Focus Verse: Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? (23)
The way of the Lord is unjust, some cry. Why does He allow people to die? Why does He not put an end to destruction and violence? Now, hold a sec! Is it God who does the sinning? Is it God who uses His freewill to oppress the poor and needy and commit robbery? I think not. Aren’t we the ones who are unjust? This chapter makes it clear that the one who sins will die. The one who is righteous will live.
This chapter also makes it clear that God doesn’t jump for joy every time a sinner is lassoed in by the Grim Reaper. Do you know what God rejoices over? He rejoices over sinners who repent. He is pleased when the wicked turn away from all the sins they have committed and decide to do what is just and right. God takes no pleasure in the death of anyone. Death was NOT a part of His original perfect plan. He wants all to repent and live!
Focus Verse: And say: “‘What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among them and reared her cubs. (2)
Once great, now destroyed. Israel is pictured as a lioness who raises cubs only to see them captured and silenced. Israel is also pictured as a fruitful, strong, and abundant vine only to be uprooted and consumed.
2 Timothy 3
Focus Verse: In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (12)
There are some who give the impression that the moment a person accepts Jesus the Christ as their Savior, all their problems will disappear and every thing in their life will instantly get better. But from Scripture, we see that this is not the case. Paul clearly states that everyone who wants to live in and for Jesus the Christ will have a hard time doing so. You have been warned. If you want an easier life, do not strive to live a godly life. If you can’t stand persecution, don’t consider following Christ.
Jesus said Himself that we will have trouble in this world. What ever are we to do when this trouble arises? (1) Be of cheer, Christ has already overcome the world. (2) Continue in the faith that we have learned and know to be true.