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Psalms 1:6 - “The Wicked Will Perish”

What a way to end the first Psalm. After many, many thoughts about excelling and pleasing God, this Psalm ends with the promise that evil will one day be done away.

The Bible has an interesting view of sin that escapes most of us. It pictures sin and those who are sinful as straw or grass. Some might even use the word stubble. The unique quality to those things and that is the fact that they burn easily.

The book of Revelation tells the story of that day, when the dragon, the false prophet and the devil himself will be destroyed. Sin will be done away in a burning lake of fire.

Are you holding on to your sin? Is there a part of your old self that you can’t let go of? Hebrews 12:1 tells us to let go of our sin. It calls sun a weight and a hindrance that “ensnares” or “entangles” us.

Ephesians 4:22 and 31 tells us to put those things off. Isaiah 43 tells us to remember them no more and 1 Peter 5 urges us to “throw them on Him.”

A picture emerges, then, of men and women who need to understand the consequences of hanging on to their sin. That sin is destined for a fire. It will be burned up one day and if you are holding on to it when it is thrown in the fire, well, you can imagine what happens. The flames will engulf those who are holding on to their sins.

That’s why Jesus was so adamant about this very issue.

Matthew 5:30
“If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.”

Sin will perish one day but God is not willing that any of His children should perish with it (2 Peter 3:9). That’s why we have these great words of Jesus:

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

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