Monday, May 25, 2015

When God Acts in a Foreign Way

Isaiah 28:21 (NKJV)
21 For the Lord will rise up as at Mount Perazim, He will be angry as in the Valley of Gibeon— That He may do His work, His awesome work, And bring to pass His act, His unusual act.

The Lord rose up and gave victory to David by breaking through his enemies at Mount Perazim (2 Sam 5:20).  He rained down hailstones upon Israel's enemies at Gibeon (Josh 10:11).  He has promised that He would protect Jerusalem in just the same way.  They are refusing to believe and follow Him.

Ironically, two things are happening.  First of all, God will in fact do just that kind of unusual act, delivering Jerusalem in a mighty way from Assyria.  Second of all, He will also be bringing His judgment upon Israel for their unbelief, but this will not occur until Babylon comes in later.

This "unusual" act is therefore a "foreign" act.  This is not the way God desires for it to be, not towards His own people.  But like a loving father He will have to bring His rod to bear.  And like a loving father, He will do so with an eye to the future good that it will bring.

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