joel’s on a roll

i’ve really enjoyed the last three sermons. that’s why you have to keep hearing about them. we’re still in jeremiah, somewhere in the midst of chapter 46, to be exact.

“‘o jacob my servant, do not fear,’ declares the lord, ‘for i am with you. for i will make a full end of all the nations where i have driven you, yet i will not make a full end of you; but i will correct you properly and by no means leave you unpunished.’

israel is now in exile and jeremiah prophesies that, while god allowed babylon to give israel their comeuppance, he will not let babylon herself, go unpunished. and while israel actually deserved a lot worse, god will only correct them in measure. god is bigger than the messes we get ourselves into. so big, that our messes can only ever work to his ends. while babylon thought to be nasty, god mitigated it into justice. joel brought up this verse in psalms, and i can’s say if it’s properly applied, given all the translations that stem from it, but it seemed worth thinking about.

psalms 76:10 “surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.”

man’s wrath, plotting and scheming, has nothing on god. god uses man’s wrath to judge man’s sin and keep us from getting too cozy, and then he restrains the rest. not only does he restrain it, but god himself, absorbs it. he is “the lamb slain from the foundations of the world…” sin has a natural consequence, death. if god hadn’t intervened in this natural chain of events, man would have sunk himself into the ground by now (in a, no doubt, entirely disgusting way). “do not ask, ‘why did the holocaust happen’ but rather ‘why isn’t it happening?’”joel pointed out that we have not even seen what man is entirely capable of, because god is alive and well mitigating our damnation into correction. isn’t that nice?

that was the point. if you understand what christ has done for you and the penalty he has paid for you, then next time someone bashes your car, think how lightly you have gotten off. “this too is from the hand of the lord.” while it may seem bad to you, god is bigger than bad. so big, he can work all things together for good. the end of the matter? give thanks “for all things in the name of our lord jesus christ.” i think it is kind of neat to have a god, who is so much so, that he can even call us to rejoice in the bad and the icky.

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(and that’s just for the grandma’s, to keep them off my back.  not necessarily bad and icky.)

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1 Response to “joel’s on a roll”


  1. 1 heather November 7, 2007 at 7:11 am

    Thanks again for stopping by, I don’t make them I review them! The company I spoke of makes them and is wonderful!


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