Friday, August 20 2010
Verse of the Week: V6 “O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest and be still.”
1. The Philistines Could Not Escape (V1)
V1 “The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.”
The Philistines thought they would succeed in attacking and defeating the people of Judah because they were a mighty army. However, before they could even attack the people of Judah, God sent Pharaoh and his powerful Egyptian warriors to attack and defeat the Philistines in their own city in Gaza. God loved His people of Judah and Israel and He would protect and preserve them if they would live a godly and righteous life.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
2. The Egyptians Could Not Escape (V2-3)
V2 “Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.”
After their victory over the mighty Philistines, Pharaoh and his powerful Egyptian warriors thought they were invincible. However, this time, God sent the aggressive Babylonian soldiers from the north to attack and destroy them like an overflowing flood. The powerful Egyptians realized that they were not the strongest and the mightiest. Indeed, no one is invincible except the Almighty God. Man think they can build and train the most powerful and mightiest army and invent the most devastating weapon including nuclear weapons, yet the Almighty God can defeat and destroy everything that man creates including man himself.
3. The Godly Will Be Spared (V4-7)
V6 “O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest and be still.”
Only when the people live a godly life, will God’s anger or the sword of the Lord be quiet, in the scabbard, rest and be still.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to escape Your anger by living a godly life.