FRIDAY, MAY 30
Scripture: Genesis 20:1-7, Jude 4, Revelation 2:23
In Genesis 20, again, Abram went south and Sarai ends up in Abimilech’s tent. God visits Abimilech and tells him that he and his nation are dead if he does not release Sarai. This is the power of the King. This is the Judicial Christ in action. This is corresponding judicial authority. When the enemy touches God’s people, God touches the enemy! The Abrahamic covenant of Genesis 12:1-3 very clearly says, “If you bless my people, I will bless you.” God put it this way, “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” God basically outlined His judicial philosophy in Genesis. He will do to individuals what they do His people. When Pharaoh took Sarai, God plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai. Will God plague politicians today? When Abimilech took Sarai, God said to Abimilech, “You touch Sarai, and you and yours are dead!” That is appropriate justice based on what judges and politicians do to God’s people. It is time you and I started to pray differently. From Genesis to Revelation, the judicial standard is the same. Axios is Genesis justice. There is not an ounce of difference in the justice of Genesis and the justice of Revelation. They are the same because He is the same God. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, He has not changed. Some preachers say, “Ananias and Sapphira” are exceptions to the rule of grace in the New Testament. But anyone that believes that might open the Word and read it one more time. Perhaps some need to find the book of Revelation, because it appears whatever sword they “bought” was used not for the Kingdom, but against it. They used their sword not to do the Spirit’s bidding, but to carve Scripture and books out of the Word! If Ananias and Sapphira are indeed exceptions, what are Herod and Elymas? Jesus sent an angel to kill Herod – oops – an ‘exception.’ In Revelation 22:16, Jesus said to Pergamus, “Repent or I will fight against you with the Sword of my mouth.” That would mean death – oops – another ‘exception.’ In Revelation 2:23 Jesus said, “I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.” – oops – another ‘exception.’ In Revelation 6:8, Jesus kills ¼ of the earth’s population – oops – another ‘exception.’ In Revelation 9:18, Jesus kills 1/3 of the earth’s population – oops – another ‘exception.’ How many ‘exceptions’ does it take to make a culture of justice? Some people pervert the New Testament by declaring that “Ananias and Sapphira” is an exception. They claim the judgment of Ananias and Sapphira is a New Testament exception to the general rule of Grace. Their concept of the New Testament, minus judgment, is “Graceland.” I think it should be called “Greaseland!” The grace preachers of today usually minimize or deny judgment. Jude 4 rightly identifies these preachers, “For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Revelation 22:18,19 guarantees that these heresy preachers will be blotted out of the Lamb’s Book of Life. Their mansion in eternity will be lost along with the victorious promises of Revelation.