Hello everyone and welcome back to the fourth question in our series “Blessed is the Man” where we investigate what it means to be blessed by God. We hope you have been blessed so far by the program. My name is Kevin founder and President of Spectacle for Christ International Ministries.
In our last three programs, we reviewed three questions, “Why is he blessed, why will he stand, and why will he prosper” And we concluded, we are blessed because of something we received, we are standing because we obeyed God, and we prospered because we followed God’s instructions. But to make it clear, to obey God and following his instructions must not be taken as the same thing; although, they can be summed up to be the same.
I’m pointing out we are not to look at following Christ and obeying Christ as the same thing for the sake of this Psalm, because we want us to see the difference in the Psalm that we might understand what God is communicating to his people.
So, as we go through the rest of this series, we hope to address in summery with the collection of episodes we have covered and will cover in this series what God is communicating to his people. And we hope you have been enjoying the program, and that they have been a blessing to you. Let us now enjoy today’s episode titled “What did he receive”.
We will now begin our reading with Psalm One.
We know from our studies, to be blessed is to receive something from the Lord we can use to benefit our lives, and we know prosperity doesn’t only include physical items that show we are prospering. Within the context of Psalm one, we know the story is about two groups of people, the righteous and the ungodly, and from what we understand, both men are enjoying God’s creation.
They are both sustained by the breath of God; they both have homes and substance they enjoy. There is no difference between the righteous and the ungodly in the world, they are both human, pursuing the same quality of life, having children, and providing for them. But what separates them is their attitude toward God.
According to the Psalm, both men had the opportunity to review God’s word, and after reviewing God’s word, they both chose different paths to travel. The ungodly chose to take God’s word as a joke, while the righteous saw the value in God’s word. Because of their differing views, one chose to act on God’s word to avoid God’s wrath against an evil world; while the other continued to live his life in disregard of God’s word.
The Opportunity to escape with their lives was granted to both men. God did not choose to favor one over the other but instead allowed the opportunity for both groups to hear his word and warning. But as a result of his obedience to God, the righteous survived the outpouring of God’s wrath upon the world, he was able to stand as the Psalm recorded in the face of Judgement.
Because the righteous believed God, he received something of value, he received God’s word. God’s word was a blessing to the righteous, not because it was God’s word, but because of the details found in God’s word. Upon hearing God’s word. The righteous acted on God’s blessing.
While he was working in his garden, news came that there was a coming judgment, and after learning it was the message of God, the righteous wasted no time making proper preparation to save his and his family’s life. He was able to pack all that was needed to survive God’s judgment, he was able to do this because of the instructions he received from the word of God. Righteous received God’s word in good time, a message outlining the reality God was going to send judgment upon his town and village.
Regarding the word of God as a blessing, he counts himself blessed to have received the news of God impending judgment, and because he counts it a blessing; something of value, he removed himself from the town and village and was able to survive or stand in the face of judgment. Although the Ungodly had heard the same news and report, he disregarded God’s warning, he counts it foolish, and because he did, he remained in the path of condemnation falling in the face of Judgment.
The blessing of God came to the ungodly, but he chose to ignore the communication sent to him, the information he had need of to escape with his life. We can only look back at the city of Ramah to understand what God is communicating in his Psalm so that we might also count God’s word a blessing that we might also prepare and act wisely to save our lives.
Jeremiah had prophesied, or we could say, Jeremiah had sent news ahead that Ramah would suffer wrath, and only if the citizens of Ramah and learned how to hear God’s word, they would have not settled in the town and city of Ramah. But because they did not understand nor take time to understand God’s message, they were caught in the moment of wrath fulfilling God’s word.
“Thus, saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children because they were not. (Jeremiah 31:15)
Like the ungodly, the citizen of Ramah did not make proper preparation, and because they did not, they suffered at the hand of Herod the king. “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children because they were not. (Matthew 2:16-18)
Thank you for listing, and we hope you have been enjoying and are blessed by these past episodes. In our next episode, we will be sharing the full picture of Psalm One as we collect the subjects of this series in one so that we might understand fully what God is communicating to his people on how to escape judgment.