Saturday, July 21, 2012

Imprecatory Prayer

Note: This summer, Pastor emeritus Bickel is highlighting various words of certain topical messages, with explanation and Scripture links.

This Sunday's Summer Snippet -

“Imprecatory Prayer"

In my earlier years, I never understood some of the Psalm verses where the Psalm writer would pray, calling down God’s judgment upon his enemies. To me, this whole concept seemed so strange and at odds with Christ’s teaching to love one’s enemies.

But with Holy Scripture, it must be remembered, that certain Scriptures do not contradict one another – but merely accent one another. Simple minds will be quick to accuse Christians who attempt to live their lives, (heart and soul) according to the Bible. Simple minds will accuse Christians of believing in a book that is full of contradictions.
Please see: Understanding the Bible – Reasons Why Non Christians Don’t Comprehend the Holy Scriptures

These skeptics are legend and they are those who have never learned to search below any surface. These same skeptics, in the first place, fail to recognize the Scriptures for what the Scriptures claim to be – and, secondly, they fail to realize that something that is “paradoxical” in nature, is not, then, necessarily, and therefore, “contradictory.” Hence, the case, with Imprecatory Prayer.

Imprecatory prayers are no more than requesting God to commence His sentence of judgment upon the (unregenerate) wicked

Scripture is filled with God’s impending judgment upon the unregenerate wicked. [Examples: Psalm 5:4-6 ; Psalm 11:4-6] When the good and gracious, and, (not to forget), the judicious Lord, promises to judge the wicked, He will definitely do so. God’s judgment upon the unregenerate will certainly fall. There will be no “middle ground.” The Scriptural Psalms relate that a person is either godly or ungodly – no shades of gray. Psalm 1:1-6

And so, fully knowing the wicked’s fate, a Christian, can, in good and godly conscience cry out to God for deliverance from the wicked and the unregenerate’s machinations of evil upon his life.

Here is just a short list of Imprecatory prayers:

Psalm 5:9-10 ; Psalm 7:6-9 ; Psalm 9:19-20 ; Psalm 10:15 ; Psalm 139:19-24

Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect [complete] hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:19-24


I cringe for America, our current society and especially our present culture for having reeked havoc upon God’s perfect intentions. The Triune God has perfectly made known His intentions in the “Ten Commandments” and also, His (whole) revelation gift of the Bible -- yet, (as a case in point) our culture needlessly and wantonly continues to slaughter innocent pre-born lives, by the millions! It's called: "genocide." Only a fool would think that the God of human history (who revealed Himself in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures - the Bible), would not exact temporal {present} and eternal justice and punishment for sin and sins' heinous acts.

The just and eternal end of those who reject the Lord (Creator) of Life

Those who acknowledge and live their lives in accordance with their Creator Christ have nothing to fear in this life and the life (everlasting) to come. They will have put their faith in God's ultimate sacrifice of [holy] sin cleansing blood for their human sin (s) - Christ.

However, those of you who continue to resist the truth of God, as revealed in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures and refuse to accept the Christ and His free gift of forgiveness in that cleansing sacrifice for personal sin, -- you will, by your same Creator be held eternally and damnably accountable. There will not be life, everlasting, but rather, death, everlasting. John 3:14-21 ; Acts 17:31 ; Matthew 25:31-46

Those of you who reject Christ and His offered forgiveness for your damning sins, your future life after physical death will be a real life of continual suffering and torment of death, everlasting. The same Creator who created you and who offers you eternal life, will judge you for your unregenerate condition at the time of death. Acts 17:31 ; Matthew 25:31-46

May the good and gracious Creator God, who sent his one and only Son (the prophesied Christ) have Mercy upon you who are skeptical and hard hearted to believe. May you be illumined by His Holy Spirit to see the Light [John 12:44-50] and to come humbly (in true faith) [Luke 18:9-14] before the forgiving Savior. John 3:14-21

Amen.

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 12:8 – An apt description of our present day culture – Hollywood, included

Psalm 15:1 and Psalm 15:4 – A "rationale" for imprecatory prayers

New Testament Readings:

Gospel of Matthew 25:1f – Christ’s parables of the Wise and Foolish Virgins and, The Talents – also, the eternal judgment of the “sheep” and the “goats”

Epistle of Romans 1:18-32 – The wrath of God revealed from heaven and the description of human resistance to the truth of God

John 12:44-50 - The utter necessity of the "Light" and narrow path -- See also: Matt. 7:13-29

Ephesians 1:1-10 - Note the beginning verses. The sinner / unregenerate is, completely "dead" in his sins!

1 Corinthians 2:14 - Describes the "natural man" - aka, the "unregenerate."

Please note: That without the illumination of God, the Holy Spirit, there can be no spiritual life [genuine faith in Christ]. Only by God's grace and mercy created in your soul, can you truly be a Christian believer. Ephesians 2:8-10

Also, note Luther's explanation of the 3rd Article of the Apostle's Creed:

"I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ , my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost [Spirit] has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He daily and richly forgives all sins to me and all believers, and will at the Last Day raise up me and all the dead, and give unto me and all believers in Christ eternal life.

This is most certainly true."

[Dr. Martin Luther [b. 1483; d. 1546]

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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.
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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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