Those Who Have No Right to Speak God’s Word

Text: Psalm 50:16-21

We sometimes hear celebrities, politicians, and other godless people quoting (or misquoting) the Bible to defend an unscriptural position. When we hear them, we might think, “What business do they have in speaking about the Bible?” God asked the same question in our text. There are certain ones who have no right to speak God’s word.

Those Who Are Wicked (v. 16)

  • God did not intend for His word to be taught only by those who were sinlessly perfect – fallible human beings proclaim His infallible word (2 Corinthians 4:7)
  • There is a difference between one who occasionally sins and one who is given to sin (1 John 1:6-9)
  • The wickedness of a teacher can discredit the gospel in the mind of the hearer (2 Corinthians 6:3)

Those Who Hate Discipline (v. 17)

  • As noted in previous point, God’s word will be taught by fallible people – at times, we may be guilty of sin or error and need correction (Acts 18:24-26; Galatians 2:11-12)
  • One who continues in his sin is arrogant (Proverbs 14:16) – hating discipline is an indication that one is arrogant
  • God’s message is for the teacher just as much as it is for the hearer (Romans 2:21)

Those Who Cast Aside God’s Words (v. 17)

  • Our responsibility is to preach the word in season and out (2 Timothy 4:2) – to stay motivated to do this, we must love God’s word (cf. Psalm 119:97)
  • Sadly, many will not want to hear the gospel in its simplicity (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
  • There will be teachers willing to teach what the people want – but these are not servants of Christ (Galatians 1:10; 1 Peter 4:11)

Those Who View Sin Favorably (v. 18)

  • This is not the same as those who are willing to teach anyone – Jesus ate with sinners (Luke 5:29-32)
  • But Jesus did not condone their sin – He met with them to try to lead them out of sin (Luke 5:32)
  • This is different – they condone and support sin; opposite of what we should do (Ephesians 5:11)

Those Who Do Not Control Their Speech (v. 19-20)

  • There are a few sins of the tongue mentioned here – lack of control, deceit, slander
  • James said the tongue cannot be tamed (James 3:8) – this indicates a heart problem (Matthew 15:18-20)
  • Those who teach “will incur a stricter judgment” (James 3:1) – closer scrutiny by others (Titus 2:7-8); divine obligation to accurately represent the truth (1 Peter 4:11)

Those Who Think That God is Like Them (v. 21)

  • Many presume to know the mind of God based upon what’s in their own mind – but we can only know what God has revealed in His word (1 Corinthians 2:10-12, 16)
  • Apostasy comes when men put themselves in the place of God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) – we must recognize our place before God (Isaiah 55:8-11); trust His word over our opinions
  • God is not like man (Numbers 23:19) – we should be thankful for this (Malachi 3:6; 2 Peter 3:9)

Conclusion

  • This lesson is not just to condemn celebrities, politicians, and other godless people for quoting/misquoting the Scriptures – it is also a call for us to examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 2:21)
  • We can all teach in some capacity (1 Peter 3:15) – let us make sure we are qualified to do so

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