Filling up the measure of Sins
Scripture reading for September 13: 1st Thessalonians 2, Psalm 34, Proverbs 30
Key Scriptures: 1st Thessalonians 2:14-16 “For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved–so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last.”
Paul commended the Thessalonian church for their willingness to suffer as the churches in Judea had. There the Jews had killed the Lord Jesus, persecuted those who believed in Him and drove Paul and others out of the area. These religious people were displeasing to God and opposing all mankind! This filled up the measure of their sins and ultimately brought the wrath of God upon them. This is the consequence of opposing God’s people and rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord.
Faith Confession: Lord, I am willing to suffer persecution and abuse by those who oppose Jesus Christ. Help me to continue to believe and preach the Gospel message to whoever will listen so they may be saved from God’s coming and ongoing wrath.
Proverbs 30:5-6 “Every Word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His Words, lest He rebuke you and you be found a liar.”