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7 October 2021

Proverbs 23:10-11

Do not move an ancient boundary stone
    or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Defender is strong;
    he will take up their case against you.

The wicked prey upon the weak and defenceless precisely because there seems to be little risk in doing so. They have little to no influence with the powers-to-be; they have no money to “buy” justice. They have no kin – at least kin who can do anything – to stand up for them.

But such persons do have an advocate to plead their cause, an advocate who never loses his case. Their advocate is their Redeemer who buys them, thus making their property his own. The crimes committed against them are crimes committed against him.

Judgment will be rendered against all perpetrators. Almost all will experience judgment in their earthly life; all will experience complete judgment after death. It is this second death that the Redeemer said to fear the most. However terrible the loss of physical life may be, it is the casting of a soul into hell that is the great horror, a judgment from which the wicked cannot escape.

The only hope of such escape is to recognize that one is poor and an orphan. It is to acknowledge that you are the neediest of all and the most wicked of all. For to make such confession now will result not in judgment, but in being bought by your Redeemer. Confess now. Repent now. By acknowledging that you are fatherless, you will find your Father and know your Redeemer.

 

Psalm 79

O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;
    they have defiled your holy temple,
    they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.
They have left the dead bodies of your servants
    as food for the birds of the sky,
    the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.
They have poured out blood like water
    all around Jerusalem,
    and there is no one to bury the dead.
We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
    of scorn and derision to those around us.

How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever?
    How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
Pour out your wrath on the nations
    that do not acknowledge you,
on the kingdoms
    that do not call on your name;
for they have devoured Jacob
    and devastated his homeland.

Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;
    may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
    for we are in desperate need.
Help us, God our Savior,
    for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
    for your name’s sake.
10 Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”

Before our eyes, make known among the nations
    that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.
11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
    with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times
    the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
    will praise you forever;
from generation to generation
    we will proclaim your praise.