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William Andrew Dillard

There are times when certain verses of scripture appear somewhat strange to the modern reader. An example is Psalm 2:12, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.” Think with me about this verse for a moment. It means something far different to the practice of those who spread their germs by repeatedly kissing a statue.
The context of the second Psalm has as its subject matter the raging of heathen, vain imaginations of people, and kings and rulers of the earth taking counsel together against the LORD (Jehovah), and against His anointed (His Covenant People). They want to break their bands, and cast away their cords. (Moral and spiritual attachments). It is a word picture of modern man in his determination to achieve an ill-conceived utopia apart from any acknowledgment of God. The grace of God allows them to continue to do this for a limited time.
Meanwhile, God shall laugh, and have them in derision, and shall vex them in his sore displeasure. The Son of God is given the heathen for inheritance, and the uttermost part of the earth for possession. He shall indeed break the nations with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. In view of that fact, the admonition and instruction of wisdom is written in the eternal Word: “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
To kiss is to join with the mouth. “Kiss” is the translation of the Hebrew word, “Nashaq.” In Wilson’s Old Testament Word Studies, the Hebrew term is defined as “to kiss by joining the mouth to the mouth or hand of another in token of the friendly, affectionate union of hearts or of reverence and subjection.” (Page 239). Two really important accomplishments with the mouth are ingestion for nourishment, and projection of communication of the thoughts of the mind. Then one should discern from the terminology that to kiss the Son implies one should ingest in subjection the Word and Will of the Son. Furthermore, that one should then project from the mouth that which is sanctified and holy, even such as becomes the Son. Applied to modern day judges and governmental leaders, it seems a tall expectation indeed. In fact, it might just be considered such when applied to ministers and other church members. But all may rest assured that wisdom and life lies in the Son. He will be kissed in subjection and affection or those who refuse will be dashed in pieces in irrevocable judgment.

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201 – July 20 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Ten years that equaled a century


It is for some to go, and for others to hold the rope for others that go to the heathen world. Such was the lot of the Rev. Samuel Pearce who was ordained in 1789 as pastor of the Cannon Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, England in which he served until his death on Oct. 10, 1799. Though it only lasted ten years, William Cathcart said, “Measured by usefulness instead of years this young pastor preached for at least a century.” Pearce was a dear friend of Wm. Carey before the beginning of the missionary enterprise, and was one of the strongest advocates of the worldwide mission’s cause that the world has ever known. He desired to go with Carey but because of his physical frailties, the Missionary Society convinced him that he was of greater value for the cause of missions in England. His eloquence in the pulpit stirred many throughout England and Ireland to volunteer for and support of the work in India. As a staunch prayer warrior, Pearce carried every matter to the Lord and expected and received answers to his prayers. In 1794 he wrote to the ministers in the U.S. urging the formation of the American Baptist foreign missionary society, land credit must be given to Pastor Pearce, for the seed fell on good soil and bore fruit a hundredfold. Pearce was born in Birmingham, England, ln July 20, 1766. As a boy he experienced seasons of great conviction as he considered his sin. When he was fifteen he saw a man die who cried out, “I am damned forever.” He was filled with terror for a year and hearing Rev. Birt of Plymouth, England, he was pointed to the Lamb of God, and found full assurance and peace with God. He was trained in the Bristol College. At 33 years of age he fell victoriously asleep in Jesus, with his dear wife comforting him.


Dr. Greg J. Dixon: adapted From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 297-98.




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The Trial – The plea of Innocence

Some of the defendants in the court room disagree with the declaration that they are guilty in God’s sight. The defense attorney, as their spokesman, steps forward to plead mankind’s innocence, claiming first that the pagan world is innocent of God’s existence, and, secondly, that they cannot know his will.

A Ignorance of God’s Existence – The heathen nations, until a servant of the living God comes to them, live without the light of God’s special revelation.
1. The Plea Presented – The counsel for the defense, with the eye of every person in the courtroom fixed upon him, addresses the Judge, saying, “Your Honor, my clients are not guilty as charged. They are accused of ungodliness, but they cannot be held responsible for their failure to honor a God concerning whom they have never heard. None of their own prolphets has ever received a vision or direct communication from the Almighty. Therefore, Your honor, my clients – the uninformed heathen-cannot be held responsible for their ungodliness. In their behalf I enter a plea of not guilty.
2. The Plea Refuted – The Apostle Paul rises to his feet and asks for permission to speak. He is now ready to substantiate his previous statement that men are indeed responsible for having refused God’s truth. Even the heathen have rejected the revelation given them in the created world. Therefore, with a glow of Heavenly ligh on his face, he says, “Your Honor, the invisible attributes of “God-that is, his eteral power and deity – can be seen and understood through the things which He has made. Every person even the heathen to whom no special revelation has ever been given, has seen enough and understood enough about God to be rendered completely without excuse.”
The wwords of Paul, recorded in Romans 1:20, make a telling impact upon all present in the courtroom. A hush falls upon every person as the apostle calls for his first witness to corroborate his declaration taht God has revealed Himself in nature. An aged Jew with white hair and long flowing beard, a man highly respected for the godliness of his life steps to the witness chair, solemnly takes his oath, and, carefully unrolling his scroll, reads from the sacred Hebrew Scriptures:

The heavens declare the glory of God, and
the firmament showeth his handiwork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night
unto night showeth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where
their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
his going forth is from the
end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends
of it; and there is nothing hidden from the heat thereof (Palm 19:1-4, 6).

Yes, the invisible attributes of God are revealed in the created world, and wvery person who possesses some ability to think or reason is responsible if he rejects that revelation.

B. Ignorance of God’s Will – The words of the prosecuting attorney and the aged witness have clearly demonstrated that men are guilty of rejecting the revelation of God readily observable in the created world. The defense attorney now seeds to prove that even though man may know something about God through nature, it is not enough to make him morally responsible for his conduct.
1. The Claim Submitted – Eager to show that a revelation of God in nature is too general to be of any value in regulating life, the defense counselor again addresses the Judge, “Your Honor, it may be true that the heathen world should de able to gather some facts about God through observing the created world. However, since this living and holy God has never spoken to them, it is impossible for them to know what He wants them to do. he has never told them how they should conduct themselves.”
2. The Claim Refuted – Once again the Apostle Paul stands up and says, ‘Your Honor, the defense attorney is overlooking something. Men every where have an inner consciousness of what is righ and what is wrong. Even though this quality has been dimmed because of deliberate wickedness, it still exists everywhere. your Honor, at one time all men knew God, but they refused to glorify him, and did not give Him thanks. They deliberately turned from the light, began to think wrongly and act fookishly, and plunged themselves more deeply into spiritual darkness.”
Because, when they knew God, they glorified
him not as God, neither were thankful, but
became vain in their imaginations, and their
foolish heart was darkened (Romans 1:21).
Thus Paul affirms that spiritual ignorance is not the cause of ungodliness, but its result. Men knew God, but they did not properly respond to this knowledge. The pleas “not guilty” advanced for the heathen people of the world cannot be justified. God has revealed Himself to them outwardly through the created world and inwardly through a universal consciousness of His moral law, but men have rejected that light.

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