May 28, 2017

Questions about Imprecatory Prayers

Warren Vanhetloo

Dear Dr. Vanhetloo,

I am currently reading the Book of Psalms in my personal devotions and can’t help but be surprised by the vindictiveness of many of its parts. For example, in Ps. 104:35a: “Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more.” This is a far cry from “love your enemies,” which Jesus taught. Psalm 109 is a similar example. Obviously, David did not view himself as a “sinner” or “wicked” (which of course EVERYONE is) at the time he wrote this. I realize that 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us that “all Scripture is profitable,” but I need some help in understanding that when I read many of the Psalms. I already have a hard enough time loving my enemies and not wishing vengeance on them. I guess we need to keep in mind that Jesus contradicted some of the Old Testament when He preached (e.g., in the Sermon on the Mount)? Any thoughts? Thanks.

Several replies:

1. Though David wrote many of the Psalms and they passed through his thought system, the real author of the Psalms is God. God never contradicts Himself. We “make” contradictions or Satan instills them in our minds. Until we start our first class in Heaven, we will have deficient understanding of God’s perfect revelation. Until then, we accept what we can by faith and await full comprehension later.

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NEHEMIAH, Part 2: Reforming Messiah ’s People

Layton Talbert

FrontLine • July/August 2007

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Opposition and delays in the work of God are always frustrating. It is easy to overemphasize our timetables and overestimate our importance to the work of God. We are short on time and are frustrated by delay and opposition; God is not.

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Honorable Christian Manhood (pt 6)

Taigen Joos

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The Meaning of Honorable

To many people, being an honorable man might simply mean to practice things that are good, helpful, and kind. A husband might believe he is honorable if he does not commit adultery and if he adequately provides for his family. A worker might believe he is honorable if he works hard for the company. A student might believe he is honorable if he studies hard and earns decent grades. However, being an honorable man is more than just having good habits such as these.

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Teach Me Thy Way

George Stiekes

Teach me Thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Psalm 27:11

Teach Me Thy Way, O LORD is one of my favorite songs. God’s Word reveals God’s way for our lives. When David was King in Israel, it was the Word of God that directed his kingly decisions.

Responses to the devotionals on the Will of God have been incredible. (See here for links to previous posts.) We must recognize that what we think about will determine what we do. If we truly want the will of God to be the controlling force in our lives, we must saturate our minds with the Word of God.

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What Can You Do About Millennials?

Don Johnson

On April 30, an article appeared on FoxNews entitled, “Ten reasons millennials are backing away from God and Christianity.” The author is Alex McFarland, Director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at North Greenville University. He appears to base his comments on findings from his own research as well as that of others and what he says sounds similar to articles I’ve read elsewhere. The article itself is brief enough, so perhaps some of these reasons need more detail in order to fully comprehend them.

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