“When The Wicked Rule”

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Christian Life, Crowns, Dispensations, Salvation

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan” – King Solomon (Proverbs 29:2).  The prophet Isaiah (who may have been the one sawed in two – Hebrews 11:37) wrote these unpopular words to the Jews of his day: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put sweet for bitter!  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  Woe to men mighty in drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!” (Isaiah 5:20 – 22)  No wonder the Jewish people hated and killed the prophets that were sent from God to them (Luke 11:50, 51).

     Presumptuous?  Yes, not long after presumptuously saying “All that the LORD has spoken we will do” (Exodus 19:8), the Jews began to act just as badly as the wicked nations around them.  God had placed them on a tiny piece of real estate in a strategic place in the Middle East.  This is the property over which wars have been and still are being fought to this day.  It is the land that God had promised to give to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants as an eternal inheritance (Genesis 15:18-21).  It links Africa, Asia, and Europe together.

     Witnesses.  God wanted His chosen people, the Jews, to be His witnesses to the heathen nations who passed through their land as they traveled from one place to another (Isaiah 42:12; 44:8).  They would have observed Solomon’s magnificent temple of gold in Jerusalem and the productivity of the land that flowed with milk and honey (Exodus 13:5).  They could/should have asked the Jews why they enjoyed such prosperity and the blessings of God.  This would have given the Jews an opportunity to brag about their God and bring glory to Him.  This same kind of opportunity is extended to Christians today (1 Peter 3:15; Acts 1:8).

     Idolaters. But rather than the heathen people’s turning to and believing in the true and living God of the Jews, the Israelites coveted what the Gentiles had and worshipped their gods including the queen of heaven.  (Many people in the U. S. and around the world are still doing this today.)  They engaged in idolatry that included all kinds of sexual perversions (Jeremiah 7:18; Numbers 25:3, 5).

     Prophets.  After repeated warnings from God’s prophets, and the Jewish people’s unwillingness to repent and turn back to God, the rebellious Jews were allowed by Him to be taken into captivity by the extremely cruel Assyrians and Babylonians (Daniel 1:1).  After 70 years in the pagan and idolatrous city of Babylon some of the Jews returned to their land in Israel to rebuild the Temple, set up the walls around Jerusalem, and settle down in the land again.  But sadly many of them reverted back to their old sinful ways again proving that “the heart [of all men and women] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).  This is why we all need to be “born again from above” and receive a new heart (nature) that is capable of pleasing God (John 3:3; Romans 8:8).

     Questions.  Are you tired of living under the domination of the devil and your own sinful nature?  Do you know where you will spend eternity?  Was Jesus lying about heaven and hell when He said they are everlasting?  Who goes to heaven and who goes to the lake of fire?  Why?  If there is a heaven, why should God let you in?  If you believe you’re going to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that could/would cause you to lose your salvation?  If you think there is something, what would it be?  Upon whom are you relying to take you to heaven – yourself and your good works or on Christ alone?

     Balances.  With your eternal destiny hanging in the balances, you have no time to waste. Those who are genuine believers need to know what pleases God and what grieves and displeases Him.  They need to know the “House Rules” (Dispensations) under which we are to live today.  Living by the wrong rules could bring a premature physical death and the loss of the rewards that God would like to give to us for our faithful service (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).  What do you know about the five crowns Christians can earn?  Will you receive any of them?  When and why?

     Alive?  Before you can live life, you obviously must be alive.  This is also true in the spiritual realm.  Unbelievers are said to be spiritually dead in trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1) and need to be made alive spiritually.  Are you spiritually dead or alive?

Aim. It is our aim and purpose to make our great God known to those around us and to invite you and others to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man as your personal Savior.  He can/will become your Savior when you believe that He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  To be saved from the lake of fire, you must not trust Him and your good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Salvation, from start to finish, is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9; Philippians 1:6).  Our only responsibility is to believe on Him.

     Help?  If you have questions and/or comments, you are invited to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site for more information. www.kelseypeach.com.  If you are helped by reading this or other articles that we write, consider sending the information to others whom God may place on our heart.

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