God calls us to be gracious, loving, giving. We are to give security to those we know and meet. Our iniquity (brokenness) makes this impossible. Our iniquities cripple us. Psalm 38:4 "For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me." Psalm 40:12 "For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me."
Hatred and Love
Proverbs 10: 11- 13
“The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. (12) Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” (13) In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.”
The center of this passage is “love covereth all sins.”
What does “all” mean? It means all. It means even the most offensive sins.
The Words of the Preacher
Ecclesiastes is the words of the preacher. Ecclesiastes 1:1,2 “The words of the Preacher… vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”
It is one of three places in the Old Testament that reveals what the preacher is to say. The other two are Isaiah 61:1,2,3 and Jonah 3:2.
Many Americans believe that how our government spends money will determine the moral character of our nation; so they condemn one political faction and embrace the other. This is true of both conservatives, liberals, progressives, and socialist. They view this as a way to balance and correct the economic, social, racial... injustice in our world.
1. They forget that both political parties are part of this world system and are corrupt.
2. They forget that the currency is "Caesar's" and therefore is corrupt.
Prov 12:20 and Prov 13:10
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:1-6
This has been a very difficult sermon – It started with praying over Prov. 12:20 and thinking through this verse from a very different perspective than I have in the past.
I used to read it as people who have evil thoughts are deceivers. But that is not always true. Some are just straight out evil. Up front about it.