Read verses 9-11
Note: According to The John MacArthur Study Bible, the “partridge” refers to “a sand grouse which invaded and brooded over a nest not its own, but was forced to leave before the eggs hatched. It depicted a person who unjustly took possession of things he had no right to take and couldn’t enjoy the benefits, despite all the efforts.”
Q: What is the meaning of verse 9?
A: The basis for this is original sin. There’s a propensity in mankind to be led astray from the truth. The reason is the flesh wishes to be in control of its own destiny and not accountable to God. Therefore, the tendency of the flesh is to move out from under God’s authority and is easily deceived in regard to spiritual things. [See Romans 1:18-32.]
Note: The word “desperately” is translated “beyond cure” in the NIV. It basically means “incorrigible.” That is why anything the world has to offer in order to change the heart will always fall short. Only the Holy Spirit indwelling within a person can result in changing the heart, and the change happens only by replacing the lies and deception with the truth― the Word of God taken by faith.
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Q: What are some examples of how we can be deceived, or even deceive ourselves?
A: Consider the following:
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”
― 1 John 1:5-10
“So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,”
― Ephesians 4:17-22
“Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
― 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Application: Comment on the statement, “Infatuation is a form of temporary insanity.” (For leader: When we’re “infatuated” by someone, or sexually attracted to someone, certain chemicals are released in our brains that effectively “numb” the centers for higher thinking. Therefore, good judgment, rational thinking, and right moral choices are not always functioning. Therefore, people do “stupid” things when they’re infatuated by someone or “head over heels in love.” So often it is some form of worldly or fleshly lust that causes us to be deceived, whether it’s lust for sex, for power, for money, or for fame.)
Q: What is the meaning of verse 10, and why is it that our “deeds” are judged by God?
A: God knows the core of who we really are regardless of how others perceive us or even how we perceive ourselves. David was special to God because, even though he made huge mistakes, he was “a man after My own heart.” Therefore, we’d better get our act together spiritually because God can’t be fooled. It is our deeds that are judged because our behaviors, our lifestyle, our attitudes and our relationships reflect the true us; that is, our hearts. The more we allow God’s Word to be “incarnated” in us, the more our hearts change, and therefore, our behaviors.