All Out War
God will wage all out war on those who wage war on his people.
We are reminded in this chapter of when God did this once before. Way back when his people were in Egypt. Pharaoh and Egypt oppressed God’s people. And because of this, God waged an all out war on Pharaoh and Egypt.
Now we see God waging an all out war on those who oppress and persecute God’s people. These plagues are so bad you wouldn’t wish them on your worst enemy. And yet, on the worst enemies of God’s people, these plagues are unleashed.
The first reason God shows us this is so we know he will take care of his people. In the middle of the suffering, we think God isn’t there for us. But God has a picture of the end. He knows who will reign victorious.
But I also believe God gives us this picture for compassion. Compassion for those who are persecuting the people of God. Jesus told us to “pray for those who persecute you.” Well, don’t you think this is why he tells us this?!
We are to know those who are not repentant towards God will face his wrath. All the while, we use this knowledge to work to bring these same people to repentance. Don’t settle into the Christian attitude of “They’re getting what they deserve.” This was not the attitude of Jesus. And we shouldn’t have this attitude either.
Throughout this year (Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017), CrossPoint will be reading through the New Testament. We are doing this because we’re learning about the Church and the New Testament is the handbook for the church. Therefore, join us as we follow this reading plan. Today’s reading is from Revelation 16.