Final Judgment – Notes for talk


Final Judgment  July 2016

Main readings

Isaiah 5: 1-7 [8-25]                Matthew 21: 33-43                 Ps 75

 

Themes

God is a just God who wants to save

Evil must be punished or why follow God

Salvation comes through Jesus and is shown in the fruit.

 

Final Judgment

 Both the readings show that God intends to judge all people those who believe and those who do not.

Those who do not follow the right path, who ignore Him and those that do follow His path.

 

Proverbs 11:23 The godly can look forward to a reward,     while the wicked can expect only judgment.

 

Acts 17 30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”

 

Isaiah 50  10 Who among you fears the Lord     and obeys his servant?
If you are walking in darkness,     without a ray of light, trust in the Lord     and rely on your God.
11 But watch out, you who live in your own light     and warm yourselves by your own fires.
This is the reward you will receive from me:     You will soon fall down in great torment.

 

 Judgment is only fair, or why should be not just what we want no matter the cost to others?

 

 

How will we be judged?

 By our Fruit?

 Isaiah 5 – 2 Then he waited for a harvest of sweet grapes,     but the grapes that grew were bitter.

 7 He expected a crop of justice,     but instead he found oppression.
He expected to find righteousness,     but instead he heard cries of violence.

 From RB – verses 8-25 of Isaiah 5 list a catalogue of evil that sounds very modern day!:

•    Buying up property, till the land is barren
•    Alcohol addiction and grand music parties, thinking the Lord doesn’t notice
7•    We don’t realize our sins are the road to destruction – ‘the grave is licking its lips in anticipation’!
•    The arrogant will be brought low.
•    People are tied to their sins like a horse to a cart, and almost proud of it!
•    They mock God, ‘we want to see what you can do, if you’re so Almighty!’
•    Evil is spoken of as good, and good as evil
•    People think themselves clever and wise
•    Boasting about binge drinking
•    Money speaks in bribes, the innocent suffer

Gosh, not a pretty picture – and in the end such actions will cause people to burn up like dry stubble.

Boy how much do we need a Savior! He alone is the one to lead us into green pastures.

But then we have the beauty of what God offers us, his delight in his fertile vineyard/people (think John 15 – whoever abides in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit).
They joy those early Christians expressed in realizing the Gift of Christ of His Spirit – the things of the Lord’s doing are wonderful to see indeed. God has offered his own answer to the sins of our world.

 

Isaiah 50: 10-11 – 10 Who among you fears the Lord     and obeys his servant?

 Isaiah 56 1-2 – 1 This is what the lord says:” Be just and fair to all. Do what is right and good, for I am coming soon to rescue you and to display my righteousness among you. 2 Blessed are all those who are careful to do this. Blessed are those who honour my Sabbath days of rest and keep themselves from doing wrong.

 

Robert  will talk about this fruit next week.

  

Who will Judge us?

2 Timothy 1

4 I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom:

 Jesus is the Judge of the kingdom

 Mathew 21 – The stone that the builders rejected     has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,     and it is wonderful to see.

43 I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit.

 Jesus who was rejected will judge all, he is the cornerstone of the new kingdom

  

What do we need to do?

 Isaiah 57:1521

The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. For I will not fight against you forever; I will not always be angry. If I were, all people would pass away- all the souls I have made. I was angry, so I punished these greedy people. I withdrew from them, but they kept going on their own stubborn way. I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them. I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips. May they have abundant peace, both near and far,” says the Lord , who heals them. “But those who still reject me are like the restless sea, which is never still but continually churns up mud and dirt. There is no peace for the wicked,” says my God.

 

Not reject the Lord

Be Contrite and Humble, Repent

Fear the Lord

Obey Jesus

Rely on God

Produce the proper fruit

 

Jeremiah 7 – 3 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:

“‘Even now, if you quit your evil ways, I will let you stay in your own land. 4 But don’t be fooled by those who promise you safety simply because the Lord’s Temple is here. They chant, “The Lord’s Temple is here! The Lord’s Temple is here!” 5 But I will be merciful only if you stop your evil thoughts and deeds and start treating each other with justice;6 only if you stop exploiting foreigners, orphans, and widows; only if you stop your murdering; and only if you stop harming yourselves by worshiping idols. 7 Then I will let you stay in this land that I gave to your ancestors to keep forever.

8 “‘Don’t be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because the Temple is here. It’s a lie! 9 Do you really think you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, and burn incense to Baal and all those other new gods of yours, 10 and then come here and stand before me in my Temple and chant, “We are safe!”-only to go right back to all those evils again?

 

Isaiah 50: 10-11  – 10 Who among you fears the Lord     and obeys his servant?
If you are walking in darkness,     without a ray of light, trust in the Lord      and rely on your God.
11 But watch out, you who live in your own light      and warm yourselves by your own fires.
This is the reward you will receive from me:     You will soon fall down in great torment.

 

We need to avoid  [as in Isaiah 5]

 

Not trying to have everything especially at the cost of others

8 What sorrow for you who buy up house after house and field after field, until everyone is evicted and you live alone in the land.  

 Not Being to busy enjoying yourself to even give God or right living a thought from morning to night

11 What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning     looking for a drink of alcohol
and spend long evenings drinking wine     to make themselves flaming drunk.
12 They furnish wine and lovely music at their grand parties-  lyre and harp, tambourine and flute-
but they never think about the Lord     or notice what he is doing. 
16 But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will be exalted by his justice.
The holiness of God will be displayed by his righteousness.

17 In that day lambs will find good pastures,  and fattened sheep and young goats[e] will feed among the ruins.

We are not to flaunt or lie about our wrong life style and challenge God with it

18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them     with ropes made of lies,
who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!
19 They even mock God and say,     “Hurry up and do something!
We want to see what you can do.

20 What sorrow for those who say     that evil is good and good is evil,
that dark is light and light is dark,     that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.


We are not to think we are better than others or wise, or boast about what we can do.

We are to be truthful and just.

21 What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes     and think themselves so clever.
22 What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine     and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.
23 They take bribes to let the wicked go free,     and they punish the innocent.

24 Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble     and dry grass shrivels in the flame,
so their roots will rot     and their flowers wither.

 We are not to reject Jesus and His word

.24 For they have rejected the law of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies;     they have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
 

The Vineyard and core fruit of Love

Last week at Love Bath Robert talked about our love core

John 15 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

 

Jesus came to show us the right way, He is the way the truth and the light.

He is the vine we are part of.

Only through following Him can we be saved because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

God showed through the life death and resurrection of Jesus not only His power but His love for us and how much he wants to save us from ourselves and therefore judgment 

We can be adopted into and crafted onto the Vine of Life Jesus, when we are we will produce good fruit by His Spirit The sap which feeds the vine and all its branches.  By this we show our acceptance of Christ’s salvation by His death.

  

Jesus is the judge and if we accept Him as savior and follow His ways then we will be judged by His righteousness. This acceptance will be shown in your fruit.

Then we will be seen as though covered by His blood and clean and pure in the judges sight.

 

 

Isaiah 5      New Living Translation (NLT)

A Song about the Lord’s Vineyard

5 Now I will sing for the one I love
a song about his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a rich and fertile hill.
2 He plowed the land, cleared its stones,
and planted it with the best vines.
In the middle he built a watchtower
and carved a winepress in the nearby rocks.
Then he waited for a harvest of sweet grapes,
but the grapes that grew were bitter.

3 Now, you people of Jerusalem and Judah,
you judge between me and my vineyard.
4 What more could I have done for my vineyard
that I have not already done?
When I expected sweet grapes,
why did my vineyard give me bitter grapes?

5 Now let me tell you
what I will do to my vineyard:
I will tear down its hedges
and let it be destroyed.
I will break down its walls
and let the animals trample it.
6 I will make it a wild place
where the vines are not pruned and the ground is not hoed,
a place overgrown with briers and thorns.
I will command the clouds
to drop no rain on it.

7 The nation of Israel is the vineyard of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
The people of Judah are his pleasant garden.
He expected a crop of justice,
but instead he found oppression.
He expected to find righteousness,
but instead he heard cries of violence.

Judah’s Guilt and Judgment

8 What sorrow for you who buy up house after house and field after field,
until everyone is evicted and you live alone in the land.
9 But I have heard the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
swear a solemn oath:
“Many houses will stand deserted;
even beautiful mansions will be empty.
10 Ten acres[a] of vineyard will not produce even six gallons[b] of wine.
Ten baskets of seed will yield only one basket[c] of grain.”

11 What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning
looking for a drink of alcohol
and spend long evenings drinking wine
to make themselves flaming drunk.
12 They furnish wine and lovely music at their grand parties-
lyre and harp, tambourine and flute-
but they never think about the Lord
or notice what he is doing.

13 So my people will go into exile far away
because they do not know me.
Those who are great and honored will starve,
and the common people will die of thirst.
14 The grave[d] is licking its lips in anticipation,
opening its mouth wide.

The great and the lowly
and all the drunken mob will be swallowed up.
15 Humanity will be destroyed, and people brought down;
even the arrogant will lower their eyes in humiliation.
16 But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will be exalted by his justice.
The holiness of God will be displayed by his righteousness.

17 In that day lambs will find good pastures,
and fattened sheep and young goats[e] will feed among the ruins.

18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them
with ropes made of lies,
who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!
19 They even mock God and say,
“Hurry up and do something!
We want to see what you can do.

Let the Holy One of Israel carry out his plan,
for we want to know what it is.”

20 What sorrow for those who say
that evil is good and good is evil,
that dark is light and light is dark,
that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
21 What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes
and think themselves so clever.
22 What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine
and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.
23 They take bribes to let the wicked go free,
and they punish the innocent.

24 Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble
and dry grass shrivels in the flame,
so their roots will rot
and their flowers wither.

For they have rejected the law of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies;
they have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 That is why the Lord’s anger burns against his people,
and why he has raised his fist to crush them.
The mountains tremble,
and the corpses of his people litter the streets like garbage.
But even then the Lord’s anger is not satisfied.
His fist is still poised to strike!

 

 

Matthew 21

Parable of the Evil Farmers

33 “Now listen to another story. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. 34 At the time of the grape harvest, he sent his servants to collect his share of the crop. 35 But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36 So the landowner sent a larger group of his servants to collect for him, but the results were the same.

37 “Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’

38 “But when the tenant farmers saw his son coming, they said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ 39 So they grabbed him, dragged him out of the vineyard, and murdered him.

40 “When the owner of the vineyard returns,” Jesus asked, “what do you think he will do to those farmers?”

41 The religious leaders replied, “He will put the wicked men to a horrible death and lease the vineyard to others who will give him his share of the crop after each harvest.”

42 Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?

‘The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.’[i]

43 I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit.

 

Psalm 75

For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph. A song to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

1 We thank you, O God!
We give thanks because you are near.
People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

2 God says, “At the time I have planned,
I will bring justice against the wicked.
3 When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil,
I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude

4 “I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’
I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
5 Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
or speak with such arrogance.'”
6 For no one on earth-from east or west,
or even from the wilderness-
should raise a defiant fist.[a]
7 It is God alone who judges;
he decides who will rise and who will fall.
8 For the Lord holds a cup in his hand
that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices.
He pours out the wine in judgment,
and all the wicked must drink it,
draining it to the dregs.

9 But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked,
but I will increase the power of the godly.”

 

 

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