Covid and other diseases. Over 4 million persons have died. Just because you and I think we’re saved, we think we don’t need a review of salvation.
1 Samuel 15:32-33 (NKJV)
“Then Samuel said, “Bring Agag king of the Amalekites here to me.” So Agag came to him cautiously. And Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.” But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.“
Why was Agag killed?
Deuteronomy 25:17-19 (NKJV)
“Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God.
Therefore it shall be, when the LORD your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.”
When you do evil to God’s people, the penalty and sentence will come upon you.
Hebrews 10:30a (NKJV) “For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”
But my point was to show that Agag feared what Israel was to do to him and his kingdom. But Saul disobeyed God’s command. After the discourse with Samuel, Samuel killed Agag, fulfilling the will of the Lord.
The last few months, people have been seeing notable people die. Even our family members and friends.
The end of life faces everyone, but little do we know that the cause of death is never discussed.
Cause of death, as in what a person died of?
Why do we die.
If we could identify why we die, and then come to a conclusion that physical death isn’t the end, AND that we could have eternal life, it would change our perspective.
Many people do and don’t believe in an afterlife or a hereafter. Whether you do or not, it doesn’t stop death.
Agag, the current king of the Amalekites, would be the last king of this people.
God’s word came to pass.
What if Amalek had not touched the children of Israel as they left Egypt? Things probably would have been different.
After that incident, years have passed and Amalek never repented of the wickedness of killing the weak, the elderly, the children, and the livestock at the rear of the Israeli procession that was leaving Egypt.
What is the “bitterness of death?”
It is the fear of knowing that your “execution” is coming.
Agag said that it had passed, but did it?
Hebrews 2:15 (NKJV) “…and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
Look at the Amplified version…..
“And also that He might deliver and completely set free all those who through the [haunting] fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives.”
Every man is held in bondage to satan because satan had the keys of death and hell. When Jesus was raised from the dead, He took the keys of death and hell back.
Revelation 1:17-18 (KJV) “…Fear not; I am the first and the last: — I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Again, through the whole course of our lives, we were held in bondage by the devil. This bondage to the devil had an accompanying associate.
Fear of death.
It haunts every one.
To haunt means that something or someone that’s “…disturbingly and persistently present.“
In other words, you know that it’s there and it’s persistently disturbing any sense of peace or relief. Much like when you rob a bank and you run from the police. In the back of your mind, the fear of being caught drives your every move.
Your sleep isn’t peaceful. You wake up with a nervous mind. You fear being caught.
I remember a person murdered a state trooper and severely wounded another. Immediately, they set up a man hunt. The state troopers and federal marshals were in hot pursuit. He was an outdoorsman. He knew how to hide during the day, and move at night. He knew how to conceal himself in the day time.
Every now and then, this murderer left indications to taunt and tease his pursuers.
He knew how to live off of the land. He was missing for days.
Until he made a critical mistake. He went back to a familiar place, thinking that the marshals and the troopers wouldn’t retrace their steps.
He was caught by the marshals and handcuffed with the dead troopers’ handcuffs.
Sinners are the same. We commit a crime against God, and death will finally catch us.
No one outruns death. The clock and the calendar works against us.
It does this for a reason.
They both remind us that we don’t have much time.
And even if we say like Agag, “…the bitterness of death is past,” death will take us all away. In translation, it may mean for some, “I’m no longer afraid of death.”
Romans 6:23 tells us that “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The penalty or sentence of sin is death. Just like the penalty or sentence of murder is years in prison or the death penalty.
Hebrews 9:27 says “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, after this, the judgment.”
Hebrews 2:3b says “…how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?”
2 Corinthians 6:2 says “Behold. Now is the acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation.”
At the close of the day, 150,000 persons will physically die. You and I may be one of them.
Galatians 3:22 says “The Scriptures confined all under sin that the promise by faith of Jesus might be given to those who believe.”
But because the Lord Jesus had our sins placed upon Him, He took our penalty and sentence in our place, ever making intercession for us. But this intercession, the taking the place of another is only accessed and appropriated when we repent and revert to God.
Acts 3:19 says Repent and be converted (revert to God) that your sins may be blotted out…”
If you don’t see the need to repent, you’ll never repent.
Death is the incentive. No one escapes death. For it’s the penalty and sentence imposed on every man for the sins we”ve unjustly committed before God. After death, you’re placed in the holding cell of death called HELL until you stand before the Lord Jesus, the Judge of all men, to answer for the crimes committed.
Then your name will be searched in the Book of Life, and then, Revelation 20:15 (NKJV) “…And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.“
Only those that see the need to repent, God will grant repentance, give you and I forgiveness of sins, and the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.