Joshua 21:1–22:20; Luke 20:1-26; Psalm 89:1-13; Proverbs 13:15-16
I Will Sing of His Mercies Forever
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. – Psalm 89:1
Our Sin Affects the Entire Congregation
Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession be unclean, then pass ye over unto the land of the possession of the LORD, wherein the LORD’s tabernacle dwelleth, and take possession among us: but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel against us, in building you an altar beside the altar of the LORD our God. 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. – Joshua 22:19-20
The congregation of Israel stood against (what they believed was) sin among their people and reminded them of how Achan sinned against the Lord, and God’s wrath came against them all. Truly, if they sinned or we sin, it does not just affect us and us alone, but it hurts the entire congregation (Body of Christ).
They Marveled at His Words
And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace. – Luke 20:26
One who displays hatred toward you doesn’t necessarily disagree with you. These marveled at the Words of Jesus and held their peace in front of the people. No, they marveled, but they didn’t like what Jesus’ Words meant about their own lives.
Aren’t we like that sometimes? We know the conviction of God, and we marvel at knowing His truth exposes our hearts and is for our good. But we hate how we might have to change our lives and our standing to follow Jesus and His perfect Truth.
Seek God’s Knowledge
Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly. – Proverbs 13:16
God gives you guidance and wisdom. Act on it by seeking Him and heeding to His Word. Listen to His wisdom and accumulate His knowledge, and your attitudes and your actions will show it. Act foolishly, and your folly will be shown as well.