God’s judgments are described as the vengeance of the covenant.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
The cross is the ultimate demonstration of the nature of God’s judgments. It reveals the certainty of God’s judgments, the perfection of God’s judgments, and the redemptive nature of His judgments. First, the cross reveals God’s judgment is certain.There is no escape from it. God’s goodness required Him to respond
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
The curses of the Mosaic covenant result in what we can call the discipline of the covenant. While the discipline of the Mosaic covenant is unique to Israel, Israel’s story reveals God’s nature and His character. Therefore, God’s discipline of Israel instructs us in the knowledge of God. God’s discipline
The lessons we can learn from Habakkuk 1 help us to interpret the times and seasons in our own nation.
In Matthew 25, Jesus bases His judgment of the nations on how they have responded to “My Brethren.” Given that His brethren become central to the judgment, it is important that we understand Jesus’ judgment and recognize that Jesus was affirming previous prophecies of the day of God’s judgment of the nations.
When Israel rejected YHWH in the wilderness and instead gave her worship and devotion to a golden calf, God warned that He would visit in a future day of punishment and not in that generation. In this sober warning, we also find a promise that reveals the depth of the judgment and of the mercy of God. We must understand the promise that is both a promise of judgment and a promise of mercy to know God.