Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
The Lord who commands armies will be exalted when he punishes, the sovereign God’s authority will be recognized when he judges. Isaiah 5.16
When the Israelites were leaving Egypt, Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he went after them with his armies and chariots to bring them back to serve him as slaves. The Israelites were going out defiantly, Exodus 14.8. When they looked up and saw the Egyptians coming, they were terrified and cried out to Moses, fearing they were about to die in the desert.
Moses told them not to fear. The Lord would fight for them. So they marched across the Red Sea on dry land. Pharaoh and his army were destroyed by God. Exodus 14.18 reads that the Egyptians would know that God is Lord when he had gained honor because of Pharaoh. Indeed, when it came time to take the Promised Land, the people there were afraid because of all that they had heard regarding God and his people.
It is sad that in Isaiah, it was the Israelites that God was about to bring judgment upon because of their sin. Isaiah 5.24-25 states that they had rejected the law of the Lord who commands armies and spurned his commands. The Lord was furious with his people.
Another time of judgment is coming when Jesus shall return. He warned against rejecting his words for those very words came from God and would judge at the last day, John 12.44-50.
We have the opportunity to know what shall judge us. We know that the words that Jesus spoke will be used. We will not be excused because of ignorance, Acts 17.30. Let us be prepared to give answers for our hope, 1 Peter 3.15.