Archive for August 15th, 2017

All of God’s judgments are aimed at whatever interferes with love – Mike Bickle

Why are there so many difficult parts in the Bible? I think one of the reasons is because God really cares about revealing truth. Truth is part of who God is. We often look for quick and easy answers in life. The real truth is nearly always found in the tension between different virtues. So much of what Jesus taught has tensions with other things that he taught. Do we do things in secret (Mt 6:3-4, 6) or let our light shine before men? (Mt 5:14-16). Do we give our money away (Mk 10:21), or do we steward and grow it? (Mt 25:14-30).

This passage highlights one of the biggest areas of tension in God’s nature. How can He be a God of judgment and of mercy? The easy answer is to just pick one and run with it. Whole branches of the church exist that massively emphasise God’s judgment and his holiness at the expense of all else. Other branches exist to try and write judgment out of the picture. In their minds, everyone gets saved, there is no hell or consequence for sin and our job as Christians is to just learn to be as tolerant as we can. This second view is particularly prevalent in the UK.

I love this passage because it’s as if God’s wrestling with this issue himself. The first 14 verses show the pain and devastation that sin causes. God isn’t angry with sin because he has a control complex and wants to ruin our fun. He’s angry with sin because it wrecks our lives and it wrecks this world. Sin is the most devastating thing we can do or experience and a God who really loves us has to hate the sin that enslaves us. Verse 15 lands with God seeing that there is no-one righteous in the world. The last time he saw this it led to Noah’s flood. This time things look different. He’s vowed never to destroy the world again (Gen 8:20-22, 9:11). The pain of sin is no different but we see a God who’s vowed to find a different solution than destruction. The solution is Jesus. God puts on his own clothes of righteousness and salvation and goes to war against the root of the problem itself. He ends the passage by reaffirming the covenant that he will always uphold. The judgment of God is for us, not against us.

















Is there any area in your life that is still under the control of sin? Let God go to war on that area of your life.

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