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“Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the LORD’s wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth.” (1:18)
The powerful and wealthy may feel they’ve reached a status outside God’s judgement, but they are wrong. The oppressor, the short sighted, the bully, will answer to the Everlasting God who cares for all people and will not share His glory with idols.
But the whole earth? Will He sweep away the righteous with the evil?? Never.
“And the coast will be For the remnant of the house of Judah, They will pasture on it. In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down at evening; For the LORD their God will care for them And restore their fortune.” (2:7)
As in the case of Lot’s family and Noah’s, the LORD makes distinctions. The LORD has mercy and He reserves His wrath for the idolatrous. But take heed, because most of Israel thought they were untouchable based on their family blood line. “We are God’s people, we can do as we please and still be better than the nations.”
No no no no no no! What does He say to His city, Jerusalem?
“Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, The tyrannical city! She heeded no voice, She accepted no instruction. She did not trust in the LORD, She did not draw near to her God.” (3:1-2)
Jerusalem experiences the fire of God along with all the cities it feels superior to, but in the midst of it all, we catch a glimpse of our LORD’s father heart. His fire purifies:
“For then I will give to the peoples purified lips, That all of them may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” (3:9)
This book ends beautifully hopeful. The humble, the hurt. Their shame is removed and the LORD rejoiced over them with singing.
What do I learn about God in this?
- He is patient
- He is jealous
- He is just
- He follows through
- His fire is refining
- He heals
- He is for all nations
- He is loving
- He is musical
Check your heart. What is the basis of your security? What is your posture toward God the Father? What is your attitude toward those outside His family? What is your reaction to discipline?
I’m always humbled by the ways God points out the flaws in my judgement of “good” and “evil”. Wasn’t this the problem in the garden? Eve wanted to know the difference for herself? Only God is good. Will I let Him define it? Will I follow Him away from my heart’s idolatry? Will I trust Him in His discipline? Will I ask for His heart for the nations? Will I accept His songs over me and allow His to remove my shame?