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God Judges His People

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The Judge Introduced

Psalm 50:1–3 ESV
1 The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. 3 Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.
Psalm 50:1–2 ESV
1 The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
Psalm
It is normal for a speaker to be introduced
A persons accolades and experience will be highlighted so that the listeners know why they should listen
None compare to God
Who is He (His names)
He has all power
He is the only true God
He is the God whom has covenant with Israel
The whole earth is to be summoned for Judgement
Although the psalm will only deal with the judgement of Israel
Those outside do not escape the judgement
The one to judge is Himself the perfection of beauty
His judgement are pure and perfect
His standard is holy
this should be terrifying
He will come
He is will not forever stay silent as His perfect standard is disobeyed
As a devouring fire
Nothing escapes the destruction of a devouring fire
As is the sound and power of a mighty storm so shall be His voice in judgment
All creation will be called to witness the judgement
Through the judgment His Saints will be gathered to him
Those who seek refuge in Him

The Judged

Israel, His people
The wicked
Both His Saints and the Wicked are judged
The judgement is different
To his Saints
He rebukes them
But promises that he shall deliver them
To the Wicked
Repent OR
I will tear you apart, and there will be none to deliver you

His Judgement

To His People of Covenant

Psalm 50:7–15 ESV
7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God. 8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me. 9 I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. 13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
Psalm 50:7-
God is rebuking for their wrong thinking in regards to their worship and service to God
He is not rebuking them for their sacrifices
In other times God rebukes sacrificing lame and diseased animals
Or failing to sacrifice all together
That is not what he is doing here
They are doing it right
They are continually sacrificing to him
They are correctly performing their act of service and worship to God
So what is the problem then? Why are they being rebuked if they are doing it right?
God is rebuking the attitude of their heart
They had somehow come to the idea that their giving and sacrificing to God was somehow needed by God or helpful to God
Their view of themselves was too high
Somehow their service was invaluable to God
Their view of God was too low
They failed to recognize that the creator of everything was no in need of anything from His creation
They failed to remember that they were the ones in need
All they could give was thanksgiving for what God had provided
All they have is from God
Everything is God including what they sacrifice to God
If it was God’s already, why should they sacrifice it to God?
God gave them the privilege to sacrifice to Him as an act of thanksgiving
He is not in need, it is for their good so that they can show their thankfulness for all God has provided
Similar to buying a present for your parents using their money
Your parents want you to have the opportunity to show love
Although he is rebuking Israel, the message applies to the Church today.
We can also easily think to highly of ourselves and not high enough of God
It is easy for us to start to think that God needs our service and our worship?
Is God in need of
Missionaries
Preachers
Worship singers
Choirs
Financial donations
Nursery workers
Others who give up time
Who gave us our time, abilities, and resources
God!
So then why should be sacrifice our time, abilities, and resources if its all from God anyway?
An expression of thanksgiving
it is a privilege that God has given us
We get to use the the time, abilities, and resources that God has given us to show our thankfulness to God for all he has done for us
We are not earning anything

To The Wicked among His people

God Rebukes his people for their error, but affirms his covenant promise to deliver them.
To the wicked the message is very different
Psalm 50:16–22 ESV
16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? 17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. 18 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. 19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. 21 These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. 22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
Psalm 50:16–21 ESV
16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? 17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. 18 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. 19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. 21 These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
Psalm 50:16-
The wicked can know the right things and say the right things
His Statutes or laws
His covenant
But the words have no impact on how they live
The righteous will walk according to His law
His word is not a light guiding their path
they cast it behind them
They hate discipline
God disciplines those he loves
His correction of those who’s view of sacrifice was wrong IS DISCIPLINE
Those that love God will receive His discipline
The wicked he is now addressing hate discipline and do not change course when disciplined
Although they confess with their lips God’s covenant they live in the World
Vs 18
It does not say that they are thieves and adulterers though they may be
It says they keep company with
They are walking in the counsel of the wicked
Standing in the seat of sinners
Sitting in the seat of scoffers
In David says his delight is in the Saints of God
Psalm 16:3 ESV
3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.
But these wicked people delight in the unrighteous
They prefer to be with those that disobey God’s commands

In the previous example, the psalmist condemned these hardened hypocrites not necessarily because they stole things from others, though they probably did, but because they joined the company of thieves. So also in this case. These alleged people of God are condemned not necessarily because they have been guilty of adultery themselves, though they may have been, but because they threw in their lot with adulterers. That is, they liked to hang around them.

We see this same thing today
How many people may claim “Jesus Loves Me”
Yet throw his commands behind them
And love the world and its system
They claim to be Christians yet live like everyone else
The way they speak reveals the evil of their hearts
Psalm 50:
Psalm 50:19–20 ESV
19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son.
Jesus says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
In other words, if our words are evil and mean it is because our heart is evil and mean
And that is true of these that God is Judging
they say whatever they want regardless of how evil it is
They lie
They say bad things about people
even those that are closest to them
Even their own siblings
Psalm 50:21 ESV
21 These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
they thought that God was like them
That like them he like the company of evil people
and that He could simply overlook their evil ways
They did not recognize how perfectly holy God is
He has been silent regarding their evil ways
But he will not be silent forever

Call to repentance

Psalm 50:22–23 ESV
22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! 23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
The wicked are on the wrong path
They are headed for destruction
God’s Judgement is not yet final for them
He is warning them and giving an opportunity to repent
If they do not heed His words then
God will destroy them
No one will deliver them from his judgement and wrath
A time is coming in which it will be too late
He gives 2 instructions and 2 outcomes
The instructions are two parts of the same thing
the outcomes are two parts of the same thing
The instructions
Offer thanksgiving as sacrifice
Order His way rightly
to order our way rightly is to live life according to God’s perspective
Love what God loves
Hate what God hates
We must have a proper understanding of who God is
To offer a thanksgiving sacrifice comes from a rightly ordered life
understanding that God needs nothing from us
a right understanding of God
But out of thanksgiving we delight to make sacrifices to God
Our actions show what we believe about God
The outcome
Glorify God
This is not to add glory to God
To Glorify God is to see His Glory on display
To see the Salvation of God
We will Glorify God because we will See His Salvation
The wicked will not see this
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