Taking Comfort That God’s Vengeance is Carefully Prepared

Jehovah is purposeful and deliberate about everything he does, including how he carries out his vengeance. When his vengeance is unleashed, he refuses to do it with unprincipled mercy or random wrath. Yet, in the midst of his vengeance Jehovah is also the God of mercy. His perfect nature guarantees that the necessity for vengeance or mercy at any given time never infringe on each other. In other words, mercy never weakens the perfect level of vengeance and vengeance never weakens the perfect level of mercy. Jehovah knows how to perfectly balance and adjust them. And ultimately, God’s word promises his people that they will benefit from both of them. We see this principle stated in Deuteronomy 32 in the following verses:

41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. …

43 Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

The Lord clearly wants us to know that he welcomes both Jews and Gentiles who are willing to serve him with genuine worship. It’s his ultimate desire that Gentiles of all nations rejoice and be included “with his people” so as not to incur the vengeance he metes out to his enemies–the ones who shed the innocent blood of his servants and pridefully stand as his adversaries. In the midst of the Lord’s acknowledgement that people will kill the Lord’s servants and will target them with other forms of adversarial actions, he comforts us with the promise that in the end he will be merciful to his people as he (and after he) punishes his enemies who are also the enemies of his saints.

These truths he shared with us through Moses are meant to move our hearts and spirits to love and obey the Lord through faith in Jesus Christ. At times many of us who worship the Lord may endure periods where our enemies seem to get away with their wicked schemes and murderous plots, but God gives us the joyful reassurance that in his due time, he will set things right by handing down the judgments that our enemies deserve–even when the powers that be neglect their duties to distribute justice. We should thank God for being that kind of God.

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