Friday, September 1, 2017

If I Whet My Glittering Sword

I've been thinking a lot about Deuteronomy chapter 32. This chapter falls toward the end of Moses life, and it is also toward the end of his exhortation to the people of Israel. It is full of yummy goodness. This chapter serves as both a warning and a promise to God's people. Within this chapter is one of my favorite Bible verses. It's obscure and actually quite terrifying, but I love it none the same.

A few years ago, we were studying the Old Testament straight through and I fell in love with Deuteronomy 32:41.

It reads:

If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.

I jokingly told my husband that I love it because it contained the word glittering, but that wasn't the real reason. (Glittering is found 14 times in the KJV Bible!)

The reason I love Deuteronomy 32:41 is because it is part of a promise from God that he will care for his people. He states he will judge and take vengeance on his enemies. If you continue reading Deuteronomy 32, he goes on to say that:

Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people. vs.43

Through Moses, God reminds his people that he is their shelter. He is their rock, and if they remain obedient to him, He would have their backs.

Moses also warns the people that if they fall away from God, he would render judgment, and he would punish those who did not follow him.

I don't know about you, but I find great peace in knowing that Jehovah God has my back. So, while you're going through the craziness of your day, remember that God is in control, and he will care for you!

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