Rom. 11:22 "Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them
which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his
goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off."
Flood - Sodom and Gomorrah - Tower of Babel
IIPet. 2:6 "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes
condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that
after should live ungodly"
Numbers 15:32-36 Sticks
Lev. 10:1-2 Fire
Deut. 11:26-28 (Read)
ISam. 15 King Saul
IChron. 13 Uzza
Heb. 10:31 "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living
As terrible as God's severity is so is God's goodness.
Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your
ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the
earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your
But when they obey God he richly blessed them.
Joshua 21:44-45 God have them rest round about. All the good things
which God spoke to the house of Israel came to pass.
Gideon - God fought for them - Hezekiah - Josiah - David
IIChron. 20 Jehoshaphat (Ammon)
Today our blessing is different from theirs as is our punishment. Jesus
said, "Send rain on the just and unjust" Both receive physical blessings
of God. We don't fight a physical nation.
Rom. 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
Rom. 8:28 Just as with Gideon and Jehoshaphat God fights our battles
for us - giving us victory over our enemy (Satan and sin)
Heb. 4:9 "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." If we
are obedient by keeping the faith he will not allow us to be tempted above
that we are able. ICor. 10-13
Their worship was important - sticks - fire - Uzza - Josiah
Jesus said, "Worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:23
Woe unto us spiritually speaking if we leave the worship of God through
Christ Heb. 10:16-31
Acts 8:18-24 If we sin - let us repent and confess - least we be
rejected as they were rejected. Repent that we might continue in the
goodness of God.