“‘See now that I, I am He, and there is no god beside Me; I kill and I make alive,
I wound and I heal, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand.
For I lift up My hand to heaven and swear, As I live forever,
If I whet My lightning sword and My hand takes hold on judgment,
I will wreak vengeance on My foes and recompense those who hate Me.
I will make My arrows drunk with blood, and My sword shall devour flesh,
with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the long-haired heads of the foe.”
Deuteronomy 32:39-42 AMPC
God has a lightening sword.
Can you imagine being the target of God’s vengeance and judgement? Isn’t that a terrifying thought?
And it burns to the depths of Sheol (the place of the dead, the nether world),
It devours the earth with its yield,
And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.”
Deuteronomy 32:22 AMPC
When someone takes what is not theirs, when they betray or hurt someone that we love it is easy to desire for the full extant of justice to be served…but do we really want that, for their soul too? Far be it from us that we should desire anyone condemned to the righteous fury of God on judgement day. The only way we can feel that way is if we think that they are worse than we are, if we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to.
People look at me skeptically when I admit to them that I’ve broken all ten commandments. They think for a moment, “this girl has no idea what she is talking about, doesn’t she know ‘thou shalt not murder’ is one of those commandments?”. When I reassure them I have, it is a bit comical for a moment to watch their faces before I explain that there was a time in my life where I truly hated some people that had hurt me. They had betrayed me and I hated them. In 1 John 3:15 God lets us know that under his standard of holiness if you hate you are a murderer and that no one who is a murderer has eternal life. If we desire for someone to be eliminated from our lives or to be destroyed out of our hatred for them it is the same spirit of murder, even if we don’t actually take steps to get rid of them. The same thing is for adultery. Jesus let us know in the Sermon on the Mount that if we look at someone with lust that we are not married to then we are an adulterer in God’s eyes. God’s judgement is of our heart, of our motives, and none of us is good, not even one.
When we hate, when we lust, when we lie or steal, we are opposing God himself – we are displaying aggression and defiance toward Him & that is something truly to be afraid of.
It hurts when someone betrays us–it hurts God more because it shows Him a heart that does not recognize Him or trust in Him. If we trust in God we will obey Him.