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Privileges & Responsibilities

Therefore the LORD was angry with his people
and abhorred his inheritance.
He gave them into the hands of the nations,
and their foes ruled over them.
Psalms 106:40-41

A well-known phrase that who knows why, of all possible sources, came out of the famous comic Spider Man (Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben said it), says: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Another way of saying it is: “A great privilege implies a great responsibility.” Regardless of where this phrase comes from, it is the whole truth and it is something that we must take into account at all times. The people of Israel received without deserving it, the greatest privilege that God could bestow upon any nation. They and they only were called “my people” by God. Despite their stubbornness and obstinacy, God treated them with grace and mercy at all times. However, Israel failed to appreciate the great privilege that came with being God’s chosen people and they maintained an attitude of rebellion and discontent towards their heavenly Father. God is love but he is also justice and truth, and as a loving father who disciplines his children, he put them under the dominion of pagan empires, who exercised over the people of God a fierce rule.

We, as children of God, must learn from these lessons brought to us by the word of God. Remember that these things happened “to serve as examples and were written for our warning, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.” [1] Let us not imitate the bad example of the people of Israel, which by their stubbornness and rebellion were subjected to the discipline of God. Let us serve God with obedience and humility and let us always practice justice and compassion for our neighbors. To God alone be the glory!

[1] 1 Corinthians 10:11

Peace and Justice

I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.
Psalms 45:17

Everyone craves peace and justice. The only problem is that the peace and justice that we all crave is the one that concerns us exclusively. That is, while I have peace and satisfy my personal desire for justice I will be content and indifferent to whether others are enjoying the same privileges or not. The problem is not lack of peace or justice. The problem is the selfishness with which we treat everything around us and anything that has to do with our lives. That is reason we are always ready to claim our rights and feel very annoyed when an injustice is committed against us but we do look the other way when injustice is committed on somebody else, especially if that somebody is deprived and cannot defend himself. Our concept of justice is exclusivist and accommodating, totally adapted to our personal interests. That is why the world will never know peace or have full justice until the Lord Jesus Christ reigns over all the earth and anyone who opposes him is just eliminated.

It is our responsibility as children of God to promote the ethical and moral principles of the gospel message. The Kingdom of God has its charter and the text of this document we can find in the Sermon on the Mount. The word of God contains everything you need to establish, at least around us and within our sphere of influence, the justice and peace we all crave. All that is required is obedience to the word of God and placing our faith in Jesus Christ alone, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Do you want to see peace and justice in your life? Start at your intimate circle and expand the application of the principles available in God’s word to all your sphere of influence. This way you will be testifying to the presence of Christ in your heart and you’ll be announcing the name of God to all generations. To God alone be the glory!


May his name endure forever;
may it continue as long as the sun.
Then all nations will be blessed through him,
and they will call him blessed.
Psalm 72:17

Given the poor and complicated state of today’s affairs a lot of people are hoping that this system is ended and that the golden age that will be the millennium comes once and for all . The time when this will happen is very close but we will never be able to establish exactly when because “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” [1] At that time the world will enjoy peace like it has never had except for the time before the fall of man. To begin with , the enemy of God and humanity will be bound for a thousand years with heavy chains that will keep him from doing what he does best: to deceive and destroy. As was noted by the prophet Zechariah, at that time “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.”[2]

But for mankind to enjoy this incomparable blessing it must first declare Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives, something that many prefer not to do out of mere fear and ignorance or because of simple skepticism. People are so used to being deceived that everybody doubts the truth and believes all kind of lies, blindly and with astonishing ease . No wonder, since they are slaves to deceit. Let us carry  the glorious message of the gospel of God to all parts of the world within our reach. Irrespective of how much they try, people will not enter this era of peace and joy unless they do it through the Lord Jesus; and although many have heard of him, few have had a personal encounter, face to face and heart to heart with him. Share this message of hope with everyone you know so that they too have a chance to enter the millennial kingdom. To God alone be the glory!

[1] Matthew 24:36
[2] Zechariah 8:12 & 9:17

Today’s word for June 22, 2011

So he swore to them with uplifted hand
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
make their descendants fall among the nations
and scatter them throughout the lands.
Psalms 106:26-27

One of the most striking examples of disobedience and ingratitude that I am aware of is the attitude shown by the people of Israel after they escaped, with the help and protection of God, from the slavery Pharaoh imposed on them. Once the painful burden of the activity required to make the huge amount of bricks needed to meet the aggressive construction plans of the king was removed from their shoulders, they were not able to understand or handle the freedom that God had provided. After four centuries of servitude, the transition to liberty was too hard to assimilate and they were struck by confusion. The consequences were severe. All that generation that left Egypt was buried in the wilderness and none of them managed to set foot on the land God had promised, and not because God had broken his promise, but because of their disobedience and contempt for God’s instructions, attitude that brought disgrace to their lives. Today we see many who behave in the same way these unfortunates did when they rejected God’s blessings.

Are you wishing to return to the state where you were before knowing the Lord Jesus? Is your life full of ingratitude and complaints against him who has given you everything you are, you do and you have? Have you raised dumb idols to honor and devote all your attention to them? ¿Do you underestimate the wonderful plan God has prepared for you? Do you complain constantly about everything and for nothing? We must be careful not to become obstacles to the fulfillment of God’s plan. If we stand in the path of God’s purposes we will be hit with the force of a heavy locomotive at full speed. Let us be grateful and obedient to God all the time and in every occasion. This attitude will be of great benefit to us, both materially and spiritually. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for April 15, 2011

May grain abound throughout the land;
on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
and thrive like the grass of the field.
Proverbs 72:16

Although throughout history some nations have experienced good times ─nothing permanent, never there has been general and thorough prosperity in every corner of the globe. Always the financial health of any nation or empire has been achieved by exercising control and mastery of the riches of other nations or empires, which obviously end up in an economically disadvantaged position because of having to meet the demands and needs of the dominant power. Empires and powerful nations that yesterday dominated today are not as powerful as they were and other nations now take their place. A balance where everyone benefits equally from the riches of the planet has never been achieved. And despite all the lofty speeches heard in economic summits, no country is seeking the general welfare of the world but their own.

God has promised that in the future, hopefully very soon, the earth will experience a general well-being as it never has been known, where all nations will prosper, without distinction of climate, latitude, land, races, industrial capacity, agricultural and mineral resources, transport routes, availability of water or access to sources of energy. To participate in this bonanza it will be imperative that all nations subject themselves to the dominion and government of He who will come as conquering King to impose order, justice and prosperity on all of the earth. With great hope we await that moment in which all nations shall bless each other, every knee shall bow before the King of kings and all of us will consider ourselves blessed. We wait with much optimism for the return of our beloved Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. To God alone be the glory!