Three messages – and only one with comfort and hope. Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:2 regarding the poor in spirit reveal why it is Jeremiah’s friend Baruch the scribe who receives comfort in the midst of disaster. It is faith, and not worldly power, that counts with God.
“Ah, sword of the LORD! How long till you are quiet? Put yourself into your scabbard; rest and be still!”
In this long passage the Lord has a hard word for all people, but particularly for those who are His enemies, those who are _not_ His people.
Jesus brought the same message as His Father. We read in Matthew 10, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
This was Jesus on earth, the Servant King.
But we read in Revelation 19 of Jesus the Just and Righteous Warrior King, which will be when He returns on that final day.
We read, “From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.”
Jeremiah’s question at the start resonates. How long till the sword of the Lord is quiet?
God word reveals to us the answer to that question for us today.
It is only after the sword that emits from Jesus mouth in Revelation 19, only after that sword has slain the kings on His return (in ch 20) – Immediately (in ch 21), “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”
The answer for us is our glorious hope, our treasure – Eternal life in the new heavens and the new earth where God will dwell with us, Hallelujah!
This is when the sword will rest and be still.
Until then, we are to spread His gospel to the nations – Because we know the sword is coming! We know the rider on the white horse will appear, and then it will be too late.
Repent! Repent and believe! This must be our cry.
* Gracious Lord,
We praise You for Your mercy to us, that though we deserve the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, the second death, you have saved us from there into a wonderful inheritance. Life and life to the full, with You!