The Day of the Anger of the Lord

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Lamentations 2:11-22

We don’t often read the words of Jesus in Luke 23 where He says to the women who were following Him from Pilate’s Hall, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children . . . for they will begin to say to the mountains, `Fall on us’; and to the hills, `Cover us’” (vv. 28, 30). Sounds like our reading for today, doesn’t it?

Back in 1994 the media was showing us films of the American troops landing on Normandy Beach on D-Day in World War II. And we all said, “I had no idea it was so awful.” And as these words are being written Croats and Serbs and Bosnians are killing each other like savages and in Rwanda tribal warfare goes on endlessly.

There is a protecting hand over the people who live in obedience to the Word of the Lord, and who praise Him for His mighty works. But if that hand is lifted, watch out! Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 tells of the “mystery of iniquity” that is being restrained by the Lord, but when a people no longer honors the one who restrains, there is only anguish ahead.

To the unbeliever this is arrant nonsense. But to those who have been cleansed by Christ, the gospel is still the power of God unto salvation.

PRAYER

Lord, today’s reading was unpleasant. Did You put that in the Bible to warn us against the mystery of iniquity? If so, Lord, we turn to You today. Heal us and our land. In Jesus’ name. Amen.