For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it,
or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?
As if a rod should wield him who lifts it,
or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
Therefore the Lord GOD of hosts will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors,
and under his glory a burning will be kindled,
like the burning of fire.
The light of Israel will become a fire,
and his Holy One a flame,
and it will burn and devour
his thorns and briers in one day.
The glory of his forest and of his fruitful land
the LORD will destroy,
both soul and body,
and it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few
that a child can write them down.
Narrow is the way and few there be that find it – Jesus
A mighty nation made up of many nations is likened to a forest of many trees. The king who was used to punish Israel is compared to an axe in God’s hands used as an instrument of judgment. And the axe begins to boast of its strength…
Do we not fully realize who God is? Would we as the axe and rod in this passage elevate ourselves over the one who created us? The king became arrogant and haughty, taking credit for what had been accomplished; the conqueror of many nations. Did he not know God? Did he not realize who it was that used him for His will? Perhaps not, perhaps so. Either way he was not now giving credit to the God who made him strong but taking credit for his own strength. God now turns to him and requires of him an accounting. We cannot boast of our own deeds as if we were responsible for our accomplishments without honoring the one who gave us the abilities to do what we have done. Did we create ourselves?
And now, God levies that same judgment against the king who was used to deliver God’s punishment against Israel. The message is quite clear; God hates and does not tolerate haughtiness and arrogance. There is a spiritual law at work here. There are consequences for breaking laws. Jump from a high place; we will go down and suffer harm. Would we the created count ourselves greater than the Creator? There are consequences that follow such an attitude, such behavior.
We can learn from this. We can be sure to honor our Creator and Savior. We can be grateful for the graces and gifts he has given us. We serve an awesome God who is capable of mighty things; who has set in motion laws of nature and spirit that we at times cannot fathom. We can know and honor who He is and what He does. We can be aware of His love and mercy to those who acknowledge Him.
Will we be the remnant who stand, who will not compromise, who will acknowledge the God of the universe and will remain true to Him giving Him honor and glory, receiving His grace.
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