LUKE 16:10 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (Oct 2-9)

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The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much” (Luke 16:10).

We're continuing our study of how the Church is a societal hedge or foundation for a free and just society. This week, we're looking at faithfulness and how that is an essential service to those around us.

Faithful means being loyal, constant, and steadfast to whatever you have agreed to do, what you've promised to others, and the expectations and responsibilities implied in your participation with your society.

Practically speaking, faithfulness is the glue that keeps a community together. It means people can trust that you will follow through for them when they need you - that you will not betray them to their harm. It means they can trust their lives, livelihood, and families to you. Without faithfulness, there is no trust. Breaking faith causes harm, not only to those you break faith with, but to all those connected to that person.

Also, a citizen is intrinsically expected to act out the values and laws of the society he is a representative of - you are expected to be faithful to the way of life that your citizenship represents. Breaking this faith in you, means being taken outside the contract of citizenship - as a murderer, thief, traitor, and the like. Faithfulness is more important to our lives than many of us realize. This is why God speaks so much on the subject in His Word.

And in His Word, Jesus taught us that faithfulness means being trustworthy where your commitments to God are concerned (First Commandment) and following through in your commitment to the moral law of God in your own life and in your community (Second Commandment). The Scriptures teach us that we should endeavor to be faithful in whatever we have committed ourselves to or whatever has been entrusted to us - even if it is the slightest or smallest thing, because proving ourselves faithful here shows that we can be entrusted to be faithful in things of greater import and consequence.

This is what good parenting understands - children must be trained to be faithful and trustworthy in inconsequential actions before they can be entrusted with tasks, duties, and responsibilities that might cause harm if not followed through upon. Only a foolish parent overlooks a child's lack of faithfulness in the small things and gives them responsibilities in big things. Disaster and harm will follow such decisions, because they will prove unfaithful and untrustworthy.

Unfortunately, whole generations of children are being raised with no expectation of faithfulness and without an understanding of what it means, since their parents also break faith with them. We see faithlessness and treachery growing everywhere that faithfulness is demanded - marriage, parenting, family responsibility, looking out for our neighbors and community, business services, governance, medical support, etc. Everywhere, people are failing to follow-through, or simply betraying, their responsibilities, duties, promises, and commitments to God and to their neighbors.

The Founders of America understood the priceless value of this foundation and its necessity in a free government - namely that faithfulness was necessary for self-governance to succeed. A free society can only hold together if bound by each person's faithfulness in their commitments to God and each other. Any society that does not function on faithfulness devolves into either anarchy (everyone does what is right in their own eyes) or tyranny (everyone obeys the ruler through fear) - and neither of these are good for the people in the societies. This is why the Founders passionately insisted that Christian values were absolutely essential to the American experiment's success and if ever they were abandoned, the American experiment in free government would devolve into anarchy or tyranny.

May we testify, as many of them did, that God's Word is spiritual life, offering reconciliation to all men through His Son's payment in blood for their sins. This is Salvation for eternal life. And, may we also testify to the truth that God's Word is practical life for our relationships, neighborhoods, and society. Anything else brings eventual decay and death. May we renew ourselves in our commitments to God and faithfulness to our fellow man.

May we testify to the light of the Gospel that saves men from the eternal penalty of living a self-willed, self-centered life of harm. May we share the good news of the Gospel that teaches faithfulness and commitment for the peace and good of our societies. And may we never cease searching the Scriptures daily and seeking God's wisdom in His purposes on earth, which are for the good of all.

Other verses to consider:

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much” (Luke 16:10).

“Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak” (Psalm 12:1-2).

“For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness” (Psalm 33:4).

“O Lord God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You” (Psalm 89:8).

“If his sons forsake My law And do not walk in My judgments, If they violate My statutes And do not keep My commandments, Then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes. But I will not break off My lovingkindness from him,
Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness. My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips” (Psalm 89:30-34).

“However, You are just in all that has come upon us; For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly” (Nehemiah 9:33).

God’s promise to David that his descendants shall sit on the throne forever: “It shall be established forever like the moon, And the witness in the sky is faithful.” Selah” (Psalm 37).

My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me. He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me” (Psalm 101:6-7).

“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal faithfully are His delight” (Proverbs 12:22).

“Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble” (Proverbs 25:19).

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6).

“Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel, For the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness Or knowledge of God in the land. There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery. They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, And everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky, And also the fish of the sea disappear” (Hosea 4:1-3).

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others” (Matthew 23:23).

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master’” (Matthew 25:21).

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).

“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

“By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).

“Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (1 Peter 4:19).

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

“Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?” (Proverbs 20:6)

“‘This is another thing you do: you cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth. For I hate divorce,’ says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘and him who covers his garment with wrong,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously’” (Malachi 2:13-16).

“I behold the treacherous and loathe them, Because they do not keep Your word” (Psalm 119:158).

“‘Surely, as a woman treacherously departs from her lover, So you have dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah3:20).

“But like Adam they have transgressed the covenant; There they have dealt treacherously against Me” (Hosea 6:7).

“Her prophets are reckless, treacherous men; Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.” (Zephaniah 3:4).

“For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these” (2 Timothy 3:2-5).

“And He was saying, ‘That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness’” (Mark 7:20-22).

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