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Communion Meditations (2020)

 

Broken Arm

Originally scheduled for February 16

Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

(Psalms 10:15 NASB)

 

At some point in the Christian experience a combination of evil observed and frustration gives many Christians the viewpoint that God is missing an easy method for dealing with this. It’s really simple, Lord. You just slay the wicked. Wipe them out. Think of the advantages!

·         It’s a very convenient solution, or so it seems. The wicked are dead, leaving only the righteous people. Okay, perhaps a bit messy in the cleanup but otherwise…

·         It might just help the cause of evangelism. If it became commonly known that God was striking down the wicked — lightning bolt next time you go out the door — but the Christians were exempt, there would be lines forming to sign up. After all, think of the money it would save on life insurance.

The problem seems to be the righteous God might just do that — but not a loving God. Our God is both; therefore, some other solution must be sought.

God’s solution to this problem is hinted at here in Psalm 10:15. The real problem is that the wicked often includes those of us who don’t think we are among the wicked. We, too, are sinners. God’s solution is to seek out such wickedness, destroying it as he goes until he finds no more. It’s like your Sunday school teacher said: you have to hate the sin, but you have to love the sinner. So how do we get to this happy state where God finds no more wickedness?

We don’t have the tools to solve this problem, but He does. His solution begins with repentance by the sinner.  You have to turn around; change direction. You have to stop doing what you been doing and do what is right instead. That’s your part of the solution. God’s part of the solution is the more difficult one, as you would expect. He forgives you.

How can a righteous God do that? The answer is that the righteous, loving God sent his Son to bear the penalty for your sins. Jesus got what the wicked deserve — and therefore God forgives even the wicked. He reminds you of this in today’s communion. The bread reminds you of his body; the cup reminds you of his blood, shed for you. It is a constant reminder of both God’s love and his righteousness.

So, as you partake, examine yourself and see if the seeds of wickedness have taken root. Repent; make a U-turn from those ways which grow increasingly more wicked. You cannot be a perfectly righteous man; but you can be a perfectly forgiven one.

 

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