God’s wrath was satisfied’ – the price is paid, we can go free – Notes from today’s talk


God’s wrath was satisfied’ – the price is paid, we can go free

Bible passages Jeremiah 7 16-29,        John 1 9-18,     Romans 1 16-32

Righteousness & Justice

God’s Righteousness means that God always acts in accordance with what is right and is himself the final standard of what is right.

 

  • Do you think people who do not obey the law/do bad things should be punished in some way?

 

 

  • Have you ever broken the law of the land in any way?

Have you taken a pen from work or lied on a CV, broken the speed limit or parked where you shouldn’t?

Avoiding paying for something or reducing your income to avoid tax?

 

How about Gods law

Deuteronomy 10 12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.13 And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.

By not helping someone in need, or taking more than you need so others have less?

 

We have all broken the law in one way or another and that is even more so with Gods law of not doing things that hurt others and Love God with all your heart.

 

  • DO you think you should be punished when you break rules?

 

  • Do you think God should punish people who do not live right?

 

  • If God did not hate wrong doing what kind of God do you think He would be?

 

Parents hate the things there children do which are bad but that does not mean they hate their child as Robert talked about last week.

 

 

  • The Bible tells us over and over again from Moses onwards that God as a Just God who hates sin..

Sin, not living in a right way Not living or conforming to the moral law of God not following God’s direction for your life.  Not loving God and your neighbor as yourself.

From Jeremiah 7    my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward. 25 From the day your ancestors left Egypt until now, I have continued to send my servants, the prophets-day in and day out. 26 But my people have not listened to me or even tried to hear. They have been stubborn and sinful-even worse than their ancestors.

 

This sin always requires punishment, just as we want to see people who do bad things punished.

From Jeremiah 7

27 “Tell them all this, but do not expect them to listen. Shout out your warnings, but do not expect them to respond. 28 Say to them, ‘This is the nation whose people will not obey the Lord their God and who refuse to be taught. Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips. 29 Shave your head in mourning, and weep alone on the mountains. For the Lord has rejected and forsaken this generation that has provoked his fury.’  

And that is the punishment, God withdraws His blessing, God leaves us to our own way.

Just as a parent sometimes has to except that their child will do what they want and go their own way so God does with us.

 

Gods covenant  to bless us is destroyed by our sin by our ignoring Him, just as the covenant stones where broken by Mosses in the sight of Israelis’ sin

 

Parents often have to cut a child off so that they will learn from their actions and have to pay for the consequences themselves.

They still love their child but have to let them suffer to learn.

 

 

  • The Good news is that Jesus paid that punishment by His death instead of us having to. He bought us back by taking on our punishment.

 

Clare a couple of weeks ago spoke about the Blood of Christ. That made us clean and sinless in Gods eyes so we could be in relationship with Him again through our faith in Jesus.

 

 

Ephesians 1

 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

 

Example of a bank note, always worth the same no matter how dirty and damaged it gets. To God we are always valuable and Jesus can change us into refined gold.

It can then be exchanged for nice shiny gold to the same value.

 

John 1

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

 

Again rejection of God by us and others.

 

12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn-not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

As Robert said last week, we can become Children of God and be reborn thanks to Christ and His sacrifice the price of our sin/wrong doing is paid..

 

 

 

  • To finish

 

‘God as judge is not concerned with the upholding of abstract ethical principles or the imposition of complicated rules of conduct, he is concerned with doing right by His people, …….’ so they can ‘rejoice in and serve Him as their God and to reflect his self-giving love in all their dealings with one another.’ [T Smail Windows on the Cross]

 

God is a Good, Just and Merciful God, as is again shown throughout the Bible.

We are to be the same.

 

None of us can stand before Him as innocents, for all have fallen short of the holiness of God. None of us has fully loved others as ourselves, have properly cared for ‘the orphan, the widow and the foreigner’, and certainly not loved the Lord God above all else (to touch on a few of the commandments!)

 

There is no other way than Jesus for us to be made right in the sight of a Righteous Gods Judgment.

We can not by ourselves be good enough to be in Gods presence. It is only the Body and Blood of Christ which can open the way for us.

 

 

When we chose to follow Christ Jesus, God made human, to show us the way then as Paul in Romans 1

16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes-the Jew first and also the Gentile. 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

 

And again in Ephesians 1 says

 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

 

John1

For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

 

Gods covenant with us is remade in Christ and we are part of it as His children with all the blessings that brings.

 

 

Do you want to receive this gift and therefore become a reborn child of God?

 

Let us pray

 

 

Jeremiah 7:16-29 New Living Translation (NLT)

Judah’s Persistent Idolatry

16 “Pray no more for these people, Jeremiah. Do not weep or pray for them, and don’t beg me to help them, for I will not listen to you.17 Don’t you see what they are doing throughout the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 No wonder I am so angry! Watch how the children gather wood and the fathers build sacrificial fires. See how the women knead dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. And they pour out liquid offerings to their other idol gods! 19 Am I the one they are hurting?” asks the Lord. “Most of all, they hurt themselves, to their own shame.”

20 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “I will pour out my terrible fury on this place. Its people, animals, trees, and crops will be consumed by the unquenchable fire of my anger.”

21 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Take your burnt offerings and your other sacrifices and eat them yourselves! 22 When I led your ancestors out of Egypt, it was not burnt offerings and sacrifices I wanted from them. 23 This is what I told them: ‘Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well!’

24 “But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward. 25 From the day your ancestors left Egypt until now, I have continued to send my servants, the prophets-day in and day out. 26 But my people have not listened to me or even tried to hear. They have been stubborn and sinful-even worse than their ancestors.

27 “Tell them all this, but do not expect them to listen. Shout out your warnings, but do not expect them to respond. 28 Say to them, ‘This is the nation whose people will not obey the Lord their God and who refuse to be taught. Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips. 29 Shave your head in mourning, and weep alone on the mountains. For the Lord has rejected and forsaken this generation that has provoked his fury.’

 

 

John 1:9-18 New Living Translation (NLT)

9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn-not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

14 So the Word became human[a] and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.[b] And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.'”

16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.[c] 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God,[d] is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

 

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