Today in God’s Word
Deuteronomy 22; Psalm 110-111; Isaiah 49; Revelation 19
“15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:15–16, ESV)
Let us not forget that Jesus will come with fury in the end. May we not be lulled into a false Gospel that is a message only of hope and not of warning. Also from today’s reading, the suffering servant indeed came to glorify God by restoring Israel and bring salvation to all the nations, but he bears a sharp sword…
“1 Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away.” (Isaiah 49:1–2, ESV)
“6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”” (Isaiah 49:6, ESV)
Our King Jesus brings salvation to all who fear him (Ps 85:9) but he brings wrath and fury to those who reject the eternal command to believe his Gospel (2 Thess 1:8; 1 Jn 3:23; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 16:25-26). This is glorious and sobering and hopefully motivates us to evangelize the world.
Soli Deo Gloria!