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Synopsis of A Suitable Judgment of God
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice three slices of the Bread of Life, all Words of God.
Here is an illustration Jesus used: Matthew 13:24-30 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer sowing good seed in his field. 25 but one night as he slept his enemy came and sowed thistles among the wheat. 26 When the crop began to grow, the thistles grew too. 27 “The farmer’s men came and told him, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that choice seed is full of thistles!’ 28 “‘An enemy has done it,’ he exclaimed. “‘Shall we pull out the thistles?’ they asked. 29 “‘No,’ he replied. ‘You’ll hurt the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and I will tell the reapers to sort out the thistles and burn them, and put the wheat in the barn.'”
And here is an illustration of this: Matthew 13:36-43 Then, leaving the crowds outside, he went into the house. His disciples asked him to explain to them the illustration of the thistles and the wheat. 37 “All right,” he said, “I am the farmer who sows the choice seed. 38 The field is the world, and the seed represents the people of the Kingdom; the thistles are the people belonging to Satan. 39 The enemy who sowed the thistles among the wheat is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels. Let those with ears, listen!
Matthew 13:47-52 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by a fisherman – he casts a net into the water and gathers in fish of every kind, valuable and worthless. When the net is full, he drags it up onto the beach and sits down and sorts out the edible ones into crates and throws the others away.
Yes, I am on the same track as last week… the series of messages on “Judgment.”
This topic of judgment should not be a surprise as there is as much talk about this topic by today’s prophets as there is about our coming election. I guess that is because we are looking at both in seeing where the world is heading.
Now you might ask me, “Preacher, do you really believe that there will be an end of the ages and a final day of reckoning?” I could give you a lot of educated answers about the meaning of Jesus’ parables, and “End Times” theology called eschatology. But let me answer you directly. Yes I do. I believe that a judgment day is coming.
What I do not believe in is the End Time scenario depicted in the Left Behind series, written by Timothy LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. You might be disappointed to learn that this picture of the End Times is not biblical. I little later I want to show you how it is not based on the bible. For now let us look’ at Jesus depiction of the final Day of Judgment.
Jesus told simple parables or stories to illustrate the truth about Judgment Day. These stories were designed to be familiar to people who depended on agriculture and commercial fishing for a living. There was a common weed in Palestine called bearded darnel, which was a common curse of farmers. In its early stages it looked just like the wheat. But when both had “headed out” or produced seeds up top, the two could be distinguished by color. Then the darnel had to be separated from the good grain because its seeds were slightly poisonous.
The second story has to do with commercial fisherman who used a dragnet or seine net. They caught all kinds of fish. Remember, the Jews were forbidden to eat anything from the water unless it had fins and scales. The fisherman of Galilee dragged his net to the shore and then began to separate the good, useful fish from the bad. Similarly, said Jesus, a time is coming when a great separation will take place. Judgment Day is coming!
There are four truths declared here about the Judgment Day. The first three let me deal with briefly and let’s take a longer look at fourth:
First, the enemy is real. In verse 25, Jesus says, “An enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat.” In verse 39 Jesus tells us plainly that the enemy is the devil. Satan tries to connect with the original sin in all of us, attempting to separate us from God and make this world resemble hell.
The second truth declared is that God is patient and kind. In Jesus’ parable, the owner of the farm does not clean out the weeds right away. God is amazingly patient with us sinners. Listen to this word from II Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.
Third, it is God who judges in the end not us. No person is authorized to compose a list of those who are going to hell. Listen to the types of people who became Christians and joined the New Testament church at Corinth: fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, and blasphemers. Under the lordship of Christ, they changed.
Now let’s deal with the bad theology in the Left Behind series.
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