Saturday, October 31, 2009

He Doesn't Forget

Obadiah 1:8-11
(8) Will I not on that day, declares the LORD, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of Mount Esau?
(9) And your mighty men shall be dismayed, O Teman, so that every man from Mount Esau will be cut off by slaughter.
(10) Because of the violence done to your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever.
(11) On the day that you stood aloof, on the day that strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.

As a parent, I know how easy it is to forget a planned judgment. We charge Lily 25 cents for each lie she tells. When we first started this we tended to forget to collect the fee. Of course, sometimes the threat is even more important than carrying out the action. She knows that we're serious.

We don't tend to give God quite as much respect. There may be a woe pronounced way back in the Pentateuch and we forget about it. Then we find something in the prophetic literature where it comes to pass. He never forgets.

This should show us that He is serious about the whole wrath thing. We may have read Romans at some point and given mental assent to the truth of the Gospel. However, if we just tuck that away and go about our business we show that we have failed to grasp the fundamental truth of the Gospel. God is serious about punishing those who are under His wrath. That means everyone who has not been washed clean by the blood of Christ.

Where are you with Christ? Do you know Him?

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