1 Why do the heathen [gowy] rage, [ragash] and the people [laom] imagine [hagah] a vain thing [riyq]? KJV-Interlinear
are the nations in an uproar, And the peoples devising
a vain thing? NASB
The Old Testament pattern
depicts two national groups.There is
the nation of God, and the nations, which are not of God.
Those who are the nation
of God are those peoples who make up the nation which consists of peoples who
have chosen God through and by means of, His policy, mandates and principles,
namely faith in His (the Fathers) chosen ruler, savior, and son (Jesus Christ).
Those who have rejected
God and His truth, are typically referred to as
gentiles, heathen, or simply the nations (plural). The nations are referred to in the plural
because there are many philosophies, beliefs, cults, and religions by which
they pursue deity but of course never find it because they are looking in the
wrong place (their own invented faith). One cannot invent truth from ones own
imagination.Facts must match up with
And since when a person
looks and looks and looks for something and keeps on looking in the wrong
places, then never finding it, they become frustrated, fearful, panicked, and
enraged over their failure.
Truth is always before
them, but their stubbornness continues to reject truth, and drives them further
and further in the wrong direction, which of course results in continued
The chosen of God find
God through faith, a very simply thing.
nations try and try and try and work themselves into a lather, to no benefit,
thus hatred enters into the picture. Hatred against God for not recognizing their efforts (which is from
arrogance), and for accepting others (believers) who do virtually nothing
(faith) and acquire His favor (grace).
Heathen is a reference to
those who have rejected God, truth, Christ and doctrine.
Imagine, 'hagah,’ comes from the invention of ones
own self.People invent religion. People invent cults. People invent philosophies that are intended
to replace truth.And there is only one
truth.It is impossible to have two
truths when one contradicts the other.
Truth matches perfectly,
facts with reality.Lies cannot do
that.Invention cannot do that. Pretense cannot do that. Indifference cannot do that.
Any attempt to create an
alternative truth, always fails and frustration sets in, then rage at ones
Satan lays the pattern
for this attitude and result.Satan
rages over and over, again, and again. He wishes to be like the most high (God the Father). Even Satan attempts to approach the Father by
bypassing the Son.Satan rejects the
Arrogance rejects Gods
plan and attempts to approach the Father by means of its own merit. This is the key and very reason that the
divine plan demands that all who approach God, must approach through the
Son.Any other method is rejected.
All religion, all
philosophies, all cults, seek deity directly by skirting around the Son. And sin cannot approach perfection until it
is cleansed and removed (something that only the Son can accomplish). Sin cannot fix itself. Someone else has to fix it.
Jesus Christ accomplishes
the defeat of sin and death in His work on the Cross.
Rejection of that very important
principle of truth, ends up in the inability to find truth, and therefore ends
up in frustration, panic in not accomplishing eternal life, and therefore rage.
own efforts are not rewarded, but cursed. Only the work of Christ is efficacious. Therefore, rage results when ones efforts (from the imagination and
invention in arrogance) are totally rejected.
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