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.


  1. you are right on gods judgement, I had mixed feelings on the whole thing, I wasnt out shouting for joy at Bin Ladens death, I knew he had the same time reaped what he sowed even when the wicked die the lord isnt totlally pleased but he has his judgement, it is just, know one gets away with doing what Bin ladden did, you dont get away with deliberent hurting an d killing people, I still couldnt party like a lot of people were doing that he is dead, the judgement came on him and it was gods judgementit saddens me so meone could be so wicked. he paid for it. like Hitler Stalin and many others.

  2. He lived the life n died the death. He got just what he deserved! I remember that Jacob was 9 at the time, he said that he ‘would find Osama’.Good to know that the young Americans love their country and God as much as the gun tottin children in the Middle East.

  3. Very true, makes me think of psalms 37, how the wicked withers away. He plotted and planned and hid for years and worried , was very wealthy but didn’t bring anything with him. He’s gone but his belongings remain.

  4. I am torn by the recent events concerning Bin Laden. Much, most of me knows the world and those living on it and in it are better off that he is dead. Yet part of me is not so at peace because there is the ever present thought that another soul is forever separated from God in a realm God made and refuses to be present, hell. I am convinced each of us deserves to end up in hell yet our God so loved us sinners He paid that price for our sin Himself through His Son, totally man; totally God, Jesus Christ. These scriptures scream out to me.
    John 3:36 – Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
    John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
    Monday morning a friend on facebook posted a video from a news agency reporting the death of Bin Laden. He titled it, “JUSTICE”. He commented, “Hopefully, there will be peace and a disintegration of radical elements around the world.” This came after Pastor Frank gave a message on justice and mercy Sunday night. It made me think. It further cemented the conclusion that in this world justice and mercy are polar opposites yet they kissed at the cross. Thank You Father. Thank You Jesus!!!!!!!
    This was my response to my friend’s status on facebook.
    Luke 6:45
    The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
    Bin Laden was filled, consumed with hatred, so …much so that hatred spilled out of his heart in all he said. It is good he no longer directly affects those around him that are still impressionable. Much like the false teachers Christ spoke about, Bin Laden taught false doctrine which leads people away from Christ and into eternal damnation. Bin Laden made his choice. It appears he, much like pharaoh, had a hardened heart and rejected God. I now pray that those radical elements bent on evil come to know Christ and are more radical than ever in spreading the gospel!

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