Gems 2015 — July 14 Scripture Selection: Psalm 75-76

Uhmm….. I don’t know how this happened.  I’m pretty sure I posted this before I posted any other posts, as is my intent.  My apologies to anyone other than me confused by this. 

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

July 14 Scripture Selection: Psalm 75-76

Food for Thought: Ps. 75:7-8

Often when we think of a cup of wine, we think of celebrations and festivities of some sort. However, often times in the Bible, the cup refers to bitterness, hardship, and God’s wrath and judgment awaiting rebellious people, nations, Babylon, and the beast in the last days.

Jesus knew of such a cup. When faced with becoming sin (II Cor. 5:21) and taking on the judgment and punishment for all mankind on the cross, He prayed, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will (Mat. 26:39).” He drank of that bitter cup so that we would not have to.

Sadly, for those who refuse the salvation already paid for by Jesus, they will have to take the bitter cup of God’s judgment. Among them are those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark. Revelation 14:9-10 describes the cup of God’s indignation like this: “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”

Another cup of the “fierceness of His wrath” is given to Babylon after the cities of the nations fall due to great calamities all over the earth (Rev. 16:18-20), “having drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth having committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth having become rich through the abundance of her luxury (18:3).” Babylon is condemned, “For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her (Rev. 18:5-8).”

Until those prophecies come to pass, there is another, much more pleasant cup to drink from: the cup of salvation. Then we can avoid those others entirely. All we have to do is what the psalmist declares in Psalm 116:13: “I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” That’s the kind of cup that comes with great celebration.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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