“Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in Him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name in the dance: let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp. For the LORD taketh pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds; the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all His saints. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalm 149:1-9 (KJB)
“O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew Thyself. Lift up Thyself, Thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.
LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? How long shall they utter and speak hard things, all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?
They break in pieces Thy people, O LORD, and afflict Thine heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
Yet they say, ‘The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.’
Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
He that planted the ear, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not He correct? He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not He know?
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
Blessed is the man whom Thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of Thy law; that Thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.” Psalm 94:1-13 (KJB)
“Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? Do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD. Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
Before your pots can feel the thorns, He shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in His wrath. The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
So that a man shall say, ‘Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily He is a God that judgeth in the earth.’ ” Psalm 58:1-11 (KJB)
“And He began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.” Luke 4:21 (KJB)
Jesus had been given the opportunity to read the Scriptures in synagogue that day, and He opened to the prophet Isaiah and read:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19
If you will take note; Jesus stopped before completing the reading of the whole prophecy. Why? It would be because He had come to fulfill only this portion for this time; the other would come later.
The following is more of Isaiah’s prophecy from Isaiah 61. If you want to read it in it entirety pick up your Bible and read it. Jesus is coming again.
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me; because the LORD hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,…”
“…and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified…” Isaiah 61:1-3ff
We can be sure that since He came to fulfill the first portion of this prophecy; He will definitely return to fulfill the latter part of it as well.
“For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of Hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.
Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; He will render unto her a recompence.” Jeremiah 51:5-6 (KJB)
Though the land, the people of Israel and Judah had sinned greatly against the LORD of Hosts His grace is sufficient to bring them back. More than sufficient to judge those who had treated them so viciously and vilely.
The LORD calls for them, during the time of His visitation upon Babylon to flee. “Come out of her My people” (Revelation 18:4).
Christian of 2019 and beyond; God does not forsake His people. The reason for the captivity of Judah and Israel is due to their forsaking God. Christian let us never think that God who is Holy, Righteous, and Just will overlook our sin. NO! He will still hold us accountable for our forsaking Him.
We can rest assured by the cross and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, His burial, and resurrection that our sins are forgiven, yet there is discipline, chastisement for sin. If you are without the chastisement of the Lord, you are not His.
Rest and grow in His grace.
“Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is right, because that your faith grows exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other abounds; so that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure: a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer: seeing a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of faith with power: that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
REFERENCES: 1 Corinthians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:2; 4:16; Revelation 6:10; 14:13; Psalm 68:35; 79:6; Deuteronomy 33:2; 2 Peter 3:7; 1 Peter 1:7
What do I want for Christmas today?
I want that person, man or woman, boy or girl that is on that slippery slope of sin and death and hell, to have their eyes of the heart, mind and soul opened to see their desperation, and doom; to know and understand there is no escape from that slippery slope except through the cross of Jesus Christ, and cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and deliverance from an eternity of torment and darkness.
“To Me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.” Deuteronomy 32:35 (KJV)
“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:12-13
“O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew Thyself.” Psalm 94:1 (KJV)
“I don’t get mad; I get even.” A statement I have heard from others at time. That thought is one of vengeance.
Our world cries out for justice. We think of justice as being what is fair and just in payment for a crime that has been done. We have seen that recently in conflicts where white police officers have killed young black men in the line of duty. Justice is almost a war cry; and yet in their protest they are not doing justly themselves.
We long for justice; but we ought never take vengeance into our own hands. We are prone to act with high emotion; especially anger; and when we are angry we sometimes act without thought.
The Bible tells us that “Vengeance is Gods”. True justice also belongs to God; and in the final assessment justice will be done (Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 32:35; Isaiah 63:4; Romans 12:19).
The Psalmist recognized to whom vengeance belonged. In this day of darkness and evil as followers of Jesus Christ we too must acknowledge that justice and vengeance is God’s. In too many cases we take vengeance when it is God’s to have. Remember to “Love your neighbor as you do yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
“Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.” Psalm 35:1 (KJV)
Titled as “A Psalm of David” we can assume that at least one of his enemies was king Saul. David never lifted a hand against Saul. Saul was his king. David loved Saul. Saul did not, however, love David.
Like David we, as Christians, are to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27, 35), and trust that the LORD will deal with them in His own way.
It does not seem, by this verse, that David considered anyone his enemy. He just asked the LORD, “Plead my cause…” and “Fight against them…” It is a tough thing sometimes not to strike back when we are attacked, by words, accusations, or physically assaulted; but the child of God needs to remember what God says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Romans 12:19).
Let the LORD God do your fighting. He handles it so much better.
And to the others He said in mine hearing, ‘Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.’ Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. And He said unto them, ‘Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth.’ And they went forth, and slew in the city.” Ezekiel 9:5-7 (KJV)
God is so holy, righteous and just He does not tolerate sin. He will carry out vengeance on all who are evil. He begins at His own house. Be sure you are in Christ Jesus. He has already bore the wrath, the vengeance of God for all those who believe Him. Also see 1 Peter 4:17.
The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for His enemies.” Nahum 1:1-2 (KJV)
It is too bad when there are some who claim to know GOD, and do not and cannot see Him as being “Jealous”. He is the defender of His own glory. He is the defender of His own worship. There is no other to worship, and he holds all who will not follow His prescribed plan accountable.
It is so much better to rest in His grace, under the cross of Jesus Christ; His only begotten Son; and see Him in His love and grace. It is far better to be His friend, child, and worshipper than to be an enemy under His judgment.
O, Come to the cross where all of God’s vengeance for His enemies was poured out upon His only begotten Son.
As I read the Psalms this morning; particularly Psalms 91 – 95; the 94th Psalm and verse 1 was of special interest. Now let me say off the start that there is no one I can think of that I want harm or God’s vengeance or mine to come on. I do not believe the Psalmist had any one individual in mind either. However, there is evil in the world, and most of the time evil comes through people.
One of the greatest evils of our time in the United States of America is abortion; the murder of the unborn human child. However, we do not want to continue evil by doing evil in taking the lives of those who are in the eyes of the Supreme Court of our country, and “law of the land”. Vengeance is in our Lord’s hands. It is not mine or ours.
“O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew Thyself.” Psalm 94:1 (KJV)
The act of retribution upon evil is God’s. We as citizens of our nation have the power and authority to try and overthrow the ruling of the SC, and write new laws, but not to take life.
Reading the above verse makes me think of a couple of others,
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19, (Deuteronomy 32:35).
The other one being to finish up the sentence of the Psalmist, “Shew Thyself”,
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a (KJV)
Vengeance is the Lord’s. It is sweeter when we leave it in God’s hands; and the justice done is so much more redeeming when we leave it with Him.
For any evil, there is forgiveness when one comes to the cross of Jesus Christ.
-Tim A. Blankenship
The following article is one I wrote this morning as a devotion for Wings As Eagles. It strikes me though as a message that needs to get out as much as possible, so I am posting it here as well.
“That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” 1 Thessalonians 4:4-6 (KJV)
Taking control of your own body by the Spirit of God, and keeping yourself pure before God; was the lesson for the previous study. Some seem to think that we have no control over our “feelings” so we should just let them fly, or let them loose. Sadly, that is how fights and wars eventually begin. That is also how many “unwanted” babies are murdered in the womb or born and abused and neglected.
The Christian life is a different life. When a man, woman, boy or girl meets Jesus Christ and gives their lives to Him; they do not give with the mentality that they can live “However I please”; but with a new heart of, “What can I do that will glorify Jesus?” The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Whether, therefore you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
We look at our present society in the USA, and when 80 percent of USA citizens claim to be Christians; 50 percent of Christian marriages are ending in divorce. There is something drastically wrong. We can rant and rave all we want about homosexual unions going to desecrate marriage; it seems to me that we already have by divorcing so easily. If marriage was sacred to Christians there would be less divorces, and there would not be all this drivel about homosexual marriage. Before anyone goes balistic with me about this NO! I am not for homosexual marriages. Let’s not blame them for the loss of sacredness of the marriage union; it has already been lost. Let’s pray that we can begin healing hurting Christian marriages. Let’s pray that a Christian husband who has entered an adulterous relationship will have his eyes opened to the sin he is commiting against God and his wife and family; repent of his sin, seek forgiveness from God and his wife and family, and be restored. Let’s pray that wife who is thinking of leaving her husband and children because of some quack she has met on the internet will repent, confess her sin and seek forgiveness and be restored to her husband and family, and most of all to fellowship with God.
Christian you are not an animal who is not in control of your thoughts, your feelings, or your body. You have the Spirit of God within you. If you do not have the Spirit of God in you, showing you, convicting you of what is right and wrong, then you don’t know God, His Son Jesus, and are yet in your sins. (Read Romans 8:9-11). The people whose hearts do not know God through Jesus Christ follow their flesh, the desires of their bodies, and condemn themselves. They are already condemned in their sin (John 3:18). If you profess Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord and can live in a sinful, shacking up, adulterous, life of fornication, and do it without guilt or remorse, then, you most likely have never truly trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. You are living after your passions and lust, and not after the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Professing Christian men taking another man’s wife. You thief. You will pay. You are taking someone who does not belong to you. Professing Christian wife; you are sleeping with another woman’s husband. You thief. You take someone who does not belong to you. The writer of Proverbs writes,
“Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.” Proverbs 6:25-35 (KJV)
Likened to a thief, one who steals another’s spouse will pay, and the payment will be tremendous. Paul writes above, “That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” Live to serve and glorify God and His Son Jesus Christ. The way of the world and the flesh is evil, and is the way of destruction.
-Tim A. Blankenship