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Building Faith, 14 -Looking At Evil

November 22, 2015

The psalmist and warrior, King David, looked at evil with clear eyes. He knew there were many enemies who would destroy him and the fledgling nation, Israel. He pursued his enemies relentlessly, until Israel was safe. He wrote, “The godless are like thorns to be thrown away, for they tear the hand that touches them. One must use tools to chop them down.” (2 Samuel 23: 6,7) Sometimes we do not see evil or enemies until we feel the results.

David continues in Psalm 14 that the Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; He looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks Him. Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God,” and they reveal their personality and character. They are wicked.

How does one react to evil doers? Do they respond with glee and rejoice, or do they recognize fools who do not seek the will of God? Jesus was clear eyed. He saw the evil that was about to kill him, and he could have asked God to deliver him from punishment he did not deserve. But goodness and trust in the Lord never die. God’s purpose was revealed through the cross. That is why we will ask the Lord to deliver us from evil not of our own making.

(Luke 23; 35-36) And they said, “He has saved others. Let him save himself.” And the soldiers mocked him.

(Matthew 26: 27) And he took the cup and gave thanks to God, saying, “This is my blood which confirms the covenant between God and his people.”

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