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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|NOVEMBER 2, 2014
TIM VAN RYN
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“…the way of transgressors is hard.” (Prov. 13:15b)
If proof were needed that the way of transgressors is hard, we would only need to
pick out a daily newspaper at random and we would find plenty of illustrations. I did
that just as an experiment and here are the results:
A Nazi war criminal who had escaped detection and capture in South America for 35
years committed suicide. The fear of trial and probable execution made further living
A 74 year old man was kidnapped at gunpoint by three men who demanded $90,000
ransom from his son. The son is a reputed drug dealer, currently fleeing from police
and federal drug agents.
A member of the U. S. House of Representatives was expelled from the House for
accepting a bribe in return for a promise to grant a political favor. It appears that his
ouster from Congress will be permanent.
Afghan rebels continue to battle invading Russian troops. The newspaper article
does not mention the fact that the government of Afghanistan had previously
bulldozed the only Christian church building in the country. Could the Russian
invasion be divine retribution?
A police captain falsely reported that his car had been stolen. He hoped to collect
insurance on it. He had been considered an outstanding officer and was likely to be
tapped for police chief one day. Now he has been dropped from the force and awaits
a criminal investigation.
Sometimes we, like the Psalmist, are tempted to envy the wicked. It seems that the
world is their oyster and everything works out well for them. But we forget that they
reap an inevitable harvest of guilt, shame and fear of exposure. Often they become
victims of blackmail and extortion. They fear for their own lives and the lives of their
family members. They have to maintain elaborate and expensive protection systems.
They face the prospect of arrest, costly litigation and fines or imprisonment. Life
becomes a nightmare instead of the dream for which they had hoped.
One man who had learned the lesson well said to Sam Jones, the preacher, with deep
conviction, “I know one verse of Scripture and I know that one is true: ‘The way of
transgressors is hard.’” He had proved that sin’s built-in consequences are
inescapable and extremely unpleasant.
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1917-2007
Philip Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, November 23, 2014.
Phil and his wife Anne are the parents of four
grown children and they have nine grandchildren.
Their son Mark and his wife Karen served as
missionaries in Vienna, Austria for many years.
Philip serves as an elder and Sunday school
teacher of one of our adult elective classes. He
and Anne have fellowshipped at Grace Bible
Chapel since the mid 1950s.