Family Feud 5/20/20

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.” (Psalm 125:2)

This is a comforting image. We can visualize the city of Jerusalem, surrounded by the mountains. Then we can see ourselves, the people of God, surrounded in a like manner by the Lord. Surrounded. Protected.

As people read this passage, though, they need to be aware of two words, two small words with a world of importance: “my people.” There is a popular view that we are all God’s children. It’s a popular view, but it’s not the Biblical view. Right in the beginning, after Adam and Eve’s sin, God said to the serpent, an incarnation of Satan, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.” Jesus said to the Pharisees, “You are of your father, the devil.”

We’re not all in the same family. God’s children are those whom He has saved through the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son. We read in John, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” Outside of Christ, we remain lost in our sin, and we remain outside the family of God.

We will all stand before Christ one day. To those who are God’s children, to those who have been adopted into God’s family through Christ, He will say, “Well done, you good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” To those who have remained in their sin, He will say, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”

It is because of God’s love, His grace, and His mercy that we can be saved, that we can be born again into His family. For God’s people it is true, “as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people.” Amen.

Pastor Mike

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