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verse 1: “A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.”

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?

In a recent incarnation of Justice League of America, Solomon Grundy thought he was that immovable object, trying to take on the Red Tornado. But when the Tornado fired wind vortexes at him in excess of an F-5 tornado (somewhere over 225 miles an hour?), he literally was torn apart.

In the Bible, Pharaoh thought he was that immovable object. Even after God warned him through Moses and the ten plagues to let the children of Israel go, he wouldn’t relent. Finally he did, but then tried to pursue them and kill them. Pharaoh’s army met the irresistible force of God in the form of the parted Red Sea crashing down on them.

There’s a footnote in my Bible referring to 1 Samuel 2:25 and this verse. That’s the verse where Eli is warning his wicked sons to turn from their evil. They didn’t, and they were met by the irresistible force of God’s judgment.

God is true and just and will rebuke us. He also is willing to forgive us if we will just repent and seek His forgiveness. But if we think we can stubbornly be immovable, set in our sin…then get ready for the irresistible force of God’s judgment and wrath.

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? You may not want to find out; don’t be that immovable!

Something to think about.

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verse 17: “A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.”

There was one person who came to mind when I read the above verse. The world’s first murderer – Cain. Bible students know the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4; how Cain murdered his brother. In punishment for his crime, God denied him his livelihood (Cain had been a tiller of the ground, a farmer), that the ground would no longer yield crops for his efforts. He told him he would be a vagrant, a wanderer. Cain cried out that his punishment was too great, and that whoever found him would kill him. God, in His mercy, placed a sign that would protect Cain, allowing him to live. Still, Cain had to live with the memory and results of his rash act until his dying day.

Our pastor is currently doing a sermon series on the book of James, and in his sermon on James 1:12-20, he stated something that I had to write down. He said, “God will forgive you of your sin if you ask, but He may not give you crop failure for what seeds you have sown!” Wow. That is true. Forgiveness is there for Christians, if they sincerely repent and ask. However, you still may or may not have to deal with the effects of your sin. That’s the double-whammy of sin; it has immediate effects and “delayed reactions”. That’s why it is so important to keep our minds and our hearts focused on Jesus Christ.

Temptation to sin is a fork in the road. Make sure you take the right path!

Something to think about.

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verses 7,11: “so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, lest somehow such a one be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.” “in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”

Paul here is referring to one in the church who had rebelled/sinned, and had been punished. Now was the time for restoration.

Whenever I’ve watched a movie, I’ve marveled at an actor/actress’s performance, if it has been so convincing, that I forget I’m looking at an actor/actress portraying a character. It’s easy to lose yourself in thinking the actor/actress is the character, and you are almost gleeful if this character is the villain and get his/her “just desserts” in the end. For example, Bruce Dern is a very good actor, and I hated “his” guts when he was the villain in the old John Wayne movie The Cowboys. Besides being a despicable villain, the character he played shot John Wayne in the back! (I think I remember hearing the story that Dern claimed that movie typecast him for years…why?…”because I shot John Wayne in the back!”)

I mention this because too many times, we seem to get “lost” in desiring payback or vengeance on someone who has wronged us, even if the offender genuinely is sorry and repents. We still want to lash out and hurt them. That’s just what Satan wants; continued division in the church, so that the church’s main work is not getting accomplished. This is not Jesus’ way. If someone genuinely repents and asks forgiveness, we should welcome that believer back and restore him/her to the fellowship. They shouldn’t be forever “typecast” as the villain.

Have a blessed day!

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