The Wicked Will be Justly Punished

Philip Parham tells the story of a rich industrialist who was disturbed to find a fisherman sitting lazily beside his boat. “Why aren’t you out there fishing?” he asked. “Because I’ve caught enough fish for today,” said the fisherman. “Why don’t you catch … More

Contentment

Those who are evildoers will sooner or later,  be cut down as the scythe cuts down the grass of the field (v. 9). The meek may never have an abundance of things, but why should they care? An abundance of peace is theirs, and that is far better (v. 11). Many think that Jesus taught a lot of new and novel things when He was on this earth but in reality He rarely introduced anything new. Most of His teaching comes right out of the Old Testament. When we read in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth,” we are not reading something new but we are reading the message of Psalm 37:11 rephrased in the Words of the Lord Jesus.

We should never fear about the plotting of the wicked because God knows the end from the beginning. He knows the day is coming when He will destroy the strength of the strong. He has a sword for those who have committed crimes against humanity. Who can begin to measure the suffering caused by men like Stalin, Hitler, and Mao Tse Tung. But we can be sure that God has a sword for them that will enter their souls and twist and turn for all eternity. In the materialistic society in which we live we often put the emphasis in the wrong place. We think that money can buy happiness (vv. 16-17). The Bible makes it plain that “godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Application

How much of my life up to this point has been devoted to making money and buying things in comparison to the time I have spent for the Lord? I never want to be content with the things this life has to offer.

Psalms 37:9-17 (English Standard Version)

For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming. The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright; their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

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