Tag: God is just
Scripture reading for December 20th: Revelation 15
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 15:1-3 “I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues-last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass, mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are Your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are Your ways, King of the ages.”
John saw a sign in heaven: seven angels with the seven last plagues that would complete the wrath of God against the wicked on earth. Along with this sign, John saw a multitude of victorious saints standing beside the glassy sea. These saints had been victorious over the beast. This multitude were given harps and sang the song of Moses! This song extolled God’s great deeds of deliverance of His people and the crushing defeat of their pursuing enemy! What happened in time past will repeat at the conclusion of God’s wrath!
Observations for over-comers: God’s character is just! Singing is in order! “Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing unto the Lord, for He is highly exalted. The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.” (Exodus 15:1)
Scripture reading for September 20th: 2nd Thessalonians 1
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 2nd Thessalonians 1:6-10 “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of His power on the day He comes to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.”
The Thessalonian church was suffering severe persecution and Paul sought to bring them comfort and hope. Here he reminds them that God is just! God’s justice shows mercy to those who suffer and promises relief at the right time. God’s justice forgives those who repent of their rebellion and of the suffering they caused the righteous. God’s justice also repays unrepentant sinners for their wickedness in causing human suffering, especially of God’s people. The payment is “everlasting destruction” and being “shut out from the presence of the Lord”! God’s people will see His glory and behold His majesty!
Observations for over-comers: All vengeance belongs to the Lord–He alone is just and able to judge the heart and know those who have not repented. Remember all lost people will suffer “everlasting destruction!” “And they (the Redeemed) will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” (Isaiah 66:24)
Scripture reading for September 21st: 2nd Thessalonians 1
Sometime after Paul had written his first letter to the church he had founded, reports came of confusion among members of the church concerning the coming of Jesus Christ.
“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God for which you are suffering.” (2nd Thessalonians 1:3-5) Paul spoke encouragingly to his brothers about their faith and love in the midst of trial. He reminded them that their perseverance in the trials was a sign of God’s favor upon them.
“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” (2nd Thessalonians 1:6-8) God is just! God knows how to pay back those who do evil and reward the righteous. Jesus would return from heaven and right the injustice and they would receive their reward, if they continued to persevere!
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.” (2nd Thessalonians 1:11) Paul prayed for fulfillment of God’s will, not deliverance from trials!
Scripture reading for May 22nd: Job 11-14
“Know this, God has even forgotten some of your sin.” Job 11:6b
“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1st John 1:8-9
Job’s friend Zophar was frank in his accusation that Job needed to repent. He was certain that Job had sinned and that God was being merciful even in this harsh trial. He stated that God had probably forgotten some of Job’s sins or it might be worse! (Job 11:6) If Job would just repent of his sin, God would be merciful to him. (Job 11:14-15) Zophar could not get away from the common understanding of God’s justice that said trouble and suffering were a result of sin in a person’s life.
Job, however, knew of no specific sins and did not want to fake a repentance or manufacture some sin just to manipulate God or appease these friends. Job did know his need for God’s covering of his sins. He wrestled with how he could meet with God and what would happen after death. Finally, Job made a statement of faith concerning his own life and sins. It is in the form of a prayer discourse with God. (Job 14:13-17) Job asked God to hide him in the grave until His anger had passed and then “to set a time and remember me”. He asked that if a man died, would he live again? He stated that he expected to hear a call from God and to respond from the grave because God longed to have fellowship with the “creature He has made”. Job expected by faith that all his sins would be sealed in a bag, covered over and not remembered!
Jesus Christ came as the “mediator” and gave His life for our sins, promising to come again and remember us! He forgave our sins and remembers them no more! We will live with Him forever! This is available now to all who will repent and confess their sins to the Lord! (1st John 1:7-9)
Scripture reading for May 31st: Job 32-34
Elihu was a younger friend of Job and his friends. Elihu had been listening to the arguments between these friends and Job and had been taking notes. He was disappointed at the arguments on both sides and finally felt that he must speak. It is interesting to note that God never rebukes Elihu or asks Job to pray for him. We are not told why, but it may be that he spoke youthful wisdom by God’s Spirit! (Job 32:18; 33:3-4)
Elihu humbly appealed to Job on the basis of being made from clay just like all men. (Job 33:6) He assured Job that he was not there to beat him up or belittle him. He wanted to talk to him plainly about some of his statements that had bothered him. This approach is honest and scriptural. We should be able to discuss our differences without offense or animosity.
Job had stated that although he felt he was innocent, God had found fault with him and had shackled him with this trial. Elihu stated that God used trials to teach us. He isn’t always punishing us when we go through trials. (Job 33:14-22) He uses these to warn us and keep us from pride or wrong actions. Elihu suggested that man needs an angel or mediator to help him understand his troubles. We are often blind to the problem and need correction and prayer.
Elihu tried to be the true kind of friend who would help with understanding and correction and not bring condemnation. He invited Job to answer him or respond. He invited the friends to test his words with their ears as the tongue tastes food! (Job 34:3) Elihu stated strongly to Job and his friends his belief that God would never do wrong or evil and certainly would not pervert justice! (Job 34:10-12) God is totally impartial and governs the earth and all its inhabitants and rulers accordingly.
Elihu was young but showed great wisdom. He knew he was human and appealed to these older saints to listen. He listened before speaking and then offered his insight humbly. He recognized God’s power and His justice and knew that God worked in many ways that we sometimes don’t understand. He knew that Job needed help from God and his friends to get through this trial. Thank God today for those He sends to you with His wisdom!