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October 12, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 34 (ESV)

Draw near, O nations, to hear,
    and give attention, O peoples!
Let the earth hear, and all that fills it;
    the world, and all that comes from it.
For the Lord is enraged against all the nations,
    and furious against all their host;
    he has devoted them to destruction, has given them over for slaughter.
Their slain shall be cast out,
    and the stench of their corpses shall rise;
    the mountains shall flow with their blood.
All the host of heaven shall rot away,
    and the skies roll up like a scroll.
All their host shall fall,
    as leaves fall from the vine,
    like leaves falling from the fig tree..
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  1. 16 Seek and read from the book of the Lord:
    Not one of these shall be missing;
    none shall be without her mate.
    For the mouth of the Lord has commanded,
    and his Spirit has gathered them.
    17 He has cast the lot for them;
    his hand has portioned it out to them with the line;
    they shall possess it forever;
    from generation to generation they shall dwell in it.

  2. As humankind lives their lives here on this earth and have done so for millennia, it is clear from passages like this that God certainly cares about what is going on and has an opinion. And for the most part He is not happy with what He sees mankind doing, forsaking Him and harming each other. At least that is what He is expressing here in this time of Isaiah’s writing. He has wrath toward all the nations and will bring them to task at some point.

    Now two things are most significant here. First, we do have to factor passages like this into our understanding of who God is. Yes He is merciful and loving but His righteousness and justice respond to the evil man in ways that compensate them for that evil and expresses His negative perspective of it. Second, we do have to remember too that this is the wrath that Jesus took on Himself when He died for the sin of the world. That certainly provides us a way of escape from it as well as changes the dynamic of how that wrath functions in God’s interaction with man. But it ill return in the end as man’s rejection of God increases and the evil that is perpetuated gets worse.

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