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Silver Sheep

 

By

Bill West

Statement of Declaration: The author of this work believes without reservation, that the King James Bible is more than just a priceless work of literary art, which it is. But it is has indeed been preserved without error by God's providence as an infallible book that the common man in the English speaking world can hold and own, and the light it can give rest entirely on that man's faith in it and its Author. And all those who believe otherwise have either been duped, have an unclean motive, are just ignorant or see no issue of importance in having God's word readily available in an infallible form. No amount of linguist ability can give any extra light if there is doubt to its content, the Holy Spirit will not honour anyone that want to subject this English Bible to an inferior position.

 

 

 

Silver Sheep

 

  The sinner in Luke 15 is likened unto a lost sheep and a lost piece of silver and the story of the prodigal puts a face on it all. The Pharisees are as the eldest son who was upset that the younger son was received with joy.

 Some would apply strict doctrine and would apply these* passages only to Israel, but thank be to God the Holy Writ hath more than one application.

 Beside all this the prodigal son is out of fellowship with the father (which we referred to as backslidden, even though it can be said that the term cannot be applied to the Body of Christ.)

 Yet, unless it violates dispensational truth as far as prophecies and promises to Israel we do ourselves a disservice and rob ourselves of many a comfort and weaponry.

  The key to the entire chapter is Verse 10.

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.  (Luke 15:10)

 The main characters that our Saviour refers to are the Pharisees and scribes, the elder and younger son, and the father and they all related to the opening verse that speaks of publicans and sinners.

 

 The Pharisees

 They lived an outwardly moral and clean life that our Lord did not rebuke of itself, but all they had was a clean hand.

Let us face it if a pickpocket steals your wallet does it matter if his hands are clean or dirty?

Nevertheless if you think washing of hands is unwarranted please to not become a surgeon or open a restaurant or café.

And when the Pharisee saw [it], he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.  (Luke 11:38)

Mar 7:3  For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash [their] hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

If God Almighty were not interested in the health of Israel he would have not given divers laws and practices concerning cleanliness.

(Lev 7,15 etc...)

Joseph Lister 1827 to 1912 the father of antiseptics did nothing more than build on what was laid over 2600 years before he wet his diaper.

The Word of God has always been ahead of modern discoveries and has infallibly laid the building blocks for future ones.

 

 History justifies both the Old Testament and Jewish traditions when it comes to hygiene, the plagues in Europe centuries ago verify this.

 Emptying chamber pots (called slop jars down in Tennessee) full of dung and urine out on the streets and where bathing was not the norm and no scouring vessels where dead rotten    rodents were present is our past claim to fame. This is our heritage our European tradition. The Pharisees were centuries ahead of us when they adhered to the Scriptures.

LET’S FACE IT WE COULD NOT EVEN USE THE TOILET safely IF It WERE NOT FOR THE WORD OF GOD.

Deu. 23:13  And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:

 

 And from this evolved -  the outhouse and modern day plumbing.

 Yet, in the chapter before us we have these Pharisees.

Their physical cleanliness is not in question nor is the outward letter of the Law. They had a form of godliness, but as the chapter demonstrates they knew not the power thereof.

2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

They were called whited sepulchres not dirty sepulchres.

 Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness.

 The power of God being the Creator is never in question or his handywork and the Pharisees knew this.

But the power of God when dealing with the sinner, publican and the wayward as far as mercy and compassion are concerned, is beyond their condescending mindset.

 The Holy Spirit who hath preserved the Book of books uses certain words over and over in order to instruct us and give insight on the Pharisees; he does this by continuity.

And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.  (Luke 15:2)

The mask has cascaded off the Pharisees clean faces with one single word and that word is murmured.

 (Exo_15:24; Exo_16:2; Exo_17:3; Num_14:2; Num_14:29; Num_16:41; Deu_1:27; Jos_9:18; Psa_106:25; Isa_29:24; Mat_20:11; Mar_14:5; Luk_5:30; Luk_15:2; Luk_19:7; Joh_6:41; Joh_6:61; Joh_7:32; 1Co_10:10)

 The NIV and other libels have no continuity here the word has been changed to muttered, grumbled, whispering and others.

Yes, you to can write your own Bible, all you need is contempt for the Spirit’s continuity and a thesaurus.

 The Pharisees and scribes were not as the key verse (Luke15: 10), which speaks of joy over the repented sinner

 

The Elder Son 

 

1.    The Elder Son as the Pharisees had disowned the sinner. The Elder refers to his own brother as “this thy son”.

2.    Both kept the commandments and served the letter of the law.

3.     The joys of seeing the wayward repent was wanting and being received by the Father was unthinkable in their eyes.

 And he answering said to [his] father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

(Luke 15:29-30)

 

 What makes people kick against compassion and forgiveness for the repented sinner?

 

(A) They have no love for mercy and unlike John Wesley who realized that we are all broken people and except for the grace of God the brink of self-destruction awaits.

Psa 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed [each other].

(Eze 18:23)  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: [and] not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Hos 6:6  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

 (B) They believe they are superior or want to be. This fallen trait brings us back to the Garden of Eden. The Serpent’s promise of superiority was “Ye shall be as gods”. Both the Elder son and the Pharisees displayed the devilish trait. The problem with this is it is in all of us.

Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

  I recently read of a sweet dear woman suffering from Alzheimer she asked her son to pray that she would not become mean as the illness wore on.

Why would she do this? She knew that is was only the mercy and restraint of God that would keep her sweet and dear. She had no delusion of superiority as to her disposition or unkindness that dwelled within.

 

(C) It is a spiritual perverted jealousy not wanting the Father to acknowledge others or share his goodness. It’s the old ‘I want to be the number one kid’.

 The Eldest son clearly manifested this when he stated “thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf”.

 The Pharisees in Luke 18:11 boasted on his goodness and did not forget to dot his I’s (there are five I’s in his short pray.) The thought of God showing mercy toward the publican would of surely brought forth a perverted jealousy.

 

 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. (Luke 18:11)

 (D) Last of all, while we cannot condone the sins and wasted life that the wayward and the younger son * lived, but remember the way of the transgressor is hard. The younger son came home with shame, bankruptcy and rags, his inheritance was spent.

And while not all sinners or publicans are outwardly this destitute they are inwardly.

 The eldest son brought up the transgressions of the younger to his father not for the father’s well being.

Both ancient and modern day Pharisees do the same. It is one thing to be aware of the nature of man for self-preservation, however it is quite another to try to handcuff mercy for the repented soul. If you do, I ask where is your JOY?

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. (Luke 15:10)

John Wycliffe 1320-1384

John Wycliffe 1320-1384

John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

 

 

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