Thursday, April 23, 2015 4:23 AM

The Measure of Their Sins

Thursday, April 23, 2015 4:23 AM
Thursday, April 23, 2015 4:23 AM

The Bible demonstrates that God is merciful, but the Bible also tells us that there comes a time when God says enough is enough. The Jews that stood against Paul were “filling up the measure of their sins”. In Genesis, the Amorites had not yet completely filled their sins.

1 Th 2:14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, 1 Th 2:15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 1 Th 2:16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last!

Ge 15:16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

In Gen18.20, the meaning of “done all together” is (Or they deserve destruction; Hebrew they have made a complete end[1]). Again God is making clear that the accumulated sin of the city will determine not only their end, but the time of their end.

Ge 18:20 Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, Ge 18:21 I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”

There is a favorable time for salvation and God wants us to respond.

2 Co 6:2 For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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