From dirt-rolling, ultra lament to screaming apprehension, God’s holiness does a number on our wretchedness.
Remember that? I find that comical.
I also find it comical when someone like Dan Barker suggests that he’ll rail on God when he gets the chance.
Strange positions for people who supposedly don’t believe in God.
Naturally, unregenerate people aren’t going to share the biblical view of God or His holiness. Or their wretchedness.
So, in that vein, I’m kicking Monday off right by sharing narratives from the Bible that demonstrate what our true response will be when we stand before God–whether in this life or the next.
Because of this I must lament and wail, I must go barefoot and naked; I must make a lament like the jackals. And a mourning like the ostriches. Micah 1:8
But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” Exodus 33:20
But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” Luke 5:8
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ Luke 18:13
and I said, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, for our iniquities have risen above our heads and our guilt has grown even to the heavens. Ezra 9:6
Then I said, ”Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.
And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire This is the second death, the lake of fire.
And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15
Tell me: Do these passages humble you, stir your heart or…make you want to vomit? Does your skin crawl when I use the word “wretched”? Can you think of any passages I’m missing?
I look forward to hearing from you. Brutal and all.