Are all our righteous acts like filthy rags?

Are all our righteous acts like filthy rags?

(Is. 64:6, NIV)

One of the most misused, misquoted, and misunderstood Scriptures in the Bible comes from Isaiah 64:6, where Isaiah writes, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags …” (NIV).

  • 1. They shouldn’t be!
  • 2. Where might misunderstandings of Isaiah 64:6 have also come from?
  • 3. Can we not sin? Can we be perfect? Can our deeds be pleasing to God?
  • 4. What if we do sin?

The Art (or Skill) of Good Listening

  1. Take care what you listen to (Mk. 4:24)

(a) Listen to God’s message through Jesus

(b) Don’t listen to …

(i) A different gospel

(ii) Something new

(iii) The wisdom of men

  1. Take care how you listen (Lk. 8:18)

(a) Listen with understanding

(b) Listen eagerly

(c) Listen respectfully (after all, it is the word of God Himself!)

(d) Listen to obey

Situation Ethics? (Matt. 12:1-8)

An exposition of Matthew 12:1-8
  • Situational ethics is individualistic and therefore may give people an excuse for not obeying Jesus’ commands through His apostles when it suits them.
  • Does Matt. 12:1-8 teach “situation ethics”, as some claim? No!
  • Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (Jn.14:15). That is the end of the matter.