Can You Justify That? (5 of 8) by Jeff Strite

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Can You Justify That? (5 of 8)
Series: Christianese
Jeff Strite
Romans 5:6-21


I'm going to show you a list of some common English sayings on the screen.
Tell me you recognize them.

A thorn in the side
Eat, drink, and be merry
Handwriting on the wall.
The blind leading the blind.
Like a lamb to the slaughter
Do not throw your pearls before swine
Can a leopard change its spots?
The skin of your teeth
Feet of clay
Fly in the ointment
Salt of the earth
By the sweat of your brow
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone
There's nothing new under the sun

Did you recognize all of them?
Good!
Now, what did they all have in common?
That's right… they were all from Scripture:

A thorn in the side (2 Corinthians 12:7).
Eat, drink, and be merry (Luke 12:19).
Handwriting on the wall (Daniel 5).
The blind leading the blind. Luke 6:39
Like a lamb to slaughter (Isaiah 53:7).
Do not throw pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6).
Can a leopard change its spots? (Jeremiah 13:23).
The skin of our teeth (Job 19:20).
Feet of clay (Daniel 2:33-34).
Fly in the ointment (Ecclesiastes 10:1).
Salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).
By the sweat of your brow (Genesis 3:19).
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone (John 8:7).
Nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Lots of people use those terms and they'll often use them without realizing where those sayings came from. Most folks don't realize how deeply Bible phrases and words have influenced our English language, and that's especially true of the word we're going to consider this morning:

JUSTIFY or JUSTIFICATION

Those sound like $20 words.
Many people would think no one ever uses those terms anymore.
But they'd be wrong.
These words are so interwoven into our culture, that even I was surprised how often people use them.

But before we get to that, let's consider how God uses these words.

Romans 5 says ''… we have now been JUSTIFIED by (Jesus') blood'' Romans ...


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