Q. What are the actions not associated with the righteous man (person) in v 1, 2?
- The righteous man does not walk – in the counsel of the wicked.
- He does not stand – in the paths (ways) of the sinners.
- He does not sit – in the seats of mockers.
- He does not participate in the sinful acts of others. It does not mean he does not befriend or talk with them.
Q. What was Jesus accused of, in Matthew 9:10, 11 and Matthew 11:19?
- Jesus was accused many times by the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law of being a friend of tax collectors and sinners, and of spending a lot of His time with them. ( also check out The Scribes Questions Jesus’ Authority)
Q. Compare Psalms 1:1-2 with Matthew 9:10,11 and 11:19? How do we follow instruction given in Psalms 1:1-2?
- It means that the righteous,
- Must not follow (walk) in the counsel of the wicked.
- Must not participate (stand) in the sinful acts of wicked.
- Must not join (sit) with the mockers.
- Even though Jesus spent a lot of time with the sinners and tax collectors, His presence brought light and redemption (salvation) to those dark places and lives.
What is the joy of a righteous man?
- To meditate on the Word of the Lord day and night.
- To learn and obey the word of God. (How to do daily Quiet Time)
Q. What are the characteristics of the tree planted by the rivers (streams) of water?
- It is alive and gives us food, shelter and is useful in many other ways.
- Its leaves do not wither. (No fall!)
- It gets its nourishment from water. Its roots are planted near the source of life, which is water.
- It bears fruits in its appropriate season. (The fruits are useful to others and not for itself.)
Q. How does the example of the tree relate to the righteous person?
- He is always growing in the Lord and is rooted in the firm foundation of the Word of God. (Ephesians 3:17)
- He bears much fruit. (John 15:8 – “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”)
- Galatians 5: 22 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.”
Q. What are the characteristics of chaff?
- Aimless, directionless, without purpose. It has no utility.
Q What is the destiny of the wicked as described in v. 5-6?
- They will not stand in the judgment of God.
- They will not sit in the assembly of the righteous.
- They will perish.
- What is your standing in the judgment of God? Have you received Christ and His righteousness?
- Are you firmly rooted in the word of God? (Ephesians 3: 17)
- Do you meditate on the Word of God every day?
- Do you manifest the fruits of the spirit? (Galatians 5:22)
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