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Scripture: Acts 4:32-37

If the Supreme Court votes in favor of homosexual marriage, then the Justices who vote for it are worthy of wrath. To save the nation, the church should pray, “Lord, weigh to these Justices what they’ve weighed to the nation!” That is biblical justice! Perhaps the next question that follows concerning the issue of the wrath of God is, “Does Jesus kill in order to save?” Since it is obvious there is a connection to standing in the gap and saving the nation, then we must be willing to pray God’s Judicial Hand on the promoters to save the perpetrators. Can we find places in the New Testament where Jesus kills in order to save. The answer to that is yes and we can start in Acts 4:32-37. Verses 32-37 says, “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” Right after the prayer of agreement that brought boldness for signs and wonders, one of the first things that happened was that no one said anything they had was his own. So those with excess lands, rental properties or goods, sold them and brought the proceeds and laid them at the apostle’s feet. One example was Barnabus, having agrarian land, which was illegal for a Levite, sold it and brought the proceeds to lay at the apostle’s feet. Barnabus’ act of obedience under the Old Testament, established a plumbline by the Holy Spirit and helped highlight a judicial standard God was dropping on that body of believers. He was delivering everyone from the love of money, because shortly a persecution would break out in Jerusalem that would cause thousands of believers to flee. When they fled, their property values would be much less than they were at the present. So in a market not seeing panic, the people got to sell their properties and sow it. Their actions established a judicial plumbline that would judge those who refused to obey. Give place to wrath, create a path!