Revelation 22.20, ““Surely I am coming quickly.” Are you ready?
1 Chronicles 19 & 20
1 Chronicles 19 & 20:
Confidence at His coming
Did you notice how God omitted any mention David’s sin with Bathsheba here in 1 Chronicles and how it focuses, instead, on God’s redemptive work and His covenant with David? It’s much like what will happen to us when our redemption is fully realized and we stand before Him at the judgment seat of Christ. Whatever we have done will be tried by fire and those things we did for Christ with a pure heart will be purified like gold, silver and precious stones and that which was worthless will be burned up like wood, hay and stubble (1 Cor. 3.12-15).
That does not mean that we won’t answer to God for those things. Jesus said we will give an account for every idle word that we speak (Matt. 12.36). And 1 John 2 says:
28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.
When Isaiah saw God on His throne, he said, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips …” (Is. 6.5). And when Peter caught a glimpse of who Jesus really was, “… he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’” (Lk. 5.8).
While there will be a time when our works will be judged, and some will at least momentarily “shrink back” because their hearts and lives are exposed, Jesus has already dealt with the punishment for our sins. Praise Him for His mercy and grace!
More than hunger
Even though God supernaturally fed them manna in the wilderness, the people refused to be satisfied with the provision of God.
Verse 30-31a, “They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, the wrath of God came upon them.”
This was not just natural hunger, this was lust, and God gave them over to it.
We also see this in Romans 1:
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; …
21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened …
24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, 26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections … 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over …
When men and women are intent on going their own way and having that which they lust after, they can come to a point where God gives them over to their own lusts and the natural consequences of them.
Life & peace
Verse 27, “Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”
This verse reminds us of the importance of staying in the Word—that is daily Bible reading and meditation. It doesn’t mean we should have a legalistic attitude, fearing God’s displeasure if we miss a day. But it’s a reminder that, “the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace” (Rom. 8.6 NASB).
His-story, eunuchs, & believer’s baptism
In Acts 8 we meet an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading the Prophet Isaiah and seeking to understand God. Verse 35 says, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.” Jesus Christ and God’s salvation through Him is the ultimate theme of both the Old and the New Testaments. It’s one continuing story—His-story.
Verse 37 reminds us of the importance of “believer’s baptism.” When the eunuch asked if he could be baptized, Philip said, “‘…If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.'”
If you have not been baptized since you came to saving faith in Christ, I would encourage you to take that step of obedience.
Have a great day in the Lord,
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