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“Crime and punishment”

Apr 27 2020

 “Crime and punishment”

Whenever a widespread natural disaster occurs or a “Global Pandemic” I hear people talk of God’s judgment and the “ends times” as people try to make sense out of what they ae experiencing and hearing constantly on the news. While I’m not saying that this is God’s judgment or that we are in the end times, I do think that such a question does allow for a discussion about God’s Judgment. There seems to be two main positions as it relates to this:

  1. There are those that see God as indifferent towards sin and that His judgement is long overdue. To which Hebrews 10:30-31 says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The LORD will judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
  2. Then there are those that see God as a mean restrictive ogre who punishes poor mankind on a whim.

So, for this weekly words I’m going to give you six reasons God is always right in His judgment:

1.     Ps. 90:8 “You have set our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.” Eccl 12:14 “For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.” Mark 4:22 “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” Simply put God see every hidden thing as well as the “the thoughts and intents of the heart.” 

2.     Rom. 1:18 “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness”. Not only does man “miss the mark” concerning how God created him he does so by willingly suppressing the truth.

3.     Rom. 2:5 “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God”. Furthermore, mankind continues to harden their heart while God is patiently giving people time to repent.

4.     Ps. 78:21-22 “Therefore the LORD heard this and was furious; So, a fire was kindled against Jacob, And anger also came up against Israel, Because they did not believe in God, And did not trust in His salvation.” The continual and persistent refusal to trust God is yet another reason for His judgment.

5.     2 Sam 6:7 “the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.” Not only is there a refusal to trust God there is a continual rebellion in attempts to approach God on our own grounds.

6.     Finally, there disobedience that will continue and not ever change.

Dear Christian, the reality is that God is “long suffering” towards our rebellion, He does so because He isn’t willing that any should parish, but God would not be holy nor righteous if He simple allowed rebellion to continue to affect His creation. The tragedy is that with a gradual judgment people will still not repent. For me when I say things like this I start confessing my sin and rebellion, how about you?

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!