God Accepts No Excuses

God Accepts No Excuses


1.      God expects no excuses from Man
2.      God expects reports of fulfilled tasks
3.      Tell Him what you have done for Him – not your excuses
4.      God has entrusted you with:

God Entrusted You with Certain Things

1.      Blessings
2.      Authority
3.      Rules
4.      Responsibility

1.     Blessings

Genesis 1: 27 – 30
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. {moveth: Heb. creepeth}
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. {bearing...: Heb. seeding seed} {yielding...: Heb. seeding seed}
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. {life: Heb. a living soul}

Genesis 2: 8 – 14
8    And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9    And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. {Ethiopia: Heb. Cush}
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. {toward...: or, eastward to Assyria}

2.     Authority

Genesis 2:15 - And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress <`abad> it and to keep <shamar> it. {the man: or, Adam}

<`abad>    (aw-bad) - a primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.:--X be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, + husbandman, keep, labour(-ing man, bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve(-ing, self), (be, become) servant(-s), do (use) service, till(-er), transgress (from margin), (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper,

<shamar> a primitive root; properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc.:--beward, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep(-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch(-man).

3.     Rules

Genesis 2: 16, 17
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: {thou...: Heb. eating thou shalt eat}
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. {thou shalt surely...: Heb. dying thou shalt die}

Exodus 15 : 22 – 27
22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. {Marah: that is Bitterness}
24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.
Special Note:

Exodus 15 : 25 - And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

(And he cried to the LORD. And the LORD showed him a tree. And when he had cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a decree and a law for them, and there He tested them. (Modern King James Version)

4.     Responsibility

Deuteronomy 4:38 - To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 9:5 - Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
I.        You are Accountable to God for All These

Genesis 3:8 -   And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. {cool: Heb. wind}

1.      God came to visit them and get a report of what have been going on during the day.
2.      God asked two questions:

i.        Where art thou?
ii.      Who told you that you are naked (sinner)?
iii.    Have you eaten the fruit of the tree which God commanded no to eat?

Genesis 3: 9 - 11
9    And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

3.      Adam and Eve replied with excuses.

II.       God Accepts No Excuses

1.      The first man to say excuse was Adam

Genesis 3: 12 - 11
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

2.      But God did not accept any excuses
3.      He punished them for their irresponsibility

Genesis 3: 16 - 19
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. {to thy...: or, subject to thy husband}
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; {bring...: Heb. cause to bud}
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

III.    The Story of Jonah

 Jonah 1: 2 - 4
2    Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
3    But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
4    But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Jonah 4: 2 -   And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

 Jonah 1: 11 - 12
11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. {may...: Heb. may be silent from us} {wrought...: or, grew more and more tempestuous: Heb. went}
12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

 Jonah 2: 9 - 10
9    But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

IV.   God Rewards For What You Have Done For Him

 The Story of Nehemiah

1.      Book of Nehemiah is the last historical book that was written, as Malachi, the last prophetical book of the Old Testament.
2.      He raised up various excellent men for the preservation of his people after their return from Babylon. 
3.      They were Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah
4.      Zerubbabel was their captain to bring them home, and provided that the temple was built
5.      Ezra reformed their manners and planted religion
6.      Nehemiah built up the walls, delivered the people from oppression and provided that the law of God was carried out among them.
7.      Nehemiah was a godly man, and in great authority with the king, so that the king favoured him greatly and gave him letters to accomplish all the things he desired.
8.      This book is also called the second of Ezra by the Latins because he was the author of it.
9.      The book continues the history of the children of the captivity, the Jews lately returned out of Babylon and relates:

i.           His concern for Jerusalem and commission to go thither, chap. 1, 2.
ii.         His building the wall of Jerusalem, notwithstanding much opposition, chap. 3, 4.
iii.       His redressing the grievances of the people, chap. 5. 
iv.       His finishing the wall, chap. 6. 
v.         The account he took of the people, chap. 7. 
vi.       His calling the people to read the law, fast and pray, and renew their covenant, chap. 8-10.
vii.     He peoples Jerusalem and settles the tribe of Levi, chap. 11, 12. 
viii.   He reforms divers abuses, chap. 13. 

10.  After completing his task, he prayed to God for blessing
11.  He was not saying certain excuses
12.  But he had a report of successfully completed activities
13.  He prayed God to remember those things he had done for Him and bless him accordingly.

Nehemiah 5:19 - Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.

Nehemiah 13: 10 - 14
10 And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled everyone to his field.
11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place. {place: Heb. standing}
12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries. {treasuries: or, storehouses}
13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren. {treasuries: or, storehouses} {next...: Heb. at their hand} {their office...: Heb. it was upon them}
14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof.

Nehemiah 13:22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy. {greatness: or, multitude}

Nehemiah 13: 29 - 31
29 Remember them (marrying strange wives), O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.
30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business;
31 And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.

The Story of Hezekiah

2 Kings 20: 1 - 6
1    In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. {Set...: Heb. Give charge concerning thine house}
2    Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,
3    I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. {sore: Heb. with a great weeping}
4    And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, {court: or, city}
5    Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
6    And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

Professor Jacob Abraham
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