – “Two Worshipers”

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The Five Wise Virgins – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This recording #195, is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s 90 minute nightly talk shows. This particular program aired in the last few years of his 50 year radio ministry, and includes caller’s questions regarding his teachings on “the end of the church age”…

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