SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
Scripture: Genesis 18:19,25
Genesis 18:19 says, “For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.” An important reason why God gave a covenant to Abraham was, He wanted him to do righteousness and do judgment. Mish-pawt is the Hebrew word translated “justice” and means, ‘To gain justice by doing judgment.’ In verse 25, Abraham does exactly what God says when he says, “Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Abraham’s main plea was that it is not right for both the wicked and the righteous to suffer the same fate! The mercy/judgment that Abraham prayed saved his family from the judgment that was coming on the world. That is what God wants us to do. He wants us to pray our families out of the judgment that is coming on the offending cities, physically and financially. That is our job, that is our purpose and that is what we are to do. So what has religion done? Religion has made the church afraid to judge and tradition has perpetrated that deception. The church has been taught to believe that our job is to “turn-the-other-cheek” and to tolerate evil. But that approach enables evil that should be put under our feet. The covenant with Abraham was not to enable evil, but it was to stop it in its tracks and to separate the righteous out of the judgment that God was bringing on the world. The book of Revelation is full of judgment. There are many more people killed in Revelation than are saved. The end-time church is a church that is going to see dramatic judgments of God. We need to know our covenant to do righteousness so we can do judgment. We need to be able to pray the prayers that separate our family members, our children and our grandchildren from the world so they are not destroyed in the judgments that are coming on the world. That is the doing judgment that God intended. Judgment saves the righteous. The future of our children, the future of our grandchildren and the future of the church depends on it.