TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

My first object lesson in understanding contempt was in the courtroom. defines contempt as willful disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or orders of a court (contempt of court) or legislative body as it relates to law. In terms of the individual, it is defined as the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn. TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

I am not close to being qualified as a lawyer; however, I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of contempt. On the matter, Lawfind presents that contempt of court refers to actions which either defy a court’s authority, cast disrespect on a court, or impede the ability of the court to perform its function. Contempt takes two forms: criminal contempt and civil contempt. Actions that one might normally associate with the phrase “contempt of court,” such as a party causing a serious disruption in the courtroom, yelling at the judge, or refusing to testify before a grand jury, would often constitute criminal contempt of court. Civil contempt of court most often happens when someone fails to adhere to an order from the court, with resulting injury to a private party’s rights. Contempt of court may be “direct” or “indirect.” Direct contempt occurs in the presence of the court – during a court proceeding, for example. Indirect contempt occurs outside the presence of the court. TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

Now, I am receiving another lesson about contempt. For the past month and half, God has engaged me about TRUSTing Him. God’s first priority for me is to TRUST Him. Hebrews 11:6 tells us “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” God considers doubt, fear, a refusal to believe, the doubting of who He is (His character) or what He has done/can do (His power/might) as a personal affront that He contends with the one who contemns. Failure to have faith is surely sin.

We should not that “The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people.” It was for sin that God contended with those of old and will reckon with us who commit the sin of doubt, fear and disbelief. God himself is the prosecutor (Isa. 3:13). For the past month, God has shown me an example of His judgment for the believer, the follower of Christ through Moses. In Deuteronomy 32, God shared with me the warning Moses gave the people. Moses said,

 45 When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel,46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.

Moses spoke this out of what God had shared with him and what he had violated. Later in the passage, we learn that Moses will only see the Promised Land and not enter it? Why? For the same reason the 10 spies did not, He, despite all God had shown him and did for him, did not believe God. Specifically, we learning in verses 51-52 the reason. God said it was 51 This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. 52 Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.” TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

Breaking faith or failing to believe or TRUST in God is a serious crime in the court of God. It is treating God with contempt. It is denying and defying His authority. It is disrespecting the person of God, His purposes and His promises. It is impeding God’s right to use us to bring glory to Himself as He carries out His will. The occurrence in Deuteronomy 32 is a fulfillment of what God told Moses in Numbers 20:12. “12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”” TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

Moses serves as an example for you and for me to know the TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt! The consequences for not TRUSTing God are dire. Moses missed out on entering the Promised Land. He missed out on seeing God at work again in the lives of His people. He missed out on experiencing God and God at work and fulfilling His promises en route to accomplishing His purpose – to glorify Himself. God wants us to experience Him not look for an outcome, but as we have been shown and told that without faith (TRUSTing in God) it is impossible to please Him.

I want to please God. I want to experience God and God at work again in the lives of His people. TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

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