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Warned Against the Profane Apostate

Not all of God’s children respond to chastisement properly. Parents know that from their own children—sometimes they submit to chastisement, but often they complain, whine, and are even defiant when their parents discipline them. Sometimes Christians become discouraged through chastisement—then they must lift up the hands, which hang down; and the weakened knees. Sometimes Christians are bitter through chastisement—then they must watch diligently against the root of bitterness. We have looked at these warnings in previous blog posts. 

This text describes the worst case—apostasy. Sometimes people turn from the faith altogether because of the hardships of the Christian life. Such people are like Esau—and the root of their apostasy is profanity. 

SB Staff Annual Meeting 2024

Last week Tuesday, June 4, the annual Standard Bearer meeting was held at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary. Once annually, the editors and writers of the SB meet to decide on topics, rubrics, and writers for the upcoming volume year.

Guarding Against Bitterness

The word “bitterness” expresses the meaning of the sin: it means “harsh,” “sharp,” “cutting,” or “cruel.” In English, bitter is the opposite of sweet. We find the reference to “bitterness” in Deuteronomy 29:18, “Lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood.” The writer to the Hebrews refers to that verse in Hebrews 12:15. It is not a direct quote, but it is a clear allusion to that text. Gall and wormwood are bitter-tasting herbs. The idea here, however, is of a bitter tasting, poisonous fruit. The bitter root bears gall and wormwood, which are its bitter fruit. 

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