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The Wages of Sin

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When Jesus told His disciples to love their enemies, it was a radical idea! The Jewish people had been fighting for their lives and freedom for fifteen hundred years. Their quarrel was with almost everyone that was not Jewish. Why?

God told Joshua to wipe out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Jebusites, etcetera, and enter and possess the land. Why? Because of sin! We don’t have the story of the people of that land except for the story of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. we know that four hundred thirty years before the exodus, those people were worshiping other gods. We also know that at the time of the exodus, they were still worshiping other Gods. The one true God had his people spend forty years wandering the desert so that they could know Him, so that they could worship Him. The reason that they were told to annihilate the inhabitants of the land was so they would not be polluted with foreign gods. They did not obey the God of their fathers and began worshiping other gods.

Their worship of foreign gods was when God used their neighbors to afflict them. Many times, the people of the northern and southern kingdoms were conquered and exiled until they returned to the one true God. The amazing thing is that God always took them back. You would think that as a nation, a people of God, they would have developed a heart like David’s. However they did not! But I digress.

With a history like this, it is easy to see why the Israelites would have such a hard time loving their enemies. Remember, their enemies were also the enemies of God.

My point is that David, a man after God’s own heart said this about his enemies:

“O God of my praise, do not be silent! For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without cause.
In return for my love they act as my accusers; but I am in prayer. Thus they have repaid me evil for good and hatred for my love.
Appoint a wicked man over him, and let an accuser stand at his right hand. When he is judged, let him come forth guilty, and let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few; let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. Let his children wander about and beg; and let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes. Let the creditor seize all that he has, and let strangers plunder the product of his labor. Let there be none to extend lovingkindness to him, nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children.”

That is just the first few verses of Psalm 109. Read the rest on your own to get the full picture. Those are pretty harsh words to come from the mouth of a man of God. To make it into our Bible, those must be God’s words as well. They give you an idea of how much God hates sin.

Those are God’s words to us if we do not have a relationship with His son, Jesus! Are you an enemy of God?


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