In the year 2003 or thereabouts, I was a member of an evangelical team that was invited to a revival in Abuja. During the seven-day revival, there were so many issues discussed among ministers; one that amazed me most was an issue raised by one of the Evangelists of the church.
What was the issue?
It was about life and time of king Solomon in the Holy Bible. Everybody contributed to the discussion in his own way. What raged in my heart was the judgmental approach of a young man on where King Solomon is. He said he must be in hell now with his one thousand women in his kitty.
I wonder why people are interested in judging others especially those who had lived and gone. I am not against studying their lifestyles to learn lessons that will help our Christian walk.
Lessons can be learned from lives: the good, the bad and the ugly.
King Solomon had come and gone in the way of all flesh. I do not want to take much of your time here on the lives of people who had fulfilled their own part of history. Please, read my articles titled “They lived for us.” and “You are living for others.” at http://www.faithwriters.com.
Do you know there is a wide gap between “reviewing” somebody’s life with the aim of learning good lessons from it and analysing it with the purpose of passing judgments? Every life teaches a lesson. A wicked man’s life teaches a good lesson that you should NOT be wicked because the end of a wicked man is never good. He will end up in hell if he failed to repent.
Not only this, every disobedience to the commandments of God is sin.
There are so many people who do not “acquire” many women but are guilty of adultery of the
Whichever form the adultery takes, it is a sin against God. It is sad that those who are guilty of such forms of immorality will openly pass judgments on king Solomon.
I thank the Lord Jesus Christ who is all.knowing. The top religious leaders of his days came to report a woman who was caught in the act of fornication. They came to Him armed with a law of “stone her”.
What was Jesus response? Luke 8: 1-11.
“All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” verse seven.
Why do people engage in delivering judgments on the mistakes, errors or wrongdoing of others? One reason is: to cover their own! The Lord cannot be fooled. He is all.knowing.
When the woman’s accusers repeatedly demanded His judgment in her wrong act, He stoop down to write on the dust. What was Jesus writing on the dust? After He gave them an answer of “Let one who never sinned first throw stone at her “, He wrote on the dust again.
Do not forget that He can easily perceive the thoughts of men’s hearts. He also knows past lives of everybody; nothing is hidden from Him. These accusers forgot their sins. They saw themselves as people who never did a wrong.
Jesus, however, did not forget that they were weak DUSTS who will return to the dusts and there was no need for the Spirit of God to struggle with mortal flesh, (Genesis 3:19,6:3). For these reasons, he wrote on the “tablets of their hearts” reminding them of their past and present secret sins.
Each of them convicted himself of one wrong act or another and so dropped his stone to depart, leaving the woman fornicator with the merciful Lord Jesus.
Do you know what? Jesus knew the woman commited the sin but he warned her to “Go and sin no more.”
Do you do this?
Do not forget that you are a mortal flesh, engage in regular self.examination, self-correction and cleansing in the blood of Jesus Christ by the help of the Holy Spirit.
Heed Apostle Paul’s warning
“So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time- before the Lord returns. For he will bring out the darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.” 1 Corinthians 4:5.
Are you more concerned with what will be your reward from the Lord than judging others? Let your reward be uppermost in your heart; not looking for opportunities to accuse and condemn others.
Work assiduously on yourself to be fit for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ which is imminent. Learn every good lesson from the lives of those who have lived before you, both from the Holy Bible and other reliable sources. Learn something good that will guide you to eternal life.
Retire from judging others, focus on your own weakness and in prayer make necessary positive changes.
Please, take note that this piece was not written to oppose, in any way, putting right was is wrong between two persons or bringing back someone who has done wrong to the path of righteousness.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.