05 God Protects His Own

The Gospel in Genesis, Audio: mp3

We know the experience of Jacob. This is the testing time to see what God’s people are made of. Fire reveals the condition of the building. If it’s made from precious stone it will stand, if it’s made of wood, hay and stubble it will be gone. There is something else we need to know in these last days and that is, God protects His own.

And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine [was] grievous in the land.

And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou [art] a fair woman to look upon:

Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This [is] his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

Say, I pray thee, thou [art] my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she [was] very fair.

The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.

And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What [is] this [that] thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she [was] thy wife?

Why saidst thou, She [is] my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take [her], and go thy way.

And Pharaoh commanded [his] men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had. Genesis 12:10-20

There are two lessons that I want to bring out. Firstly what God is willing to do for His people, and secondly what not to do. Abraham comes to a place and he is afraid for his life, he is scared. Because his wife was so beautiful, if he would say that he was her husband, then they would kill him and take her anyway. Abraham, this man we look up to for having so much faith, reveals something not to do. He is afraid for his life so he gets his wife to tell a lie. In Abraham’s mind he probably justified it because Sarah was Abraham’s father’s daughter, but they didn’t have the same mother, so she was his half-sister. He could have thought, I’m not really lying, am I?

When we get into positions of stress where we’re about to lose something, we think that we are in danger, there is a great temptation to try to change the way things look, just to save our reputation, or to save our life, or to save something. We just slightly twist the truth to put ourselves in a positive light. Do you know why this is done? It is because we do not know that God protects His own, we do not understand that God is willing. He has all things in His hand and if we will walk honestly and uprightly before the Lord, then we will not have to worry.

But in this trial, Abraham falters; he bears a false witness before Pharaoh. Notice what the Lord did. Did the Lord help Abraham with his problem? Now the problem was that Abraham got himself into more trouble than before, in that now he is going to lose his wife, just so he could gain some benefit. Say, I pray thee, thou [art] my sister: that it may be well with me Abraham said to Sarah. Then Sarah ends up in Pharaoh’s palace in great danger all because he was worried and afraid for himself of what may transpire. The Lord protects His own, does He not? The Lord plagued Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh realised what has taken place and came to Abraham, saying, What [is] this [that] thou hast done unto me?
If we bear false witness, we are sinning. It’s a big rebuke when an unbeliever rebukes a believer.

What are you doing communicating something to me that is false. Said Pharaoh to Abraham. As Christians, we can do this in our business engagements and in our daily life. When we meet people in the world we can be false and the question they need to ask us is, What are you doing to me? We have a responsibility to others we do not live to ourselves; we are to live as ambassadors for Christ, representing Him in every situation, even in situations that threaten our lives. So the Lord steps in and He still helps those who are His.

The two-fold lesson is, what will God do? He will protect His own. Man must be honest. Do you think if Abraham were truthful his situation would have been better than it was? Do you think that there is something to be gained by deception and by falsities? The Bible says in regard to the 144,000 that they are without fault before the throne of God and in their mouth is no guile. Abraham’s situation was guile. It was a deception; a little bit deceiving that she wasn’t his wife but his sister. He could have thought she is my sister but she was his wife more than his sister.

And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She [is] my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou [art but] a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she [is] a man’s wife.

But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?

Said he not unto me, She [is] my sister? and she, even she herself said, He [is] my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.

Now therefore restore the man [his] wife; for he [is] a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore [her] not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that [are] thine.

Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.

Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.

And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing? Genesis 20:1-10

Think about this, the king takes God’s servant Abraham’s wife and God steps in and tells the king who is about to take Sarah for the night, You’re a dead man if you touch her. Isn’t that wonderful how God protects His own? Abraham messed it up. Abraham didn’t looking after his wife properly, he was busy looking after himself, but God steps in and says, You’re a dead man if you touch her. Who is the person intervening in this dilemma? It is God Himself. God takes interest in the well-being of the families, of individuals, and He is not willing that anything will come upon them that is not in His will, and this was not in His will. It was not His will that Abraham responded the way he did. In verse 9 Abimelech says, What hast thou done unto us?
He said
the same as Pharaoh, What are you doing to me? You are being a false witness, you are being a stumbling block to me. God still held Abimelech responsible although His servant Abraham had done the wrong thing. You notice that God didn’t say I know Abraham is a bit of a dodgy character at the moment and start pulling down Abraham’s character in front of Abimelech. God says that Abraham is a prophet and he will pray for you. God likes to protect the reputation of His people. Do you think we should do the same? Do you think we should go around rubbishing one another? If someone makes a genuine mistake, do you think we should start talking about it to the people who made the mistake? We should look at the Lord’s example here, that although this situation wasn’t optimum, Abimelech still had to respond to God for himself, but this was a rebuke to Abraham in that What have you done to me?

This is something we should consider. As Christians, are we being a stumbling block to other people? Are we causing other people to look upon us and ridicule our faith? Are we living no differently to the world? If that is the case, we are bearing false witness. If I have the same amusements, interests, and past-times as the world, what am I saying to the world? I am deceiving them, I am saying that I am a Christian and yet I behave like them, or I dress like them. If I dress in a way that is a stumbling block, they have a right to ask, What are your doing to me? This lesson is what not to do. We must not be dishonest to the name of our faith. Our speech and our actions must be upright today. Abraham came to this situation thinking, They are going to kill me. When it comes to the trials ahead of us things will look like we are being threatened to death, and we will have enormous pressure to speak falsely to save our skin. We can think of it in an ordinary scenario, such as if I want work and if I just make a little compromise or a little twist to the reality of things I might get the job. I might be able to get benefits or something that I think can be gained by twisting the truth or by living a lie but there is nothing to be gained, because God will protect His own. There is one principle that applies throughout generations and that is the sins of the fathers are carried down to their children, and to their children’s children.

And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar…..And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:……

And the men of the place asked [him] of his wife; and he said, She [is] my sister: for he feared to say, [She is] my wife; lest, [said he], the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she [was] fair to look upon.

And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac [was] sporting with Rebekah his wife.

And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she [is] thy wife: and how saidst thou, She [is] my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.

And Abimelech said, What [is] this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us. Genesis 26:1, 6-10

These men seemed to like beautiful women; therefore they were worried for their own life. Abraham’s son Isaac came to Abimelech and says, She’s my sister, because he didn’t want to be killed. This problem of lying seemed to continue through the line. Then Isaac’s son, Jacob, was a deceiver. Can you see that the sins of the father are passed down? Jacob had a terrible time because of dishonesty. There can be an enormous amount of dishonesty today in the church. If I behave in a certain way, then I will be popular and be liked in the church or I can get a position or gain something, and save myself if I were just somewhat dishonest.

All this is the result of not understanding that God protects His own. Because I don’t understand that, I have to manufacture something that is going to get me out of trouble. This will be a huge test, especially when it comes to being in court or being persecuted and, we will think that perhaps I will just tell a lie and then it will be fine. We are not just sinning against God we are sinning against others. They could say, What is this thou hast done unto me? This is what we must not do. We are not to be dishonest in our relations with mankind.

And yet indeed [she is] my sister; she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This [is] thy kindness which thou shalt show unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He [is] my brother.

And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave [them] unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.

And Abimelech said, Behold, my land [is] before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.

And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand [pieces] of silver: behold, he [is] to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that [are] with thee, and with all [other]: thus she was reproved.

So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare [children].

For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife. Genesis 20:12-18

Our God is a jealous God. When people mess around with His followers, He is not happy. When the Lord came before Abimelech in a dream and says, You’re a dead man if your touch her, Abimelech responded and handed her over, yet the Lord still closed all the wombs of the house of Abimelech so they couldn’t have any children. Nothing had happened, but the Lord was so careful in regard to protecting His people. Sarah was not to be defiled. This is the love of the Lord. Can you see the Lord caring for Abraham’s wife? The Lord cared for Abraham’s wife more than Abraham cared for his wife. It shows how much God cares for His people.

Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

For the LORD’S portion [is] his people; Jacob [is] the lot of his inheritance.

He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Deuteronomy 32:7-10

Who was the father of the children of Israel? Abraham. Ask Abraham; he could tell how much God loved his followers. God protects His own. Ask thy father he will tell thee. The Lord said where everyone should live, which country, where the people should go; God set the bounds of their habitations. The Lord will say, Look, nations, you can have all this land its your inheritance. Off you go and populate the earth, live your life; it’s your choice. Then He takes His people and they don’t get land. The Lord just led them around in circles and instructed them, but He kept them like the apple of His eye. What Pharaoh did was poke God in the eye by taking Sarah.

They had responded to the call. What call did Abraham respond to? Where was Abraham born? In Ur of the Chaldees, that is Babylon. He came out to dwell in Canaan. If we respond to the call and make a decision to come out and not partaker of Babylon’s and to come away from these things, God will lead us and keep us like the apple of His eye.

For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. Zechariah 2:8

Do you know the fastest reflex on your body? Blinking is the fastest reflex you have. When something comes toward your eye, you shut it. This is an illustration of how surely God will protect his faithful ones who respond to His call to come out of the world and make a covenant relationship with Him. Be assured that God will protect His people like His sown eyeball. It will be God’s fastest reflex. The Bible says that He will avenge speedily; it’s a fast thing. When someone dies the body’s last response is blinking. It is the most important thing in this object lesson of the apple of the eye, that even at the expense of God’s life He will still protect His people. God knows how to protect His own. Why are men who follow God afflicted? If God is so protective of His people why does affliction come to them?

For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. Lamentations 3:33

God does not just want to annoy people or hurt people willingly just to get people upset. God doesn’t do that.

It is by close, testing trials that God disciplines His servants. He sees that some have powers which may be used in the advancement of His work, and He puts these persons upon trial; in His providence He brings them into positions that test their character and reveal defects and weaknesses that have been hidden from their own knowledge. He gives them opportunity to correct these defects and to fit themselves for His service. He shows them their own weakness, and teaches them to lean upon Him; for He is their only help and safeguard. Thus His object is attained. They are educated, trained, and disciplined, prepared to fulfil the grand purpose for which their powers were given them. . . . {CC 46.2}

How many of us have trials? God sees something good in you. God sees something that will benefit His work, so He’s going to put you in a trial. Abraham failed. Do you know why God still protected Sarah although Abraham made a mistake? God was leading Abraham and instructing him. While Abraham was learning his own defects of character, God still helped and protected. If you put yourself in Abraham’s situation; he tells a lie and all of a sudden his wife’s gone. How do you think he would have been that night? He would have been worried for her and he would have been stressing. Then he would have realised his weakness when he does it again.

In these things the Lord leads us and teaches us, He puts us into trials just to reveal what’s in the heart. Coming into Egypt, to Gerar, revealed to Abraham his character, at the same time God still protects His people. With God there is no unnecessary affliction. He will stop it where it’s not necessary and only allow that which is necessary.

The fact that we are called upon to endure trial shows that the Lord Jesus sees in us something precious which He desires to develop. If He saw in us nothing whereby He might glorify His name, He would not spend time in refining us. He does not cast worthless stones into His furnace. It is valuable ore that He refines. {FLB 64.2}

Is there some comfort in all the trials we go through? Yes, if we have made a covenant relation with God, if we have decided to come out from the world and be separate, distinct, separate, honest, upright people, and willing to be trained. We realise where we have been telling lies and we will realise where we have not been a witness to the world. This all will prove to us that God cares for us, that there is something precious to be developed.

God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him. All that has perplexed us in the providences of God will in the world to come be made plain. The things hard to be understood will then find explanation. {FLB 64.3-4}

Have you ever had something really negative happen to you and you don’t understand why it happened? Do you still trust God? It will be explained. Why? If we could see the end from the beginning, we would have chosen that path. Once I was driving in the south of Western Australia. We were on our way to climb a Mountain. The road had so many bends in it although it seemed to be a flat area; there was turn after turn, after turn, after turn, and I started getting irritated at how many turns I had to make. I get carsick very easily and I was getting annoyed. When we finally stopped and climbed the mountain, I looked down and saw all the big swamps that the road went around. I wasn’t annoyed after that, I was happy to drive all those turns, because I could see from the top of the mountain where all the pitfalls were. When I was driving in my car on the flat I couldn’t see that, it didn’t make sense to me.

In life there are some real perplexities. Why does God let these things happen to me? If we have made a covenant relation with God and understand how precious we are in His sight, (if you ever doubt how precious you are look to Calvary), we will know that He is not willing that any should perish, and He is not willing that we will be lost. He laid His glory in the dust and God become a man and walk the streets, to exchange with us and be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, so He could redeem us. Do you think He will go to heaven and forget all about that, saying, That was an interesting holiday? Not at all! He will never forget His people that receive Him.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: John 1:12

If we become the sons of God, we may not have any inheritance here on earth. We may not have any land like all the other nations do, but He will guide us. We will wander around in this life, but He will protect us, teach us, educate us, and care for us like the apple of His eye.

The mysteries of grace will unfold before us. Where our finite minds discovered only confusion and broken promises, we shall see the most perfect and beautiful harmony. We shall know that infinite love ordered the experiences that seemed most trying. {FLB 64.4}

He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. The blow that is aimed at him falls upon the Saviour, who surrounds him with His presence. Whatever comes to him comes from Christ. He has no need to resist evil, for Christ is his defense. Nothing can touch him except by our Lord’s permission, and “all things” that are permitted “work together for good to them that love God.” {FLB 64.5}

Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme, will find perplexities vanish and a plain path before their feet. {FLB 64.6}

As a little child, trust to the guidance of Him who will “keep the feet of his saints.” 1 Samuel 2:9. {FLB 64.7}

As we commit our ways to Him, He will direct our steps. {FLB 64.8}

If we are in Christ, anything that comes to us comes from Christ, and had to hit Him first, then He will allow it to come to us. In view of this can we ever complain about our life, can we whinge and murmur any longer? We have no right to be people moping along being sorry for ourselves. We have no right to do that, because God is protecting us. The covenant relation requires just a simple decision every day, that you will take Him at His word.

If tempted souls would only understand how strong the will is. When you are in the world, [on non-spiritual subjects] how strong is your will? Can you get something done? What if someone wants you to do something that you don’t want to do, can you be really stubborn? That’s the power of the will. When that is put on the side of the Lord, when God’s way is placed there and my will, that part of me that God has created to get things done, is placed in line with God’s will, is anything impossible? It can be done if we will understand the power of our will. If we are discouraged and downcast because of circumstances, if we will put the will on the side of this understanding, we can rejoice in every affliction that comes to us, because God knows how to protect His own. He is the Creator, is He not? Is He the redeemer? Is He your sustainer? Is He your protector?

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:6-7

The trials that are to work faith in us are more precious than gold.

What does man do with gold? Man gets the gold and puts it in a bag, if it’s lots of gold he will put it in a safe and lock it and take that safe and put it into another safe, until he’ll build a huge building around it and he will lock it and put a thousand guards around it and even have security monitor on it.

If we are more precious in the sight of God than gold is to man, what will He do for you? Do you think He will just leave you on the street because that is good enough? Do you think God will do that? Do you think God will just forsake you? Man doesn’t forsake gold, and God will put every angel in heaven around you if need be because we much more precious than gold.

He will put you inside of Him. The Creator of the universe, all-powerful and right in the centre is you! If anyone wants to get to you, they have to get past God. Can anyone approach God and live? No. That’s why God said to Abimelech, You’re a dead man if you touch her, because she’s in Me. No one can attack God’s saints without being destroyed.

The illustrations in the book of Genesis shows how much God protects His own. This is the good news in Genesis, but this is also applicable to the last days, and this we must keep foremost in our minds; God’s power of protection. We’ve dwelt on God’s power of creation, and we’ve dwelt upon God’s power to give peace, and to be able to recreate redeem and sustain, but now we want to consider God’s power to protect. As we consider this, we will see the trouble that comes to us is only ordained by God’s throne for the purpose of developing of our characters. If our characters were fully developed, would it be necessary any longer to afflict? What happens when the development is complete, when there is a full display of God’s glory, and the gold is refined? Does He keep putting it in the pot just to boil it anyway?

And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. Mark 4:26-29

God wants to refine us so by His providences He will give us stresses and trials to reveal to us our weaknesses. It’s not just by chance, it’s not just like a lucky dip of which trial you are going to get, they are so precise for each person, His hand is on the wheel of providence to give to every person the necessary trial for their development; nothing more and nothing less.

When the full fruit, the full manifestation of His glory is seen, immediately He puts in the sickle. Think of Enoch. What happened when he came to Christian perfection through sanctification? The Lord said I don’t want you on the earth any more Enoch, you don’t need to be here any more. Come with Me. The world could have been blessed with his presence longer, in fact the world missed out on a lot when he left. When Enoch’s character was perfect, God said, Come with Me, I want to show you more of My glories in getting to know Me even more.

We think about some of the people who died. John the Baptist was killed. Didn’t God look after him? When the fruit is developed immediately He puts in the sickle. How long is the process of sanctification? Sanctification is the work of a lifetime. In other words, as long as you’re alive, you’re being sanctified. When you’re not alive, what has happened? When John the Baptist went through this trial and was victorious, immediately the Lord put in the sickle and he had rest. The trial has been done he has been perfected. What else happens when the process has finished? We know this work develops until the person dies or the person has been translated. When God gives sufficient trial, sufficient heat in order to develop the character, He will do something.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Revelation 19:7

What does that mean? She is ready, she is complete, she has been sanctified, set aside for a holy purpose; and she is fair to look upon. This woman, the church, the saints, the people who are living in the last days, is ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God…..

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. Revelation 19:8-9, 11

When His wife is ready, then He will come to avenge her persecutors; those who have opposed her, those who have opposed Him, He will then come and He will make war and judge. If you have touched them, you’re a dead man. How many people have put their hand on God’s people? They are dead men, and He is coming to execute judgment, to punish the inhabitants of the world, because His bride is ready. He is waiting for the manifestation of Himself in His church, and when He is perfectly reflected in them He will come and claim her as His own.

Two things happen when they are ready; either the person will die or the person will be translated. The bride, the people at the end, the 144,000, will be translated when Jesus comes, because they are ready, and the rest now have their punishment. He does not afflict His people nor do anything that is not for their good.

So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

[Which is] a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

Seeing [it is] a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 2Thessalonians 1:4-6

We have a sense of injustice about anything that is done wrong to us. It is not a sin to be hurt by injustice when God’s law is broken.

Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

Proverbs 7:2

If God’s law gets attacked does it hurt you? Are you pained, grieve internally and upset at people’s abuse of God’s law? That is righteous, but we need to understand that God will avenge everything. If we see something wrong, it is not our duty to come in and start dishing out the punishment and to try to sort people out. That is not our work. God will do that. Some people wonder how can God be just and yet punish people? There is something we need to understand about God.

Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? James 4:11-12

If in a family there are two children playing and one child does the wrong thing, and the other child just slaps him across the face is that right? Or if two children are playing and one child does the wrong thing, so the other child will go into the drawer and get the wooden spoon and hit the other child. Is that a good thing to do? Why? The parent will say to the child, Do not hit your sister or brother be kind. Then the parent will go to the drawer, get the spoon and dish out punishment. Is that wrong? If this is not done children will be a mess. If we spare the rod, we spoil the children.

When the parent will tell the child, You can’t do this, and yet does it themselves, the child needs to understand it’s not an adult. When we are not allowed to do something to another human being and God seems to go and do the same we need to understand we’re not God. It would be wrong for us to do it because we are not God. God is the parent He can do it and still be just. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy.

He has the power and prerogative to do that, to take His breath out of people’s lungs; we don’t have that right. That would be a sin to us but not to God.

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. Daniel 12:1

At the time when probation closes, will God’s people go through any more trouble than is necessary? Is it necessary for them to be killed after probation closes? No. They will think they will be killed, but they won’t be killed.

As Abraham needed to understand, so do we need to understand that God will protect His own. We need not to worry, to be dishonest, or try to manipulate things, we need to trust the Lord’s justice and His vengeance.

Disconnecting the Justice from the Trial

We go through tribulation and troubles, and often the Lord will use someone else to do the wrong thing against us to try us. In that trial we say that, that person (whether they are a family member or a husband, or wife, or a child) has hurt us and become discouraged, but I need to disconnect the injustice from the trial.

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; Hebrews 12:5-12

God will treat us like children. He educates us through providence that is through other people’s behaviour upon us; he will use that element to train us. We can forget that trials come from God. When we can see someone do something wrong all the mind will compute is that they have wronged me. We need to remember that God deals with us like children, therefore that trial needs to be understood as a Father disciplining me. If we believe that every trial we go through is for a purpose and if we have made a covenant relation with Him and am willing to come out of Babylon then God will protect us. God will only give us that which is necessary. If we’re ‘getting it’ then it is obviously is necessary.

Who likes to be scourged? If we would dwell on the fact that whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges
we will detach the injustice of the individual that is hurting me from the mercy of God disciplining me. When someone wrongs us and we want to get back at them, we need to disconnect and see that they have very little to do with the situation, God is disciplining us; we are going through a trial to exercise our faith and that person’s wrong will be sorted out later by the Lord. All we need to deal with is that the Lord loves me enough to give me this trial.

If we would dwell upon the privilege that He wants to make us partakers of His holiness, our trials will melt into insignificance. That mind-set that disconnects us from the injustice that is done to us by wrongdoers will produce peace. Not everyone can do that; it is a hard thing to separate the injustice of the person from the development that God is doing in me. At the time what we see is that someone has lied to or wronged us, someone has cheated, or done something against us, and it’s all about that person. We don’t look at the higher calling, the bigger picture.

There are some people in the church that have it harder than other people to be able to understand this principle. There are some who are more likely to look at the injustice side of things instead of the development side of things. How do we strengthen the knees and the hands? What message is needed to help people get away from the injustice of society around us and put the mind in a heavenly place to understand that God will protect His people and only that which is necessary will come to them?

Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

Say to them [that are] of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come [with] vengeance, [even] God [with] a recompense; he will come and save you. Isaiah 35:3-4

We need to hear a message that God will deal with that problem; this injustice will not be left alone, it will not be swept under the carpet, it won’t be perpetuated. God will deal with it. When this message comes home to our understanding, then we will have peace that it will be dealt with justly. They will get what they deserve Now I can get on with knowing that my heavenly Father is disciplining me through this situation. What a trial it is but the Lord is purifying something in me and I know that He will sort it out.

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21

This is what Abraham didn’t do; he wasn’t honest in the sight of all men. If someone has done wrong against you, don’t try to hurt him or her for what they have done to you. God can do a better job. This can only be done if we can understand what God is willing to do for His people, and then we can do it. When Jesus was going through His trial, was it unjust? It was the breaking down of every moral law in the last scenes of Christ’s life. How did He cope? In the courts when He was being questioned. We can read it.


Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Matthew 26:64

He was saying that He didn’t have to do anything because judgment will come. There will be a day when the Son of man will come in the clouds to punish these people. He knew that He didn’t have to start defending Himself, because it will be done. When Christ suffered, He threatened not; when He was persecuted He didn’t retaliate. He committed Himself to Him that judges righteously. He dwelt not on the injustice, but on the Father’s love, the evidences of the Father’s love which was given before, and that saved Him.

God immense love for His people is revealed in the story of Abraham and Sarah. As we head into the time of Jacob’s trouble and we experience stresses and threats let us not tell lies, let us not try to dodge it by some falsity, by saying something that could be true, but isn’t totally true. Let us be honest in our walk with all men, and not deceive people. Knowing that God will take care of me will help us do this. I pray that we will act upon this and that we can discern between the injustice and the Father’s love in every circumstance of our life.

Amen.

Posted on January 20, 2012, in Sermons For Sabbath, The Gospel in Genesis. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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