Meditation

09/22/2021

The Lord has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the Lord our God has done. Therefore, this what the Lord says: ‘See, I will defend your cause and avenge you; I will dry up her sea and make her springs dry.” (Jeremiah 51:10, 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 above 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 12:9).

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You promised if we were to remain obedient to Your purposes, that we had no need to claim revenge on others; instead, through our faith and obedience to You, that You would seek revenge on our behalf. Thank You, Abba, for your open love for Your people. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest!”

KNOWING GOD:

O Lord, you have heard their insults, all their plots against me—-what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long. Look at them! Sitting all day long. Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs. Pay them back what they deserve, O Lord, for what their hands have done. Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them! Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:61-66)

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. You say what???? God tells us not to take vengeance upon your enemies, bur rather forgive them. He will in due time, take vengeance upon them in His time, not ours. This is a hard lesson, but God wants us to be righteous and we cannot do this and take vengeance on our own as well.

I AM:

An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of he 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 hear 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 inside you; they will be completely destroyed.” (Nahum 1:1-2, 14-15)

God promised to vindicate Israel against the Ninevites. Ultimately, God vindicates 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 tuns to avenge them from mistreatment by their enemies. Vindication brings salvation to God’s people but destruction to those who oppose God and His people.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on to the world, was taken up in glory.” (1st Timothy 3:16)

Proclamation should be simple and transparent. The desired result of preaching is repentance and faith. The message is not to be obscured with eloquent words and confusing rhetoric. The language used is not to be clever or witty not to manipulate God’s Word in any way. He Paul was well noted for refusing to use language that would water down the gospel; rather, it was to be delivered with a simple and open statement of truth. He depended on the Spirit’s power to changed lives.

This dramatic change in the heart and life of the individual, which comes when one is saved, does not come about by the emotional power of enticing words but by the single, straightforward presentation of the gospel in all its clarity and power. Attention must be focused on the Word, not on the proclaimer.

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