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Paul taught this same idea to the Christians everywhere he went.
Forget this "When good men do nothing…"
He told them that they should:. This teaches us that we cannot just avoid the evil way, we must also actively do good works for the Lord. Ruben, who was the oldest brother, knew that it would be wrong for his brothers to kill Joseph, so he came up with a rescue plan. Instead of shedding his blood, he told them to just throw him in a deep pit and leave him there.
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Of course Ruben was going to sneak back and get him out the pit later, but slave traders came along and the brothers decided to sell Joseph into slavery without Ruben knowing. What happened next is found in,. Genesis Then Reuben returned to the pit, and indeed Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore his clothes. Do you know whether it is your son's tunic or not? A wild beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces.
The Only Thing Necessary for Evil to Triumph Is…
Ruben had good intentions, but his slow reaction led to Joseph being sold into slavery. Instead of telling the truth or trying to correct the wrong, he joined in the lie of his brothers that Joseph was dead. Now he was not there when Joseph was sold into slavery, but he was just as guilty of sin because he joined in this lie. The guilt of doing this haunted him for the rest of his life as we read in,.
Genesis Then they said to one another, "We are truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us. Therefore behold, his blood is now required of us.
This example shows what happens when we fail to do what is right at the right time because it can cause us to be partakers of an evil deed. When we hear about a brother or sister that is falling away from God, we need to take action and pray for them and reach out to them so that might be encouraged to come back. If they are unwilling to, then we must love them enough to withdraw from them and expose their sin.
How this is to be done is outlined in Mat. When their sin is put on the table for all to see, it should make them feel ashamed of that they doing and cause them to come to their senses and return back to God. This is the idea Paul gives us in,. This is what Paul did to Hymenaeus and Alexander. When Paul heard that a church was moving away from God, he would write them a letter and he would send men he trusted to go to those churches to help them get back on track and sometimes he would visit them himself because Paul wanted these churches to serve God with their whole being and he wanted them to worship God in spirit and in truth.
This is the same stand that we must take today.
When we see a church that is moving away from the truth, we need to pray for them and reach out to them. If they will not listen, then we need admonish them and rebuke them out of love for their souls so they might return back to God. Sometimes we start developing the attitude that we are too busy with own problems in our own church or in our community to be concerned about what other churches are doing, but that should not be the way we think.
One of the greatest examples I can give you that will summarize everything I have talked about in this lesson comes from the book of Nehemiah. Usually when you study this period of time you will study Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther and the minor prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. These books cover about years of time after the children of Israel had returned from their 70 years of captivity. The first group of Jews returned back with Zerubbabel and the second with Ezra and then the 3 rd trip to Jerusalem was when Nehemiah went with a full military force.
Nehemiah is a great example for us to follow today because he was not a man that did nothing. Instead, he was a man that rose to the occasion to get things done for God. In chapters 1 and 2, we learn that Nehemiah was a cupbearer for the king. This was an honorable position and Nehemiah had a very comfortable life, but when he found out that his fellow Jews were being oppressed by their enemies, and that the walls in Jerusalem lay in ruin because of that, it caused Nehemiah to weep bitterly, and he prayed to God that he might be able to do something about it.
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After 4 months, he came before the king with a sad face and this was a dangerous thing to do because no one was supposed show sadness before the king. But Nehemiah had been a faithful servant to the king so the king wanted to know what was troubling him. Nehemiah explained to him about what was happening to his people in Jerusalem and how he wanted to go and help them rebuild their city, and by the providence of God, the king let him go, and he even sent him with a military escort.
When Nehemiah arrived at Jerusalem he surveyed the work that needed to be done in secret. After he saw what needed to be done, he stood up and spoke to his fellow Jews, and he encouraged them to rise up and build because God was on their side and so was the king. This was enough to cause the people to be recharged and united to serve God, and the Bible says the people had a mind to work.
Now think about this. I was having a discussion with a friend yesterday about the need for us all to take care of our own mental health, otherwise we cannot be a support to others. I stand by that, even when that may mean saying NO to a call for help. Unfortunately, this may seem selfish….. If taking care of your own needs temporarily, energizes you to be able to help others, is that a bad thing? Paradigm shifting as Stephen Covey writes about, paraphrasing again is the change of feeling which we might experience in the light of greater understanding and knowledge.
On hearing this my feelings went from coldness to empathy and concern. On my last trip, I had been given the absolute honour of being able to assist in a new project with Youth Connect in setting up a Hair Salon to facilitate a source of income and also to aid the training of young people who want to be in this profession. Matters not who said the quote in qu stun. Name required. Email required.
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