1 Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the
earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it!
2 The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies.
He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter.3 Their
slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will stink; the mountains will
be soaked with their blood.4 All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and
the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered
leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.5 My sword
has drunk its fill in the heavens; see, it descends in judgment on Edom,
the people I have totally destroyed.6 The sword of the LORD is bathed
in blood, it is covered with fat—the blood of lambs and goats, fat from
the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great
slaughter in the land of Edom. 7 And the wild oxen will fall with them,
the bull calves and the great bulls. Their land will be drenched with blood,
and the dust will be soaked with fat.
1.This whole chapter is almost too tough to hear. It describes God’s
undoing of those parts of creation that refuse to accept the sovereignty
of God. The nations that God would judge refused to respond
to the Lord. Therefore, their lands would be returned to the
birds and the beasts. What God has ordained is certain to pass.
2.How do you feel about God after reading this passage? How might
you feel if you read it from the viewpoint of an oppressed person
reflecting on the fact that justice would one day overtake your oppressor?
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.