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Posted by Walt Thompson on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 in Family of God 0 Comments

The God’s Are Smiling

The Blessing is in the Law

 

Introduction

We were visiting in the humble mud-brick home of an elderly widow in a remote village in Ghana, West Africa. As we were saying our “good byes” I noticed the Colonel inconspicuously reach into his pocket, take out a roll of bills, and place it into the hand of his elderly friend. Noting that I had seen what he had done, he explained to me as we drove away, that the lady was very poor and had no family to give her support. Whenever, therefore, he was in the area, he would stop by and do what he could to help her.  

After giving me a brief tour of this, his home village (including the satellite dish and outdoor screen in the village square to which we were up-linking our series of meetings), we were on our way back to Kumasi. As we traveled, he shared this story with me.

While serving with the African peacekeeping forces in Rwanda during the

Genocide, he met an American school teacher that refused to leave his mission school and his students at the very height of the bloodshed, this, in spite of pressure by the peace keepers upon him to leave. The Colonel told me that he was so impressed by the faithfulness of this man of God that he determined that he must find out more about what drove a man that would even consider such a dangerous thing, to say nothing about actually doing it.

When I first met Colonel James, he was actively involved in helping to share the internationally uplinked gospel meetings we were conducting in the city of Kumasi. Excited to share the joy of the gospel he had come to love so much, my new friend was truly enjoying the blessings inherent in applying the moral Law of Love.

Blessings and Curses

Almost universally people have a sense that when things go well, the “gods” are smiling upon them, and when bad things happen, it is because these “gods” are laying a curse upon them. Though the God (gods) may be different from place to place or person to person, the sense of blessing and cursing ever seems to remain the same—whether among devout Bible professing Christians, the most earnest traditionalists or spiritualists, or even those that have no recognized spiritual connections. 

Why should this be? We might wonder. Are we really at the mercy of the powers of the unseen world—at the mercy of the gods?

 

Neither the gods nor the demons

As a growing child, I spent some of my summer vacations living with my sister and husband on a small dairy farm. The soil was very poor, and the crops very scanty. So much so that it was necessary for my brother-in-law to find other employment in order to eke out an existence. But I was always intrigued by Will N’s farm, our neighbor just down the road from us. His grain, hay, and corn were always beautiful and very productive, and his cows sleek and content. It was obvious to all that traveled down that road that Will was blessed. What was he doing differently from his neighbors that God was able to shower His blessings upon him so bountifully? One might wonder! 

May I suggest the answer! It may be found in the laws of nature that govern the entire universe and everything within it--and confirmed by the writings of the Holy Bible. Let us first look briefly at the laws of nature.

One of the most widely recognized of these is the law of gravity. In the absence of other intervening laws, a person stepping off from a high structure will fall and be injured or killed, depending upon how far the fall and other related factors.

It is only by observing the laws of aerodynamics and other laws of physics that human beings are able to fly through the sky--or even on into space.

By applying other natural laws we can study and apply the principles of reproduction, modern agriculture, or even atomic and sub-atomic physics--and manipulate them at will. Without exception, all are absolutely dependable and unalterable—and to ignore them, means certain disaster and ultimate, death!

Interestingly, we humans rationalize that the natural law governing morality is an exception and that it is subject to interpretation. Fortunately, the Holy Bible comes to our aid and discredits this claim, confirming, rather, the absolute, unchangeable, nature of the moral law, just as is true of all other natural law.

In fact, foundational to the very existence of the universe itself, and the laws that govern it is the moral law of love as taught in the Holy Bible. The Bible makes this simple statement, “God is Love!” (1 John 4:7, 8). God is the very embodiment of love. Furthermore, this God of love that created and established all things, including the natural laws governing that creation (John 1:1-3), demonstrated, illustrated, and exhibited the nature of love by giving the very essence of Himself in the person of His Son, Jesus, to die in our place at our hand upon a wooden cross, to save us from the natural, eternal, consequences of disregarding that law (John 3:16, 17). Without God, without love, by whom the universe and the laws that govern it exists, there would be no life, no death, no universe, and no natural law.

Yes! This seems like a very bold statement, but in fact, encompassed within the ten codified principles of the moral Law of love, we find the essence of every possible relational scenario of the universe and the intelligent life that exists within it.

Let us look especially at this Moral law. It is a law based upon self-renouncing, unconditional love for God and for one another. Every one of the ten precepts of the Ten Commandments composing the Moral law naturally result in life when executed in love, and every one of them naturally results in sorrow and eventual death when ignored. There are no exceptions.

As plain as this may be, we still speak often about the blessing of God upon those that are faithful to him. In fact, it is natural for human beings everywhere, whether professing belief in the Bible, or whatever other faith they may claim, to attribute both positive and negative experiences to the blessings or the cursing of our God (gods), ignoring the role played by the laws of nature (including the Moral law of love).  Accordingly, we tend to interpret our blessings or curses to indicate that God is impressed with our faithfulness, and responds to our obedience—or disobedience, as the case may be. From this assumption, we also tend to believe that we can earn God’s blessings or His punishments by the things we do, or do not do—the laws we “keep” or do not “keep.” So it is that all through history, we humans have tended to praise our (God) gods when things go well with us, and to blame them when things seem to be working against us.  In the same way we tend to judge one another based upon our obedience to the laws of our chosen religious faith or belief system. This is true not only among devout Bible believing Christians, but among essentially all religious peoples.

The truth is, it is not the “keeping” of the law that gives life, but the love upon which the Moral law is founded that determines life or death. Jesus illustrated this concept very well when He ministered to the Jews, saying, “Do unto others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets,” Matthew 7:12, NLT.

Or please consider this. If I loved God as He loves me, what would that behavior look like? What would its effect be, on me, and on Him in regards to honoring Him as my one and only God, respecting His holy name, worshipping other objects in place of Him, or communing with Him as my Creator and Redeemer on the seventh day of the week as He specifically designed as a special time of fellowship together? Or this—if I loved my brother or sister as much as God loves me, how would that love be reflected in my behavior regarding the law of adultery, murder, stealing, lying, coveting, or my relationship with my parents? Is it not true that in each and every instance my life, and their life, would be enhanced and blessed? If, on the other hand, my actions are based upon self-centered, rigid, obedience to these laws, the opposite response is also easy to understand! Death will follow not far behind, for apart from love, true obedience is not possible!

Unfortunately, there is another facet to this scenario that must be factored into our understanding.

 

The Big Picture

God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) creator of the worlds, the intelligent inhabitants of those worlds, and the natural laws that govern them all is described in the Bible as being the living embodiment of unconditional, self-renouncing, love. Love, by its very nature exists only in the presence of other intelligent beings, and implies the element of freedom to love or to reject love for one another. Satan, an angelic being once serving at the throne of God in heaven chose to reject subjection to God and His law of love, moreover, to challenge Him to the throne itself (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-18; Revelation 12:7-10). Subsequently, Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan’s claim and to ignore God’s warning and eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and in so doing forfeited their dominion of the earth to Satan who now claims his role as Prince of this world, with us humans as his subjects (Genesis chapter 3; John 12:31; 14:30). As such, every one of us born on earth under his dominion is subject to his influence and deceptive, self-centered, practices, all of which are contrary to God’s law of love—which is described in the Bible as sin, (1 John 3:4).

How then may those of us born in sin experience freedom from the rule of Satan and live out the love of God in our lives? It is not easy—and it is not difficult:

It begins with a choice each one of us must make--based upon a careful assessment of the events occurring in the world around us. The blessings inherent in compliance with the Moral Law of Love are clearly evident in comparison with the consequences of the lawless society such as we find ourselves living in today.

When, by faith one choses to yield the life to the cause and rule of the God of heaven, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--without any reservation, God will take the initiative and responsibility to transform that one into His own image, governed by self-sacrificing, unconditional, love—which is, in reality, nothing more nor less than living by the spirit of the Law of God as codified in the Ten Commandments.

However, this may be not easy, for when we choose God and His rule of love, the devil will always counter by using every “trick” of evil and deception that he can conceive. In doing so, he is, in effect engaging us in the war that began in heaven, challenging us to defend our faith in Jesus, the champion we have chosen.  The Bible is clear that this war is very real. In fact, it is by learning to trust in and depend upon the God and the powers of heaven to gain the victory that our transformation is encouraged and established.

It is also clear that when the war is over, Satan and all that join him in the conflict will finally be defeated and eliminated from the universe for eternity—an act of love—and the natural outcome of rejecting the precepts of the Moral law of love. (Please note: Forced and confined into heaven or any other place where only self-renouncing love exists would certainly be worse than the most gruesome picture of hell for an unbeliever.)

To assure that the throne of God will never again be challenged throughout eternity, every intelligent being in the universe must be irreversibly convinced that the Moral Law of Love is the single governing principle capable of sustaining life without end, i.e., eternal life.

Given this background, let us now look at the history of this world from the perspective of this universal war between God and Satan. The Bible describes this war and the winning weapons with which we must battle in Ephesians 6:10-18.

When one has caught a vision of the blessings inherent in the Moral Law of Love in comparison to the deceptive practices of sin, no price will seem to be too high to joyously experience those blessings. And these are all in addition to the gift of eternal live in a new heavens and new earth that Jesus has gone to prepare for all those that love Him.   

The joy of self-sacrificing (dying to self) love as Jesus described in His parable of the man that sold everything to obtain the Pearl of great price, or to purchase the field containing the hidden treasure (Matthew 13:44-46) corresponds to the happiness and joy of one anticipating the blessings (benefits) derived from faithfulness to the great moral law of love as described by the Apostle Paul when speaking of “dying to the law of sin” in his writings in the books of Romans (Romans 6: 20-23) and Galatians (Galatians 5:22-24).

While it is true that we have all been born into a world governed by the devil and the “law of sin” and deception by which he works, one need not look very far to “see” the fantastic benefits inherent in the Moral Law of Love in contrast to the terrible consequences of sin naturally resulting from a life of sin.

The Apostle Paul penned these words to Titus, a Gentile associate. They are quite appropriate for those of us who believe today. “Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But when God our Savior revealed His kindness and love, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of His grace He made us right in His sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone,” Titus 3:3-8 NLT.

 

A Man after God’s own heart

Because the Bible describes King David as “a man after His own heart” upon who’s throne Jesus will sit in heaven throughout eternity (Acts 13:22; Luke 1:32, 33, 33; Revelation 22:16; 5:5, 6), let us now consider the blessings of God as related to the great moral Law of Love from the perspective of this war between God and Satan as played out in Israel and the Middle East in Bible times. It will be wise to try to put ourselves into the place of God and of King David as they face the devil and his evil forces at that most critical time in the history of the world.

God is love. He is not willing that anyone should perish, but that everyone should experience life eternal in a pure environment free of even the thought of evil (John 3:16, 17). Unfortunately, until the time of David, approximately three thousand years after creation, the devil had succeeded in gaining and maintaining the allegiance of almost the entire population of the earth to him and his rebellion against God’s law of love--in spite of God’s best efforts to convince them of the benefits of His love and concern for them.

Please permit me to explain. Almost immediately after Eve fell for the devil’s lie and partook of the fruit of the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and convinced Adam to eat and share the “exhilaration” with her, God promised them that though they would die as He had forewarned, He had a plan whereby though the devil would wreak havoc with their descendants, he would eventually be defeated and destroyed (Genesis 3:15).  

In Satan’s effort to prove otherwise, Cain, their first-born son yielded to his influence and murdered his brother, Abel. As Cain rejected the promise, so his descendants followed him in his choice of the devil as his guide. Seth, the next son of Adam and Eve, believed God’s promise and was faithful to Him, becoming the first of a long line of faithful patriarchs expecting the arrival of the promised Messiah. More than two thousand years, and a universal flood later, God renewed that promise with Abraham and his descendants—with the additional clarification that the promise was not only for his direct descendants, but for all people of all nations as well. At the same time, God told Abraham that his descendants through his son, Isaac, would spend four hundred years in Egypt (during which time the inhabitants living in the land promised to Abraham would have opportunity to turn from their demonic ways, Genesis 12:1-3; Numbers 14: 13-21), before the promise would be fulfilled and they would receive the promised land.

A point of clarification is necessary before we proceed. While the universal flood of Noah’s day cleansed the earth of Evil and wicked people living at that time, it did not destroy the devil (crush head of the serpent of Eden), nor bring to an end the war between good and evil that began in heaven. Thus, it did not take long before Satan succeeded in again spreading evil throughout the entire inhabited world—with the exception of Abraham, his faithful descendants and a few un-named others.  Please follow along.

Unfortunately, in spite of God’s patience and the witness of His blessing on the Children of Israel in Egypt, the nation’s comprising the Promised Land did not repent and turn from their allegiance to Satanic agencies, but, rather, filled up their “cup of iniquity,” necessitating that God, as Sovereign King and the One that established the law, execute His responsibility to that law, i.e., death!—a task that He called upon the Israelites, the descendants of Abraham, to accomplish through Him (Numbers 14:9).  

At this point it is crucial to understand God’s responsibility as Creator and author of the law governing His creation with infinite, self-renouncing love. No one questions the fact that all natural law is unchangeable, and in every instance, to disregard it is incompatible with life, for we see it at work in all the world around us. All that is, except for the fact that Satan has deceived most of the human family, convincing them that the Moral law is an exception to the rule.

While it is true that it does not require divine revelation for one to see the consequences of sin and selfishness in the world all around us even today, it is also true that it is not only those under the devil’s influence that suffer the consequences of sin--but the innocent as well. For the sake of these, a just and loving God, the One who established the unchangeable Moral Law of love could not fail to intervene. This explains why God took the credit for bringing the flood of Noah’s day, the fires of Sodom and Gomorrah, and why He commanded the destruction of the wicked nations of the Middle East at the time of Israel. This is the same reason that the constitution of the United States provides that the government is responsible to assure safety and justice for every citizen by our judicial system. In fact, it is the same principle that united the free nations of the world in going to war against the German regime of Adolf Hitler resulting in WWII.

At the time of David, it had been more than five hundred years since Israel left Egypt for the Promised Land. Israel had failed to accomplish their assigned task of “cleansing” their land of the people and works resulting from Satan’s dominion. Indeed, it was then nearly three thousand years since God made the Promise of a Savior to Adam and Eve. Throughout that long time, it appeared from all available evidence that the devil was winning his war against God and His chosen “faithful” ones.—and this, in spite of God’s covenant with Abraham and of His descent unto Mount Sinai, giving Israel a copy of the moral Law of Love engraved on tablets of stone.  

 

David’s life—a classic example of the conflict challenging the moral law of love

It had been God’s plan that through His priests and prophets, He Himself would serve as the sovereign king of Israel as He led them into the Promised Land. Unfortunately, from the time He delivered them from Egyptian bondage, they refused total allegiance to Him, and finally, arrived at a place where they demanded a king from among themselves, “to be like the nations around them,” (1 Samuel 8:1-7). Saul, was chosen as that first king, but it was not long before Satan had captured his allegiance, too, placing God in need of a more hopeful replacement. David, a humble shepherd boy that had revealed his deep love for God even as a child, was the one chosen as His agent in Israel to execute that responsibility. He alone from among men living upon the earth had discovered the true value and blessing encompassed by the great moral Law of Love governing the entire universe--and chose it as his standard for life.

The Bible states that David was a man after God’s own heart, yet when we read the account of his reign as king of Israel we see a man of war noted for his valor in killing the enemies of Israel—yes, beginning as a very youth with a single stone and a sling shot. While often judged by God’s followers today as terribly evil, the truth is that David (after five hundred years of failure of Israel to cleanse the land of the devil’s rule), finally, during his life time completed the task God had assigned to Israel.

Unfortunately, the Bible record does not end here. It tells us that David had several wives and many concubines—and as if that were insufficient to raise eyebrows, he committed adultery with the wife of Uriah, one of his generals, and then when he (David) discovered that she was pregnant with his child, arranged to have Uriah killed in battle. How is it possible that a man so “above the law” could possibly be listed among the faithful of God’s followers?

Warned by Nathan the prophet, King David acknowledged his sins of adultery and murder as being against the sovereign Law of God. He did not die as the law of God demanded, but repented and confessed his sin in faith, trusting in the “gift” of God in the promises of a Savior, whose death upon the Cross of Calvary paid the penalty for David’s sins, giving up His life as the price for David’s sin (and ours).

 

God, David, and the Moral Law of Love put to the test!

Forget Not! The war is real! To some living at the time. it appeared that the devil was still winning this war, and that God and His plan as first promised to Adam and Eve to rise above the “injury to the heel” of His faithful ones, and to “crush the head of Satan, the serpent” (Genesis 3:15) was failing. David was God’s key to victory in this war, and we may be certain, the battles between good and evil would spare no punches (1 Samuel 16:1, 13).

Just as in every war, there are casualties, serious injuries, real spilled blood, and horrific deaths. Praise God, though David did not declare final victory in this universal conflict between good and evil, by his life and witness a crisis was met and God’s stead given a boost that would bring encouragement and hope for all subsequent battles until the final one when God Himself in the person of Jesus should meet the devil face to face—to the death at Calvary.

 

When the devils hit home

The blessings of the moral Law of Love are without limit, but not without challenge. We may read about the problems of ancient Israel and about King David and his role in fulfilling God’s purpose for that people, and judge David and Israel on the basis of the Biblical record and the many commentaries that have been written since. We must never forget that while the emphasis may be on David and Israel, the lesson is for us. Satan and his accompanying fallen angels have not disappeared nor yielded even a little of their ire and determination to ruin the plan of God for the human race. Nor does God always remove their sometimes very intense influence upon us. For as David and Jesus “learned obedience by the things he suffered (Hebrews 5:8),” so at times He permits our common foes to attack, deceive, and try us to the very limit.

So it is that God sometimes educates us by letting us suffer the consequences of our choices and actions. These are the things that often inspire and “force” growth and choice, and victory in Jesus.

The Bible record of David’s life demonstrates the natural results of disregarding the moral law of love, results that occur and limit the blessings God would have had him enjoy. But this is not all. While God forgave David of his sins with Bathsheba and Uriah when he confessed them, God did not interfere to prevent David from experiencing the evil results of his polygamy, nor protect him from experiencing the unhappiness, jealousy, and discord naturally occurring among his many wives and children resulting therefrom--nor did God in the least justify him in any of his sins, his disregard for the moral law of love. In fact, God sent Nathan the prophet to denounce David in his sin with Bathsheba and Uriah--to let him know in no uncertain terms that his actions had an impact far beyond his own personal happiness or shame, but were influencing His (God’s) own cause and concerns in the greater war between good and evil, between Himself and Satan for time and eternity.  We must never forget that the same is true for the witness of our lives today.

By this example we may be reminded that it is the totality of the life that is measured by God in judgment. Judgments, like blessings, are the natural results of our faithfulness or unfaithfulness to the law of love. True, also, is the fact that when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, his past righteousness will not save him from the natural consequences of his disregard for the moral law of love. However, praise His Holy Name, God is able through the blood of Jesus to forgive our confessed sins, however grotesque, and to transform us into the pure sinless image of Jesus—just as He did with David (Psalms 51:1-19. 

Interestingly, in reviewing David’s life and God’s response to it, it seems clear that God does not usually provide additional blessings or curses to those naturally resulting from obedience or rejection of the moral law of love—His love, and our love!

It is interesting, too, to note that throughout this complicated life history, there is no Scriptural evidence that David, though overcome by the devil in a number of battles, ever failed to honor any of the first four precepts of the moral law of love. He never rebelled against God, or chose another god to receive glory, honor, or praise. Rather, the record confirms that David loved God from beginning to the very end and freely expressed that love in thought and word and action, even when sometimes buckling to the devil’s pressure and deceptions.  One need only to read and consider the Psalms of David (see especially, Psalms 51, and 119) to see and understand his deep devotion to God and his heart to glorify God in his life.

King David is, indeed, though unlike Jesus who never yielded to the temptations and trials inflicted upon him by the devil, a fair example of love and faithfulness suitable to encourage those of us living in these, the last days of earth history.

 

David and Jesus—similarities and differences

Jesus Loved and obeyed God, His Father, and never sinned. Had He, as very God, sinned and ignored the blessings of the moral law of love, He and the fallen world would have suffered the consequences of sin, i.e. death, for He had no intercessor qualified to take His death in His place as He took our death in our stead. (Note: This was the price Jesus paid to save us! For had He failed in His battle with Satan in Gethsemane, there would have been no resurrection.)

David, too, loved, as did Jesus, and was tempted and tried by the devil as was Jesus. David sometimes struggled with the fierce pressures Satan placed upon him, and forgetting the blessings available from the Law, was overcome by the tricks of the devil on a number of occasions. David repented of and confessed his sin. Then, covered by the spilled blood of Jesus—he was recognized by God as being in the same condition as Jesus—perfect! Free of sin!

Though, like Jesus, we are under constant attack by Satan, we, like David, too, sometimes fall to the devil’s attacks. Still, when we repent and forsake our sins, we are judged to be like Jesus, and free of sin, because, like David, Jesus has paid the price for our confessed sins, too.

ALL life is governed by Natural Law. Blessings and cursing’s are the natural result of the respect or disrespect we give to those natural laws, including the moral law. God is responsible for the good or evil that befalls us to the extent that He is the author of the Law and is thereby responsible to enforce it (to be certain that the claims of it never fail, whether for life, or death) But far and beyond this, God, Himself, in the person of Jesus, has accepted the death that naturally follows the penitent’s disregard for the law (sin). It is the realization of His love that serves to transform the faithful of those living during these final days of judgment on planet earth into his own image—subject to compliance to the great moral law of love, and experiencing the blessings of it—loving God and one another just as He loved (s) us.

The books of history are filled with others throughout the ages that have modeled such love and experienced the blessings of risking life and limb to take the gospel to the ends of the earth--many suffering rejection, persecution, and the most heinous deaths for their expressions of love for both God and one another. (Hebrews 11:38-40).

 

Good news for us today!

The entire Bible and the moral law provide the path for the very best of life possible here on earth, and indeed throughout the entire universe. So, when any one of us ignores the full benefits of those principles of the moral law, they, “we” are “robbed” of the intended benefit. This is true with individuals as individuals, and those organizations claiming faith in God.

In Revelation 18:1, we are told of a day not far hence wherein the earth will be filled with the glory of God. Surely, this can be nothing more nor less than a replication of Jesus’ own life expressed in the lives of those of us His followers today, sacrificing everything we have and are, in bringing the gospel in word and deed to every person living upon the earth.

Some have claimed that before Jesus comes, one must be perfect in the sense of living a life without sin according to “the letter of the law”-–in strict obedience to each of the Ten Commandments--in order to be saved when Jesus returns. In fact, such a thing is not possible, for to attempt to be “perfect”, one is by virtue of that effort, transforming the moral law of self-renouncing, unconditional love into a law of works, stealing from it the joy and blessing inherent in the moral law itself. Indeed, this was the condition of the Jews who condemned Jesus to death on the Cross of Calvary.

The Bible is clear on one thing, however. There will be a short time just before Jesus returns when conditions upon earth have reached a point where those faithful to God and to the moral law of love are so different from those rejecting that law that they will no longer be able to live together in peace in the same society. At that time when in the judgment of God there is nothing more a loving God can do to save the lost, He will free his restraint on the hand of Satan and evil, no longer holding back the winds of strife containing Satan’s power to destroy, and there will be a time of trouble (seven last plagues, Revelation 15:1, 5-8; 14:17) such as this world has never before seen until that time (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:7-12). The Bible describes this time for the faithful then living as the Time of Jacob’s trouble, (Genesis 32:29, 30; Jeremiah 30:5-7; Revelation 14:1-5—victorious and under the protective care of our Father in heaven. Psalms 46:1-11; 91:1-15).

The happiest people on earth are those that cherish and follow the principles of the Ten Commandments comprising the moral law of love--even perhaps in spite of persecution or martyrdom. While suffering is never pleasant, once one realizes that there may be people living with God in heaven for eternity who were once guilty of persecuting or putting them to death, one may experience a bit of joy in that hope. Once Jesus resolved to pay the price for saving us, He went to His death at peace knowing the benefits for those He came to save, (Matthew 26:29—entire chapter).

 

The Faithful of all the ages

The Holy Bible and the records of history are filled with examples of the faithful throughout the ages that have experienced the blessings available from the great moral law of love. For example, please consider Mary Magdalene, a demon possessed harlot; Peter, Jesus’ disciple for more than 3 years who denied that he even knew Jesus at a time when Jesus needed him the most during His trial by Caiaphas, the high priest; Paul, feared by the early followers of Jesus for ferreting out the faithful ones and having them murdered. King Manasseh, too, is numbered among those that are counted among the faithful to the law, and experienced the blessings provided by the moral law of God. This is the same king which the Bible describes in these words, “he ‘made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do worse than the heathen whom the LORD has destroyed before the Children of Israel’ when they entered the Promised Land (2 Chronicles 33:9; 19, 20),” Please note that all of these, though unfaithful to the moral law of love, repented and became faithful believers. None of these people were ever again the same after they had repented and experienced the blessings provided by submitting to God’s moral law of love.

In the book of Hebrews, chapter 11 we read the record of many others throughout pre-Christian history that experienced the blessings provided by faithfulness to God’s moral law of love.

We would be remiss should we neglect to mention the millions of the faithful throughout the Christian era that experienced every evil thing (curse) the devil could inflict upon them—even death, living by faith alone, often without experiencing any visible evidence of God’s special blessing—trusting alone on the blessings inherent in the moral Law of Love.  

The Bible says of these, “They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us,” Hebrews 11:38-40. NLT

 

The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved,” John 3:16, 17.

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance,” 2 Peter 3:9.

“Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, from your family and from your Father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you shall all the families of the earth shall be blessed,” Genesis 12:1-3.

Please note the testimony of a prostitute of the Promised Land that demonstrates God’s desire for all people of all nations to be saved. In fact this was His objective in doing miracle after miracle in bringing Israel out of Egypt into the Promised Land, that by giving the heathen nations evidence of His love and power, many would turn to Him and be saved, just as Hagar of the wicked city of Jericho described. “For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such thing. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. Joshua,” 2:10, 11.

“If you will return, O Israel,” says the Lord, “Return to Me; and if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, then you shall not be moved. And you shall swear, ‘The Lord lives,’ in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; the nations shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him they shall glory.” Jeremiah 4:1, 2.

Unfortunately, even the very descendants of Abraham that God chose to share God’s love with the world, failed as a nation to fulfill their purpose and joined in with the heathen and unbelievers as noted by this statement “Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem; see how and know; and seek in her open places if you can find a man, if there is anyone who executes judgment, who seeks the truth, and I will pardon her (Jerusalem),” Jeremiah 5:1.

What about you and me?

 

 

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