Meditation

Meditation for 09/24/2019

“For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth a them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.” (Psalm 37:9-13)

The wicked are ultimately repaid by a just God. They will be cutoff and will be no more because “their day is coming.” The Truth of recompense and retribution demands a future time of punishment.

The scales do not balance this side of death. God was early preparing human thought to receive the revelation of a future state of punishment, as well as of rewards.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, there really are two paths for us to walk on, one a righteous path which will lead us to You, and one that will take us away from You. Forgive us when we fall short of fulfilling Your desire for us in our lives. Steer us back to the righteous path that leads us only to You, for You are our God and our goal in life. Let our words and our actions always honor You in all that we do and let us seek to serve You always. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Prayer is so much more than a mere ‘wish list.’ It is our communication with God.”

KNOWING GOD:

He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. To the roots of the mountains, I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O Lord my God.” (Jonah 2:2, 6)

Temporal destruction faced Jonah in the fish’s belly. In this context the “grave” (Hebrew She’ol) was the sea or the fish’s belly where he faced certain death. The idea of the grave is parallel to that of the “pit,” generally a deep place. Figuratively, it stands for death, as does grave and Sheo’ol. From this is leads to the New Testament revelation about the abyss or pit. In deepest distress the the rebellious missionary prophet can still commune with “my God.” No circumstances can separate us form the personal God who seeks personal relationship with us. Prayer is the deepest expression of that personal relationship.

I AM:

Last Things, Hell: (Mark 9:43-48)

Nothing is valuable enough to cause us to miss the future consummation of God’s kingdom. The only alternative is hell (Greek – geennan). A progression of possible punishment ended with the danger of hell. Literally, Jesus warned of the “Genenna of fire.” The reference was apparently to the Valley of Hinnom (Hebrew – ge’hinnom; Nehemiah 11:30) outside Jerusalem where rubbish was burned. Sadly, the valley was remembered as the place where Manasseh and others had sacrificed children to Baal or Molech in the valley. The continual burning of Gehenna afforded a vivid image for the place of eternal torment. Drastic action is advised to avoid suffering in Gehenna. Both body and soul are destroyed thee. It is home to religious hypocrites. God has the power to throw people into Gehenna. Hell finds expression through human speech.

Second Thought of the Day:

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” (Revelation 21:8)

Murder leads to eternal judgment, punishment, and separation from God. So do lying and immorality. At the judgment God looks for obedient ones.

Amid the blessings of heaven is a reminder of the horrors of hell. The horror consists in the types of sinners to be found there, the torment of fire and brimstone, and the final or second death from which there is no escape to life.

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