The Lord’s Vengeance
We have acknowledged:
- Mankind has chosen to sin against God through rebellion and disobedience.
- The Lord God has the right, power, and reason for judging His Creation.
- God makes a difference between Israel and the nations of the world.
- God’s purpose for disciplining Israel is to purge and cleanse her from sin to restore the unique relationship with Him for which Israel was created.
Now we consider God’s purposes for judging the Gentile nations.
God judges the nations for two reasons, both based on their sin of rebellion. The first reason is their treatment of Israel. There are various translations, but the meaning is the same:
For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance,
The year of recompense for the cause of Zion. (NKJV)
For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause. (NIV)
For Adonai has a day of vengeance,
a year of recompense for the hostility against Zion. (TLV)
There are various translations, but the meaning is the same: שִׁלּוּמִים
means “reward,” “punishment.” God has continually warned Gentiles, both nations and individuals, that He would bring punishment for their rejection and negative treatment of the Jewish people.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
PRAY FOR YOUR CHURCH AND YOUR NATION TO BLESS AND NOT CURSE ISRAEL IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOD’S WORD.
Jan Lipke was a port worker in Riga, Latvia.
When the war began he decided to do
whatever he could to help the Jewish people.
by becoming a German contractor he was able to
smuggle over 40 Jewish workers out of the camps.