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CARELESS THOUGHTS and DEEDS

July 11, 2016

Monday

 

Leviticus 5:4

 

‘Or if a person swears thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or to do good, in whatever matter a man may speak thoughtlessly with an oath, and it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty in one of these.

 

LESSON

 

A rash oath is one impossible to perform. It is a vow to do something you can’t do. And according to this stipulation, if a man uttered a rash oath, even if it were to do something good, let alone something evil, he was guilty before God. Why? Because in attempting the impossible he was arrogantly pretending to be God and not man. He was forgetting his mortality. He was forgetting that he was the creature and not the Creator. And can you think of anything more destructive in our own day than man’s fatuous dream that he can run this universe by himself, that he can control all the forces of nature and make them blend together harmoniously? Nothing has done more to wreck and ruin and wreak havoc among humankind than the vain concept that man is master of his own fate.

It is evident that our culture is not particularly interested in what God calls sin. So long as it is legal, it is being done. Sometimes even what isn’t legal is socially acceptable. Those who are incarcerated in prison are not necessarily more sinful but have erred by offending society’s standard of what is acceptable.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 20:25

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