God is here, so do not fear! Part 2

”God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging . . . Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: see how he brings destruction upon the world. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. ‘Stop fighting’, He says, ‘and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme over the world.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob  is our fortress.”

Now, this is part two of the ‘God is near, so do not fear’ Bible Study. I’ll pick up where I left off. ”Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: see how he brings destruction upon the world.” Where it says, ‘come, see’, it may mean, ‘don’t you know’, or, ‘think about’ what the Lord has done. It’s saying we should remember what God has done. ”See how he brings destruction upon the world.” Bringing destruction on something or someone is an old term for ‘destroying something or someone’. There are many examples in the Bible where God destroys things, here are some examples: There was the time God flooded the earth (Genesis 7). There was the time God brought plagues on Egypt (Exodus 7: 14 – 11: 10 & 12: 29-30). There was the time God destroyed the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6: 20). These are few of the many times God destroys things.

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.” The phrase ‘to the ends of the earth’, means ‘all over the earth’. God has stopped wars all over the earth – that’s what verse 9a states. To back it up, here are some examples: ”Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Israel and Egypt . . . so neither went near the other all night long.” This stopped what was probably minutes from being a war! In 2 Chronicles 32: 21a, it says, and the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace”. Verse 22 goes on to say: ”So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from Sennacherib king of Assyria.” Sennacherib was encamped nearby to Jerusalem, getting ready to attack the city with at least 185,000 fighting men. This also prevented a war!

The next bit of Psalm 46 is this: ”He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.” This kind of follows on from the last verse, because if you don’t have weapons, you can’t fight a war (unless you have God on your side). However, the next verse sums it all up. ” ‘Stop fighting,’ He says, ‘and know that I am God, I am supreme among the nations, I am supreme over the world.” Wow!

So, in conclusion to this Bible Study, God is doing, and is doing awesome stuff! God is and has been here with us as our protection and strength. Oh! And verse 11 says, ”The Lord Almighty is with us; the Good of Jacob is our refuge.” Sound familiar? It’s an exact quote of verse 7.

I have finished this ‘God is near, so do not fear!’ Bible Study. But always remember what God has done, and remember ”the Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge,” the repeated verse.

Nathan

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