Man's Sinfulness as Contrasted with God's Infinite Perfections, Man's sinfulness as contrasted with God's infinite perfections. The rock smitten in the wilderness furnishes the additional idea of: Apply throughout to Christ, the Rock on which his Church is built (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 2:11), the smitten Savior (1 Corinthians 10:4; 1 John 5:6), the spiritual Refuge and Salvation of his people (Romans 8:1, 34-39). Would you be like God? 2. Deuteronomy 6: 12-15. His penetrating and transcendently perfect inspection of moral good and evil (Isaiah 3:8; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Revelation 1:14). How to avoid a spiritual drought. The wisdom of his counsel (Isaiah 40:13). If He have a hand in our work, yet these imperfect works are perfect in regard of Him; as we have a hand in His perfect works, yet His perfect works are imperfect in regard of us. HIS DEALINGS WITH MEN SHOW IT. Even so it is here: if we look on the day alone, the light of it being perpetual would weary us, the night alone would be more so; but the interchange of them is pleasant. 4. THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY. Justice of God Our God is a just God Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV) He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. By all means embrace the Word, and be satisfied with it, when you do not comprehend His work; it teaches as much in general as may put us to quietness. These attributes do not in reality belong to it. 5. If God be a God of truth, and faithful in performing His promise, then here is a firm foundation for our hope and trust. Rock is not everlasting, moveless, abiding, etc. Let us consider the majesty and power of the justice of God as the guardian attribute of all the other excellencies of Divinity. He has a providential and redemptive plan, complete in all its details; having no need for after-thoughts, and not requiring reconstruction or amendment. God is rock, in virtue of: 1. HIS COMMANDMENTS TO MEN PROVE IT. Whence: 7. Day and night together make a distinct language of God's praise. Let us propound to ourselves the truth of God for our pattern and imitation. 3. 4. ROCK A NATURAL IMAGE OF DIVINE ATTRIBUTES. 2. The rectitude of his government (Psalm 145:17). In this view, justice must be contemplated as rising out of the very existence of Deity. 4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. If I do not comprehend how it is, no wonder, for He makes darkness His covering; He spreads over His most curious pieces of workmanship a veil of darkness for a season. Halloween. 2. "The Alps and Andes are but millions of atoms till thought combines them, and stamps on them the conception of the everlasting hills. HIS OWN WORD SHOWS IT (Jeremiah 9:24; Psalm 19:9; Psalm 145:17; Acts 17:31). 5. ROCK A NATURAL IMAGE OF WHAT, IN VIRTUE OF HIS ATTRIBUTES, GOD IS TO HIS PEOPLE. II. If any man turn from his iniquity, and flee unto My Son as the City of Refuge, he shall live. We are to consider God, not only as the Maker and Preserver of men, but as their Governor also. A God of faithfulness without injustice, righteous and upright is He. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. It is, in some respects, a consequence of the general rectitude of the Divine Being and of some other particular excellencies of God. (l) "Deus veritas", Pagninus, Montanus. IV. This confidence in the Divine nature itself; in Jehovah's absolute truth and equity; in His unerring rectitude and all-wise faithfulness — this is the supreme resting place. The ocean, wave behind wave, is only great when the spirit has breathed into it the idea of immensity. To understand the Divine plan or speak of it aright, we must wait till then. Isaiah 32:2). perverse and crooked generation not his children, their spot - has become corrupt towards him, διέφθειραν πρὸς αὔτον οὐχ οἱυἱοι τὸ σύνολον, peccaverunt ei et non filii ejus in sordibus, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. 3. Who can sufficiently estimate the preciousness of deliverance from the wrath to come by the sufferings and blood of Jesus, the Son of God? 4. His works are perfect in relation to the end to which He appointed them. 1. Justice exists necessarily and infinitely in the glorious Godhead. Is not this complete mercy? The immutability of his purpose (Psalm 33:11; Isaiah 46:10). And which is worse, how bold are we to censure His and absolve our own! 5. 4. Rock is thus more than rock - its awfulness, grandeur, immovability, everlastingness, strength, are born of spiritual conceptions. God is just in punishing disobedience to His holy law. THE NATURE OF THIS GLORIOUS JUSTICE AND OF ITS EXERCISE RESPECTING GOOD AND EVIL. There is a general importance in all moral good and evil, even in their most ordinary and tranquil movements; for they are the acts of a creature endowed with the natural image of the great God, to whom also these acts and qualities have an ultimate reference. The omnipotence of his might (Daniel 4:35). A shadow from the heat (cf. Nature abounds in shadows of the spiritual. The faithfulness of his Word (Psalm 119:89, 90). It is utterly impossible that a being holy, good, and wise as the Deity should be indifferent to the actions of His creatures, or that having given a law for their guidance, He should be indifferent as to the measure of their obedience to it. Take heed. 6. 3. The image is not an arbitrary one. It means that He will execute His whole law; that He will fulfil His word, and render to everyone according to his works. Let us think of the aspect and procedure of this great Judge against moral evil, by rejection, disapprobation, and vengeance.Application —. Deuteronomy 33. And on the other hand, whosoever continueth in sin, though he appear to himself and others never so righteous, shall not he die in his iniquity? Deuteronomy 32:4. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. To them He declares Himself to be eminently holy and just; that He will by no means clear the guilty, and that He will finally render to every man according to the things he has done. Rev. It is what the mind puts into the objects of its survey which makes them what they are. The Scripture doth very frequently attribute this to God (2 Samuel 7:28; Psalm 25:10; Psalm 31:5; Revelation 3:7; Revelation 6:10; Psalm 15:3; Psalm 16:7). 4. Are you in love? Chosen and Holy. In it the singer finds the strongest ground for rebuke, remonstrance, and reproach to the people. Oh, how imperfect are they! In review of the things spoken on this subject, the glorious justice of Jehovah, it is of importance to notice the place which this excellency holds among the other perfections of Deity. God is the true Rock, the other is the image. Moral good and evil are opposite qualities of such creatures, as to their dispositions and actions. We clothe the natural object with shadowy attributes of Deity. V. THE NECESSITY OF HIS VERY NATURE SHOWS IT. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. How contrary to this whole doctrine of the justice of God is that spirit of frivolous, presumptuous ease and gaiety which generally reign in the world! He is the Rock, His work is perfect; all His ways are just. So God has set prosperity and adversity the one over against the other; one of them, it may be, seems imperfect; nay, but it is a perfect work that is made up of both. Often we purpose well, and resolve perfectly, but our practice is a cripple — execution of it is maimed and imperfect; but all His works are carved out and done just as He designed them, without the least alteration; and, if it had not been well, would He have thought on it so and resolved it beforehand? Entertain this thought in your heart, that He hath done all well; let not your secret thoughts so much as call them in question. A new generation of Israelites had grown up during the nation's 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. His approbation of moral good, and His complacency and delight therein. 6. 1. 2. Matthew 7:24). 4. ◄Deuteronomy 32:4 ► He is the Rock, His work is perfect; all His ways are just. If God be a God of truth, then this gives us assurance that He doth not deceive us, that the faculties which He hath given us are not false, but when they have clear perceptions of things, they do not err and mistake. His honouring and rewarding moral goodness. They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation. But the most affecting display of Divine justice was made in the sufferings and death of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. III. These things are necessary to the existence of either moral good or moral evil. And as the Scripture assures us of His sincerity, He of His truth and faithfulness in the accomplishment of His predictions and performance of His promises.I come now to the last thing I proposed, to make some use of this doctrine. Play Pause. The chief moral good and evil must be found in the dispositions and actions of the creature towards God Himself. If you would, then, look upon God's work aright, look at it in the sanctuary's light, and you shall say, "He hath done all well.". I. Is there any iniquity in this, that he receive the wages of his works, that he eat of the fruit of his own ways, and drink of his own devices? 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