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If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?

                        Ps.11:1-3                                                  1/6/08  a.m.

If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?

 

As I go through my daily life I become more and more concerned with what I see happening around me in our lives as Christians, in our homes, in our churches, in our schools, in our society, in our judicial system, our government, and our leadership.

In our lives as Christians I see;

pride, selfishness, greed, lust, profanity, fornication, adultery, unforgiveness, indebtedness, hatred, a lack of concern

Could it be that we have allowed the foundations of our lives as Christians to be destroyed?

           

Could it be that we place very little importance on the things of God?

In our homes I see;

strife, contention, wrath, divorce, insecurity, abandonment, abuse, 

                        a lack of compassion

Could it be that we have allowed the foundations of our homes to be destroyed?

           

Could it be that Christ isn’t the Head of our homes?

In our churches I see;

self righteousness, partiality, worldliness, abominations, lies, heresies, jealously

Could it be that we have allowed the foundations of our churches to be destroyed?

            Could it be that the main goal of the church isn’t to glorify God?

In our schools I see;

            violence, disrespect, sexual promiscuity, disorder, unruliness, ignorance

Could it be that we have allowed the foundations of our schools to be destroyed?

            Could it be that we no longer ask God for instruction & or use His manual?      

In our society I see;

idolatry, perversion, immorality, depravity, evil, endorsement of all that is godless, drugs, murder, theft, harassment, meanness, cruelty 

Could it be that we have allowed the foundations of our society to be destroyed?

            Could it be that we have removed God from the public square?

In our judicial system I see;

            rampant lawlessness

Could it be that we have allowed the foundations of our judicial system to be destroyed?

            Could it be that we don’t use Gods’ judgments anymore?

             

In our government I see;

            deception, corruption, waste, a lack of wisdom

Could it be that we have allowed the foundations of our government to be destroyed?

            Could it be that we no longer acknowledge the governing principles of God?

And our leadership I see;

                                godlessness, spinelessness, cowardice, falsehood, weakness

Could it be that we have allowed the foundations of our leadership to be destroyed?

           

Could it be that we choose godless leaders?

Could it be that we have allowed our foundations in these areas to be destroyed?

 Col 1:18

18 And  He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning,  the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

 

4409 - Preeminence – to be first in rank or influence

Ps 11:1-3

1     In  the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul,

     “Flee as a bird to your mountain”?

2     For look!  The wicked bend their bow,

     They make ready their arrow on the string,

     That they may shoot 1secretly at the upright in heart.

3      If the foundations are destroyed,

     What can the righteous do?

Here we have the attacks and evils of the unrighteous toward the righteous.

 

The unrighteous try to intimidate, insult, frighten and harm the righteous.

 

They decide on a course, make their plans, and underhandedly, deceptively, and cruelly target the upright in heart.

 

And if we allow our foundations to be changed, altered, or removed what will we do, what can we do and how would we do it?

This question God has put to us applies to the whole of our lives, spiritually, physically morally, socially, and financially.

For the Word of God completely covers these areas of our lives as well as every nook and cranny of our being both publicly, privately, both as a society and as individuals including our intentions, our thoughts, our words, and our actions.

The Psalmist says this about these people that work unrighteousness.

 

Ps 82:5   They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness

 

What is darkness?

 

1dark \ˈdärk\ adj[ME derk, fr. OE deorc; akin to OHG tarchannen to hide] bef. 12c

1     a      devoid or partially devoid of light not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light

 

By definition these people are;

           

            Not receiving       God, His Son Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit, His Word,

                                          His Truth, His Instruction, His Wisdom, His Knowledge, or

                                          His Understanding.

 

            Not reflecting      God, His Son Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit, His Word,

                                          His Truth, His Instruction, His Wisdom, His Knowledge, or

                                          His Understanding.

 

 

Not Transmitting  God, His Son Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit, His Word,

His Truth, His Instruction, His Wisdom, His Knowledge, or His Understanding.

 

Not Radiating the Light of   God, His Son Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit,

His Word, His Truth, His Instruction,

His Wisdom, His Knowledge, or His Understanding.

The Psalmist also asks a question of us that claim righteousness.

 

Ps 82:22     How long will you judge unjustly,

                                                And  show partiality to the wicked?      Selah

What is it to judge justly

1judge \ˈjəj\ vb

judged; judg•ing [ME juggen, fr. AF juger, fr. L judicare, fr. judic-, judex judge, fr. jus right, law + dicere to decide, say — more at just, diction] vt 13c

1           to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises [1]

The premise of the test is God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The premises of testing are the reproofs, instructions, commands, principles, precepts, truths, and judgments found in the Word of God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The premise of God and the premises of His Word make up our foundation!!!!

 

Pr 10:25    the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

 

What are our foundations?

foun•da•tion

           a basis (as a tenet, principle, or axiom) upon which something stands or is supported 〈the foundations of geometry〉 〈the rumor is without foundation in fact〉 [2]

 

Our foundation is that on which all that we are, say, or do is based.

 

Just as the New Jerusalem has a foundation made up of 12 foundations, our foundation consist of foundations.

 

Our Foundations are the truths, commands, teachings, precepts, and judgments found in God, Jesus, and Gods’ Word, the Holy Bible.   

The first foundation is that of GOD HIMSELF

 

Pr 10:25 the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

 

2 Ti 2:19   the solid foundation of God 

 

He is our everlasting Foundation, the Rock – Jehovah, God the Father

 

He is that on which all is founded – heaven, earth & all that is in them

 

GOD BEGS OUR ATTENTION

Dt 32:1-4

     “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;

     And hear, O  earth, the words of my mouth.

2     Let  my teaching drop as the rain,

     My speech distill as the dew,

     As raindrops on the tender herb,

     And as showers on the grass.

3     For I proclaim the  name of the Lord:

      Ascribe greatness to our God.

4     He is  the Rock,  His work is perfect;

     For all His ways are justice,

     A God of truth and  without injustice;

     Righteous and upright is He.

Ps 89:14

14     Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;

He is The  Rock of my salvation!

 

2 Sa 22:47

47     “The Lord lives!

     Blessed be my Rock!

     Let God be exalted,

     The  Rock of my salvation!

 

Those that reject Him are w/o counsel, understanding, blind, ungodly, and dangerous

Dt 32:28-33

28     “For they are a nation void of counsel,

     Nor is there any understanding in them.

29     Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this,

     That they would consider their  latter end!

30     How could one chase a thousand,

     And two put ten thousand to flight,

     Unless their Rock  had sold them,

     And the Lord had surrendered them?

31     For their rock is not like our Rock,

     Even our enemies themselves being judges.

32     For  their vine is of the vine of Sodom

     And of the fields of Gomorrah;

     Their grapes are grapes of gall,

     Their clusters are bitter.

33     Their wine is  the poison of serpents,

     And the cruel  venom of cobras.

 

There is no other true and lasting foundation

Is 44:8

     Do not fear, nor be afraid;

     Have I not told you from that time, and declared it?

     You are My witnesses.

     Is there a God besides Me?

     Indeed  there is no other Rock;

     I know not one.’ ”

This is what our foundation, Our Rock – God the Father consists of;

 

First is the cornerstone – the starting point

 

Is 28:16

                        16 Therefore thus says the Lord God:

                                    “Behold, I lay in Zion  a stone for a foundation,

                                    A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;

 

No other foundation can be laid!!!

 

1 Co 3:11

11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than  that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus is the Revelation of God – the Revelation of God & His Will to man

 

Those that do as He says are building on the ROCK - GOD

Mt 7:24

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:

 

Next in the foundation is Scripture – The Holy Bible – The Inspired, Infallible Word of God

 

The foundation of the apostles and prophets, their teachings, - The Holy Bible

 

Eph 2:19-22

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being  the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22  in whom you also are being built together for a  dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

 

The Bible was written by eyewitnesses

Lk 1:2-4

just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, 4  that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.

God wants us to know that we are not to live only according to the physical but to the spiritual as well

 

Dt 8:3

3 So He humbled you,  allowed you to hunger, and  fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall  not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord

The Word of God is the very essence of God saving & bringing life.

Jn 6:63

3 It is the Spirit who gives life; the  flesh profits nothing. The  words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

 

The Word of God stands firm and cannot and will not be destroyed!!

Mt 24:35

  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

 

The Word of God is the rule book by which we will be judged.

Jn 12:48

8  He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—  the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

                        the word – the message, the lesson, the truth, the instruction,

the principles, the precepts

If we are ashamed to stand for God and the gospel of Jesus Christ as contained in the Holy Scriptures, Jesus Himself will be ashamed of us and deny that He knows us while standing before God the Father!!

Mk 8:38

38  For whoever  is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

So the question remains;  If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?


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1 Lit. in darkness

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\au̇\ out \ch\ chin \e\ bet \ē\ easy \g\ go \i\ hit \ī\ ice \j\ job

\ŋ\ sing \ō\ go \ȯ\ law \ȯi\ boy \th\ thin \ṯẖ\ the \ü\ loot \u̇\ foot

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AF Anglo-French

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[1]Merriam-Webster, Inc: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Eleventh ed. Springfield, Mass. : Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003

[2]Merriam-Webster, Inc: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Eleventh ed. Springfield, Mass. : Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003

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