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Wicked or Righteous

Psalm 125:3 says:

“The scepter of the wicked will not remain
    over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
    their hands to do evil.”

Here the Psalmist is saying that the scepter of the wicked will not remain over the righteous, because then the righteous might start doing evil deeds. He is reasoning that because righteous people might start doing bad, the scepter would not remain.

This is actually a nice picture of Jesus at the cross. When Jesus was dying on the cross in our place, with all of our sin, it looked like there was no hope. It looked like the scepter of wicked had begun to reign, and take over. Our savior was gone, and buried. But, then Jesus rose again! He rose on the third day without decay. Acts 13:35:

“So it is also stated elsewhere:

“‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’[a]”

He fulfilled prophesy, the prophesy of the savior! He became our savior! Without the Resurrection, Jesus’ death wouldn’t have been special. He wouldn’t have fulfilled all prophesies, and therefore not have been our savior. But, Jesus did rise again! In His moment of what seemed like defeat, it was His greatest victory. He conquered death, and Satan. He came back. He died on the cross, saving us from sin, and then He rose again on the third day! He is not letting wicked overcome! Instead He makes the wicked righteous, if we come to Him.

Jesus took the scepter from the wicked, and now reigns as our righteous King, and Lord. Numbers 24:17:

““I see him, but not now;
    I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob;
    a scepter will rise out of Israel.
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,
    the skulls[a] of[b] all the people of Sheth.[c]” 

Jesus rose out of Israel, the star from Jacob. He crushed the foreheads of Moab. Moab represents the wicked. (Moab was the son/nephew of Lot, and became a heathen nation). Jesus is our star, our savior, who died on the cross and rose again! He saved us!

Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank You so much for bringing a star, a savior to us. Thank You for bringing us out of Moab, and making us righteous. Please help us to always remember You. Please help us to praise You, Lord. Thank You for all Your love and kindness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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