We tend to think of God’s judgments primarily in terms of the punishment they inflict, but they are also redemptive. When God releases His judgments for His name’s sake, the natural result is the redemption and restoration of creation.The ultimate outcome of judgment is not death, but life.
God’s name is made great both in His judgments and in the redemption that follows His judgments:
Then the nations that are left round about you will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted that which was desolate; I, the Lord, have spoken and will do it. (Ezekiel 36:36 NASB)
Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. (37:13 NASB)
And the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever. (v. 28 NASB)
The redemptive outcome of God’s judgments is another demonstration of the greatness of His character. We tend to think God is most glorified in His ability to redeem, but He is glorified both in His judgments and His salvation. Both are demonstrations of His nature. They are not at odds. They are both part of the goodness of God towards His creation. Real life—true life—is the result of God’s judgments. He must judge what is false and enslaving that we may experience true life.
When God seeks His own glory, it becomes the means of our salvation.
God’s zeal for His name is at the root of His relationship with Israel and with the nations. God will ultimately demonstrate His zeal for His own name by bringing a people to salvation through those judgments.