MARCH 3 – PUTTING AWAY EVIL
Judges 20:12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?
13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel:
Put away wickedness and evil. Something we need to understand is that God is a Holy God. Sin cannot come in the presence of Holy God. Here is a situation where sin was practiced. A Levite that found lodging in a city of Benjamin, while in a house was accosted by “sons of Beliel.” The bible states that these wicked men wanted to “know” the Levite. When the host heard their demand, he offered his virgin daughter and the Levites concubine. They used the concubine so badly she died.
It is never good to accept wickedness or evilness. We have accepted it for far too long. The killing of babies in the womb to euthanasia of people that want to take their own life. Even as I write this Hawaii is trying to pass a bill that allows assisted suicide. Pastors are no longer wanting to perform marriage ceremonies because of the law that says women can marry women and men can marry men. Now we women that call themselves pastors that declare they should be men and one has changed her name to Peter.
Israel dealt with the evil and wicked sin in their day. All of Israel came against the tribe of Benjamin. They asked God and God said do it. God dealt with this evil by using Israel as His arm of justice. Evil was not allowed to stand in this nation.
We are in the midst of evil. Wickedness that we have tolerated. Some I mentioned above. We are even paying for some through our tax money. I heard one young woman, daughter of one of our pastors who said that there was nothing wrong with abortion.
We have gotten comfortable with wickedness. We lay down beside it. We say nothing against it. Some even laugh about it. Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth and told that Church to get serious about evil. We as pastors need to get serious about preaching against sin and even listing the sins. The word sin is a general term that seldom brings conviction. It is to general. May we preach that Hell is hot and no one should desire to go there.
May we speak against evil and sin. May we live above the sin and evil. A life that honors God.