The Vine and Strong Drink #16

the vine 16Psalm 75:6-10 ¶ For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.  For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.  But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

In this portion of  A Psalm or Song of Asaph, we can easily see the Lord’s anger is pictured as mixed wine poured out and drunk by the wicked.

When speaking about the wicked, Job said, “His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.”  In one of King David’s songs, he wrote that God had showed the people hard things: and had made them to drink the wine of astonishment.

When we drink way beyond the limit, we either get giddy, tired or belligerent and occasionally, all three.  If we have friends drinking with us, this can be a bad situation because feelings, even though they are suppressed by alcohol, get hurt. There are also scenario’s where we might not even remember what we have said or what we have done while in a drunken state.

However, here in this portion of King David’s song, he was not singing about people who had gotten drunk, but wicked people who would learn their lessons the hard way. As a result of their wicked ways, they would reap grievous punishments with no less horror and trembling, than men who are intoxicated with strong and stupefying drink. David said that all the wicked of the earth would drink from the dregs of the Lord’s anger.

Nevertheless, typical of King David, because he lived righteously in the eyes of God, he would sing praises forever to the God of Jacob.

According to the prophet Jeremiah, The LORD God of Israel, told him to take the wine cup of this fury at His hand, and cause all the nations, to whom Jeremiah was sent to drink it. The bold image of the cup of God’s wrath is mentioned several times throughout the scriptures.  Sadly,  those who are comforted with-in themselves and have not chosen to live according to the ways of God will see His wrath spent in due time.  The extreme affliction that God had appointed for every wicked one, Ps 75:8; Isa 51:17 and this cup which the wicked drink, is more bitter than that which He gives to His children, for He measures the one by mercy, and the other by justice.

God’s power over the human family is unlimited; it is as easy for Him to send desolating calamities from nation to nation over all the earth, as to punish the weakest transgressor of His laws.  One day He will pour out His wrath upon the wicked.  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

BUT:   Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. It is God who esteems those He should choose to esteem.  These are the ones who will behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. These are the ones who will see the reaping of the harvest when the harvest is fully ripe.

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A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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