April 18th, 2020

We start with a Psalm 84 a psalm from the sons of Korah. These were the priestly professional musicians attached to the temple. They speak of how wonderful it is to be in the temple. “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Then we come to Ezekiel 5 where God tells his prophet to shave his head and beard. A humiliation for a man at that time. He then is scatter the hair to symbolize the death and exile the people of Jerusalem will experience. Their idolatry and rebellion will bring destruction on them. Then we come to Matthew 7 and the end of the beatitudes. Verse one on not judging is used by many people to deflect criticism of their sinful behavior. In verse 15 Jesus tells the same people to watch out for false prophets. How do “judge” the difference between a false prophet and a true one. “By their fruits you will know them.” Compare their words with God’s word, their actions with scripture. We want people to enter the narrow gate to salvation and not stay on the broad road to destruction. God bless all of you this sunny warmer day in Southern Wisconsin.