Adult Bible Fellowship- Attack Mode

Attack Mode DDL
ABF – October 2016
Introduction: We love to blame people for our problems! This has been a problem in our world since the beginning of time. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed Satan. If someone we love dies, someone has to be held accountable. If the police shoot someone and they die, the police are to blame. If a loved one dies prematurely, then there has to be someone at fault. The hospital should be sued, the other driver had to be drunk or careless, the product faulty. Lawyers make money chasing ambulances because they make money by finding some-one who is liable. “You may be entitled to compensation.” Recently my dad had a stroke. Ob-viously there are some who think that the nursing home was negligent. It is a way of life in America. It is normal until the cross hairs are pointed at us and we are seen as the guilty par-ty . At that point someone, a friend, a neighbor, a co worker, goes into attack mode and they accuse us. Accusations are a very common communication problem. It used to be hard to accuse someone to their face. It was easier to gossip about it behind their back. Now with Facebook, texting, and other forms of media, you can shoot to kill and let out the bad feelings and accuse people easily without having to face immediate retaliation.

Have you felt personal attacks lately? Have you been accused of hurting someone?
Have you ever been falsely accused?
I. Some Accusations are False
1 Peter 3:16 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.
Peter is warning us. This is not uncommon. People will speak evil of you and treat you as an evildoer. You will be guilty in their mind (even if it is untrue) and they will be fully con-vinced that you should be punished. They will also summons others to agree with them. They will find false witnesses that will substantiate their claims, even if it is one from years past who will testify, “He said that he will destroy this temple and in three days raise it up again.”
The context of this verse is,
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:
 Are we to be seeking answers about how to defend ourselves?
 Are we to be finding our own witnesses to show that they are lying?
 What responses are we supposed to give? What are we supposed to say to them?
This starts by setting apart the Lord God in our hearts. Pleasing Him must be the mo-tive of our answer. Our motivation is not to look good or to prove that we are right. We are not here to show that we are right. The unsaved will never approve of our position. We are to point them to Christ and His goodness, not our own goodness.
If our motive is to look good, then we will study how we can show that they are wrong
and we are right. This is the natural response to an accusation. All of us have been guilty of
using this approach to answer an accusation. When we take this approach, because we are
sinners, there is always something that a person can point to as a flaw in our character to
prove that they are right in their judgment. (This Presidential debate is the pinnacle of trying
to show case one who is good and one who is bad. Accusations are flying back and forth.)
If our motive is to please people, then we will be alarmed if our good name is torn
down in front of our loved ones. We will want to save face and will fight to prove that we are
right. Some how we must clear our name and confront the false accusation.
 What did Jesus do when He was accused?
1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened
not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
 If Christ was reviled, was that a false accusation? What did they accuse Him of?
First, Jesus did not revile back. He was God. His accusers were filled with sin. If there ever
was one who could prove the guilt of his accusers, it was Christ. He knew their sin. He knew
what was in man. He could have easily thrown the guilt into the faces of his accusers. Why
didn’t He?
Second, He threatened not. We are unsure of the exact meaning of this Greek Word. It is
used twice in the New Testament. The only other place it is used is Acts 4:17
Acts 4:17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that
they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
God came to this earth, and the world judged Him unworthy to live. He was seen as
being more evil than anyone alive. He blasphemed because He claimed to be God. He was
God. It was not a false claim. But mankind felt great conviction when He spoke and because
they were darkness, did not want to be reproved by His light.
Jesus could have summoned His glory and required His position to be honored. He had
the ability to destroy the entire world. You and I would never have been in hell because we
never would have been born. We would not have existed. But the world at that time would
have been lost.
Jesus was able to see into the future, and by seeing God’s hand in the future, was able
to trust God for the present. He was convinced that the future was not in the hands of his accusers
but in the hands of He Father.
He was able to commit Himself to the one who judged righteously. Obviously, that
was not the High Priest, the chief priests or the rulers of the Jews. They had made the greatest
mistake, and the worst judgment that had ever been made on the earth.
In the future all of those men will bow down to Jesus. You will probably witness, Caiaphas,
the High Priest, and Annas, his father-in-law, and Pilate bowing down and acknowledging
that the one they condemned was the actual Son of God. All of the misdeeds of the trial of
Christ will be unimportant compared to eternity. Those grievous accusations will be the
means that God chose to bring salvation to the Jews and the Gentiles.
The Man Moses –
Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the
face of the earth.)
Miriam and Aaron thought that Moses was making himself too important. He was not
the only one to whom God had spoken. Someone has said that Moses would not fight his
own battles, so God had to fight for Moses. When Miriam and Aaron brought these accusations
against Moses, it must have been very hurtful to him. They were his brother and sister.
Moses had the people of Israel rebel against his leadership many times. When your own sister
and/or brother turn against you, it is harder than a hundred strangers. It seems apparent
that Moses did not want God to hurt his brother and sister. He doesn’t say anything about
their accusation. He is silent. But God says something,
Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD
will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the
similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my
servant Moses?
They were proud because God had spoken to them. God is speaking to them again in
these verses, but it wasn’t exactly what they wanted to hear.
 Did God judge them for their accusation? What was Miriam’s judgment?
Moses did not revile. He did not threaten. He committed the judgment to God. Was
God righteous in His judgement? Miriam was given leprosy and had to live outside of the
camp for seven days. There is no mention of a judgment on Aaron.
The Mote and the Beam –
Luke 6:42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in
thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite,
cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the
mote that is in thy brother’s eye.
It is far easier to see the faults in others than it is to see the faults in our own lives. The
reason: we can justify our own sin and find excuses and reasons for what we do. But we can’t
see a reason or motive for what others do. Yet, we only see a small amount of the sin of another,
but we see a great deal of sin in or own hearts.
 What does this have to do with judging others?
 What does this have to do with the right thinking when we are judged by others?
In both cases, it is important to see that we are all sinners. We DO HAVE SIN IN OUR HEARTS
THAT NEED TO BE CLEANSED. Every false accusation also contains some truths. As in the case
of an erring brother,
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an
one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
It is critical that we learn to accept things from the hand of God. When we are falsely
accused, we need to ask, “could God have prevented this?” “Why didn’t He.” If God allows
something to come into your life, it is good and needed. We need to consider ourselves and
learn not to judge others, not to falsely accuse others, and not to revile others.