What do you presume (Romans 2; Esther 7)

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.”  Romans 2:4

“And the king said, “hang him on that.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.  Then the wrath of the king abated.”  Esther 7:10

I presumed she knew what I was asking, but I discovered she did not.  Here was the deal, I had asked Sherry to bring me something to eat for lunch to my office. What she brought was not what I was craving.  Wrongly, I presumed she could read my mind.”

Brothers and sisters, “God does not presume the wrong things about us.”  “He we render each one according to his works.” Romans 2:6

Beginning in Romans 1:18 through the end of Romans 3 Paul is clearly teaching us this one truth, “All the world is condemned before God because all of the world is in rebellion against God.”

Think it through:

In Romans two Paul is targeting his own countrymen (The Jewish people).  The Jewish people believed they were right with God because of two things:

  • God had not presently judged them
  • God had given them the Law

However we discover neither of these things proves their rightness before God.  The opposite is the case. Sin had blinded both their minds and hearts.  They were presuming that God’s delayed judgment was God’s stamp of approval.  Paul reminds them and us, “it is only because of his rich kindness and mercy that we are not already consumed.” Paul’s own countrymen were breaking the very laws they were teaching.

Later they would hear, “It is not the hearers of the law who are justified, but the doers of the law.

Question: “Where are you with God?”

Think back to the time of Esther.  It would seem, Esther 6, that Haman was the one who was right with God.  But within one chapter we discover, Esther 7, two things:

  • God’s payday will come suddenly (Haman is hung on his own gallows)
  • God’s favor will always see us through the judgment of men (Esther was delivered)

As I came to the end of Romans two, I was not presuming that I deserve to be right with God.  I was praising God for making me right with Him.

Our response:

What should be our response to what we have read?  I believe we must praise the God who has delivered us from the wrath to come.  We must endure the trials of this life knowing the goodness of God will see us through.  We must seek to rescue those who are perishing but do not even know they are perishing.  They are presuming on the goodness of God.

I leave you with Peter’s writing in II Peter 2:9 “then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.”

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