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Day by Day - 1 Samuel
When You Want Vengeance
Clif Johnson
Aired on Mar 07, 2024
Show Day by Day
Mar 06, 2024
00:02:44 Minutes

Jesus took God’s vengeance on our behalf so those who believe in Him can escape it.   ~~~   Adam and Eve started off humanity trying to justify the means, and it landed them in a devastating, deathly position. David was offered this opportunity as well here in the cave in 1 Samuel 24. His heart faltered, but he repented. But this shows us our hearts doesn’t it. How easily they can be to rush to revenge. And eventually, David would fall prey to the temptation of justifying his means to achieve a certain, ungodly end. Vengeance will take place in one of two ways. For the unbeliever, those outside of Christ, they will suffer the vengeance of God. But the believer, those like David, who deserve the vengeance of God as well, why is it fair that they get heaven…that you get heaven for that matter? Why is their sin swept underneath the rug? Shouldn’t David have to pay for his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah? Wouldn’t Uriah’s father call down the vengeance of God on David? He could. But he would have to look forward into the future to see the vengeance of God poured out, not on David, but on Jesus, who took the punishment in place of David. You see, the better Adam, the last Adam, had the same temptation in the desert that David had in the desert. Take hold of the kingdom, but in an alternate way…and a much easier way for that matter. There, Satan offered Jesus a shortcut to holiness and the throne. But Jesus chose God’s path, chose to be led by the Spirit and not be self. He chose to trust God’s word. And it led him to the cross, where He suffered the vengeance of God on behalf of all those who would believe in Him.

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