Thursday, February 07, 2013

Vengeance of the Lord!

 7Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
 8O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
 9Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. 
(Psalm 137:7-9, King James Version)

Vengeance of the Lord

As we read through the last three verses of Psalm 137, the Psalmist is rather harsh with his words as he calls for the vengeance of the Lord upon the Babylonians. At least, it seems harsh to us in our day of forgiveness and leniency for the criminal. Yet, is the Psalmist out of line? Should he have a more forgiving spirit?

In a true system of justice and equity, there is a proper balance between tolerance and payment for one's transgressions. However, in truth, no sin is truly forgotten. All sins require a just payment by the transgressor. When one considers the holiness, purity, and righteousness of God our Father, one realizes that no sin can truly go unpunished.

How, then, can we, as believers, ever hope to stand before God without our sins constantly condemning us? For, even after we have repented of our sins and come to Christ, we still sin. Only in heaven will we truly understand the full debt of our sins; only in heaven will we understand what Christ suffered for each and every one of us to pay the debt of our sins.

Is the Psalmist right in calling for God's judgment upon the Babylonians for what they had done to the nation of Israel? Yes! Though the Babylonians were only carrying out God's plans to bring judgment upon the Israelites for their sin and rejection of Him by serving the gods of the neighboring nations, yet the Babylonians were still condemned by God for their actions, and later brought under His Almighty hand of justice.

As prophesied in the Old Testament, Babylon was eventually brought under the judging hand of God and destroyed for their wicked ravaging of the nation of Israel. How, then are we to view the nations of this world today who shake their fists in the hand of God? Those same nations are being allowed, for a time, to persecute the people of God, but their days are truly numbered. The time will come when God will say, "No more!" In the end, God will bring judgment upon all of the nations. In the end, peace will reign under the Lord Jesus Christ.

When God's final judgment comes, sin will finally come to an end. Satan and those who follow him will be cast, forever, into the lake of fire, and peace will reign triumphant in God's new heavens and new earth. As God has promised us in Revelation 21, He will wipe away all tears from our eyes.
 1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
 2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:1-4, King James Version)
At the end of time, all will see the vengeance of the Lord, and the righteous peace that follows! Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,

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