Summary: To recompense means “to repay or to reward or to compensate.” The word Gmolah means to give payback. This name indicates that God will repay evil for evil and good for good. This name shows that God by His very nature is a God who repays.
A. HUMOR: NO CHOCOLATE
1. A man went into an ice cream parlor and said, “I’d like 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream please!” The girl behind the counter said, “I’m very sorry sir, but our delivery truck broke down this morning, we’re out of chocolate!”
2. He said, “In that case, I’ll have 2 scoops of chocolate, please!” “You don’t understand, sir! We have no chocolate!” “Just give me some chocolate,” he said.
3. The girl said, “Sir, will you spell ‘van,’ as in ‘vanilla’?” The man spelled, “V-A-N.” The girl continued, “Now spell ‘straw’ as in ‘strawberry.’” The man said, “S-T-R-A-W.”
4. “Now,” the girl said, “Spell ‘stink’ as in ‘chocolate.” The man replied, ‘There is no ‘stink’ in ‘chocolate!’”
5. The girl shouted, “THAT’S WHAT I’M TRYING TO TELL YOU, THERE IS NO STINKIN’ CHOCOLATE!”
“Because the plunderer comes against her, against Babylon, and her mighty men are taken. Every one of their bows is broken; for the Lord God of recompenses will surely repay. Jer. 51:56 KJV/NKJV. (Other verses about God being a God of Recompenses: Deut. 32:35; Isa. 35:4; 59:18; 66:6; Jer. 51:6; Lam. 3:64).
1. Most of us have seen a reward sign posted somewhere for the return of a lost item or a missing person or pet.
2. Sometimes the reward may be a small amount, in some cases there have been rewards of a million dollars for information leading to the arrest or capture of a terrorist. 3. Would it shock you tonight if I said, “God offers rewards?” You won’t see it on a tree, or at the front of a store, but the Word gives us many examples of God rewarding people.
4. To recompense means “to repay or to reward or to compensate.” The word Gmolah means to give payback. This name indicates that God will repay evil for evil and good for good.
5. So tonight, let’s look at one of the covenant names of
God that says that by His very nature, God is a God who repays. The title of this message is “Jehovah-Gmolah.”
I. COMPENSATION FOR OUR ACTIONS
A. ALL WILL BE JUDGED: LOST & CHRISTIANS
1. Rev. 20:11-13,15 says, “11 And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away….12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened…and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
2. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:10.
B. THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES TO OUR ACTIONS
1. “Consequences” are defined as “the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier.”
2. God is a God of consequences. He says what we sow, we’ll reap, Gal. 6:7. Job 4:8, “those who sow trouble reap it.”
Prov. 22:8, “Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity….” Hosea 10:12, “Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love…”
3. HUMOR. Some think they can redirect their wrongs to someone else.
a. Like the elementary boy doing poorly in school. One day he gravely approached his teacher’s desk and said, "I don’t want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don’t get better grades.... somebody is going to get a spanking."
b. We all tend to think that somebody might get a spanking, but nobody expects it to be them.
4. There’s a direct correlation between what we do now, and how God will treat us in eternity!
C. HOW WE’LL BE JUDGED
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” 1 Cor. 3:13-15.
1. DEEDS, ACTIONS, WORKS.
2. MOTIVES. “He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” 1 Cor. 4:5.
3. WORDS. “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Mt. 12:36.