“THOU SHALT DIE, AND NOT LIVE”
Second Kings 20.1
I want to draw three implications from this text about the nature of God, this God Who the Assyrians blasphemed, this God Who Hezekiah worshipped and served and prayed to, this God Who is also your God.
1A. First, I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER THE JUDGMENT OF GOD
1B. First, there is death which is physical.
2B. Then, of course, after the death which is physical there is death which is spiritual.
2A. Next, THERE IS IN OUR TEXT THE IMPLICATION OF THE JUSTICE OF GOD
If God is a God of judgment He is also a God of justice. Now, what does that mean to you as a sinner, since there is not a just man on earth that does good and sins not?
1B. First, it means that God’s deeds are consistent with His nature.
2B. First, it means that God’s deeds are consistent with His nature.
3A. Finally, THERE IS ALSO IN OUR TEXT THE MERCY OF GOD
The evidences of God’s mercy toward you? Let me list only four:
1B. First, God is merciful in giving to you His Word.
2B. Second, God is merciful in giving to you His warning.
3B. But because you will not otherwise heed His warning, He sends the Holy Spirit to do His wooing.
4B. His Word, His warnings, His wooings by the Holy Spirit. All demonstrations of God’s mercy toward sinners that lead to His ultimate mercy toward you, which is His Son, Jesus.