Meditation for 05/27/2019
“The lord has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the Lord our God has done. Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘See I will defend your cause and avenge you; I will dry up her sea and make her springs dry.’” (Jeremiah51:10, 36)
God’s salvation is referred to as His vindication. This represents courtroom language. God defends the rights of His people and punishes all who abuse those rights.
Thus, humans do not need to seek revenge. We are to be witnesses testifying to what God has done. The Lord promised to defend Israel’s cause and to avenge her against Babylonia. He vindicates all who trust in Him (Deut. 32:35, Romans 12:19).
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, way too often we say we are handing things over to You, and yet we continue to seek ways of solving the problem/s ourselves. We dishonor You by do so, instead of trusting You to do what You have promised to do on our behalf. Help us to allow the Holy Spirit to give us patience and wisdom to wait upon You and then to give praises to You, when You succeed where we could not. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“No matter how much you nurse a grudge, it won’t get better!”
“An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies. The Lord has given a command concerning you, Nineveh: ‘You will have no descendants to bear your name. I will destroy the carved images and cast idols that are in the temple of your gods. I will prepare your grave, for you are vile.’ Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.” (Nahum1:1-2, 14-15)
God promised to vindicate Israel against the Ninevites. Verse 15 is related to Isaiah 40:9, 52:7. Paul applied Isaiah’s quote to the gospel (Romans 10:15). Ultimately, God vindicates all persons in Christ who believe the gospel. Nahum understood God as the Lord of history. God is not to be trifled with. He is the Judge of the whole earth. He disciplines His guilty people, but He turns to avenge them form mistreatment by their enemies. Vindication brings salvation to God’s people but destruction to those who oppose God and His people.
Salvation, Vindication: (Lamentations3:61-66)
The prophet sought vindication from God against his enemies. God hears our frustrated, angry cry for vengeance but does not want us to take vengeance in our own hands. As we share our dark feelings with God, we need to forgive our enemies.
Second Thought of the Day:
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isaiah52:7)
When the citizens of Judah were in exile, God manifested His power over history by choosing and using a pagan ruler, Cyrus the Persian, as an instrument to deliver His people. God even allowed Cyrus to build an empire by military victories over others. Cyrus was unaware he was being used, but God had directed his every move.
The purposes of God within history would be realized. Thus, Cyrus conquered Babylon, found God’s elect people in exile, and issued a decree allowing them to return to their homeland. When we pray to God and our prayer is found to be in His will and He grants us what we pray for, just like the Judeans who were freed to come home, they praises God with joy in their hearts and recognized that God had provided their salvation for them, and they said, ‘God reigns!” Isn’t this what you do when God answers your prayer?!