Daily Encouragement

April 8 – Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

April 8
Deuteronomy 32:28-52
Luke 12:35-59
Psalm 78:56-64
Proverbs 12:24

Deuteronomy 32:29 – What does wisdom do? It helps people understand what’s really important.

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Deuteronomy 32:35 – This was the text for Jonathan Edward’s famous sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.

Despite the fact he had delivered “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” to his own congregation with little effect, he felt led to use it again at Enfield.

His techniques were unimpressive. He always read his sermons in an even voice, but with great conviction. He shunned shouting and theatrical antics. Impressing the listener with the power of truth and his desperate need for God was Edwards’ goal.

Nothing in his style or presentation could account for what happened that day at Enfield. An eyewitness, Stephen Williams, wrote in his diary, “We went over to Enfield where we met dear Mr. Edwards of Northampton who preached a most awakening sermon from these words, Deuteronomy 32:35, and before the sermon was done there was a great moaning and crying went out through ye whole House…. ‘What shall I do to be saved,’ ‘Oh, I am going to Hell,’ ‘Oh, what shall I do for Christ,’ and so forth. So yet ye minister was obliged to desist, ye shrieks and cry were piercing and amazing.” –Enrichment Journal

Luke 12:37 – The Lord will serve His servants! In John 13:5 Jesus demonstrates this Himself.

Luke 12:46-48 – This image of Jesus conflicts with the “soft and gentle” motif that we are presented with (Luke 12:51 reiterates this point). Few beatings, many beatings, or being cut in sunder! It seems as if the Lord is emphasizing that this is worth paying attention to!

Psalm 78:58 – Which of the Ten Commandments was this that they violated? (Now you know why we’ve emphasized learning the mnemonics!)

Proverbs 12:24 – Most business books (“How to be successful”) – are just restatements of Proverbs with recent illustrations.

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