Righteous – July 16, 2019

1 Chronicles 22.1-23.32; Romans 3.9-31; Psalm 12.1-8; Proverbs 19.13-14

If I told you that you needed to be righteous, my guess is that your mind would immediately focus on how to be perfect, or act least do everything in the right way for the right reasons. We are conditioned to assume that our rewards are only the result of hard, hard work and effort on our part. Here’s the good news of Jesus: You are not made righteous by what you do (you could never be good enough, anyway), but by your belief that Jesus died so you might be considered righteous. Good news, indeed.

Questions:

How does David’s reason for not being allowed to build the Temple (he had shed too much blood) compare to what we read in Samuel and Kings. Why do you think there is a difference here?

How do people try to be right with God based on the things they do, or the works they perform?

It would appear the psalmist is describing our own time: The godly are fast disappearing. In what ways do you see this to be accurate to today’s times?

A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as a constant dripping. [Editor’s note: I don’t write them – just read and report on them!] What message is the proverb writer trying to give us here?

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