Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Foolishness of Denying God’s Existence and Power

Psalm 2:1-12

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1)

By his sin in eating the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam made us aware of sin.  Since that time, mankind has been trying to escape the responsibility and guilt that goes with such knowledge. In their efforts, they have tried to eliminate the concept of God who has the final authority.   Romans 1:21-25 describes what they have done in their efforts to negate his power.   “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Some groups have tried to make gods of things that they can overpower, while others have denied his existence at all.  The evidence that he exists surrounds us.  Science tells there has to be a cause for everything that happens, and all no amount of time changes that principle.  As a result everything we see in the world around us testifies to the existence of God, including our own bodies.  Romans 1:19-20 informs us, “… that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them.   For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”  To take a position and refuse to consider all the facts only shows ones refusal to accept reality.  Unfortunately, many people make that choice about a lot of things. 

:The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:2-3)

In their efforts to deny God and his existence or trying to minimize him into just some animal or idol, even governments have tried to set themselves above God’s authority.  They insist his moral standards no longer apply to them. 

“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” (Psalm 2:4-6)

They look pretty foolish to God, claiming he doesn’t exist, or that he can’t do anything to stop them.  He is offended by their denial of his existence, and will tell them he has set his own government over the world. 

“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.” (Psalm 2:7-9)

God set David as an example of his power, but one day he will give the entire world into the hand of his son, Jesus Christ.  In that day the entire world will worship him, with Jerusalem as their capital.  During the thousand years of his earthly reign.  Isaiah 2:2-4 gives a brief glimpse of what his kingdom will be like.  “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.   And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Psalm 2:10-12)

It would be far wiser on our part to learn from what we see around us.  If we serve the Lord, we can keep from making him angry and turning his wrath against us.  His blessings are promised to all who trust him but as Romans 1:18 warns, “…the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”

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