“Let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains, and let them which are in the midst of it depart out, and let not them that are in the countries enter there-into. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Luke 21:21-28.
And is it not interesting that as we go through the bible no one took the time to ask the question “Why do we have what is called bible prophecy, God’s wonderful grace and foreknowledge of the future?” And within the Christian community we are thrilled to have learned the things we did in bible studies when it comes to bible prophecy, but how many of us have ever asked the question presented. And again, how many of us understand the reason we have bible prophecy is for us to prepare for the return of Jesus Christ? On the part of the Christian, we are to ensure we are accomplishing the king’s will on the earth, and for the rebellious, it is an opportunity that he might repent and turn from his sins?”
Let us consider the citizen of Raman and how it relates to Psalm one and the blessed man because many years before the birth of Jesus Christ, Jeremiah prophesied that at the birth of Jesus Christ, and at a certain point after his birth, the mothers of Ramah would mourn for their children. But having received that prophecy, how many of the citizens of Ramah understood they were receiving Jeremiah’s prophecy so that they might escape the onslaught that was coming to the city of Ramah? If they had truly understood the prophecy and that was it given so that they might escape the wrath of Herod the king, they would have packed their bags and moved to another city and avoided Ramah because of what they had beforehand discovered in the law. But because they did not understand they were to prepare for the coming onslaught, the children of Ramah perished. “Thus, saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refusing to be comforted for her children, because they were not.” Jeremiah 31:15. The children of Ramah perished, it is recorded in history for us to confirm, and as an ensign to the people, the word of God was fulfilled, but only if the citizens of Ramah had understood the prophecy, they would have avoided the reality and death of their children.
Now in relation to reading Psalm one, it would have occurred to us that the righteous man took delight in the law of God, and as we go through the Psalm, it must have also caused us to wonder why. And that we might bring it to light, let us ask the question, “Why did the blessed man take so much pleasure meditating on the law of God day and night?” There is no doubt, he rejected the counsel of the ungodly, and because he did, it is said that he is a blessed man. And we know he is a blessed man, not because he is righteous by nature, or on account of him obeying the moral law of God, but because he believed God’s word because the law in his hands was not the moral law of God but God’s instruction or blueprint for his life.
It is then clear because of what he had come to discover within the law of God, the blessed man rejected the counsel of the ungodly because he had discovered within the law of God he had all that was needed for him to survive the coming judgment, unlike the citizens of Ramah who had beforehand failed to recognize the prophecy of Jeremiah was God’s graceful instruction to leave the city of Ramah. And because he was truthful about his condition, the fact he was a sinner and man who was a part of a government in rebellion against the government of Christ, a government God had cursed and against whom God has pronounced judgment. The blessed man took delight in the law provided; God’s grace revealing how he can escape with his life. The blessed man understood we were born in sin and are a people in rebellion against God, and because of this reality were facing a penalty. God was in the right to punish humanity for its rebellion against his authority and throne, and committing this rebellion against God’s throne, we are sentenced to death. And having this position, and upon receiving God’s law, which is God’s instruction and blueprints for the future. The blessed man rejected the counsel of the ungodly, and with a diligent heart began to study the instruction of God on how to escape the coming judgment. And because both the righteous and the ungodly man had received the law of God according to the Psalm, it is revealed everyone can become a blessed man.
However, not because of good deeds done were we going to escape the judgment of God, but because we acted upon receiving the law. Doing what is good after the fact of rebelling against God which is a crime punishable by death, doing good would not have qualified us as worthy to have access to God’s kingdom, instead, God was being gracious to us, and being gracious to us shared with us the blueprint of escape that we might prepare for the coming hour. But because he chose to reject the law of God, the ungodly man became chaff in the wind. Both men according to Psalm one was sinners exposed to God’s wrath and penalty. The whole world is sentenced to death on account of Adam. But upon receiving the law of God, the blessed man acted, and so saved his life, and was blessed as a result. He saved himself by trusting in the Lord, Psalms 37:3-4 “Trust in the LORD and do good, so shalt thou remain in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of your heart.” And instead of falling for the temptations around him as he looked on at the ungodly prospering in his wickedness, and because his greatest desire was to live. The blessed man stood firm in the Lord, although facing hardship, and because he looked to God for his provisions, he was cared for during the times of great distress that falls upon mankind. And because he had taken the opportunity provided in the law, prepared himself for the day of vengeance.
The blessed man did what was good and just in the eyes of God, which was to obey the law or instruction of God revealed, and because he was diligent in character toward God, he survived the coming judgment and was fed by God as he endured the storm of God’s wrath. And because he was faithful to the law and had delighted himself in the word and instruction of God, he was able to endure the drought that came upon the land in the form of God’s wrath like a tree planted by rivers of water.
2 Peter 3:10-14 reads, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless, we according to His promise look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” And looking into the law of God that he might know the mind of God, the blessed man counts the prophecy revealed to him a blessing as he prepares for the coming season of wrath.