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The Mystery of Iniquity


HEBREW HONEYCOMB
THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY

William Andrew Dillard

A songwriter once penned these words: “Troublesome times are here, filling men’s hearts with fear; freedoms we all hold dear now is at stake . . .” When one looks at the political arena, it appears little above mass confusion. When one looks at the religious scene it is void of most of the Bible teachings. When one looks at the economical stage, it is so tenuous as to cause men’s hearts to fail. If all this seems to paint a bleak picture of today’s world, it is meant to do so. But there is more, much more!
The crumbling foundation of the family unit leaves children without parents, or in some cases single parents. Then the demands of the workplace leave little time for children who are largely abandoned to a latchkey position to formulate their own distorted views of life. Each ensuing generation is in an ever worsening condition. What is it all about. What is happening to the world we live in?
Certainly, these are times so often and well prophesied by God’s Word. It would seem a time for the masses to hear the clarion call of the gospel. It should be a time of widespread repentance, of men seeking the will of the Lord with a contrite heart. But just the opposite is the mainstream of life. What is one to make of it all?
The apostle Paul informed us of these times. He wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:7, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let until he be taken out of the way.” Think about it!
The “Mystery of Iniquity.” The term “Mystery” is from the ancient Greek term, “Musterion.” It derives it existence from a base word “Muo” which basically means “To shut the mouth.” Hence, a mystery is something known to the initiated, but unknown to the uninitiated. It remains a mystery to those unqualified and unwilling to search out and know the meaning. “Iniquity” is a translation of the Greek word “Law” (nomous) with a negative prefix, to literally translate “no law.” It means not given to or ruled by law ; contempt and violation of law, wickedness. This is aptly descriptive of modern times, but they will worsen because there is a restraining power who lets (restrains) until he be taken out of the way, so that ultimate chaos may prevail.
The so-called progress of humanity apart from God has led to the abolition of world war; the vaunted progress of medical science has led to longer life spans, and as the world struggles to balance trade, unite religious movements, and to feed the bulging population creating population shifts of illegal migration, the world ripens for the ultimate rule of its god. His predetermined end of it all is destruction in many forms, but the final stage will be Armageddon. It is a millenniums long plan that will go down in eternal defeat for all evil. Sweet in the mouth, but bitter in the stomach.

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SIN AND RIGHTEOUSNESS SIMPLIFIED


 

William Andrew Dillard
Parson to Person

It is true that some folk have the mindset of concrete: thoroughly mixed up and profusely set. They would argue with the proverbial signpost, but they cannot argue with God, neither may they box with Him because their arm is too short! So, it is not the burden of men to convince one another that they are sinners. The Holy Spirit witnesses that in every heart. But the idea of sin may be better understood in the simplistic terms of “Use” and “Misuse.” Think about it!
Get it straight, and never forget it! God is righteous, but men are not. If men are not righteous; they are sinners, big time! Some jovial chap will roar that all sin is sin, and there is no difference! Others will say that there is no difference to God. I find it amusing that so many seem to know the mind of God in these matters without a specific scripture reference. Stay with me for a moment.
If all sin is the same, why are there at least three categories of it: transgression, iniquity, and sin? Psalm 32:5. If all sin is the same, why were some sins worthy of death, and others could be atoned for? If all sin is the same why did Jesus say the Pharisees would receive the greater condemnation? Certainly, one sin of any sort severs one from God as Adam and Eve sinned in Eden. But, beyond that the saints have to deal with their sinful nature every day of their life, and there is a wide array of sins. So leaving “Iniquity” and “Transgression” for another time, let us focus on the term “Sin.”
“Sin” means “to miss the mark!” To miss the mark of anything assumes the mark was intended to be hit, but missed. Thus, sin is the misuse of every possible thing in life.
Think about the common sins of men. “Greed” is the misuse of things material or immaterial acquired in access, and restricted to the individual, when enough of those things are already made available for one to serve and honor God day by day. It is use vs misuse. Alcohol and drugs were made by the same God who created everything else. They have a purpose: medicinal, not recreational. It is a simple matter of use vs misuse. Sexual activity was created to insure the survival of the species, thus placed within honorable perimeters. Outside of those perimeters it is misuse; hence, sin. Language may be loving or vile; a matter of use vs misuse. Human Relationships may be gentle, kind and loving or abusive, harsh, and mean. It is a matter of emotional use vs misuse. In the wide spectrum of all things, the apostle Paul boldly declared, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” I Cor. 10:23. In short, all things God created have purpose and rightful use, but the practices of men have established misuse; it does not edify. Simply put, it is sin!

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MARCH 27 – I Will Wait Till my Change come

Job 14:14  If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. 

15  Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands. 

16  For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin? 

This question is asked in many circles today. It is an old question and I think that Job was asking this question for the benefit of his friends. As we read the book of Job I believe we find in him a profound belief and trust in God. We find his answer following the question. “All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” His expectation was a change from this mortal body to an immortal body.

Notice Jobs statement, “… the days of my appointed time …” Do you think that the Lord knows the length of time we will be here on this wicked and sinful earth? Apparently, Job believes that. Job even said that “…thou numberest my steps.” We have a certain amount of time to serve the Lord. How much time have we wasted? My allotted time will soon end. How about you?

The next verse says “Thou shalt call …” We are called into the service of the Lord just as a soldier is called to serve his country. Too few that say that they are called are answering the call. Job said,”I will answer thee …” How many have announced their call to the ministry and are sitting on their hands lusting for a pastor to get sick so they can fill their pulpit. This reminds me of a preacher that sent out the word, “I am available to pastor anywhere within fifty miles of my home.” We have enough “so-called” preachers sitting in Churches and not pastoring that there is no excuse for a Church to be without a pastor for five years. This has happened. It is time for us to grow a spine and answer the call to work.

Job once again mentions a length of time. God was the original “Fitbit”. He numberest my steps. During a call to surrender and service, we are reminded that God marks my errors. He sees our sin of not surrendering. We say we are called, yet God calls men to service, to preach, to teach and announce the call but they do not respond to service. That is sin. God sees our sin.

May we yield to the call of surrender and service. The end of life draws near. What have we done?

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MARCH 11 – Great sin


MARCH 11 – Great sin

2Sa 24:10  And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly. 

There may be a time when we are overcome by temptation. We yield to it. Then as we reflect on what we have done or maybe a friend or enemy lets us know that we have sinned, remorse sets in and we begin to feel sorry. We know that God will bring retribution. This should bother us and cause us to seek forgiveness.

Prayer is the answer to forgiveness. We should humbly appeal to the Lord for His mercy and grace. David’s heart smote him. There are times we sin and become very callous about that sin. Even to the point that we say we would do it again. David had gone against the direct command of God. Do not count the people. O how we resist the Lord at times. We are stubborn and intractable in our relationship with the Lord.

Even worse David’s sin involved the people also. Even with repentance and forgiveness, punishment was meted to David and the people. David was offered three punishments. David knew that God was full of love and mercy. Knowing the love and mercy of God, David said, “let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.”

David put his trust in the true mercies of God and not man. The people were punished for David’s sin. Have you ever considered how your sin might affect others. We must realize the effect our sins have on others.

May we trust in the Lord, his punishment for sin and his forgives because of his mercy.

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FEBRUARY 4 – WHY DO WE HAVE THESE PROBLEMS


FEBRUARY 4 – WHY DO WE HAVE THESE PROBLEMS

Judges 6:13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

There are some people that seem to be without a clue. They have difficulty in their life that they do not understand. Tragedy befalls them often. Health is a problem. In and out of Jobs and seem as if they cannot hold a job for very long. Relationships deteriorate. Finances crumble. Life is joyless.

They never seem to understand that the choices one makes in life either beautifies or uglifies life. The mind that dwells on sin often makes choices that bring terrible results. I can tell you why your life is a mess, your state is a mess and our nation is a mess. It is called sin because man makes wrong choices. When man chooses to ignore God and His Son, Jesus Christ, that man chooses the wrong path in life. It is only natural for the lost to choose sin. When the saved choose sin, we have serious problems.

The saved have been forgiven and are then to serve. When they turn away from service, it is rebellion. Rebellion is sin. When the saved agree with worldly culture in aborting a baby and agree with homosexual marriage we have serious problems. These problems are even greater when we practice close communion and baptism without proper authority. These are directly against Biblical statement and practice. We have minimized the ordinances that Jesus gave to the local Church. We have taken upon ourselves to “correct” Gods error.

We need to get back to the true walk, the true worship and the true doctrines that God has given us in His Book, the Bible.

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FEBRUARY 3 – SIN WILL DISPLACE YOU


FEBRUARY 3 – SIN WILL DISPLACE YOU

Judges 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

There comes a time when God says, “enough is enough. When God has shown His love to someone that has strayed, when God has gently urged one to return, when God has tenderly touched lives in a way to call someone back from the wrong path; God says enough is enough.

We must learn that evilness does not please God. Notice the thought of delivered. God has a final response and that is to give his people into evil hands to prove to them that evil is not what they want. Why do people want to be like others that are involved in wickedness? Some run with the crowd because of the social aspect. I know that business deals is one aspect of why a certain Church is selected. All the business men that go to Church, go there.

There is also the emotional element. There are those that want to be moved emotionally. I was reading some comments about a T.V. show. It made you laugh and it made you cry. People were hooked on this show because it moved them emotionally. This kind of people will leave a Church that preaches the Bible to go to a Church that makes them laugh and makes them cry. They will accept heresy because they are emotionally moved.

There are those that want to be entertained. I met with a man and we talked Church and Bible doctrine. I went through the plan of salvation and we were in agreement. We discussed security of the believer and agreed. We talked about baptism and we agreed. We read scripture on the Lord’s Supper and we agreed. We pursued the Local Visible Church and came to the agreement that is what the Bible taught. He and his family came to Church a number of times and brought visitors. They then quit coming. I visited the man and he said, “we are going to such and such a church because they have a youth group and pool parties and my wife wants to go there. This church agreed with us in salvation only. Every other doctrine was unbiblical.

Those people have given themselves over to evil. No, they are not murdering. They are not performing abortions. They have simply rejected the truth of God’s Word. This makes God a liar. To reject truth is evil.

When God brings the evil world against His own people because of rebellion, it will be a terrible time. It will be a time when caves and dens are a welcome abode. Our nation is suffering because of the rejection of Gods Word. It is a time to renew our efforts to make sure that what we believe lines up with the Word of God. Study to show ourselves approved.

May we with fervor proclaim Gods true Word.

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JANUARY 28 – SIN AND ITS AFFECTS ON OTHERS


JANUARY 28 – SIN AND ITS AFFECTS ON OTHERS

Joshua 22:20 – Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.

There are times when we get belligerent and say, this is my life, I will live it the way I want and I am not hurting anyone else.

This is absurd and selfish reasoning. There are those all around us whose lives are intertwined with ours in some way. Our personal lives and friends we have are affected by the things we do. Our work lives leave a mark on those we work with. Even when we try to get away from family others are affected. No man can live only to ones self.

Achan took that which was Gods. Achan had no intention of involving others in his thievery and sin. Yet his sin was found out and his whole family was touched in a terrible way because of his sin.

Family will be the first to be touched. Fathers and mothers never get past the love, concern and care of children. What a child commits as an act of sin brings grief to the hearts of parents. Brothers and sisters are touched by lives of brothers and sisters that walk a wrong path. All in the family are touched in one way or another.

Where God directs us, we are to be an influence to good. We are in a sea of people to show them what is right and what is wrong. We are to witness to them about a Savior that forgives and cleanses us of all sin. We must realize that when we are saved, we are not left in the same life style we have been living but we are transformed and have a new life that is abundant. Achan caused his family to be stoned to death.

Let us not harm or condemn our family because of the lusts of the world. Let us cause our family to rejoice in the life that is lived in Jesus Christ.

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JANUARY 23 – FEAR BRINGS THE VAPORS


JANUARY 23 – FEAR BRINGS THE VAPORS

Joshua 2:9-11 – 9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.

10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

When God is with us, who can be against us? The terror of God can cause the fear of the Lord come upon people. Rahab was telling of the great fear that came upon Jericho. It caused the people to faint (have the vapors) and the hearts to melt. The stories of Israel conquering other nations had come to their ears. Israel was a nomadic nation at this time. They had no permanent home and would be considered feeble. Yet they had a weapon that was more formidable than any weapon any nation had. That weapon was God.

We have a weapon in our life that no one can see. Yet it brings great fear. It causes atheists to fight against a God that they claim does not exist. For some that are lost, it brings fear but not repentance. For some of the saved they try to slink around and hide their sin because of fear. The shame is, there is no longer fear or shame of God.

The sin that used to slink down a back alley in shame. Now, it parades down the middle of main street with pride and advertising their sin. There is no longer shame in the sin that is committed.

We should be ashamed of the sins we commit and repent. We should warn others that God hates sin. Let us proclaim that God will stand in judgment of this world and will hold all sinners accountable. God will be with us as we proclaim His name.

Now go tell someone about Christ.

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JANUARY 7 – DELIVERANCE


JANUARY 7 – DELIVERANCE

Exodus 3:7-9 – This passage demonstrates three of the attributes of God. I have seen, I have heard, I am come down. These are terms that we understand. They are not theologically cloaked with mystery. They are not confusing in English gymnastics. They are plain and open to any one diligent enough to read with an open mind and heart.

I have seen…” The Lord is ever present in our life. His presence makes Him aware of our situation. He knows our joys and what we are joyful about. Let do a little aside here. If we have joy in hurting or destroying a person with our speech, that is the wrong joy and God sees it as sin. If we joy in hitting the tavern after work with friends and spending our paycheck on strong drink, thereby depriving our family of funds to live, that is sin on two areas and God hates sin. If we have joy in fishing on the Lord’s day or any other activity that keeps us out of the house of God, that is sin. These are wrong joys. I say we are to have “joy in the Lord.” Where there is sorrow or pain or loss or affliction, God sees. God is moved by our situation. It reminds me of Mary and Martha at the death of Lazarus. Jesus wept. “If you had been here…” Jesus knew he would bring Lazarus back to life, yet He was moved by the sorrow of the sisters, and the death of one He loved. It served a purpose.

“… and have heard… “ Sometimes that is what we need, some one to hear our misery, our sorrow, our hurts and our pains. There are those today that simply need an ear that will hear and not pass judgment or give advice. Is there not comfort in knowing that God hears our call and plea. What a movement could happen if our churches would ever learn that patient, persistent, pleading would move God. God wants us to call upon Him. I believe that if Churches would plead persistently with God that lost souls would be save and He would hear and move us to go out and witness. God answers persistent pleading prayer and uses us to answer that prayer. He would put a desire in our heart. He hears us.

“… I am come down to deliver … “ What a relief that not only does God see and hear, but He will also come down and deliver. God has a desire that we live an abundant life. Not as the world sees abundance in money, power and prestige, but in a life that honors and glorifies God and has great joy in the peace and comfort brought about by a loving savior. He can deliver us from bad habits, from strife, and from conflict. He can deliver us from anger and malice and back biting. The greatest deliverance is from the penalty of eternal death because of the rejection of His Son. There no deliverance here on eath as important as God gives through Jesus Christ, our deliverer. He has seen our captivity to sin. He has heard our cry of repentance and confession. He has sent His only Son down to deliver us from the chains and slavery of sin. He has delivered us from eternal separation from God. He has given us freedom and life and an eternal abode in His presence. What a marvelous, gracious, wonderful Savior I have who sees, hears and delivers.

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THE WEIGHT OF HEAVEN AND EARTH


THE WEIGHT OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
William Andrew Dillard

Parson to Person

The human family began in the Garden of Eden. In that pristine environment the federal head of the race had the opportunity to partake of the Tree of Life. He would then be sealed in righteousness, and his offspring would be born in righteousness rather than in sin. But, Adam failed! Consequently, men are born with a sinful nature that forever eliminates any possibility of being in the presence of the Creator in heaven, and all that entails. But, this reality was fixed in the day of his creation: whatever happens to man will be of man’s own doing, and no force will negate his power of choice! But, the result of sin is death, and death has passed upon all men for that all have sinned. Think with me about this awful, locked-in scenario!
To redeem His creation, God in incomprehensible love and grace affixed His own eternal destiny with that of His creation by becoming one of us. Born of a virgin, the Holy Spirit His Father, He did not inherit the sinful nature, but came into the world as a man to succeed where Adam failed. But wait! Death is the result of sin. Jesus is the sinless Son of God. How then could He possibly die, knowing no sin? The answer lies in revisiting the Garden of Gethsemane on the evening of His arrest. Jesus prayed while disciples slept. He sweat as it were great drops of blood in anticipation of the awful shame in the marvelous deed that was His alone to accomplish.
Upon identifying Himself to the soldiers, they all fell involuntarily to the ground. Evil intent had come to the righteous, Creator God of heaven and earth. They could not take Him, they could not harm Him. He was sinless! It was only by the grace of God that they were allowed to arise and proceed with their evil deed. It was then and there that Jesus fulfilled the great initial process of “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.” This means that Jesus submitted to the massive load of sin. Sin was not in Him, but sin was upon Him. This is the only possibility of His being beaten and crucified. Think! Here was God in human form doing what no other man on earth could do, defeating sin, and paying the price of every person who through faith would appropriate His sacrifice as their own. Thus does every member of the human race have hope. One of us has overcome sin, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Because He overcame, we may overcome in Him. Now, the door is open to life, to heaven, to inheritance in Him. Men may rejoice in this with all their heart because of His unspeakable GIFT to us all. There can be no higher or more noble meaning to Christmas than this! “. . . and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isa. 9:6

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