I HAVE AN ETERNITY AHEAD OF ME
Chapter Four DEATH
LOOKING INTO THE EYES OF SIN
Romans 6:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
LIVING WITHIN THE KINGDOM
GOD HAS NOT CHANGED! He is the same god who will punish an entire nation because of the sin of one man. Achan, son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, whose disobedience and greed led him to take tainted spoils of war (gold and silver and a Babylonian garment), sinned against God and in doing so endangered the entire nation of Israel. (Joshua 7:1-26)
Like many in the world today, he also did not realize that God never changes and His Word is to be obeyed! He is the same God who was provoked to wrath and righteous anger to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah to stop the spread of its sexual immorality and corruption to others.
God never changes. He is the same God as He was in the Old Testament in the New Testament. The only thing that has changed is His covenant with man, the condition of our relationship with Him. Jesus changed everything, giving us salvation from sin, rights to the Kingdom of God and a pathway to return into God’s presence. In His presence, living within the Kingdom of God, there is a Divine Order. We are no longer ‘of the world’, having become citizens of the Kingdom. We live by Divine Order. If we truly love and obey God, there is NO compromising. God’s Will must be done on earth as it is in Heaven! God has not changed and never will! Yes, man has freewill, but there are consequences to disobeying God and living outside of the Divine Order.
God told the people of Israel not to do as the Gentiles. Jesus instructed His disciples not to do as the Pharisee and Sadducee. Paul told the early Christians that they must not do as they saw people of the world doing. Believers live by a different standard, always trying to reach the mark of Christ, God incarnate; Jesus, who is God’s gift to us for salvation and the example of the perfect man, who enables us to conquer the sin of the world.
If I am living ETERNALLY in abundance, I am not living eternally within the carnal world, but within the Kingdom of God. Neither can I pattern my life after those of the world, nor can I condone, excuse or rationalize the behavior of those of the world. My eternal life should be a contrast to that which does not reflect God’s Will and Way intended for His Children, offering others an example of abundant and eternal life.
There are times when I must be a sounding voice, heralding out, sounding the alarm of impending or penetrating evil that has invaded and threatens the lives of God’s people. I must sound the alarm to awaken those who have been put to sleep by the enemy, making them unaware or unable to recognize the danger that is in their midst. I must counteract those who have become complacent and compromised, who do not accept the responsibility of resisting and persisting, who might see me as more of a threat to harm the people, than the actual threat itself; those who move out of the way and allow the wolf to come and have its way with the sheep.
Yes, they may see me as being a threat, misguided, controlling, judgemental, lacking the love and compassion of God. So did they label John the Baptist, Jesus, Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.They were a threat to the people who wanted to remain in sin and chained to bondage. The Pharisee and Sadducee allowed the people to live in sin and amongst sin, because it made their sinful lives look more holy.
Often within the history of Israel, we find that the Jews were unable to see Truth and unwilling to restore order as they believed disorder and disobedience benefited them. Sin was left to spread like a cancer. The people and the land remained UNHEALED because of their refusal to uphold holiness and righteousness, cast out sin, repent and turn back to God. There was complacency and a normalization of sin as we see in the world TODAY. Believers do not live as if they are CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM, LIVING WITHIN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
LIVING WITHIN THE KINGDOM
- Do you believe sin is an isolated incident that doesn’t affect others? Why or why not?
- Do you believe that whatever we do affects those around us? Why or why not?
- Have you seen sin spread from one person to the next like a disease?
- Many young people are impressionable because they are inexperienced in many areas of life. New experiences are tempting to them. Without good role models, boundaries, rules and laws, we expose them to risks and danger. If we care about them and others, should we speak out about sin, which can only lead them to death?
- If there is a dangerous highway where you must avoid a cliff and certain death, don’t you want warning signs and caution lights?
- Shouldn’t we be preparing the way of the Lord and a light unto others?
- Are we our Brother’s keeper?
SIN EQUALS UNFORGIVABLE WHEN (SIN=?)
Is sin plus sin equal to sin? Or, can sin plus sin be greater or equal to sin? Wait, I’m confused. What are we talking about here, just more sin or greater sin? We need numbers. Sin is not a number. How do we know one sin equals another sin? How do we equate sin? What does it matter? Jesus died for our sins and we can repent and be forgiven. Can’t we?
QUESTIONS: SIN EQUALS UNFORGIVABLE WHEN (SIN=?)
- Have you been under the impression that all sin is equally the same?
- Blasphemy against God’s Holy Spirit (Ghost) is blasphemy against God for they are one and the same. Saying that Jesus had an unclean spirit was calling His Father, Jehovah God, who dwelled within Him, “unholy.” and accursed. Thus we should be careful how we speak of our Brothers and Sisters. Is God simply offended by name calling or does this offense speak of something much deeper and stronger and contagious?
SIN, DISPELLING THE LIE
During the time of Jesus’s life on earth, people did not see all sin as being just another sin, meaning, none was any worse or greater than the other. Their history from the time of Moses had taught them that SIN IS LIKE UNTO A DISEASE, it spreads like cancer. It does not setup a household and keep to itself. It doesn’t have its own lifestyle deserving rights and privileges. It is not a harmless drug to be legalized for everyone’s use. It doesn’t have lesser or greater degrees and charges of misdemeanors and felonies. It doesn’t just affect the abused and the abuser. It doesn’t just affect the unfaithful husband or wife.
Sin doesn’t travel alone. It brings more sin with it, because misery loves company. There is no such thing as harmless sin. Sin is synonymous with DEATH. Sin isn’t temporary it leaves a “crimson stain” that won’t come out by itself, You can’t use just ‘any‘ stain remover on sin.
John the Baptist came telling the people that they were living in sin and needed to repent. Jesus added to repentance that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. Jesus made the people look at sin differently. For those who had ears to hear, He opened their eyes to the love, compassion and forgiveness they should have for one another and the sins that they committed by the lack of these things.
Like a few other sins, people knew that blaspheme against God was a sin punishable by death. Certainly, most of the people thought they had nothing to worry about because they would never commit blasphemy against God. However, Jesus told them that Blasphemy against God’s Holy Spirit was a sin unforgivable in this life and the next. But, what is blasphemy against God’s Holy Spirit and what makes it an unforgivable sin?
QUESTIONS: SIN, DISPELLING THE LIE
- Can we simply look at all sin the same way? Why or why not?
- The adversary uses sin as a weapon, bringing waves and plagues of a specific sin to destroy large numbers of people. Sometimes he targets specific groups, genders or age groups. When, we see an increase in a particular sin, we know that there is a particular demonic influence and plan of the adversary. Is it fair to target this specific sin if others are committing like sins?
- Can we afford to ignore it?
- Could God be trying to tell us something by allowing this particular sin to spread?
- Should we heed God’s warning or try to be fair or politically correct?
THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE:
Believers today have become complacent and in denial concerning sin within their lives, in the church, their communities, the nation, and the world. People believe that it is best to be fair or politically correct and not offend those who want to normalize sin. The stance they have taken in being politically correct or compromising, is to allow everyone to live as they please, within a free country. They do not see themselves as being part of the sin. The same mistake the Israelites made over and over again.
Most people do not see themselves as having the power to do anything, while sin within society continues to affect them, their families and communities. While they believe they are weak and powerless, racists, bigots, misogynists, liars, traitors and thieves are doing everything within their power to become more powerful and thus, have succeeded in coming to power and running the country. Drug dealers are killing more people everyday. Why is it that those in Darkness are perceived to have more power than those who serve The Almighty God?
Believers are showing more of a commitment to the world and the principles of the world than to being committed to uphold the Will, Way and Word of God, to advance God’s Kingdom on Earth. Do Believers no longer fear and reverence God? Where do we draw the line or has the line disappeared?
Today we have many activists groups. Many speak out about gun control and the devastating effect it has had upon certain demographic areas. We have anti-abortionist and pro-abortionist groups rallying around the country. We have lobbyists and caucuses, legislators and others trying to improve our criminal justice system and the systemic racial discrimination that has imprisoned thousands and cost the lives of many minorities. It is acceptable to speak out for and against man’s laws. Now, atheists go on television with ads speaking out against God. It is a free country, or is it? How are we looking at sin? Through whose eyes are we seeing sin? Through God’s eyes our country is in bondage, sick and in need of healing! WHO WILL SPEAK FOR GOD?! WHO WILL DEFEND THE WORD OF GOD?! Where there is sin, there is DEATH!
Are there no True Believers to show the power given to the Righteous of God? Are there no righteous men to expose the blasphemers of the Holy God? Do we as Believers seeking abundant and eternal life understand the punishment for Blasphemy? Let us look at the dictionary definition of blasphemy.
Definition of blasphemy
1a : the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God
accused of blasphemy : the act of claiming the attributes of a deity for a mere man to suggest that he was … divine could only be viewed … as blasphemy — John Bright †1889
2 : irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable
Many Believers not only see no harm in blaspheming the name of God, they often unknowingly commit blasphemy. For many the fault lies in not understanding what blasphemy is. In 1 Timothy 1:13, Paul confesses that out of ignorance, he regularly committed blasphemy against God, killing and persecuting Christians because of his unbelief in Christ, as the Son and Word of God. Paul blasphemed against the Word of God. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God! At that time in his life, Paul unknowingly had no fear or reverence for the Holy God.
We find the act of blasphemy mentioned many times in the Old and the New Testament of the Bible. It is important to God that we hold that which is HOLY in reverence and respect the authority that it has as being PART of God (i.e., The Word of God, The Holy Spirit of God, The Doctrine of God, The Commandments of God, The Authority of God). The following scriptures show how serious the offense of blasphemy is to God and how through word and deed the Jews and their enemies did not heed God’s warning to refrain from this offense.
1 Timothy 1:13
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.
Mark 3King James Version (KJV)
28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
1 Timothy 6:1
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
2 Timothy 3:2
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
QUESTIONS: THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE
- Which sins do you see as being normalized, approved, condoned and encouraged in society today through laws, media, entertainment, music and religion?
- Does acceptance by others, make it hard to resist and persist some types of sin?
- Are young people confused and misled by acceptance of sin by society?
- Do you feel comfortable in speaking out about sin?
- Do you fear being labeled or criticized for speaking out about one sin and not another? Why or why not?
- Has God called you to speak out against sin in the world? Have you obeyed?
SELF REFLECTION: A Look in the Mirror
Once again, when we look at Jesus’ parables, He is challenging us to examine where our heart lies. Closely examining your heart, answer the questions ABOVE.
DISCUSS your answers with a mature Believer who can guide you in your spiritual relationship with Jesus and our Father, and/or have group discussions to learn from those who have different experiences and perspectives.
QUESTIONS: Write down your questions and discuss them with a mature Believer or submit them to this blog.
Psalm 37 King James Version (KJV)
37 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
Psalm 119 King James Version (KJV)
119 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.
25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.
32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.
53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.
56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.
58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.
64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.
65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
75 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.
78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.
80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
94 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.
107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.
108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.
109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.
111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
121 I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.
122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.
127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.
138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.
142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.
146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.
150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
151 Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.
152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
156 Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.
157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.
160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
166 Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
169 Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word.
170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
174 I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
Acts 5 King James Version (KJV)
5 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.
14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,
18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned and told,
23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.
24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.
25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.
34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.