WHEN GOD GETS IT IN FOR A MAN
There comes a time when even the Lord grows weary of mankind. Yes, He is patient and long suffering toward man but there is a point in life when God says that is enough.
Why was the Lord so hard on Amalek? We go to the sources of information we have and we find several things said. Let us first take note that the Lord said in Genesis 12:3, I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curses thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. There was a time when Israel was on their journey home and Amalek fought with the Israelites in Ex. 17:8, and the Lord said to Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
This happened about 1491 B. C. and you can go a little over three hundred years later and find the Lord had not forgotten what he had said. After Israel had arrived in the Promised Land and had chosen their first king which was king Saul. 1 Samuel 15:3 tells us, Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all they have, and spare them not, but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
Does the Lord always do as he says? Yes and a thousand times yes he does. He told Abraham he would spare Sodom if he could find ten just people, but they were not to be found and he did as he said.
There are many things the Lord says, The Bible tells us there are some things the Lord hates. Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven things are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. When God hates something should you and I take part in it or should we be very careful never to be involved in things we know He hates?
Jesus said in Matthew 26:24, The Son of Man goeth as it is written, but woe unto the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It had been good for that man if he had not been born.
I believe you and I need to take heed to what we see and hear today. Those that are involved in the sins that God hates and the sins that are destroying our very fibers of our nation are going to give account of every idle word and evil act committed. Jesus said in Luke 17:1-4, It is impossible but that offenses will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
How do you and I fit into the picture? Are we doing things God hates? Are we doing things that cause others pain? Are we going to be a blessing or will God have it in for us?