10:1) Why do you stand far off, LORD? Whydo you hide yourself in times of trouble?
10:2) In arrogance, the wicked hunt down the weak; They are caught in the schemes that they devise.
10:3) For the wicked boasts of his heartai??i??s cravings, He blesses the greedy, and condemns the LORD.
10:4) The wicked, in the pride of his face; Has no room in his thoughts for God.
10:5) His ways are prosperous at all times; He is haughty, and your laws are far from his sight: As for all his adversaries, he sneers at them.
10:6) He says in his heart, ai???I shall not be shaken; For generations I shall have no trouble.ai???
10:7) His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression. Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.
10:8) He lies in wait near the villages. From ambushes, he murders the innocent. His eyes are secretly set against the helpless.
10:9) He lurks in secret as a lion in his ambush. He lies in wait to catch the helpless. He catches the helpless, when he draws him in his net.
10:10) The helpless are crushed, they collapse. They fall under his strength.
10:11) He says in his heart, ai???God has forgotten. He hides his face. He will never see it.ai???
10:12) Arise, LORD! God, lift up your hand! Donai??i??t forget the helpless.
10:13) Why does the wicked condemn God, and say in his heart, ai???God wonai??i??t call me to account.ai???
10:14) But you do see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it into your hand. You help the victim and the fatherless.
10:15) Break the arm of the wicked. As for the evil man, seek out his wickedness until you find none.
10:16) The LORD is King forever and ever! The nations will perish out of his land.
10:17) LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble. You will prepare their heart. You will cause your ear to hear,
10:18) To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, That man who is of the eretz may terrify no more.
YahuaAi??Ai??is that, the greater than which cannot be conceived.
The concept of infinity is practically impossible for a finite mind to comprehend. Mathematically it is possible to represent infinity but it does not describe what it is. It has been said that the number of stars in the sky or the grains of sand on a beach is infinite, but in reality it is not. It may take many lifetimes to count them, but eventually they can be numbered. Therefore, when Scripture talks of eternity, it is describing an infinite number of days but as it is not possible to comprehend eternity, it can be put to one side or looked upon as irrelevant.
ai???For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the eretz (earth), so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.ai??? (Isa. 55:8, 9). The Bible tries to describe an infinite `Elohim (Father/Son/Spirit) by giving Him human attributes. He has hands and arms but as infinite strength (omnipotent). He sees but not as a human would see as He is everywhere (omnipresent). Mankind is incapable of thinking of anything greater than Yahua `Elohim, because there is nothing greater.
`Elohim is called Father but He is much more (Creator, Sustainer etc). He is called Son but He is much more (Saviour, Atonement etc.). He is called Spirit but He is much more (Comforter, Teacher etc.). When Father is mentioned to a Believer subconsciously all the attributes flood into the mental process. Likewise with the Son and Spirit. It is the way that Scripture unfolds these infinite concepts to a human finite mind. However, no matter how intelligent a person is or how long a person has studied, Yahua `Elohim is so far above these thoughts.
Another concept is Heaven. There are many attempts by Scripture to describe the beauty, the peace and the magnificence of a place where all who have put their trust in Messiah Yahshua, taking away their punishment for sin, will go to when the die. Scripture tells of a place of no pain or hunger, tiredness or distress. There will be no night time. In fact, due to the presence of Yahua `Elohim light will shine everywhere and there will not even be a shadow to darken Heaven. Cool refreshing waters flow and there will be no death even though lions, leopards, wolves and bears intermingle with lambs and children. Death, the final enemy of Mankind, will have been defeated by Messiah Yahshua. Even all this leaves the true glory of Heaven beyond human imagination.
Alarmingly, the same can be said of Hell, the depository of all those who have not put their trust in Messiah Yahshua. Scripture tells of a place of horror and of the worm that continually torments, of gnashing of teeth and absolute darkness. Thirst and hunger are constant companions in a place of brimstone and heat. The only things Heaven and Hell have in common are that in both, there will be no death and once in there can be no leaving. Hell is known as the Second Death, but is really a life of suffering. This cannot begin to describe the horror awaiting unrepentant sinners.
ai???For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.ai??? (Rom. 6:23). At a personai??i??s physical death, their spirit has been assigned its final place based upon the decision of a sinner whether or not to accept Messiah Yahshuaai??i??s atoning work in receiving their deserved punishment. After the final Judgement Day when body, soul and spirit are re-united, a person ends up in Heaven or Hell; for eternity. Remember what I said at the beginning of this message? Eternity is an infinite number of days.
How good is your imagination? Is it capable of thinking of an infinite number of days; time without end? Has it the capacity to comprehend an eternity of peace or torment forever and ever and ever, time without end?
Or donai??i??t you want to think about it?
Have you the capability to think of your life of sin is good enough to get into Heaven?
Or can you understand that all sinners require a Saviour and that a decision must be made without delay. Accept Messiah Yahshua as Master and Saviour and enter Heaven or reject the freely given Gift of salvation and enter Hell.
The decision is yours; or donai??i??t you imagine it is worth the trouble to think it over?
If you want to accept Fatherai??i??s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahshua, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine as Father knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
ai???Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you, Father, for making this way back to you.ai???Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
Pesach/Passover and Chag Matzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread) begin at sunset on Friday 22nd. April.
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.