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 August 14, 2018

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Text: Jeremiah 7-9
Audio: Jeremiah 7-9

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
(Revelation 15:4 ESV)

Revelation 16 (ESV)

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”

So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea.

The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say,

“Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was,
    for you brought these judgments.
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
    and you have given them blood to drink.
It is what they deserve!”

And I heard the altar saying,

“Yes, Lord God the Almighty,
    true and just are your judgments!”

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.

10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish 11 and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. 14 For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. 15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”) 16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found.21 And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe.

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  1. Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was,
        for you brought these judgments.
    6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
        and you have given them blood to drink.
    It is what they deserve! Revelation 16:5-6

    What They Deserve

    God is not unjust. God would be completely just to condemn everyone to hell without even a possibility of any other outcome. Anything God chooses to do to us, He would be justified in doing so. If we don't agree with that, then we are defining justice in our own minds and denying God's justice in His character.

    The "word on the street" is that either God is unjust or they just distort, twist or ignore aspects of God's character to fit into a god they are willing to worship. But the "Word in the Bible" is that God is holy, we are not. God is pure. We are not. God is righteous. We are not. God is just. We are not. 

    We are guilty of everything God says we are guilty of. Romans 3:10-12 says, “as it is written: 'None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.'”

    Anytime we think God is unfair or we deny aspects of who He is, we create a god that we are willing to worship which is at the root of the depravity that exists in every person outside of Christ. 

    Do you struggle with what the Bible reveals about God?

    Do you ever think God is unfair or unjust?

    Do you "turn a blind eye" to aspects of God's character? If so, do you know why?

    Are you uncomfortable with some of the things you read and may not understand about God? 

    Do you refuse to worship a God who would do the things He does (like the flood, plagues, not prevent all evil and in the end, condemn people to hell)?
     

  2. People are so stubborn, arrogant , prideful, sinful, etc. It amazes me that with all that happens here. people still won’t turn to God!  They must believe He exists, because they are blaspheming Him. So much in this book. Wow!

  3. Revelation 16:9-11 (ESV)

     9 They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. 10  The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish 11  and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

    This is a recurring lesson in Revelation. All who are God's worship him and recognize his justice. However, those who are not believers continue to live in defiance. The tone here seems to be that God desires repentance but even in the shadow of judgment and death they curse God and do not 'repent and give him glory'.  This is the same as we have read in Revelation 9:20-21; 14:7.

  4. As God’s wrath is poured out on the world, the same people who refused to humble themselves before God before now blaspheme and curse Him.

    “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.” Revelation‬ ‭16:9-11‬

    The call to repentance is repeated from the beginning of Scripture to the end:

    “Yet even now," declares the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.” Joel‬ ‭2:12-13‬​​​​​​​

    The same call to repentance goes out today. 

    The gospel is this: Jesus Christ came to take the wrath of God upon Himself on the cross for all who repent, believe and receive Him as Lord and Savior. God — in His mercy! — has made a way for us to be spared the final, furious judgment coming upon the world. And this while we were still His enemies! What grace! 

    Will we humble ourselves before Him right now, and repent, and gratefully receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior?

    Or will we ignore the prophets, pastors, preachers, missionaries, evangelists, teachers, and all who cry out, “Repent or perish!” 

    “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.” Acts‬ ‭3:19-21‬ 

    The time is now! 

  5. It amazes me no matter what God does to these people who refuse to accept that there is really a God and He is very powerful and mighty, they just keep going on with their lives. How much proof does one need?  

    1. I’m with you and Brenda, Bonnie!

      Thinking out loud:

      It reminds me of the way people today deliberately break the law and then hate the justice system when they’re held accountable. 

      On the other hand, when I wonder how people can still refuse to repent even when God’s wrath is poured out, I can see Satan saying the same thing about us when we go through substantial and ongoing spiritual attack or persecution and refuse to turn our back on God or the calling on our lives.

      I keep talking about this movie I saw recently called “Silence” – about the horrible persecution of Christians in Japan in the 17th century. How far would the torment have to go for these Christians to renounce Christ? 

      We have God’s abundant grace and our God-given faith in His promises when we undergo great testing or persecution. We know that we have the suffering of Christ “for the joy set before Him” as our example. Amen!! But those who refuse to repent despite the torment of God’s wrath only have their own strength (usually found in their pride) and their faith that there is no God (their evidence being their suffering). 

      Those who do not have “eyes to see and ears to hear” will shake their heads when we are persecuted or even tortured and tormented for refusing to “repent” of our faith. I was in that camp just 20 years ago! Christians baffled me! Thanks be to God, “I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.” I now know He who holds me in His hand. 

       

       

  6. I completely agree with Bonnie! It's astonishing that there will be those who refuse Him, especially during this time that His bowls of wrath are being dispensed! Incredible stubbornness and hate, and I have to admit, I feel so incredibly sorry for them! 

    I know that I am completely undeserving of  His love, forgiveness & blessings, and whatever He could do to me, I WOULD deserve that. I'm in awe of Him. 

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