Verse 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.
Verse 21For from within, out of the heart of man,
a.)come evil thoughts
You may ask yourself where did these so called evil thoughts come from, well you can turn to Genesis 2:9 which says ~ And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
But look what God does in following verses of
15: And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat17: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Now that wasn't hard instructions was it? Just don't eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; well apparently we know that they disobeyed God by listening to the serpent in chapter 3 of Genesis in verse 4 “ You will not surely die 5: For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. 6: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate, 7 Then the eyes if both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.
Then if you go a little further after God passed judgement on them and punish them for the disobediene in Chapter 3: 22: God said Behold the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever -
23: therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
So you see Evil has come from the beginning when Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eatting the fruit which they were told not to eat.
Its interesting that they had other trees in the garden and I am sure they look wonderful too but with the serpents witty smooth evil talking and flesh desire to disobey they did.
Sort of reminds me as a kid Your parents tell you If you eat your sandwich you can have a cookie or two from the cookie jar but not until you first eat your sandwich; then they turn their backs to you and you know every object in the room that can get you up to where that cookie jar is to get to that cookie; and we all know we either get caught redhanded or we eat to many cookies and plus the sandwich and we become sick with a tummy ache cause we didnt listen to a single simple instruction that our parents said.
Anyway lets look at some more scriptures on evil and or evil thoughts, how about;
Genesis 6:5: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Now pay attention to how God felt about this in verse 6: And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved ( Hebrew meaning of this is “indignant rage”) him at his heart.
Indignant means; feeling, characterized by, or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base: indignant remarks; an indignant expression on his face.
It was sad to see that mankind had already in the early stages began to be corrupted and so displeasing that it brought grieve on God but we know rather good or evil there is a judgement for it and God did bring judgement on the earth as we look in Gen 6: 11 – 22. And Thanks be unto God for salvation.
Throughout the New Testament the words “save,” “saved,” and “salvation” have their root in the Greek #4982 “sozo” which means to save, to rescue, to deliver, to protect. “Sozo” is also translated in the New Testament with the words to heal, preserve, save, do well, and to make whole. The Greek #4991 “soteria” (which has it’s origin in “sozo”) is the main word translated “salvation.” “Soteria” is also translated to deliver, health, salvation, save and saving.
One can learn the full meaning of a Greek word by studying the scriptures where it is used and the way it is interpreted. You can easily see from the previous definitions that “salvation” _means much more_ than a soul’s preparation for Heaven.
Gensesis 6:11 - 22
11: Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12:And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth. 13:And God said to Noah, ‘I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth. 14: Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15: This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16: Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above; and put the door of the ark in its side; make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17: For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18:But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19: And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20: Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive. 21:Also take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.’ 22: Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
So you see God brings salvation to Noah and His family. Now lets read Genesis 8: 20 – 9: 17
Gen 8:20 And Noah built an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Gen 21: And the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
Gen 22: While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Gen 9:10: And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
11: And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
Gen12: And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
Gen 13: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
Gen14: And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
Gen 15: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Gen16: And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I (talking about God) will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
Gen 17: And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
Praise God for His mercies no more floods !!
I am going to share more scriptures so you can see more about evil but will not go into much details because you can study God's word for yourself.
Proverbs 8:13: The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. C.S. Lewis references the term of fear in many of his writings, but specifically describes it in his book The Problem of Pain and states that fear of the Numinous is not a fear that one feels for a tiger, or even a ghost. Rather, the fear of the Numinous, as C. S. Lewis describes it, is one filled with awe, in which you "feel wonder and a certain shrinking" or "a sense of inadequacy to cope with such a visitant of or prostration before it". It is a fear that comes forth out of love for the Lord.
In Proverbs 11:21: Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. Does this remind you of God judgement looking back at Noah and the Ark? The wicked being punished and Noah and his family delivered. =)
Now lets have a close look at
Ecclesiastes 12:14; For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
adj. Kept hidden from knowledge or view; concealed. Dependably discreet. Operating in a hidden or confidential manner: a secret agent. Not expressed; inward: their secret thoughts.
R.C. Sproul said “Something terrible has happened to us. We have lost all desire for God. The thoughts and desires of our heart are only evil continuously. The freedom of our will is a curse. Because we can still choose according to our desires, we choose sin and this we become accountable to the judgment of God. “
Isaiah 5:20; Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
We used to hear things like this as kids in the 1980s and I am sure they had words before then,but example a guy tell his buddy “hey watch me thump Jim Bob on the head or pull Jenny's Pony tails” and they carry out the rudeness and the buddy says Man that was way “Cool” meaning that was good he could do that. Or how about the class gathers together and tells Jim Bob that it would be good if he sticks a tack in the teacher chair, well we all know that it aint good and that its bad and will have consequences of some sort.
A consequence is that which results from a given action (cause and effect).
Instead of having evil thoughts or doing evil and that which is displeasing to God, lets look at
Romans 12:9 -21
Rom 9: Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10: Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;
11: Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;12: Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13: Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14: Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15: Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16: Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17: Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18: If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20: Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21: Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
I know it can be hard at times but next time we have evil thoughts lets remember how unpleasing it is to God and pray instead or listen to some good praise music; and if you do sin turn to God and tell him You failed Him and try not to do it again, as you can see many times Jesus telling people “ Go and Sin no more” And don't do like I used to think and say I keep failing I will never be able to please God I am a failure I keep falling into the same sin over and over. Paul even said in
Rom 7:15;For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. The American Standard Version puts it this way; For that which I do I know not: for not what I would, that do I practise; but what I hate, that I do.
But as Children of God we have the Holy Spirit to guide us into His truths.
Also Charles Spurgeon once said “I have heard someone say, “I am tormented with horrible thoughts. Wherever I go, blasphemies steal in upon me. Frequently at my work a dreadful suggestion forces itself upon me, and even on my bed I am startled from my sleep by whispers of the evil one. I cannot get away from this horrible temptation.”
Friend, I know what you mean, for I have myself been hunted by this wolf. A man might as well hope to fight a swarm of flies with a sword as to master his own thoughts when they are set on by the devil.
I do not wonder you feel that you are without strength to stop these hideous and abominable thoughts which Satan pours into your soul; but yet I would remind you of the Scripture, “When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” [Romans 5:6] “
Ephesians 5:16 -21 says
Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
1Thess 5:22 says Abstain from all appearance of evil.
: to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice meaning not consuming.
Hebrews 5:11 - 14
Heb 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskillfull in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
The meaning of exercised; transitive verb 1 a : to make effective in action : use b : to bring to bear : exert c : to implement the terms of (as an option)
2 a : to use repeatedly in order to strengthen or develop b : to train (as troops) by drills and maneuvers c : to put through exercises
3 a : to engage the attention and effort of b : to cause anxiety, alarm, or indignation in
So if you read and study God's word constantly and listen to what is taught, you will be able to see that which is good and evil.. the word of God is plan on Evil and that which is Good and the Judgement He brings on both rather punishment for Evil or Salvation for the good.
Now lets read 1 Peter 3:9 - 22
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
~ Eschew (–verb (used with object) to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.)
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
Well I would like to close this in the Book of Psalms 34:11 - 22
11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
1. barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape.
2. deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited.
3. solitary; lonely: a desolate place.
4. having the feeling of being abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn.
5. dreary; dismal; gloomy: desolate prospects.
–verb (used with object)
6. to lay waste; devastate.
7. to deprive of inhabitants; depopulate.
8. to make disconsolate.
9. to forsake or abandon.
Well I hope this is understandable to all my young readers and food for the older and wiser readers to question themselves on the subject of evil thoughts or evil and be thankful to God for His wonderful Life saving Grace
To the Young readers please read
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
I pray you all get something out of this. Until next time God Blessings to you!