God’s vengeance on the Gentiles
We have acknowledged:
- Everything God does is right and just.
- Mankind has chosen to sin against God through rebellion and disobedience.
- The Lord God has the right, power, and reason for judging His Creation.
- God makes a difference between Israel and the nations of the world.
- God’s purpose for disciplining Israel is to purge and cleanse her from sin to restore the unique relationship with Him for which Israel was created.
Now we pray regarding God’s judgment and punishment of the Gentiles (both nations and individuals.)
God judges the nations for two reasons, both are based on their sin of rebellion.
The first might be a surprise to many; God punishes Gentiles for their treatment of Israel.
The English translation of this verse varies, but the meaning is the same:
For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance,
The year of recompense for the cause of Zion. (NKJV)
For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause. (NIV)
For Adonai has a day of vengeance,
a year of recompense for the hostility against Zion. (TLV)
The basic Hebrew meaning for שִׁלּוּמִים is “reward.” The reward could be a blessing but in the case of this verse, it is “punishment.”
God has continually warned the Gentiles that He would bring punishment for their rejection and negative treatment of the Jewish people.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (NKJV)
PRAY FOR YOUR CHURCH AND YOUR NATION TO BLESS AND NOT CURSE ISRAEL IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOD’S WORD.