Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

He [the LORD] sent them to destroy Judah, in accordance with the word of the LORD proclaimed by his servants the prophets. 2 Kings 24:2

Jehoiakim was now in charge but was subjected to Nebuchadnezzar for three years. After Jehoiakim had enough, he decided to rebel. The LORD sent Babylonian, Aramean, Moabite and Ammonite raiders against Judah and did it purposefully. Often we have a picture of a gentle, kind God who wants nothing more to see his people doing well and comforted. But every so often, we see his wrath poured out. What makes this interesting is that He is pouring out that wrath against Judah!

I think this is an important lesson for other nations to learn as well. Judah and Israel were favored nations in God’s eyes. With that favor came a responsibility, a responsibility to proclaim His name far and wide. God’s wrath and indignation is not something nations should play around with or test. God is loving and kind, and all that, but there is a side to Him that nations would do well to fear.

Pray that your nation and its leaders will recognize -if they haven’t already done so – that the fear of the Almighty is a good thing.

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