Summary: Although opposition will arise to the proclamation of judgment; there is one thing we may be certain of: Ultimate fulfillment of justice
Dakota Community Church
June 27, 2010
1. God¡¦s warning ¡V locusts, fire, a plumb line & ripe fruit
2. Mercy triumphs over judgment
3. Human opposition to God as judge and to His messengers of judgment
Although opposition will arise to the proclamation of judgment; there is one thing we may be certain of:
4. Ultimate fulfillment of justice.
1 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:
"Strike the tops of the pillars so that the thresholds shake.
Bring them down on the heads of all the people; those who are left I will kill with the sword.
Not one will get away, none will escape.
2 Though they dig down to the depths of the grave, from there my hand will take them.
Though they climb up to the heavens, from there I will bring them down.
3 Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, there I will hunt them down and seize them. Though they hide from me at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent to bite them.
4 Though they are driven into exile by their enemies, there I will command the sword to slay them. I will fix my eyes upon them for evil and not for good."
5 The Lord, the LORD Almighty, he who touches the earth and it melts, and all who live in it mourn¡X the whole land rises like the Nile, then sinks like the river of Egypt-
6 he who builds his lofty palace [b] in the heavens and sets its foundation [c] on the earth, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land¡X the LORD is his name.
From one of scripture to the other and from every segment of scripture ¡V God reveals Himself as Judge and defender/provider of justice.
„« Adam, Eve, the serpent, and the whole creation.
„« The flood
„« The tower
„« Abraham calls Him ¡§the Judge of all the earth¡¨ who deals justly.
„« The Egyptians are judged for oppressing the Israelites.
„« Judgment thunders from Sinai throughout the law.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy; 9 let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
„« Isaiah, Joel (3:9-17), Jonah, Zephaniah (2:4-15), Obadiah (chs. 1-6), Zechariah (9:1-17) and particularly Jeremiah (chs. 46-51) and Ezekiel (chs. 15-32)
„« John the Baptist
7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
31"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
2There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
4"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.