Today’s Devotional – November 3rd (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner!)

By admin On October 2nd, 2014

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – November 3rd

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The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner!

Today’s Devotional is from excerpts from the article… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 2nd Face: The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner”

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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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THE PHARISEES…

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“Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” Proverbs 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 had an evil eye against others! 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 around him!

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THE PHARISEE & THE PUBLICAN

“The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” Luke 18:11-13

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That well-known story of the Pharisee and the Publican presents a basic concept between a correct spirit and an incorrect one. In this story, God presents these two characters, which seem to be polar opposites of each other: the proud Pharisee and the self-abasing Publican.

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The first, the Pharisee, saw himself as self-righteous, while the Publican realized just what a great sinner he was! Pride is quite often hard to detect as a sin.

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But on the other hand, the Publicans were a scorned class of persons. They knew they were sinners! 

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Here is a great big, giant concept, which Jesus presented. God loves a humble and contrite heart; but God hates human pride. And because our hearts are so easily deceived, we must exercise constant vigilance against such sins as pride.

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Tissot The Pharisee and publican Brooklyn Museum & Wikimedia US public domain

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WHICH WAY THE FINGER IS POINTING

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It is true religion that says, “I am chief of sinners.” 1st Timothy 1:15. These are the words of Paul. Paul saw himself for what he really was: a dirty rotten sinner in need of a Savior, who, by grace, saved Paul!

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It is false religion that says, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.” Luke 18:11.

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These are the words of this Pharisee in the parable of the Publican & the Pharisee (see Luke 18:9-14).

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It is true religion that points the accusing finger at ‘myself’. It is false religion that points at the other guy. True religion understands that Satan is the “god of this world”. But proud Pharisees have lost sight of this fact. True Christianity desires to lead others to forsake this world and begin to live for Heaven. False religion wants to clean this world up, not realizing that sin is literally everywhere: because it’s the Devil’s world. And so, all those who mock and scorn others have forgotten what 1st John proclaims… “…and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” 1st John 5:19

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Tissot The Pharisee and publican Brooklyn Museum & Wikimedia US public domain

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PHARISEE SITS ON JUDGMENT-THRONE

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But the Pharisee-Scorner enjoys sitting on his judgment throne and pointing the accusing finger down at others. But what this pseudo-Christian does not realize is, that it is impossible to be Christian, while at the same time, judging others.

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Just listen… “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. There is one Lawgiver, Who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” James 4:11, 12.

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So this passage proclaims that whoever judges others, is trying to be God! Because only God is capable of judging a man’s heart. Of course, this Pharisee excuses himself, by saying that he’s only doing a public service by exposing the sins of others.

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Tissot The Pharisee and publican Brooklyn Museum & Wikimedia US public domain

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PROUD MOCKERS

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Every time proud people mock and scorn the drunkard, begging for a drink on the side of the road, imprisoned by his addiction, we don’t realize how the Savior died for that drunken person too! In a very real sense, such scorners are mocking Jesus as He hung on the Cross for that drunkard.

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When the proud mock and scorn those fat people we see at the shopping center, we don’t consider that Jesus died for them too!

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Are we not really mocking and scorning the very One who bled and died on behalf of those drunkards and those fat people who are sadly addicted to the over-abundant supplies of debilitating substances in this opulent and decadent society?

 

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Photo above – Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.)

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“EVIL COMMUNICATIONS CORRUPTS GOOD BEHAVIOR” 

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Perhaps we listen to too many hyper-critical shows on TV or radio, instead of engaging our mind in prayer and Bible meditation. Listen to this verse…

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“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 

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We voluntarily expose our self to evil communications. However, the Bible says those evil communications have a corrupting influence on people; in an ever-so-imperceptible manner, that one may not be aware of!

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Without realizing it, as we listen to these hyper-critical talk shows, we become critical and scornful at all the injustice in the world. We deceive our self, as this verse warns! “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33.

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Yes, with all the common talk and jesting that we listen to, we take no heed from this above verse that warns against the corrupting influence of such communications!

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And what about this next passage?…“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee an  evil mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.” Proverbs: 4:23,24. Incredible! This verse warns us that the heart, above all things, must be protected. 

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The Mockers by Illarion Michajlowitsch Prjanischnikow -Wwikipedia – Public Domain

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“A NEW HEART”

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“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: Jesus…said unto him…Ye must be born again…The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:1, 3, 8

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Now what is the remedy for all this? What can we do about our horrible circumstance?

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What we need is a new heart! We must begin pleading with God to take away our stony heart and give us a new heart of flesh.

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The above passage tells of Nicodemus, one of the chief Pharisees. You see, Nicodemas was a Pharisee at one time. And as a ruler of the Jews, Nicodemus was no doubt a very moral person. But Nicodemus had not yet become Born into the Spirit of God. His morality was a product of the pseudo-religious spirits, which inhabit all those who attempt to live the Christian life, and yet are void of God’s Spirit.

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Now in midst of their discourse, Jesus told him, in a very loving manner… “Ye must be born again”. Nicodemus  had risen to the position of a ruler of his people, and yet, he had never truly become a child of God.

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Listen to Ezekiel 36:26“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

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And though Nicodemus was an unsaved individual, yet in the end, God gave Nicodemus a new heart, and he became Born Again. 

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And so this little account of Nicodemus, and how God took away his Phariseeism should give us hope too, that God can likewise, take away every trace of Phariseeism out of your heart, and out of my heart too!

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TO READ PART 2, CLICK HERE…DECEMBER 20 (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner, Part 2: Phariseeism Today!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Take this evil beast out of my heart! Help me to purify my heart, and conform my life after the image of Jesus…

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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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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…

” November 4th (A Rose By Any Other Name)”

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