Synopsis of: Come The Judgment Day
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We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from:
Jeremiah 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. 17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes. 18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable things. 19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. 20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? 21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD.
Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary put this verse in his own words as follows: None of the sins of sinners can be hidden from God, or shall be overlooked by him. He will find out and raise up instruments of his wrath, that shall destroy them, by deception like fishermen, by force like hunters. The prophet, rejoicing at the hope of mercy to come, addressed the Lord as his strength and refuge. The nations have often known the power of Jehovah in his wrath; but they shall know him as the strength of his people, and their refuge in time of trouble.
Another commentary says it like this: My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes. I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with the lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.”
I see it as the Lord saying: “I, the Lord, search the mind and try the heart, to give to everyone according to their ways.”
A number of years ago, a judge named Horace Gray was forced to free a guilty man because of a legal technicality. As he prepared to release the man, Judge Gray said to him, “I know you are guilty and so do you. I wish you to remember that you will someday pass before a better and wiser Judge, where you will be dealt with according to justice and not according to human law.”
Now, most advocates of “law and order” today would probably complain that this guilty man got away “scot free” with his crime. I mean, who really believes, as Judge Gray did, that the man in fact did answer to a wiser Judge at the end of his earthly days?
There is a new secular gospel in the land, good news for the New Age, which says, “I’m OK and you’re OK,” and many people are ready to consign to the scrap heap of history this old Christian idea that God will judge us all according to our ways. I am afraid that even within the Christian church, the idea of judgment has fallen on hard times.
In the liberal church, many people, including many preachers, have come to agree with the secular psychiatrists: “Guilt is a bad thing. Guilt is something to be avoided at all costs, or “cured” through therapy.” There is no good or evil, we are told, only choices we must make in life. The liberal church has become too much “of this world,” at the expense of basic Christian doctrines like judgment. In some Churches, they have disposed of judgment in another way, by saying, “We are ‘saved’ or ‘sanctified,’ so we are removed from the stain of sin, but others are still under God’s judgment because they aren’t ‘saved’ like we are.” (Apparently, their Bible doesn’t include the verse, John 1:9 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
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