Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Despicable and Damnable

June 5

"Or despisest thou the riches of HIS goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of GOD leadeth thee to repentance?"   Romans 2:4

"... a demonic and willful ignorance, juxtaposed with red fisted rebellion."

 

 

 

 

To suggest that sin makes one mad is far too benign, a gross understatement bordering on the insane!  It was not enough for man to 'bite the hand of the ONE WHO fed him'; nor was he content to spit in the face of the ONE WHO created him. No, the lunacy of man was not satisfied until his JUDGE was crucified, murdered, and forever entombed (or so he thought).  Unto the redeemed, our resurrected SAVIOR is the most exquisite truth the heart has ever known; but to Pilate's descendants, yet complicit in the crucifixion, a risen CHRIST is haunting, eerie to their soul, despicable, and though denied by them, damning.       

"The LORD ... is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."  The "not knowing" of men, spoken of by Paul, is in constant tension with the "not willing" of GOD mentioned here by Peter.  It is an epic struggle of CREATOR and creature!  The latter, Hell bent to perish needlessly, the FORMER having fully demonstrated HIS will, that the perishable might not perish but have everlasting life (cf. Romans 5:8).  To all the "us-ward", still obstinate, the case is a combination of not knowing to will, and not willing to know; a demonic and willful ignorance, juxtaposed with red fisted rebellion. 

"And therefore will the LORD wait, that HE may be gracious unto you, and therefore will HE be exalted, that HE may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a GOD of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for HIM."  Calvary sent the court to recess, that the sinner might consider GOD'S gracious offer of pardon, and the commutation of Hell's sentence.  "For THOU, LORD, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon THEE."  The JUDGE is in HIS chamber waiting on your plea bargain of repentance, praying that temporary sanity take hold in a mind under sin's conviction, all the while: "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,".  Of eternal tragedy are the most bellicose, who storm out of the courtroom, to go prove themselves the fire eating fools they are at heart. 

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."


For Love of Country
William McKinley (1843-1901)
(25th President of the United States)
"I will faithfully administer the office of the President of the United States ... This is the obligation I have reverently taken before the LORD this day.  To keep it will by my single purpose and my prayer."

(Inaugural Address, March 4, 1897)

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