BTS PASTORAL LETTER 6 April 2020
Text: Psalm 9:15-17
15 The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
16 The Lord is known by the judgment He executes;
The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.
17 The wicked shall be turned into hell,
And all the nations that forget God.
OBSERVATION AND INTERPRETATION
1. The nations
a) A reference to Gentile nations
b) These were hostile to Israel
2. More specifically
a) The wicked people
b) The wicked were known by their evil activities
i) They dig pits that others may fall in
ii) This is what hunters do in trapping animals
iii) Sometimes they laid nets
iv) Their wicked hands keep seeking evil activities
3. What would God do?
a) Natural justice
i) The wicked will end up harming themselves
ii) They will fall into their own traps
b) Divine justice
i) God will deal with them if they were unrepentant
ii) God will give them the justice they deserve
iii) They will perish and be sent to hell
APPLICATION TO LIFE AND MINISTRY
1. Attitude to the wicked
a) Never fear the wicked
b) Never resort to wickedness to deal with wicked people
2. Trust in the Lord
a) That He is the Judge
b) That He will punish those who are wicked and unrepentant
3. Walking in the fear of the Lord
a) Let us guard our hearts so that we will not be inclined to evil
b) Let us grow an even stronger faith and spirit!
Pastor Charles Tan