Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 17, 2018

“you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, AND COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” – “The LORD keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 14:53-65.

“They led Jesus away to the high priest;  and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes *gathered together.  Peter had followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest;  and he was sitting with the officers and warming himself at the fire.  Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any.  For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent.  Some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying, “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’”  Not even in this respect was their testimony consistent.  The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, “Do You not answer?  What is it that these men are testifying against You?”  But He kept silent and did not answer.  Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”  And Jesus said, “I am;  and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, AND COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”  Tearing his clothes, the high priest *said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?  You have heard the blasphemy;  how does it seem to you?”  And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.  Some began to spit at Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!”  And the officers received Him with slaps in the face.”  Mark 14:53-65.

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The chief priests and the elders and the scribes thought Jesus was under their control.  But, Jesus knew otherwise.

Like when Jesus was betrayed and arrested, Jesus knew here when He was questioned that if He wanted to do so, He could extricate Himself.  But, Jesus submitted Himself to the will of God the Father that He should suffer and die to redeem God’s elect.

“Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?  How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”  Matthew 26:53-54.

Other doctrine is continually fearful and anxious about the alleged free-will and power of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine is continually protected and comforted by the will and power of God.

Jesus pointed out to the high priest Who He was and what He had:  “you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, AND COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”  Verse 62.

Other doctrine teaches that God loves everyone, Jesus died for everyone, and God bows to the alleged free-will of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God hates all who do iniquity, Jesus died only for God’s elect, God does not relinquish one bit His sovereign control and dominion over all, and God will destroy all His enemies.   

The following Scriptures show that God hates all the wicked and will destroy all of them.

“4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;
No evil dwells with You.
5 The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;
You hate all who do iniquity.”  Psalm 5:4-5.

“For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.”  Psalm 73:27.

“5 How great are Your works, O LORD!
Your thoughts are very deep.
6 A senseless man has no knowledge,
Nor does a stupid man understand this:
7 That when the wicked sprouted up like grass
And all who did iniquity flourished,
It was only that they might be destroyed forevermore.
8 But You, O Lord, are on high forever.
9 For, behold, Your enemies, O LORD,
For, behold, Your enemies will perish;
All who do iniquity will be scattered.”  Psalm 92:5-9.

The LORD keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.”  Psalm 145:20.

When Jesus replied to the high priest, He used some of the language of the following two Scriptures to describe His power and His dominion and God’s will which gave it to Him.

“13 “I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
14 “And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.”  Daniel 7:13-14.

“The LORD says to my Lord:
“Sit at My right hand
Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”
2 The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying,
“Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”  Psalm 110:1-2.

The following Psalm chapter 2 provides a good summary and conclusion.

“Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

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 chapter 2.


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