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December 23

Ezra 3; Revelation 14:14-20

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

Now because we have maintenance from the king's palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king; —Ezra iv. 14.

"It was not meet for us to see the King's dishonour." No doubt you will see the force of the argument without need of much explanation. It is good reasoning: If they were fed from the king's palace it was not meet that they should stand by and see the king dishonoured. The reasoning comes home to us. If we are so favoured—we, who are believers—with such a choice portion, it is not meet of us to sit down and see our God dishonoured. And here I will notice some things which dishonour God, and which we are bound not to put up with.

By every sense of propriety we are bound not to see God dishounoured by ourselves. It is well to begin at home. Art thou doing anything that dishonours thy God, professor—anything at home, anything in thy daily avocation, anything in the way of conducting thy business? Is there anything in thy conversation, anything in thy actions, anything in thy reading, anything in thy writing, anything in thy speaking, that dishonours God?

Seeing that thou art fed from the King's table, I beseech thee let it not be said that the King got damage from thee. If there be a traitor let him be found somewhere else, but not among the Lord's own chosen.

Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible, Vol. 2 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1962), p. 115.

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