Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 21, 2014

“Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.” – “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy Chapter 13.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+13&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams;  for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  4 You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him;  and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.  5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk.  So you shall purge the evil from among you. 

6 “If your brother, your mother’s son, or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods’ (whom neither you nor your fathers have known, 7 of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end), 8 you shall not yield to him or listen to him;  and your eye shall not pity him, nor shall you spare or conceal him.  9 But you shall surely kill him;  your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.  10 So you shall stone him to death because he has sought to seduce you from the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  11 Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you.  …”    Deuteronomy Chapter 13:  Verses 1-11.

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As Christians, we are certainly not called to purge the evil by killing anyone.  Only unbelievers would try to cut this page out of the rest of Scripture to vainly try to argue how ridiculous and antiquated Scripture is.

But, believers seek understanding and consider other Scripture in addition.

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom;  to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”  2 Timothy 4:18.

“18 We know that no one who is born of God sins;  but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.  19 We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.  20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true;  and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God and eternal life.

21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.”  1 John 5:18-21.

“9 Let love be without hypocrisy.  Abhor what is evil;  cling to what is good.  10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love;  give preference to one another in honor;  11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;  12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you;  bless and do not curse.  15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  16 Be of the same mind toward one another;  do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly.  Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.  Respect what is right in the sight of all men.  18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”  21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”   Romans 12:9-21.

“8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;  9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.  10 For,

“The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 “He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12 “For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”  1 Peter 3:8-12.


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