April 20

Isaiah 5-8, Psalm 110

How many people state that they don't believe in God or they don't believe in Jesus. This is especially prevalent among those who deem themselves intellectuals. The problem is people pridefully elevate their opinions above all else. If someone doesn't believe in gravity it will not change the outcome if they decide to jump off a tall building. Some tell me before surgery that they don't believe the anesthesia will knock them out because they believe the drugs will not work on them. They always work. The problem with those prideful intellectuals who claim to be agnostic is they are too puny to see God. Jon Courson compares it to an ant who claims not to believe in man. Though the man jumps up and down in front of the ant to prove his existence, his perspective is so puny, his intellect so small, his perception so restricted that he can't see the man. But this doesn't prove that man does not exist, just that the ant is too small to see him. He goes on to give a beautiful analogy of Jesus, "The only way I would be able to save that ant from destruction would be to become an ant. That's what God did for us. God said, "I love you so much, I'll become one of you to talk to you about life and death, heaven and hell, sin and salvation." That's how much our Lord loves us."

In Isaiah 5 God through Isaiah gives seven woes to those living in excess. In this discourse we read in 5:15, "People shall be brought down, Each man shall be humbled, And the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled." We also read in 5:21, "Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes." In the list of seven thing which God hates in Proverbs 6:16-19, the top of the list as we see in Proverbs 6:17 is "A proud look". Pride is so deadly because it prevents people more than anything else from coming into a relationship with Jesus. People trust too much in what they think and what they believe and fail to humble themselves and realize we all really don't know that much. So many look to their own strengths to save them. Our nation which was once blessed is crumbling under the weight of our sin. As we continue to shake our fists in pride at Him and His Word we continue to plunge. Do we really believe it is American exceptionalism, or our democracy, or our Constitution, or the wisdom of our Founding Fathers? No, God blessed us because we humbled ourselves under His guidance and we received the fruit of this.

We read in Isaiah 8:13-15, "The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble; They shall fall and be broken, Be snared and taken." Jesus draws from this illustration in revealing Himself as this Rock in Matthew 21:42-44. People may not believe in Jesus and somehow believe they can outmaneuver Him, but, we will all one day meet Him. The choice is ours. If we put our faith and trust in Him and believe on Him before we die we will get to meet Him at the Beema seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:9-11) as we enter heaven. For those who don't believe in Him and believe they will not see Him, they, unfortunately, will be proven wrong as they will eventually meet Him at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15) before being cast into hell. His reality will always be more important than our beliefs.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Marj Lancaster