Psalm 107 -feeding on Colossians 1:28,Study 29,
Well with this study we come to the end of the journey of Psalm 107
And it looks like we are kind of summing up the entirety of this these 29 studies
Its been a long journey but really its only the beginning. all of this wayfaring voyage of the
"types of people" or types of journey have really just been a preparation for what is to come
No one ....not anyone can "judge" what happens or happened to those who fell in the wilderness
No one...not anyone can judge what happens to a person after this life has passed away
Who ...yes who can judge the dead ? yet those who have died will live on
But the question is "where" and "how" will they live on ?
The Word of God says "Do not judge unless you be judged"
And we know from past studies that this "personal judgement" rebounds back on us like a boomerang and
simply serves to slow us down
This is why God says "Do not judge" He says these things so that we shall have life and live
a good life free from hindrance and from those things that would tie us down and stop us or weigh us
down and even make us fall from the race that He has set before us, so that we will not just run but
win in the race
Not a winning that we be first but winning because He has already won the race and He has already
given us the ability to run with Him to be free and free from hindrance and those things that would
seek to pull us down and slow us down
Not that we could ever judge as God judges but that we would not judge others and compare others with
ourselves as if we are God ? or could ever be God !
I must not judge another person and compare them with my own values and my own moral standards or even
judge them by using the "Word of God" upon them and to use the Word of God that saved me to "condemn them "
For by these very words I condemn myself
And we know that we all judge all the time as in the judging of a character or the judging of an ability
In the judging of a gifting or the judging using discernment
We judge all the time in our day to day lives as we invest our time and energy in those things we
consider to be "worthwhile" and of value
And so we see the differing "types" of judgement
But we see also that after death the Judgement is no longer in our hands and our judgement and evaluation
is upon the One who conquered death who is Jesus
WHO CAN ?
O yes what can be against us ? and who can be against us ?
Good question is'nt it !
And I see that I can be my own worst enemy
But I also see that Jesus overcame the world, so although I and the world can be against me ....I also see that Jesus has overcome the world
Now we know that Psalm 107 is about the wanderers and the "types" of person and also
about the exile to babylon which takes us to the return of Gods people and the rebuilding
of the broken down walls
Hence we are now relating to Nehemiah 5 where the richer nobles and officials are exacting
usury and halting the progress of the rebuilding due to families coming under "attack"
not just from the "outside" enemy.....but also from their own countrymen
Its very easy here to begin to make "judgements" as I read through these books of Gods Word
I can do it without even realising and in the next instance I can read out "Matthew 7:1"
or say to someone "let he who who not sinned cast the first stone"
And again this relates to "personal judgement" where I assess somone based on my own
morals and values and I might even find the correct bible verses to back up my judgements
So I can read through the wilderness journey experience and think to myself "Well many fell
in the wilderness and well I don't suppose these people were saved and probably went to hell"
(WHHAATT ...hell before the new testament ? surely not... you'll be saying that people were saved
before Jesus died on the Cross....next)
I can read through Nehemiah and think "well they did worship gods even sacrificed their own children
to the fire...no wonder the remnant were exiled ! I imagined they were'nt saved after death if
indeeed they were ever "Christian"
(WHHAATTT....you mean the word "Christian" was around before it was invented ? ,,,you'll be saying
that Adam and Eve were married next ? and marriage was'nt invented until at leastt the iron age
cos they did'nt have rings before then)
I can read these statements where the nobles and officials were exacting usury and making the
poor people even poorer and think "well well well they will be judged" (what are you talking about ?
your judging them now)
You see ...I can make my own judgements as I read Gods Word
LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT
Now at this point we are going to turn right around and head in the other direction
In other words "repent"
No we are going to look at the opposing view and rather than saying "can I loose my salvation?"
And "What of those who fell in the wilderness ?"
We are going to look from a different angle
THE TURN AROUND
Now As you may know we have been glimpsing at Nehemiah 5 and the rebuilding of the walls
of the City that was destroyed at the time of exile
And in Nehemiah 5 we saw that these "nobles and officials" were exacting usury from their
fellow neighbours !
In other words they were taking from Gods work, they were taking money and enslaving
Gods own people in debt
In fact you could say "they were stealing" from God
After all this was Gods treasured possession Deuteronomy 7:6
Now I might look at this and say "well they were stealing and they were not Gods"
Now we begin the "boomerang judgement" and you remember the boomerang ! from previous
studies ? it begins with a small seed and becomes very large even blotting out my own
eyesight and stopping me from seeing properly
Now I want to end this study quickly with a quick turn around
And I want to associate Nehemiah 5 and these nobles and officials with Judas Iscariot
Now I'm relating these two things from different parts of the bible and history to show that
both these things are related and part and parcel
You see Judas Iscariot was taking from the purse strings of Jesus and had a great love for money
Matthew 26: 8 being the treasurer John 12:1-5
You see one of the deceiving things about the enemy is with money and money is the thing that
people seem to think "rules the world"
Anyway so I ask a question ....."Was Judus Iscariot ..saved ?"
John 17:12, "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou
gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture
might be fulfilled."
Well you might say he commintted suicide but are'nt all sins forgiven except one ?
You might say "he did'nt repent or ask for forgiveness ?"
Well was'nt he already forgiven ?" (as some people like to remind others)
You might say "He was a thief" well thats the boomerang that about to come back on me"
Why is it that people seem to assume that Judas Iscariot went to hell ?
If indeed he did then would that not apply to these nobles and officials in Nehemiah 5 ?
"Ooo you say....thats different they did'nt betray Jesus" ? .....did'nt they ?
You might say " well ...Judas met with an awful ending "
well did'nt the other disciples ?
I am not saying that Judas went to heaven and that God condones stealing but at the same time
I am saying " why do I assume that Judas went to hell? "
Am I the Judge after death ?
Am I the judge of all those fallen in the wilderness because of their worship of baal and their
giving of children over to the fire of false gods ?
Was that not the taking of "what belonged to God ? and stealing and taking life that did not
belong to them ?"
HERE COMES THE BOOMERANGGGGGGG- TAKE COVER
Now we come to the concluding scripture and to the end of Psalm 107 studies
Listen and consider this scripture
Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do
we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings.