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Neutrality to Christ impossible — Specimens of Oppression.

wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem ? 10 They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers. 11 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel ; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah.

Ezk. 39: 23 The heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies : so fell they all by the sword. [Lev. 26: 14-39. Dt. 28: 15-67. Neh. 9: 27-30. Jer. 25: 8-14, and 44: 6-11.]

[See 87, 303, 362, 381, 566, 630, 733, and Threats, in the Index.]

NEUTRALITY.

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487. Neutrality towards Christ and his cause apparent, not real. 1 K. 18: 21 Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How

ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Mat. 12: 30 He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.

Mk. 9: 40 He that is not against us, is on our part.

Rev. 3: 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

OPPRESSION.

488. Specimens of ancient oppression.

Ex. 5:15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thoủ thus with thy servants ? 16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and behold, thy servants are beaten ; but the fault is in thine own people. 17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go, and do sacrifice to the LORD. 18 Go therefore now, and work:

Efects of - God hates it.

for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks. 19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish aught from your bricks of your daily task.

Ezk. 22: Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. 28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the LORD hath not spoken. 29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully,

Mic. 3: 2 Who hate the good, and love the evil ; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones ; 3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

Nah. 3: 1 Wo to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not. (See 200(7), 681, 682.] 489. Effects of oppression upon oppressors.

Pr. 21: 7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

Is. 30: 12 Thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: 13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant. (See 733.] 490. God notices and hates

oppressors Threats. Ex. 3: 7 The LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows: 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.

Job 27: 13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty. 14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

Ps. 12: 5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. — 72: 4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

God hates it-Threats.

Pr. 14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoreth him hath mercy on the poor.

Ec. 5: 8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

Is. 61: 8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt-offering

Jer. 5: 27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. 28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. 29 Shall I not visit for these things ? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

Ezk. 18: 10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things, 12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination, 13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die ; his blood shall be upon him. — 22: 12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God. 13 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee. 14 Can thy heart endure,or can thy hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it. ?9 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. 31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.

Jam. 2: 13 He shall have judgment without mercy that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. 5: 4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth ; and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. [See 523,636, 679.]

To set an example, instruct and govern.

491. Infatuation of oppressors.
Ec. 7: 7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad.

Am. 3: 10 They know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces. [See 707.]

PARENTS

492. Parents should set a good example.

Jos. 24: 15 As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Ps. 101: 2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

Tit. 2: 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works. [See 178.] 493. Parents should instruct and govern their children.

Ex. 10: 2 That thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them ; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.

Dt. 6: 6 These words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon of thine house, and on thy gates. [Dt. 11: 18—21.] — 32: 46 He said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your

children to observe to do, all the words of this law.

Pr. 22: 6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Is. 28: 9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine ? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

Ep. 6: 4 Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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494. Parents should correct children for disobedience.

Pr. 10: 13 A rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding. - 13: 24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. 19:18 Chas

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To provide – Parental faithfuli.ess — Result of parental unfithfulness.

ten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. 22: 15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. 23: 13 Withhold not correction from the child : for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. - 26: 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. — 29: 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom : but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. 17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

Heb. 12: 9 We have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

[See 54.]
495. Parents should provide for their children.

2 Cor. 12: 14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours,

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you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

1 Tim. 5: 8 If any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 496. IIaphy result of parental faithfulness.

Gen. 18:19 I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

Ps. 37: 26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth, and his seed is blessed. — 102: 28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

Pr. 20: 7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. 22: 6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

2 Tim. 1: 5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

[See 120.]
497. Sud result of parental unfaithfulness --- judicial visitation.

Ex. 20: 5 I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon their children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. Jer. 32: 18.

Num. 14: 33 Your children shall wander in the wilderness

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