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Friday, July 25, 2014

Bad Company

Psalm 26 nearly leapt off of the page this morning.  Look at verses 4 – 5.  Note what David says he will not do:
  • Sit with deceitful men
  • Go with pretenders
  • Sit with the wicked
How do the people you hang with impact your life.  Thoughts at DTTB.
I spent most of my time thinking through the second one.  The word is translated a number of ways, hide, melt, pretenders, secret, hidden, you get the idea.  The picture that emerges is one of somebody who hides who they really are.  They present one way but they are really another.  Hypocrites.

The verb was interesting to me, “go with.”  What are the nuances of going with a hypocrite?  Going along with their pretending?  Not calling them out?  Associating with them when we wonder if they are really serious?

We are not talking here about those who are not believers.  But these are those who are in the assembly but are wearing a mask.  Pretending, participating, but not really in.

Psalm 1 has similar language.  But the passage that leapt to mind as I was reading this was 1 Corinthians 15:33.  I read somewhere in the last few days that in five years we will largely be the average of the five people with whom we spend the most time.

We should not spend that time with pretenders.

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