Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 6, 2015

God “repays those who hate Him to their faces, to destroy them; He will not delay with him who hates Him, He will repay him to his face.”

Today’s devotion comes 1 Kings 14:1-20.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+14&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“5 Now the Lord had said to Ahijah, “Behold, the wife of Jeroboam is coming to inquire of you concerning her son, for he is sick.  You shall say thus and thus to her, for it will be when she arrives that she will pretend to be another woman.”

6 When Ahijah heard the sound of her feet coming in the doorway, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam, why do you pretend to be another woman?  For I am sent to you with a harsh message.  7 Go, say to Jeroboam, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel, “Because I exalted you from among the people and made you leader over My people Israel, 8 and tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you—yet you have not been like My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only that which was right in My sight;  9 you also have done more evil than all who were before you, and have gone and made for yourself other gods and molten images to provoke Me to anger, and have cast Me behind your back— 10 therefore behold, I am bringing calamity on the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam every male person, both bond and free in Israel, and I will make a clean sweep of the house of Jeroboam, as one sweeps away dung until it is all gone.  11 Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city the dogs will eat.  And he who dies in the field the birds of the heavens will eat;  for the Lord has spoken it.”’  12 Now you, arise, go to your house.  When your feet enter the city the child will die.  13 All Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he alone of Jeroboam’s family will come to the grave, because in him something good was found toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam. 14 Moreover, the Lord will raise up for Himself a king over Israel who will cut off the house of Jeroboam this day and from now on.

15 “For the Lord will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water;  and He will uproot Israel from this good land which He gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they have made their Asherim, provoking the Lord to anger.  16 He will give up Israel on account of the sins of Jeroboam, which he committed and with which he made Israel to sin.”  1 Kings 14:5-16.

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“Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;  but repays those who hate Him to their faces, to destroy them;  He will not delay with him who hates Him, He will repay him to his face.  Therefore, you shall keep the commandment and the statutes and the judgments which I am commanding you today, to do them.”  Deuteronomy 7:9-11.

“According to their deeds, so He will repay,
Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will make recompense.”  Isaiah 59:18.

We may think that we can sneak a sin by God.

We may think that God will defer to our alleged free-will.

Like Jeroboam, we may think somehow we can steal a blessing from God.

We may think that God will take pity on us and our family, certainly because we have a sick son.

But, today’s Scripture clearly shows that God is not hesitant to deliver “a harsh message”.  Verse 6.

God “… repays those who hate Him to their faces, to destroy them;  He will not delay with him who hates Him, He will repay him to his face.”  Deuteronomy 7:10.

“10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”  Psalm 2:10-12.

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