Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Shalom,

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The Psalms
An Introduction, Psalms 1 and 2
Part 12, Psalm 2:5

Psalm 2:5 So He will speak to them in His anger, and terrify them in His fury.

We’ll find out in the next verse that God is full of “wrath and displeasure” because the “kings” (I have to put “kings” in quotes because they only think they are kings.  In reality, there is only one King, Who is King of kings and Lord of lords.) of this world have disrespected God’s Son.

John 3:36 He who trusts in the Son has eternal life. He who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Our verse today is confirmation that the “wrath of God remains on him” who rejects the One Who was sent to redeem the world.  This has become a very unpopular message in the “seeker friendly” churches of today.  In truth, it’s a fine line.  I believe very few people get saved after being “dangled” over the fires of hell.  Instead, most people get saved through a message of love.

But don’t be deceived, Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s judgment comes on the children of disobedience.  

Two questions…

  1. How should we define a child of disobedience?
  2. What does God’s judgment look like?
  3. How should we define a child of disobedience?  Ephesians 5:5 Know for certain that no immoral, indecent, or greedy person—who is really an idol worshipper at heart—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Messiah and God. (Also see His warning in Galatians 5:19-21)
  4. What does God’s judgment look like?  Hebrews 10:26 For if we keep on sinning willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but only a terrifying expectation of judgment and a fury of fire about to devour the enemies of God…. 29a How much more severe do you think the punishment will be for the one who has trampled Ben-Elohim (Son of God) underfoot…. 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

There is plenty of evidence that God is going to be very harsh with those who continue in sin.  Let no one say they weren’t warned.  The Bible repeatedly tells us how slow the Lord is to anger.  Romans 2:5 But by your hard and unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed.  Once again I say, “Choose wisely, my friends.” Shalom shalom.

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