Sunday, October 2, 2011

God’s Judgment against the Wicked and The Admonition and Warning to God's Children, Not to Fret over the Workers of Iniquity

Even though it seems that the ungodly
prosper and have no difficult life's "row to
hoe," God's promise is sure to come. Their
unrighteous ways put them in slippery
places. As Psalm 73:1f says: "....They will
soon be cut off."

Do you become frustrated and discouraged because of the utter foolishness and evil in your community, society, culture and world? If you do, and if you are a genuine disciple of Christ, there is a "divine pronouncement remedy" for your frustrations and discouragements:

Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Psalm 37:1-2
The descriptive word, “righteous” appears approximately 15 times with a few variations. Those variations, (of the “righteous”) include the words, “upright,” and the “meek.”

God, Himself, (through whichever means He chooses) will effect the just punishment and demise of the “workers of Iniquity” [wicked]. Read and listen to the Lord’s promises, concerning the destiny of the wicked:

Finally, in this life and the hereafter, may you have become one of His righteous!

Psalm 37:1f is a psalm, regarded to have been penned by King David. It is 40 verses long. No less than 15 times, with a few variation descriptions, this psalm refers to the “wicked.” Other names for the wicked are: “evildoers” and “workers of iniquity.”

Psalm 37:1f – A psalm of hope, comfort and instruction for the Christian believer

Why is this psalm Scripture such an encouragement for the weary Christian? There is the clear admonition and warning not to “fret” [worry and fuss] about the wicked. The Good Lord simply does not desire for his children to become “bent out of shape” because of the wicked and their wickedness which permeates the culture.

Verse: 2 -- For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Verses 9-10 -- For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.

Verse: 13 -- The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.

Verse: 15 -- Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

Verse 17 -- For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,

Verse 20 -- But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the LORD, like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.

Verse 22 -- But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.

Verse 28 -- But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.

Verse 34 -- When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

Verse 35-36 -- I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree. Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

Verse 38 -- But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

Why would it be a “source” of hope and comfort to the Christian believer to be assured by God, Almighty, that the wicked will finally, “get theirs?” [be punished] In a past topical message, I dealt with this issue”:

“……..Without contradiction and without rejoicing over the eternal damnation of the wicked -- those unrighteous enemies of Christ, the Christian disciple can find sweet comfort in the reality that God is true to His Word and that God ultimately punishes the wicked and gives them their chosen destiny! It is a sweet relief to know that the unrighteous will not inhabit heaven to wreak havoc anymore upon the righteous. It is a sweet relief to know that the wicked will not contaminate the believer’s existence anymore. This is not rejoicing in the pathetic demise of the unbelieving wicked. It is rather, a triumph of victory that the dear soul who trusts Christ, is finally without strife and in a perfect place that cannot molest or destroy his sweet communion and companionship with His Righteous God and Savior.” --

Rather than becoming bent out of shape (fretting) over the wicked, the Lord admonishes the righteous to:

Verse 3 -- Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

Verse 4 -- Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Verse 5 -- Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Verse 7 -- Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Verse 8 -- Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm.

The Lord’s promises and blessings to the righteous

Verse 9 -- But those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

Verse 11 -- But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Verse 16 -- A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.

Verse 17 -- But the Lord upholds the righteous.

Verses 18-19 -- The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied

Verse 22 -- For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,

Verse 23 -24 -- The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.

Verses 25-26 -- I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed.

Verse 28 -- For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever,

Verse 29 -- The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.

Verses 30-31 -- The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

Verses 30-32 -- The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

Verse 34 -- Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

Verse 37 -- Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace.

Verses 39-40 -- But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.

What is the major difference between the “Righteous” and the “Wicked?” [Note, also topical message links at the end of this message]:

Certainly, in this lifetime, both the righteous and the wicked are sinners by birth [nature] and sinners by practice. That sin nature and practice will not be removed from the righteous until they enter into life everlasting, as opposed to the death everlasting, that will be the lot of the wicked, forever, without end. Luke 16: 19-31 ; Matthew 25:31-46
We are told in the Scriptures that those who believe in Christ, [John 3:1-21] and live in Him [Matthew 7:13-29] will “inherit” eternal “life,” as opposed those who will experience eternal “death.” [Mark 16:16 ; Matthew 25:31-46] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Christian martyr, once correctly stated that: “Those who believe, obey; and those who obey,
believe.” [Paraphrase] The New Testament Book of James 1:1f certainly bears out this reality.

You are either “Righteous” or “Wicked”

May those of you who have not been clothed with the “Righteousness of Christ” [Matthew 22:1-14 ; Ephesians 2:1-10] – may you come to know the Triune God in all His Righteousness. May you seek Him in His Revelation Scriptures where saving faith can be found! Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; James 1:18


Related to the above message - See also:

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

The Order of Morning Service 

The Order of Matins 

Old Testament:

Psalm 1:1f – The Righteous and the Wicked compared and contrasted

Psalm 73:1f – The righteous person’s frustration over the wicked and the Lord’s pronouncement and reassurance

New Testament

Matthew 22:1-14 – Christ’s parable of the wedding feast and the man who had no wedding garment

Philippians 3:7-9 – Clothed with Christ’s righteousness

Ephesians 2:1-10 – How the righteousness of Christ becomes the believing soul’s

Philippians 1:27b-28 -- A very interesting Scripture


Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

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