RIGHT IN OUR OWN EYES

DID YOU KNOW that the way we see something is not necessarily the way someone else sees the same situation?

You may think you’re poor, but someone else may look at you and think you’re rich. On the other hand, you may think you’re rich, but someone else may look upon you and think you’re poor. That’s why man’s opinion has no validity. It is only what someone believes to be right in his own eyes.

Isn’t that what it says in the last verse in the Book of Judges? “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25

YHVH gave a set of instructions for having life – the Torah. It lists all the commands that are for our good forever, but look around. How many people are actually obeying His Word?

A man tells his Jewish friend that he believes the same Bible and is following the same God that the Jewish people follow. In the next breath, he’s talking about having scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast. Do his actions match his words, or is he just doing what is right in his own eyes? In his opinion, he’s being obedient, but is he being obedient in the eyes of YHVH?

King Saul also thought he was being obedient to YHVH. In 1 Samuel 15, YHVH gave instructions for King Saul through Samuel. “Now go, and you shall strike Amalek and destroy all that he has. And you shall have no pity on him, and you shall put to death all from man to woman, from little one to suckling, from ox to sheep, from camel to ass.”

And what did King Saul do, besides taking time to build a monument to himself? He listened to the people and saved the best of the flock, supposedly because they wanted to sacrifice them to YHVH. But did YHVH want their sacrifices? No, He wanted obedience! “And Samuel said, ‘Does YHVH delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of YHVH? Behold! Obeying is better than sacrifice; to give attention is better than the fat of rams.”

Samuel asked him why he did not obey the voice of YHVH, and his reply was, I did obey the voice of YHVH, and I went in the way which YHVH sent me, and brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I exterminated Amalek. And the people took from the spoil of the flock, and the first of the herd, devoted to sacrifice to YHVH Elohekka (your El) in Gilgal.”

What was the price that King Saul paid for his disobedience? “ . . . Because you have rejected the Word of YHVH, so He has rejected you from being king.” Later, he lost his life and his head.

Christians also believe they are doing what is right in the eyes of YHVH, but are they? They claim that the Law (the Torah) has either been fulfilled, or they say it was buried with the Messiah. Either way, Christians do not believe the Torah applies to them – to the Jews, perhaps, but not to them.

What is that called? It is called lawlessness; and what is the definition of lawless?

The Greek word #459: To be lawless is to be destitute of the Mosaic Law; to depart from the Law, a violator of the law, lawless, wicked.

So, once again we have people doing what is right in their own eyes. But what is it going to cost them? “Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 13:40-42

Why? “The (one) claiming to rest in Him ought so to walk himself as this (One) walked.” 1 John 2:6

If we don’t try with our whole heart to walk in obedience just as He did, one day we will hear Him say, “I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” Matthew 7:23

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