Reflection on Psalm 50 Part Three

 

Psalm 50; 16-21

 Asaph meaning collector was a gatekeeper from the line Korah  one of David’s worship leaders (see Ps. 39 introduction and 1 Chron. 15:17ff.; 16:4ff. A group of eleven psalms attributed to Asaph is found in 73–83. 

Psalm 50; 16-21 But God says to the wicked:“What right do you have to recite My statutes and to take My covenant on your lips?  You hate instruction and turn your back on My words.”

These people were part of Jewish community and love to recite God’s divine law, however, they no interest conforming to  his  ordinances and prefer the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Instead of feeding sheep they would fleece them. They loaded people with burdens that were hard to carry, yet they didn’t lift fingers the burden.God was exposing their hypocrisy sins against the seventh, eighth, an ninth commandments. Exodus 20;15-17

As the Apostle Paul wrote in Ro 2:21, 23.You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?  You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?  You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?  God offered them truth, but these people chose falsehoods over truth. They had seen the light but preferred to live in darkness (John 3:16–21).  

John Calvin Commentary wrote, “This may explain the frequency of the warnings which we find in the prophets upon this subject, declaring to the ungodly again and again, that they only aggravate their guilt by assuming the semblance of piety. Loudly as the Spirit of God has asserted, that a form of godliness, unaccompanied by the grace of faith and repentance, is but a sacrilegious abuse of the name of God; it is yet impossible to drive the Papists out of the devilish delusion, that their idlest services are sanctified by what they call their final intention.

 Furthermore he wrote.”And thus, if a monk rise from the bed of his adultery to chant a few psalms without one spark of godliness in his breast, or if a whoremonger, a thief, or any foresworn villain, seeks to make reparation for his crimes by mass or pilgrimage, they would be loath to consider this lost labour. By God, on the other hand, such a disjunction of the form from the inward sentiment of devotion is branded as sacrilege.

Warren Wiersbe, wrote, “ Their thinking was so confused that they ended up creating a god in their own image Ps 50 v. 21. God was in the hands of ignorant sinners! They had forgotten God (Rom. 1:22-28) and didn’t want Him to interfere with their lifestyle. They had a false confidence that they could sin and get away with it. In short since God did not speak it in bold them to continue to violate God’s law. Even thou God was showing patients and mercury instead administer judgment on them   

Warren Wiersbe Study Bible wrote, These are not “old covenant sins,” for believers today who live under the new covenant can be just as guilty of committing them. For example there are some follower of Christ would say I am preaching the gospel or they really believe they’re evangelical thinking are they really ? 

A true Christian evangelism would declare Jesus as Lord, and preaches we’re all sinner and need to be atones for theirs sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. As Jesus declares, “For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. As scriptures declares. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.”  Yet another passages states,  “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Helping someone in need is good thing for instance serving hot beverage on cold day or warming clothing to those who are need on chilly night or assisting some who need help establishing themselves in Canada are noble things, however, is the gospel ? While some uses this tool as a means reaching the lost while others use as a social gospel yet they call it the gospel or evangelizing. In reality they hated Christ’s instruction and his atoning works and they persecuted those who teach it even thou  they tend to declare they’re speaking on Christ behave, when they’re rejecting the true gospel? As Jesus declared,  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot.  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth.In short they only ofter lip serve to Christ

  The best way unmasks their hypocrite  falsehood is to test them. As scriptures declares,  Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.  But every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now.

Warren Wiersbe Study Bible wrote,  Once again, the silence of God is mentioned Ps 50 v. 21; God is long-suffering with sinners, but these wicked people interpreted God’s silence as His approval.

Warren Wiersbe, wrote, “ Their thinking was so confused that they ended up creating a god in their own image Ps 50 v. 21. God was in the hands of ignorant sinners! They had forgotten God (Rom. 1:22-28) and didn’t want Him to interfere with their lifestyle. They had a false confidence that they could sin and get away with it. In short since God did not speak it in bold them to continue to violate God’s law. Even thou God was showing patients and mercury instead administer judgment on them   

 http://biblehub.com/matthew/26-28.htm

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+17%3A11&version=ESV 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+9%3A22&version=ESV 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3&version=HCSB 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+4&version=HCSB 

http://biblehub.com/luke/11-43.htm 

 

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