God uses Similes II


In the post This Is How I Roll, aspects of how God responds to human choice was presented as we peered into Psalms 1. Once more, we will look at Psalms 1 to further our investigation as to how God relates to man. It is clear from Psalms 1 that God relates to man contingent upon how man relates to God. In the post God uses Similes, the first of the objects compared was presented. It is the man who is godly who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful (contemptuous), but his delight is in the law of the Lord as he mediates on the Word of God day and night. In verse three, a man/woman of such ilk is like a tree planted by rivers/streams of water that brings forth fruit in season and whose leaves never wither.

In the English language, we know that the word but is a contradiction and transitional word that signals the reader that an opposite perspective, path or view is about to be presented. As He did in verse three, God uses Similes II once again in verse four. Let’s take a look.

Psalms 1

1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish. (NKJV)

Who is like the chaff? Who is being likened to the chaff? Verse four tells us that it is the ungodly. The ungodly is compared to chaff and contrasted with the godly who is likened to a tree planted by streams/rivers of water. What is chaff? According to dictionary.com, chaff is:

1. the husks of grains and grasses that are separated during threshing.
2. straw cut up for fodder.

3.

worthless matter; refuse.

When we think of trees that produce fruit and whose leaves do no wither, I see fruit that one can eat at the appropriate time and lush leaves signifying life. In comparison, chaff has little value beyond serving as fodder. It is not green and lush. It has little substance as it is blown away by the wind. The ungodly will not in judgement. This conveys that God, through Christ, will condemn their lives as worthless to Him. They will be driven away from Him. Not only will they not stand in the judgment, they will not stand in the congregation of the righteous. To make it absolutely clear, God says that the ungodly have no stake in the gathering place of the righteous.

In essence, God explains that there are two different ends or destination for the godly and the ungodly or righteous and unrighteous. One can deduce that the righteous will all be congregating in the same place, but there will not be any one who is unrighteous in their midst. I did not declare this distinction or separation; God did.

God uses Similes II to show us the path for the godly/righteous and the ungodly/unrighteous. God’s response to us is contingent upon our righteousness. Isaiah 64:6 tells us that “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away”. We are unclean and unfit to be in the presence of God (Lev. 13:4546Hag. 2:1314). We are impure and contaminated garment. A garments stained by menstruation (Lev. 15:19Ezek. 36:17; cf. Phil. 4:7,8). No one is sinless in God’s sight (6:5; Job 15:14–16). Without Christ, we are ungodly and unrighteous. We are filthy and will be discarded as the chaff has not usefulness. The Word tells us the benefit of Christ on our righteousness. Romans 10:4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. 1 Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

What will you choose?

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