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Psalm 96: 10-13 ” Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.’ The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing before the Lord, for He comes, He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.”

The Lord reigns over all, and one day He will return to judge the world with justice. (Acts 17:31)  And it tells us here that heaven and earth, the sea and fields… even the trees will rejoice at His coming.  But they all may be singing already, for in Psalm 65:9 it says, “You care for the land and water it; You enrich it abundantly.” And because of God’s wonderful care for the earth, starting in verse 13 of Chapter 65, it says the grasslands of the desert overflow, the hills are clothed with gladness, the meadows are covered with flocks, the valleys are mantled with grain, and they all shout for joy and sing.  So just imagine, every crash of waves on the shore, every rustle of leaves or ripe grain in the field could be the earth’s way of praising God…we just don’t know the song.

Amos 5: 18-20 ” Woe to you who long for the day of the Lord! Why do you long for the day of the Lord? That day will be darkness, not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him. Will not the day of the Lord be darkness, not light – pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?”

Amos came from humble shepherd roots when God thrust him into the role of prophet to the kingdom of Israel.  This was during the time Israel was enjoying a peak in their material and political success, and so hearing Amos denounce their prideful smugness was treasonous.  To them, the day of the Lord would be a day of total triumph over all their enemies… for don’t you know, we’re the chosen race, and God’s superior group here on earth!  But Amos was warning them that because of their unbelief and wickedness, the day of the Lord would be a day of judgement instead.  Anytime elitism rears its ugly head…God’s judgement will follow.

Romans 14:10 ” You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we all stand before God’s judgement seat.”

If I would take to heart this verse and Matthew 7:2, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged…” you’d think I would stop judging others. It’s not that I voice my opinion loudly and rudely or treat others with contempt to their face…no, my condemnation is silent, covert, and secretive.  But regardless, yes, I still judge, and judge harshly…quickly jumping to conclusions before actually hearing all the details.  Other times, I form an opinion when I really have no right to…or I pass a verdict just for sport.  Either way, it’s wrong and something I really need to work on…how about you?

Hebrews 10:26-27 ” If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

We probably all know a person who has fallen away.  Someone who consciously rejected the spiritual enlightenment they had once received…who had tasted of God’s goodness, but chose instead to abandon their faith.  And when we intentionally reject Jesus Christ, we’re essentially saying that His sacrifice on the Cross meant nothing.   For when anyone falls away, they have turned their back on God’s truth and can only then look forward to His final judgment.

I Corinthians 4:4 ” My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.”

Paul is admitting here that even the lack of self-awareness of any negligence on his part doesn’t prove his faithfulness and obedience to God…for only God can judge.  As Believers we are all held accountable to…responsible for…and entrusted with the Gospel Message.  To paraphrase II Corinthians 10:18,  We can’t just hear the Word to be in right standing with God…we must obey it.  And in the end, we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of our Lord.

Ezekiel 18:31-32 ” Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live! “

For many, God is this tyrant sitting up in heaven taking great delight in causing good people grief and suffering.  But this Scripture tells us quite the opposite.  God’s desire is that no one perish…but with this Scripture also comes responsibility and accountability on our part.  II Peter 3:9 tells us, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  So what’s God promise in this verse?  His promise is the Day of the Lord…or Judgement Day.   God gives each one of us ample opportunity to turn our lives around… but it’s our decision though whether we respond or not.

Jeremiah 14:10 ” This is what the Lord says about this people: ‘They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.’ “

The Prophet Jeremiah’s message was primarily one of judgement upon Judah for their shameful and persistent sins.  They seemingly lacked the desire or even control to stop straying from God’s law.  The world today still wanders from God…aimlessly roaming, running after whatever has their attention…following a harmful path that can only lead to death and destruction.