Summary: We live in a cursed world. Too often, the bad guy gets away. But in God’s judgment, all acts will be brought to light. A just reward will be given. Vengeance belongs to the Lord and He will settle all issues in eternity.
GOD WILL SETTLE ALL ISSUES
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 58:10 “The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 58:11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.”
Romans 2:16 “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”
A man kills his wife and hides her body in the back yard underneath a layer of new concrete.
A woman poisons her husband and now lives lavishly on his life insurance.
A police officer plants drugs in someone’s car or apartment and now they are doing time.
A woman cries sexual harassment when it didn’t happen, but you still lose your job.
An elder man is beaten and robbed. There are no witnesses.
Children are used to peddle dope on the streets every day.
A woman throws her newborn baby in a trashcan.
A doctor performs abortions every day while he/she drives a Mercedes, lives in a $500,000
home, and vacations in Hawaii.
You are lied to or abused in some way by your employer.
You are laid off by an employer who keeps workers who have less seniority and/or ability.
The leadership of our company has stolen all of your retirement and you must now get
another job. You can’t retire like you planned.
An innocent young lady is brutally abused. She was blindfolded. There are no witnesses.
Can we even start to imagine the wrongs that have been committed since Adam? Our courts are busy daily prosecuting cases around the clock. Our prisons are overflowing with inmates. Think of the individuals who have committed crimes and yet they were never discovered. They lived high on stolen money. They lived and died with blood on their hands. There were no witnesses . . . . except . . . . for God. His eyes roam the Earth. His ears are always listening. His angels are always recording . . . . every act on Earth, good or bad. God will solve all crimes. God will judge all evil. There will be a day of court when God will settle all issues. And, because of this, we don’t have to settle them.
I. THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN
A. Is Cursed
Genesis 3:17 “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;”
The fruit of our first parents’ rebellion was death, murder, lies, abuse, thief, profanity, etc
Job 14:1 “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.”
B. Is Temporary
II Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things
which are not seen are eternal.”
Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
II Peter 3:7 “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in
store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
C. Is Cruel
Psalm 71:4 “Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of
the unrighteous and cruel man.”
I Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to
You can “bear it” knowing that “there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God
that judgeth in the earth” who will settle all issues.
II. WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN’S PROPER RESPONSE TO THIS WORLD’S CRUELTY
A. David’s Response
Psalm 58:6 “Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the
young lions, O LORD.”
It is probably impossible to know exactly what was taking place in David’s life at the time of this prayer, but one could suppose that this was a time when Saul sought to kill David. In fact, Psalm 57 clearly deals with this time of David being hunted. During this time, Saul had many advisors. Apparently, these advisors would not speak up on David’s behalf to convince Saul of his madness in relentlessly pursuing David. Especially seeing that David was one of the most honorable men in Israel. But, these men would not speak up in a time when they should have and perhaps David prays for their defeat and destruction. As well, I see a prophetic type here in this Psalm. When reading through this Psalm, it clearly jumped out at me that David spoke by the Spirit of God concerning the present day of David and the last days of all mankind. C. Bouwman