Isaiah 66:15-16 (ESV)
15 “For behold, the LORD will come in fire,
and his chariots like the whirlwind,
to render his anger in fury,
and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire will the LORD enter into judgment,
and by his sword, with all flesh;
and those slain by the LORD shall be many.”
I think we often forget that the LORD is a God of judgement as well as mercy.
And that His judgement will be harsh but fair (Romans 2:2).
Fire is considered a means of purification; a way of cleansing and refining. Like the process of melting down gold to separate the good bits from the bad bits and in so doing create a pure metal.
Because God hates sin, because He is angry with man’s ungodliness and unrighteousness (Romans 1:18), He will one day act to destroy those who sin: to ‘slay’ those who turn their back on Him.
In some ways it is a “fire & brimstone” message.
And we should all sit-up and take note of it. Because no one – not one of us – is guilt-free.
We have all – every last one of us – rejected God and “gone our own way” (Isaiah 53:6).
Yet that’s where Jesus comes into the picture …
prayer : thank you LORD for your justice and mercy
action : confess my sin before God, repenting, and seeking His forgiveness and mercy