Who Can Stand Before the Lord?

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 50:33-46

Isn’t it amazing how at certain moments in history one nation seems to be all- powerful. Genghis Khan controlled Asia and came sweeping into Europe. The Moors conquered North Africa, swept through Spain and deep into France. Napoleon and Hitler ruled Europe and roared east into Russia. And the God before whom every knee shall bow says, “What shepherd can stand before me?” (v. 44).

At the time Jeremiah spoke these words, Babylon was riding high. His words seemed to be the height of folly. Look again at verse 43: “[The king’s] hands fell helpless; anguish seized him, pain as of a woman in travail.” Then remember Daniel 5:5,6: “The fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall . . . the king’s color changed . . . his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together.”

The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt lie dead on the ash heap of history. Mighty Sennacharib of Assyria saw his empire destroyed. Alexander’s Greece fell. Mighty Rome came crashing down.

A wise father taught five Holbrook children in the 30’s and 40’s, “Don’t mess with the Lord.” Those who do . . . learn who is really in charge.


We’re so accustomed to hearing the precious promises of the Bible, Lord, that warnings like this sort of take our breath away. Thank You that You the God of love cannot stand brutality and tyranny. Never let us think we can defy You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.