ISRAEL’S ULTIMATE VINDICATION
A. The Song then tells us that the nations and the false gods get prideful and cocky in their oppression of Israel—as if they were the ones really running the show! However, God knows that when He is done using them as His rod of discipline on the nation, the tables will be turned, and then it will be they who will experience His wrath.
34 ‘Is it not laid up in store with Me, Sealed up in My treasuries? 35‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.’ (NASBDeut. 32:34-35)
5 “Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath! 6 I send him against a godless nation, I dispatch him against a people who anger me, to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets. 7But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations…11 [he says] shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?’ ” 12 When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes. (NIVIs. 10:5-7, 11-12)
B. At the end of the age, the story reaches its climax. God is going to annul Israel’s “covenant with death” (i.e. with idols, the worship of which warrants the death penalty according to the Law), by letting Israel get a taste of what her false lovers really think about her (Is. 28:14-19). He does this by removing His hand of protection and letting the powers of the air “have at her” through the Anti-Christ armies (Rev. 13-14). At this point, the true motives of her lovers will be exposed, and like Gomer, Israel will have a choice. Do I appease these false gods by giving myself to them in even greater adultery (mark of the beast, conversion to Islam), or do I turn back to my true Husband in repentance and trust Him to come to my rescue? Many will choose the former. They will be destroyed and then ultimately thrown into the Lake of fire. At this point, their adultery is beyond redemption (Rev. 14:9-12). However, as prophesied in passages like Deuteronomy 30 and Zechariah 12, a remnant will come to their senses and cry out to Yahweh in repentance. As the nations clamor for Israel’s annihilation in their Pharisaical self-righteousness, as the nation is completely humbled and emptied of its strength and finds herself on the very brink of extinction, Yahweh will come to their rescue as Jesus splits the sky. He will save the nation, by grace, through faith. Completely undeserved. No boasting. Abraham, his friend, will be with him, as will the angels and the resurrected saints.
36 “For the Lord will vindicate His people, And will have compassion on His servants, When He sees that their strength is gone, And there is none remaining, bond or free. 37“And He will say, ‘Where are their gods, The rock in which they sought refuge? 38‘Who ate the fat of their sacrifices, And drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise up and help you, Let them be your hiding place! 39‘See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, And there is no one who can deliver from My hand. 40‘Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven, And say, as I live forever, 41If I sharpen My flashing sword (or lightening), And My hand takes hold on justice, I will render vengeance on My adversaries, And I will repay those who hate Me. 42‘I will make My arrows drunk with blood, And My sword will devour flesh, With the blood of the slain and the captives, From the long-haired leaders of the enemy.’ 43“Rejoice, O nations, with His people; For He will avenge the blood of His servants, And will render vengeance on His adversaries, And will atone for His land and His people.” (NASBDeut. 32:36-43)
10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spiritof grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. 11 On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, 13 the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, 14 and all the rest of the clans and their wives. (NIVZech. 12:10-14)
12 This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. (NIVZech. 14:12)
C. What about us?
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. (NIV2 Cor. 1:8-9)
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. 19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. (NIVPs. 18:16-19)