What is Your Responsibility?

What is your responsibility? Knowledge of a situation times control of a situation equals responsibility for that situation (Ez.33:2-7). Rights are proportional to responsibilities. Liability must be limited to what a person would have stood to gain. A concubine who commits adultery can only be scourged "because she was not free" (Lev.19:20). As Christ said, "If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloak for their sin" (John 15:22). "Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin. But now ye say, we see. Therefore, your sin remaineth" (John 9:41). God ignores mistakes (Acts 17:30) but "unto whom much is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 12:48). Those who deliberately disobey will be beaten with many stripes while those who accidentally disobey will be beaten with few (Luke 12:47-48). Why not remain perfectly ignorant then? Because if a man falls off a cliff and dies, he may have been ignorant of the cliff (not responsible) but he must still bear the penalty (death). "Not guilty by reason of insanity" doesn't mean "not penalized." God has given us various identifying "SIGNS" such as Sabbath-keeping (Ex. 31:17) and putting the Law on our hand and forehead (Deut. 6:8 & 11:18) to set us apart from idolaters and lawbreakers and identify us to the world as responsible covenant-keepers who therefore have rights.


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