Jacob impersonated as Esau, deceived his blind father and stole his brother’s blessings. Was Jacob blessed according to the blessings received? Instead of those blessings to be a master, Jacob was deceived and had to serve others for his own wife. In this post, we will explore how anything received by deception will never be a blessing for us.
From burning bush to the mountain burning with fire, Exodus is filled with bushfires. While these bushfires in Australia are God’s judgment for homosexuality and abortion laws, many scenes from news and the media closely resemble scenes from Exodus. In this post, we will have a glimpse of what the ancient Israelites may have experienced during their Exodus journey.
For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness (Isa 26:9). Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested (Rev 15:4).
Just as Rahab’s house on the wall did not fall flat, God executes His judgments with precision. Even before God executes His judgments, He marks those who cry out and sigh against abominations like homosexuality and murders like abortions not to be harmed while the rest including their children have no mercy. There are no accidental deaths or collateral damages in God’s judgments and it begins with Christians. Are you marked to be spared from His judgments?
What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? Jesus expects us to discern the signs of the times, not to be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life but watch and pray. Every city has a day of judgment and the severity depends on unrepented people who lived long ago in that city and we may be living during the days of His judgment on that city. When God’s wrath is being poured out upon a place for the sins of the people, Jesus warns His children to flee and not to turn back to save our livelihood.
When God is angry, fire that devours the earth and it’s harvest is just the beginning. Around mid-November, Israel Folau said the fires and drought were only a “little taste of God’s judgment” with worse to come if nothing changes. More than a month later, the worse had indeed come (or is it yet to come?). Woe had proceeded from the mouth of God for the punishment of the sins of the people. Therefore, let us examine our ways and turn back to God.
Those who are born again or born of God cannot sin. While it seems impossible, it is certainly possible if we exactly obey what Jesus taught. Jesus taught us to cut off everything from our life that causes us to sin. If you cut off anything that causes you to sin, how can you sin? This is why, those who are born of God cannot sin.
Bush fires or forest fires are a punishment for people’s doings. It is a warning to show that God is against the land and He kindled them for people to know their abominations. According to scriptures, forest fires are just a small part of greater punishments yet to come.
God judge nations for people’s sins. But we often forget that God will judge nations for the sinful decisions taken by their leaders. God can punish the nation long after the leader responsible is dead. In this post we will explore the judgements of God on nations because of the sins of their leaders.
Just as Elimelech must have kept the law of Moses and not clung to Moab and given his sons in marriage to Moabite women, we too must obey the teachings of Jesus and not cling to the world. Just as Ruth, who was a Moabite, left Moab and came to the God of Israel for refuge, we too must leave the world behind and come to Jesus who will give us rest. As in James 4:4, anyone who wants to be a friend of this world makes himself an enemy of God.