You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
24 The earth ['erets] is given [nathan] into the hand [yad] of the
wicked [rasha`]: he covereth [kacah] the faces [paniym] of the
judges [shaphat] thereof; if not, where ['ephow], and who is he? KJV-Interlinear
24 'The earth is given into the
hand of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then
who is it? NASB
If you have ever wondered why this world is so screwed
up, so unfair, so ridiculously organized and run, then here is the answer. The wicked here, is in the singular and is a
reference to Satan.
6 And the devil said to Him, 'I will give You all this
domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to
whomever I wish. NASB
God gave the world to the wicked, but he gives heaven
to the righteous.
In our current world, those who believe in Christ and
advance to spiritual maturity, will more likely be rendered invisible as far as
running things in this world is concerned.
Perhaps occasionally someone will come along whom God will elevate to a
position of authority, but generally speaking, the rulers of the world are not
Wickedness is only interested in itself. Wickedness has no destiny. Wickedness therefore has to force itself into
positions of power and authority in order to have anything.
Whether that wickedness is from Satan, or a
dissatisfied spouse trying to get their way, or hyper-competitive social
climbers, makes no difference. Wicked is
wicked and while it lives within the world, its natural drive tendency is to
get its way at any cost.
'Covering the faces of judges,' means that anyone who
lacks a spiritual life, which will include unbelievers, and out of fellowship
believers, will be unable to see truth.
When one cannot see truth, then bad decisions are inevitable.
Many years ago, my family went on vacation and went on
a tour of some giant caves. During the
tour, the guides turned down the lights and it became really dark. You could not see your own nose. Anyone in that cave without light, would have
no reference points with which to know where they were, let alone know which
way to go. Getting disoriented and lost
would be automatic.
That is the nature of the spiritually dysfunctional
life. There are no walls to be used as a
guide, no floor, no roof, nothing but ones own sin nature. And the sin nature has only one objective -
The greatest examples of this principle can be found
in watching the lives of politicians and celebrities, if only because they are
the ones in the news more than any of the rest of us. Their lives run the gamut from the bizarre to
the ridiculous, with a whole lot of circus in between.
There are two different categories of truth -
spiritual truth and academic truth.
Academic truth ultimately comes from the source of the spiritual, but
the academic is something that every human being can learn and understand.
In order to see spiritual truth, you need to have a
human spirit. You have to believe in
Christ before receiving your human spirit.
Gods communication of spiritual phenomena comes to you by way of the
Holy Spirit's communication, through your human spirit when you are in
fellowship, and is then transferred down into the soul when you accept that
This is how the temple or fortress, or what ever you
wish to call it, is constructed within your soul.
When you are out of fellowship, then this
communication process is disconnected.
It is kind of like having your link to the internet disconnected when
you turn off your modem or unplug your network plug. Your computer is still functioning, but you
are off line.
While off line, you cannot get anything from the
internet. When out of fellowship, then
your spiritual life is off line and you cannot get anything from God.
Within your own world and separated from God, then the
natural forces of evil operate uninterrupted and things leave the reasonable
and rational, and move into the ridiculous and worse. Even academic truth becomes distorted.
The wicked prosper.
The wicked celebrate their victories over truth, which seems rather odd
because when truth is defeated then you are in effect destroying yourself. The wicked strive for notoriety among the
wicked. The blind leading the blind, in
The wicked give each other prizes, awards, and
recognitions for their efforts. The
wicked work and hustle to re-write the principles of truth and strive to get
everyone to follow their new set of regulations and standards for life.
History is full of examples of humanity spreading out
to the four corners of the world searching for new frontiers in order to escape
the persecutions and hardships that humanity has placed on its own kind. But, even that migration will come to an end
when the frontiers run out, when truth finally succumbs to the popularity of
wickedness, and finally when mans time on this earth also runs out.
Who is in charge of all of this? Who is running the show? Who is ultimately responsible for all that
goes on? Who controls history?
Jesus Christ controls history.
Buddha struggled with what he called his corrupt
desires that produce sin, and tried to make his own way up an eight-fold path
to conscious escape. What happened to
him? He died. Mohammed could only come up with a plan that
would excite a desert wanderer.
Confucius could only come up with some cute sayings after analyzing the
society around him. None of these had
any real answers to life, only observations of things that they could not
Jesus Christ controls history. As God, He controls history in three
ways. First is through His direct
control. He created the universe. The second, is indirectly through the laws of
establishment. The third method of
controlling history, is through His permissive will. God allows people to make their own decisions
and whether right or wrong, they can gain or lose by means of their own hands.
For now, the world belongs to Satan. His will and his pattern of thought run
rampant through humanity. He has tried
to build empires, he has tried to destroy through epidemics, he has tried to
re-write and substitute Gods principles of truth, with his own. We see a lot of this last effort in the
arrogance of the liberal mindset and through the cowardice and
self-righteousness of the conservative mindset.
The wicked have the world for now. Let them have it. When they defeat truth, let them celebrate. Jesus Christ controls history. One day soon, He will pull the massive lever,
which runs history, and all of Christianity will vanish from the face of the
earth. In that moment, the wicked will
have it all to themselves.
For many thousands of years now, truth has really been
the source for preserving human history.
When wickedness gets to have it all, they will bring humanity to the
brink of extinction in under seven years.
Where will their celebration be then?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.