The Vengeance of the Covenant

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God’s judgments are described as the vengeance of the covenant.[1]God’s goodness causes Him to respond to the blasphemy of His name with vengeance. His vengeance results in great good for His people.

Creation flourishes when God expresses His zeal for His own glory.This is a key difference between God and man. When men seek their own glory, other humans suffer. When God seeks and reveals His glory, all of creation benefits. God’s bold pursuit of His own glory is not selfish; it is the kindest thing He can do.

When God glorifies Himself in judgment, He answers the rage—what we call sin—against Him.

Those who embrace and promote sin threaten God’s people by promoting the things that destroy man’s calling. Therefore, when God acts in judgment, He preserves His people. In this way, the Mosaic covenant executed punishment against those who threatened the calling of the people in order to steward the people for a coming day of salvation. God’s discipline is not His final word, and so He remained fully committed to Israel’s future even when she broke covenant:

“Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not spurn them, neither will I abhor them so as to destroy them utterly and break my covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God. But I will for their sake remember the covenant with their forefathers, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 26:44–45)

[1]           See Leviticus 26:25.

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