THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN
For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But God’s wrath has come upon them at last! 1 Thes. 2:14-17
It is hard to deal with the prosperity of the wicked, especially when their actions have cost you something. Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the death of several thousands of Americans on September 11, 2001. It was the greatest attack on our homeland in history. It not only cost us the lives of these precious Americans, but also cost the lives of thousands of others in our war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention its traumatic effect on our economy and the countless inconveniences and fears we have all faced in these last ten years. His ability to elude capture and to continue to lead his Al Qaeda network has been frustrating and even confusing. As Christians, we wonder why the wicked sometimes seem to prosper and get away with their wickedness. The truth is that they never escape. Jonathan Edwards taught that the wicked were allowed to continue in their ways until their “cup was full”. In other words, there was still more evil in their hearts and they would be allowed to live until their appointed time of judgement came. Listen to Edwards’ words.
“God hath set bounds to every man’s wickedness; he suffers men to live, and to go on in sin, till they have filled up their measure, and then cuts them off. To this effect was the wickedness and obstinacy of the Jews: they were exceedingly wicked, and thereby filled up the measure of their sins a great pace. And the reason why they were permitted to be so obstinate under the preaching and miracles of Christ, and of the apostles, and under all the means used with them, was, that they might fill up the measure of their sins.”
What a terrifying yet liberating truth, “to fill up the measure of their sins”. There is an appointed time of judgment for each of us, as the Bible clearly states, ” it is appointed for man once to die, then comes the judgement”. Osama Bin Laden’s day of reckoning has come. He has fallen into the hands of an angry God.