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Everyone is a spiritual fool. Spiritual folly is a heart problem that expresses itself through sinful actions. It is a universal human condition. So, let the fool be warned of God's judgment, realizing that the antidote for spiritual folly is divine wisdom, embodied in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, let those whom God has declared righteous in Jesus take heart in God's presence with them as they persevere in a wicked world.
"And then the secrets and hypocrisies of all people will be publicly uncovered in the sight of all. Therefore, with good reason the thought of this judgment is horrible and dreadful to wicked and evil people. But it is very pleasant and a great comfort to the righteous and elect, since their total redemption will then be accomplished. They will then receive the fruits of their labor and of the trouble they have suffered; their innocence will be openly recognized by all; and they will see the terrible vengeance that God will bring on the evil ones who tyrannized, oppressed, and tormented them in this world." (Belgic Confession of Faith)
In Jeremiah 50, we see how God will finally bring judgment on Babylon and that Judah will be able to return to their own land, completely forgiven and redeemed. All of Israel and Judah can put their hope and faith in God, because God will accomplish what He says He is going to do.
Sermon at Our Saviour's by Pastor Tim Banks
Warnings are necessary when danger is present or about to be present. In ancient times individuals were appointed to be a watchman or a "look out" on behalf of a city or town. Watchmen stood on the towers of walls in cities and scanned the horizon for approaching enemies. If they saw one coming, they would blow their trumpet, usually a shophar (ram's horn), to warn the people who were farming in the fields to take refuge within the city walls. God told Ezekiel that he was to be a spiritual watchman for God's people. He was to be on the lookout for a Word from God of His coming judgment. Ezekiel was required warn people of the very real threat of judgment by the Word of the Lord.
Wealth has always held great attraction for people. But we tend to downplay the dangers it brings, usually until it is too late. James, in addressing the misuse of wealth in this world, is calling God's people to the proper, godly use of wealth (and the power that often attends it).
In this passage, the word of the Lord concerning the Philistines does not specify a particular wickedness for which they're being judged. The point is that the judgment of God was falling on Israel and it was coming through the rise of Babylon.