Hello everyone, and welcome back to the end of our series, “Blessed is the Man” where we investigate what it means to be blessed by God. We hope you have been enjoying the program. Today we are going to wrap up our series with a summary providing you with the full picture of what the Psalm is recording for us that we might have a clear picture of what God wants us to do as his people.
In this final series, we will be jumping from scripture to scripture and chapter to chapter in the Bible in a way to confirm our message on this subject. We hope you will take the time to listen, and or read the script that you might be fully equipped to live out God’s word; that we might all escape God’s wrath.
Let us begin our message with the reading of Psalm One
Blessed is the Man
Psalms 1:1-6 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditates day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
In recent series we covered what it means to be blessed, stand, prosper, and receive God’s blessing, and we discovered to be blessed is to receive something of value, to stand is to make adequate preparation, to prosper is to follow God’s instruction, and to receive is to act on or place our faith in God’s word.
It is important we understand these things from the point of view of the Psalm, and the theme of the Bible because of the reality of sin and God’s judgment upon the world. We must not look at the Psalm as something for the moment; although, we are currently benefiting from God’s word should we obey his warnings. But to correctly understand what God is communicating, we must always view the scripture as something relating to God’s kingdom. Isaiah 9:6-9.
Regarding Psalm One, we understand and accept the reality we are descendants of Adam and accepting this reality we are then accepting the reality we all have sinned and came short of God’s glory. Falling short of God’s glory, we in our bodies have received the injury of death according to God’s word given to Adam before his fall.
“The Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16-17. Creating a good world, a kingdom on earth, God gave Adam rule over it, Adam had access to everything God had created; even life eternal. But although he had the privilege to represent God in the earth, he rebelled, and in his rebellion, brought us all into rebellion against God.
Because of such rebellion, we are receiving in our bodies the full penalty for our transgression, which is the judgment that is currently upon the world. “For by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so, death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Roman 5:12.
Because of our rebellion, we are receiving and facing God’s just judgment that is causing us to grow old, sick, and then we die. As we live, we are being judged, death is the final act of God upon a sinful world, a decaying world is the result of our rebellion, but in all of this, God has made it possible for us to escape his just punishment against sin.
For us to escape, God stepped off his throne that he may identify with our sufferings and lost. He did this that he might offer himself in our place in judgment. With his life, as it was required for us to escape judgment, God through the shedding of his blood met the requirement for judgment against his just law that we might stand in the face of judgment. Genesis 2:16-17.
Stepping out of heaven, God did not choose any one person over the other, he did not favor one person over the other, he simply offered himself as the one to suffer man’s judgment that we might be able to stand justified before God in death, and on the day appointed.
God did not favor one human over the other, both the righteous and the ungodly had the same privilege of turning their lives around, stop their rebellion to now obey the living God that they might escape God’s wrath. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
When God stepped off his throne, he did not appear in the world to condemn us, nor hold our sins against us because we were already under condemnation. When God came offering himself as our redeemer, he came to remove the condemnation that was declared against us, and by offering himself as the sacrifice for sin open the opportunity for us to freely accept his life.
Doing this, God delivered his word with instructions on how to escape his just judgment that is set against the world. This is the blessing of God, to receive God’s instruction on how to escape the coming judgment. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:16. And to put it correctly, he is the way because he knows what we must do, and where we must go to escape God’s outpouring judgment.
He is the truth because he has first-hand knowledge of the things God has prepared against this world, and he is the life because he has provided through his blood the remedy for our sins. Therefore, to escape God’s judgment, we must believe Jesus, we must follow his direction, and we must accept his sacrifice that we might stand justified before God.
The righteous is righteous because he saw God’s word as a blessing and receiving God’s word he responded to the revelation that he was in danger. He was blessed because in the details of God’s word he saw that if he remains where he was, he would find himself in trouble. But hearing God’s warning that he was sending judgment upon his village, he packed his bag and his family and run for his life. He ran in the direction of God’s instruction and so saved his life. Genesis 6:7-8.
The ungodly is ungodly because he did not believe God’s word; to him, the word of God was not a blessing, he saw no value in what God was saying. And because he did not believe, he stayed back in the village, kept his family with him and so was destroyed. Like the righteous, the ungodly heard the word and warning but chose not to believe, and so was not able to stand in God’s judgment.
“He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18.
The righteous are blessed because he received and recognizes God’s valuable word, he prospered because he followed the direction found in God’s word. And he will stand because he made adequate preparation responding to God’s warning.
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