Proverbs 6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
Vengeance is not always executed in a swift fashion (Ecclesiastes 8:11). In fact, believers often grow weary because the wicked seem to prosper in spite of their evil deeds. Yet, the Lord will execute vengeance in His time. The Bible speaks often of “the day of vengeance” to come. This day is very likely a thousand year period (2 Peter 3:8) which will begin shortly before the second coming of the Lord and will end at the great white throne judgment following the end of the millennial kingdom. It will be a time when the Lord will refuse to spare the wicked (Proverbs 6:34) but will set things right for the Jewish people (Isaiah 34:8; Isaiah 61:2; Isaiah 63:4).
- (For children): Sometimes it seems like the wicked are getting by with their sin (Psalm 73:3-5). But we know that is not the case (Psalm 11:4; Isaiah 26:21a; Isaiah 59:18). God is totally in control (2 Peter 2:9).
- (For everyone): What attributes are exemplified when the Lord delays judgment upon the wicked? How can we be grateful for these same attributes even though we know Him?
- Whom do you know that is not saved? How would it grieve you to know that if the Lord were to come right now, they would be forever lost? What can you do to help them?
- Ask God for a burden for those who are lost.
- Thank the Lord for His righteousness in judgment.
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 3, WEEK 48)
Subject: Temptation (con’t)
Man has throughout history battled the idea that he is the only one who has had to endure temptation with a desire to do right (1 Kings 19:13-14). This lie was conceived by the father of lies (John 8:44) with the intent of alienating the believer into thinking no one understands his difficulty.
Man never sins apart from his own willingness to do so. Unfortunately, our vocabulary is filled with statements that make sin sound like a horrible accident or mistake; however, in reality, we choose to sin.