A Committee of Correspondence

A Committee of Correspondence

Pleading

Hammer away, ye hostile hands!
Your hammers break.
God’s Anvil stands!

Inscription on the monument
of the Huguenots of Paris

Our cousin was beautiful. Intelligent. Creative. Willful. She had only just graduated. Her entire adult life was waiting for her, filled with promise and potential; and she was eager to lay claim to everything she had always dreamed of doing. Nothing and no one could stop her now.

Her mother had tried. She had instructed. Reasoned. Urged. Pleaded. But nothing could dissuade her daughter. No matter what our aunt said or did, she had never found a way to breach the citadel of rebellion in her daughter’s heart.

Our aunt’s pleas and her daughter’s defiance were still echoing in our aunt’s mind, when the phone call came. Our cousin had not lived long enough to learn that there are laws at work in this world that are far stronger than her own willfulness.

Our mother spent two days sitting beside our aunt as she lay upon her bed. No sobs ever escaped our aunt’s lips. But from her eyes poured an unending flood of silent heart-broken tears.

When our mother recalled those days beside her grief-stricken sister-in-law, even decades later, tears would well in her own eyes and she would softly say, “I think that is the saddest thing that I have ever seen.”

“God’s Anvil” in that inscription from the Huguenots of Paris monument that we cited at the top of this post has been frequently referred to as representing God’s Word — the Holy Bible. It can just as easily represent God’s Law and God’s Will. There is, as far as we can tell, no distinction among the three. God’s Word is God’s Will and God’s Law. God’s Word, Will and Law are also Truth and Light.

Anvils, during Bible times, were made from iron. Iron, of course, is known for its strength and durability. Breaking iron isn’t usually at the top of anyone’s to-do list each and every morning. In addition to strength and durability, one of iron’s less well-known properties is that iron is used as a STANDARD for CALIBRATION because it is so CONSISTENT.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is portrayed as coming to rule with a “rod of iron” (Revelation 2:26-28, Revelation 12:4-6, Revelation 19:14-16) during His Millennial Reign on Earth. His Millennial Reign will begin after the Tribulation and last for 1000 years (hence the name) and will be a period of peace and joy and prosperity. Christians are looking forward to it.

Almost everyone is familiar with the 23rd Psalm, but for those who are not, it goes like this:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

In that beloved Psalm, God is portrayed as the both the Good Shepherd and the Perfect Host. We, His children, are the sheep He shepherds and the guests He hosts so bountifully.

Being a sheep is one of the few roles we, personally, feel comfortable performing. Sheep are not known for their blinding brilliance or creativity. They are known for following their Shepherd, trusting Him to lead them where He wants them to go and meeting every one of their needs along the way. In the case of our Good Shepherd, He meets our needs ABUNDANTLY; and the Way, the path of righteousness in which He leads us for His Name’s sake, brings us eventually to Heaven, to Eternal Life with Him. All we, the sheep, have to do is exchange our will for His will and TRUST HIM.

Sheep are, also, not known for their courage. But we aren’t portrayed as chickens — that’s God’s mercy at work, right there.

The verse that goes: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Well, there’s that rod of iron. They, the rod and the staff, are a comfort to us. Why? Because of the One Who holds them. He uses them to protect us and to provide for us.

Like iron, in the Bible, a rod is also used as a standard of measurement. So, God’s iron rod is a standard He has set that is strong, durable, consistent and unbreakable. God’s Word. God’s Law. God’s Will. They are all the rod of iron.

Free will was God’s idea. He gave it to all the beings He created — people and angels, alike. As far as we know, only rarely has He used His sovereignty to over-rule a person’s will, as, for example, when He hardened Pharaoh’s heart prior to the exodus of God’s chosen people from Egypt. But Pharaoh was a lost cause anyway; and if anyone can recognize a lost cause, it would be God Who, alone, can see the motives of our hearts.

The ignorant, the immature and the rebellious frequently question: “If there is a loving God, why is there evil (or “bad things”– sometimes they don’t believe in evil, either) in the world?” Well, there is their answer. It’s because God gave each and every one of us free will and we are allowed to choose what we will do next. Often, our choice is evil (or “bad,” if you will). We do NOT choose wisely or well.

How do we know? Well, what seems like a thousand years ago, when we were in high school, one of the “How to Teach Relativism On The Sly” lesson plans making the rounds then was actual class discussion time spent on this burning question: “If you were invisible, would you steal?”

Think that’s a tough question? Try one of these: Have you EVER stolen? Have you EVER lied? Have you EVER wanted what your neighbor had while wishing he had nothing? Have you EVER given serious consideration to committing adultery? Has there EVER been anyone you would like to murder?

Answering “yes” to even one of those questions means that you, like us, have failed to live a perfect life. Just as we know we have failed, we know you have, too. As the Bible states: “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

God gave us 10 commandments (Exodus 20, among other places) so that we would learn that when God created this universe and everything in it, He also created the LAWS that govern the universe. These laws include physical laws — like Gravity, Inertia, the relationship between Energy and Mass, Laws of Thermodynamics, etc. — and MORAL LAWS, as well. As we said before, the moral laws (God’s Anvil and God’s Rod of Iron) are all contained in the Holy Bible, the Word of God. AND God has written them on our hearts, as well. (Note: The Bible makes VERY interesting reading. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. As a very wise woman once told us, “The Bible does a LOT of good.” Reading the Bible, thinking about the precepts taught there, and spending time in prayer talking with and getting to know the Lord and His will is the most precious time in the life of any Christian.)

To break one of God’s moral laws is to sin. God is Holy. He cannot tolerate sin. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:22 ) — Eternal Death and torment in a lake of fire. It’s also known as “going to Hell.”

But God knows us — He formed us in our mothers’ wombs — and He loves us, so He offers us the Perfect Gift that will make us Holy and allow us to come before Him justified (“just as if I had” never sinned). He did this once and for all when He became one of us — a Man — A Perfect Sinless Man, Jesus Christ, and suffered death upon the cross.

When we exercise our free will to choose to believe that Jesus died in our place when He took our sins upon Himself and died upon the cross, then we are pardoned. We are justified. But not by anything we have done or failed to do. “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:22-23)

When we choose to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, His will becomes our will. We no longer break our hammers on God’s Anvil. Instead, we stand within the protection of His iron rod.

As we said in our previous posts, God is angry. Like our aunt, God has instructed. Reasoned. Urged. Pleaded. But there are many whose lives are filled with defiance and whose hearts are citadels of rebellion against God’s Law, God’s Word, and God’s Will. They are hammering away and God’s sheep are endangered.

For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

Isaiah 66:16

When God PLEADS smart folks listen.

God’s rod of iron will protect His sheep. The ignorant, the immature and the rebellious will be given one more chance this side of the Tribulation. So, . . .

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Isaiah 55


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