Perfect justice can never occur on Earth. This does not mean we allow evil to flourish, but it does mean we can rest in the assurance that God will punish the wicked. God will condemn sin, and he will justly sentence sinners to Hell. In times of difficulty, where everywhere we turn we see evil people doing evil things, it is important to remember that it is God alone who will avenge. This is the thrust of Psalm 94: Read the rest of this entry »

The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea,
the Lord on high is mighty!
Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, forevermore.

(Psalm 93)

The basic thrust of Psalm 93 is that the Lord God reigns. It is continually proclaimed; it is eternally secure; and it is testified trustworthy by history itself which demonstrates everything God has decreed has come to pass in its entirety without fail. Notice the foundation, and hence continuation of, the world is not guaranteed; everything is predicated on the Lord God’s establishment of it. Derek Kidner concurs noting, “The stability envisaged here is not inherent; the physical world is established (1) only because thy throne is established (2), and the world of men in so far as that throne is acknowledged.” Praise must begin and end with He who is sovereign; God, is more powerful than the thrashing waves and more powerful then men who have chosen to rise up and rebel against Him. The outcome is has, is, and will always be in God’s favor. The fact that the Lord on high is mighty, literally carries the notion that the Creator’s majesty outshines all of Creation. If the psalm were to end here, God’s majesty and power would be well stated; but a greater lesson would be overlooked: one of truth. Read the rest of this entry »

“If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.”

– John 11:48-50

Self preservation always gets in the way of doing the right act. The classic example is Caiaphas, who schemed to kill our Lord and Savior in order to preserve his ideal lifestyle. Now to be perfectly clear, the following verses reminds us that God was, is, and will be always in control of events: “He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad” (John 11:51-52). Read the rest of this entry »

Is it truly better to give then receive? On an earthly level this is most definitely true, for our Lord and Savior stated as much. The Christmas season often brings to mind that phrase as we go about with our shopping and at various family gatherings. Yet, what about eternity; what sacrifice can we make that earns us a place in heaven? The answer is none.

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cas•cade kas-ˈkād n

: something arranged or occurring in a series or in a succession of stages so that each stage derives from or acts upon the product of the preceding

faith ˈfāth n

: belief and trust in and loyalty to God

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2 Corinthians 3:18

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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