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BEING AN INFLUENCE

September 17, 2016

Saturday

 

Refining Influences Of Affliction

 

Isaiah 1:25

 

“I will also turn My hand against you, And will smelt away your dross as with lye And will remove all your alloy

 

 

LESSON

 

God would subject His people to fires of adversity, but only to purify them, not destroy them. Just rulers would emerge and the city would once again enjoy a reputation for righteousness and faithfulness to God.

The specter of God arising to judge His people for their sins just mentioned is a fearful prospect. God judges sin wherever He finds it, among pagans and among His own people.

Any facile statement that God always hates the sin but loves the sinner needs to be countered by Isaiah’s insistence that those who transgress are my foes and my enemies.

We are obliged to speak of the Lord after the manner of men, and in doing so we are clearly authorized to say that He does not look upon human sin merely with the eye of a judge who condemns, but with the eye of a friend. He censures the offender, but deeply laments that there should be such faults to condemn.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 14:13

 

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