Tuesday, March 26, 2013

the sovereign sickbed‏ and the divine deathbed

Isaiah 38:1b

And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.”

We will all die.
None of us will escape it.

Because of sin, we die.
Because of our individual sin, we die individually.

"Set your house in order."

Hezekiah was given the grace of God in that he was provided a sickbed. Hezekiah had a place from which he could reflect on days gone by and look forward in fear to days to come. We are not guaranteed this period of sober recollection. God does not grant everyone the opportunity to reflect upon His mercy with eternity laid out before them.

Know this: you will die and not recover.

Sin is a sickness more severe than our ability to remedy.

We will die.
You will die.
Sooner than you think.

"Set your house in order."

Psalm 2:10-12

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

"Set your house in order."

Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.

2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.

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