LORD’S DAY, SEPTEMBER 27
“…he will reprove the world of sin,
and of righteousness, and of judgment.”
These people who were guilty were angry! They were full of hatred for that is the natural tendency of sinful man. The bondage of sin kept them from doing what was right. They were programmed to do evil and their default is to murder, kill and destroy. Beware of these men. They were present in those days, how much more today?
Cut to the heart: Yes, they were dead spiritually and could not respond to anything that would cause them to have life. Their evil and hateful hearts could only respond to destroy life. They were energized by Satan and they moved and acted in the ways of the devil. They were cut to the heart by the Word of God which Stephen preached (Heb 4:12). Their pride was pricked by the words preached. They were not convicted of their sins, they were angered because they thought they were doing what was right and they were being questioned. They did not acknowledge the sovereignty of God over their lives and could not understand why anyone would say that what they did was inappropriate.
Gnashed with their teeth: They did not show off their teeth because of joy, they gnashed their teeth because of hatred. This is a sign of violent and fierce anger. They were stricken with madness. This is the way ferocious animals in the wild would respond. They wore this facial expression because they were ready to murder and shed blood. They were possessed by the spirit of the devil whose desire was to eliminate God’s children. Their blood boiled within them. May the Lord grant us the grace to remember these words and utter them as our own: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Rom 8:35-37).
Are you prepared to face such opposition? Are you ready to give everything for the sake of the gospel of Christ?
THOUGHT: Am I guilty of hatred against God and His people?
PRAYER: Father, convict me of my sins and grant me the grace to repent.