Your Court date and Trial
By Norman Watson

Today’s Bible Teaching and the song is about our “Judgement” and “Trail.” I am taking some liberties here in this teaching, but the truth that God spoke to Isreal also applies to all of us.

In Isaiah 1:18 (CSB), we read, “Come, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are crimson red, they will be like wool.” He brings us to His court and says, “Come, let’s settle this,” while in court, the enemy and his followers begin to shout, “HE IS GUILTY!” but the Lord says, “Be silent before me, coasts and islands! And let peoples renew their strength. Let them approach; let them testify; let’s come together for the Trial. Isaiah 41:1 (CSB), the Lord commands them to shut their mouth and be silent! The Lord then tells the accuser to “Submit your case,” says the Lord. “Present your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.” Isaiah 41:21 (CSB) and Isaiah 43:26 (CSB) says “Remind me. Let’s argue the case together. Recount the facts so that you may be vindicated.”

“Listen to the Lord’s lawsuit, you mountains and enduring foundations of the earth, because the Lord has a case against his people, and he will argue it against Israel.” Micah 6:2, the Lord says that you are guilty but because I have already paid for your crime and died on the cross (John 3:16) I now offer you a pardon, I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like a mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22 (CSB), the Lord says, “I am the one,I sweep away your transgressions for my own sake and remember your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25 (CSB) The question is, will you receive His pardon and the conditions? If so, let’s pray Psalm 51:7 (CSB)”Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” and Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

Judge of the Secrets (By Dave Fournier)

O holy Judge, here is my heart
What can I say to You?
Where could I run, how could I hide?
Darkness is day to You
The heart of a man is a maze within
So, come, light the way, illuminate sin
Nothing’s concealed, all is revealed
Jesus, I yield to You

Judge of the secrets
Of the hearts of men
Here I surrender
And humbly repent
You’ve conquered my soul
Now be its defense
Judge of the secrets
Of the hearts of men

I was condemned under Your law
Rightly I stood accused
I felt my need, my conscience agreed
I was without excuse
So how can I judge the ones who fall?
I know in my heart I’m just like them all
I will confess: my righteousness
Jesus, must rest in You

O holy Judge, here is my heart
What can I say to You?
I will not run, I will not hide
I know I’m safe with You

Fearing the Right Person
By R.C. Sproul

Matthew 10:26–39 “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (v. 28).

The Son of God’s incarnation makes Him uniquely able to understand human frailties (Heb. 2:14–18). Jesus has walked “a mile in our shoes,” having chosen to put up with a lower status for a time without casting off any of His divine attributes (Phil. 2:5–11). Thus, Christ anticipates the worries we will have when persecuted for His name’s sake. He allays these fears in Matthew 10.

Many believers, our Lord knows, worry about what they will say if they are brought before an angry court because they are not eloquent speakers. Yet these disciples need not fear; the Father’s Spirit will give them the right words to say (vv. 19–20). Jesus is not teaching that we may neglect the study of His Word, He is promising that the Holy Spirit will show Himself strong in our weaknesses.

Christians across the ages have seen Him keep His pledge (Acts 4:1–13; 6:8–15).

Today’s passage further encourages us not to fear those who hate the Gospel. In Jesus’ day, Palestinian homes have flat roofs from which news is often proclaimed. Our Savior’s disciples need not worry about what will happen when they give His Word from the rooftops, that is, when they preach the Gospel boldly. Even if His people are maligned now, the truth will win out in the end and the goodness of His witnesses will be vindicated (Matt. 10:26–27).

Jesus’ sovereignty comforts us when the Gospel divides families. The Lord’s design in sending the Gospel includes its bringing of strife (vv. 34–39). However, though Christ brings the sword, He does not create the conflict. The peace Jesus offers comes on terms many refuse to accept. Strife comes not directly from the Lord’s hand, but from the response of secondary, human agents who hate Him and those who embrace the Gospel. Saying that He brings the sword is a Semitic way of attributing an indirect result of His mission to Himself even though He is not to blame for the outcome. Christ does not directly set family members against one another; those who reject the Lord are the culprits (Rom. 9:19–20).

Finally, the persecuted find greatest comfort in knowing whom to fear. Wicked men can only kill the body, but God destroys body and soul in hell (Matt. 10:28). Those who adore Him will rise, body and soul, to eternal life (Rev. 21).

Coram deo: Living before the face of God

John Chrysostom, one of the finest preachers in the early church, once declared, “Let the hope of the good things to come raise you up. For the true story of your testimony cannot be suppressed forever” (Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew, 34.1). Though we may face opposition and persecution now, we know that in the end all will be set right and the servants of Christ will be vindicated. Let this precious truth encourage you to stand firm for the Gospel.