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April 2020 Selected Articles
BREAKING THE YOKE AND BURSTING THE BONDS
"I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds." (Jeremiah 5:5)
The Lord told Jeremiah that he would pardon Jerusalem if he could find a truly dedicated man of God there. After searching through the city and finding no one, he decided tolook among the great men. These were those who had known the ways of the Lord and had been faithful to Him in the past. At his dismay, he found that they had thrown off God's laws
that bound them and were living after the ways of the world. They did not want to be bound by the teachings of the Bible. In this message I want us to look at three groups of people who do not want to be bound by what is right. They have broken the yoke and burst the bonds.
I. SOME UNSAVED PEOPLE BREAK THE YOKE AND BURST THE BONDS
Even unsaved people feel bound to respect the things that are right and holy. They know about God and His Word. (Psalm 19:1-3; Romans 1:18-20) They know what is right and what God requires of mankind. Though they know this, they have rejected the Father, the Son, and the Bible.
The Psalmist wrote of some unsaved rulers who did not want to be bound by the Bible. Referring to God the Father and God the Son they said, "Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." (Psalm 2:3) They insisted on being free from any obligation to the laws of the Bible. Job spoke of those who say unto God, "Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways." (Job 21:14) Paul wrote
of those "who did not like to retain God in their knowledge." (Romans 1:28) Peter mentioned some that looked upon Christ as One being in their way. (I Peter 2:8) However, the results of such rebellion against one's Creator is painful. (Psalm 2:4-10; Revelation 20:15)
II. SOME CHILDREN WANT TO BREAK THE YOKE
Children are under a law to obey and honor their parents. (Ephesians 6:1,2) Though some children in every age have wanted to throw off this yoke, Paul wrote of this being an unusual problem in the last days. (II Timothy 3:2)
In Old Testament times, if a child showed disrespect forhis parents to the point of smiting them or cursing them, the law called for his death. (Exodus 21:15,17) Other Scriptures speak of frightening judgments for disobedient children. (Mark 7:10; Proverbs 20:20;30:17) At the same time, the Bible has promised long life and good days to those who will obey and honor their parents. (Ephesians 6:1-3)
III. SOME SAVED PEOPLE BREAK OFF THE YOKE OF SERVICE
After we accept the call to salvation, we are then called to yoke up with Christ in service. (Mat.11:28-30) Serving the Lord is God's plan for His children, (Ephesians 2:10:I Corinthians 3:9) and it is nothing but right that we serve Him. (II Corinthians 5:13-15) However, just as the Lord
does not force us to be saved, He does not force us to wear the yoke of service. (Matthew 16:24; Romans 12:1) Some yoke up with Christ to serve, but then break the yoke. (II Timothy 4:10) Others seem to never dedicated themselves to serve. (I Corinthians 3:15)
When a saved person does not bear the yoke of service for Christ, he normally sows to the flesh; and this brings trouble. (Galatians 6:7,8) Those who carry the cross and remain faithful see wonderful blessings here, (Psalm 112) and lasting rewards when this life is over. (II Corinthians 4:17,18) While it cost something to wear the yoke and stay
faithful to the end, it cost a thousand times more not to. (Revelation 2:10; James 1:12; Galatians 6:9)
BY FAITH NOT SIGHT
Sometimes I'm sad, I know not why
My heart is sore distressed;
It seems the burdens of this world
have settled on my breast
and yet I know...I know that God
who doeth all things right
will lead me thus to understand
To walk by FAITH...not SIGHT.
And though I may not see the way
He's planned for me to go
The way seems dark to me just now
But on, I'm sure He knows.
Today He guides my feeble step
tomorrow's in His right
He has asked me to never fear
but walk by FAITH...not SIGHT.
Some day the mists will roll away,
the sun will shine again
I'll see the beauty in the flowers,
I'll hear the bird's refrain.
And then I'll know my Father's hand
has led the way to light
Because I placed my hand in His
and walked by FAITH...not SIGHT.
Beer is a far more dangerous enemy to Germany that all the armies of France.
-- Count von Moltke.
To put alcohol in the human body is like putting sand in the bearings of an engine.
-- Thomas A. Edison
All the umpires together have not put as many ball players out of the game as old man booze. --Commie Mack
The cost of feeding the hungry is a dreadful burden—almost equal to our national expenditure for liquor. Only on one condition can the nation let booze come back. That is, if we are willing to abolish modern industry and the motor car. -- Henry Ford
All my life I have lived in the presence of fine and beautiful men going to their death because of alcohol. I call it the greatest trap that life has set for the feet of genius. -- Upton
CHECK YOUR MEMORY
1. " And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven
----------, on which the woman sitteth. Rev. 17:-----
2. "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are ___________unto the day of redemption." Eph. 4:_____
3. "Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to______________." Rom. 15:_____
4. "Let all things be done with ___________. 1 Cor. 16:_____
5. "Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I_________God, that it shall be even as it was told me." Acts 27:_____
6. "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a _______received him out of their sight." Acts 1:-----
7. "But unto you that fear my name shall the__________of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall." Mal. 4:_____
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