Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 18, 2017

“I, the LORD, do the smiting.” – “The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 7.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “And you, son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel, ‘An end!  The end is coming on the four corners of the land.  Now the end is upon you, and I will send My anger against you;  I will judge you according to your ways and bring all your abominations upon you.  For My eye will have no pity on you, nor will I spare you, but I will bring your ways upon you, and your abominations will be among you;  then you will know that I am the Lord!’

“Thus says the Lord God, ‘A disaster, unique disaster, behold it is coming!  An end is coming; the end has come! It has awakened against you;  behold, it has come!  Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land.  The time has come, the day is near—tumult rather than joyful shouting on the mountains.  Now I will shortly pour out My wrath on you and spend My anger against you;  judge you according to your ways and bring on you all your abominations.  My eye will show no pity nor will I spare.  I will repay you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst;  then you will know that I, the Lord, do the smiting.”  Ezekiel 7:1-9.


“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  Proverbs 9:10.

Other doctrine presents the god of its desire, some kind of Santa Claus at man’s “beck and call” who never punishes, but only presents gifts.

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the LORD of Scripture, the LORD Who reigns, the LORD Who justly punishes, the LORD Whom people should fear, the LORD Whom people should hold in reverence and tremble, and the LORD Whom people should exalt and worship.

Worship the Lord in holy attire;
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved;
He will judge the peoples with equity.”  Psalm 96:9-10.


The Lord reigns, let the peoples tremble;
He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!
The Lord is great in Zion,
And He is exalted above all the peoples.
Let them praise Your great and awesome name;
Holy is He.
The strength of the King loves justice;
You have established equity;
You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the Lord our God
And worship at His footstool;
Holy is He.”  Psalm 99:1-6.


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