Friday, June 15, 2012

Devastation and Death!

 26He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.
 27They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.
 28He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.
 29He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.
 30Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.
 31He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.
 32He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.
 33He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.
 34He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,
 35And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
 36He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength. 

Devastation and Death!

Our portion of Scripture from Psalm 105 today gives a quick summary of God's judgments upon the country of Egypt and the resulting devastation and death of the firstborn. The message clearly portrayed by these eleven verses is: God will bring judgment upon those who persecute His children.

From the days of Abraham and onward, God chose a people for Himself. Beginning with just Abraham and Sarah, through their son, Isaac, the nation of Israel now numbered over a million people. Egypt, seeing the increasing growth of this nation chose to commit them to slavery lest they overcome the Egyptians and take over the rule of the country for themselves.

Nothing done on this earth, however, is hidden from the eyes of God. Even in our 21st century, God blesses those who bless the nation of Israel and He curses those who persecute His people. Not only do we see this in the Bible, but we saw it happen to Germany in the 1940's, we see it happen in the Middle East, and we see how God has blessed the United States for their good relationship with Israel.

Is that about to change? Only God knows the future--many opinions have been offered for what is coming, possibly in our own lifetimes, but what all can assert, regardless of their views of the end times, is that God will preserve His people. He will bless those who bless His people and curse those who curse His people, ultimately bringing devastation and death upon them.

Christians today are sometimes referred to as the Israel of God. As Paul states in Romans,
  6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” (Romans 9:6-7, New King James Version)
In other words, not all Jewish people are Christians. Being the physical seed of Abraham does not make them believers. Just as is true of the Gentiles, the Jewish people need to come to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, God's people today are a mixture of those believers who are of Jewish descent and those who are not.

The church of God today has had relative peace, except in a few countries of the world where the believers are persecuted severely. However, as time progresses, we are likely to see widespread persecution against the true people of God. When that occurs, we can be assured that God sees everything done to His children. 

Just as the nation of Israel was destroyed due to their treatment of God's people, so, too, will God bring devastation and death upon those who harm His people. As Christians, let us remember that this world is not our home. Even if we spend our entire lives under persecution by the enemies of God, heaven awaits us where we will be immersed in the love, peace, and joy, of our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered an ignominious death, that He might save a people for Himself.

Let us remember that Christ is All! There is no greater purpose given to man than to live this life honoring and glorifying God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit!

Go, then, this day in the power and glory of God alone!

God Bless You,

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