19 January 2021

Proverbs 16:14

A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
    but the wise will appease it.

It is wisdom to recognize danger and to take measures for safety. We recognize the signs of a thunder storm and take appropriate cover. So we should do the same when we observe the wrath of one who has power over us. Take measures to appease one with authority, especially when his wrath is a just wrath i.e. we are guilty of wrongdoing.

This is the principle behind the sacrificial system. A person sins he breaks the law of God the King and incurs God’s wrath. He appeases the Kings wrath with a sacrifice that receives his punishment. Sin must be punished. Wrath God’s wrath is stirred up by injustice, and it is appeased not by bribe but by due punishment. Earthly kings might be appeased by bribes and favors; the divine King is only appeased by justice being carried out.

And so our wise Savior on our behalf has appeased the just wrath of God the King. We in our folly either took inappropriate and ineffective measures to appease God’s wrath, or we even tried to defy it. But he who is supremely wise carried out the one effective means of appeasing just wrath his own sacrifice. And his wisdom carried him back up to the King his Father who received him in love and with honor. This is the wise man who appeased the Kings wrath.

A wise man now will recognize that he cannot appease the Kings wrath. His salvation comes through the appeasing work of Christ the Savior. Turn now to that Savior. Recognize that the Kings wrath is a messenger of eternal death. Recognize that your sinfulness draws that wrath to you. Seek cover now in the Savior.


Mark 16

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.[a]

[The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9–20.]

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.