This is what God gave me today in his word:
Like birds hovering, so the LORD of hosts will protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it; he will spare and rescue it.” (Isa 31:5)
OK, but what exactly did Israel need protecting from?
And the LORD will cause his majestic voice to be heard and the descending blow of his arm to be seen, in furious anger and a flame of devouring fire, with a cloudburst and storm and hailstones. The Assyrians will be terror-stricken at the voice of the LORD, when he strikes with his rod. And every stroke of the appointed staff that the LORD lays on them will be to the sound of tambourines and lyres. Battling with brandished arm, he will fight with them. (Isa 30:30-32)
Oh, well, OK then. But, er, I’m not a Israelite, does that mean I get the same wiz-bang-smash treatment?
6 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 7 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[b] 8 In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. (Romans 9:6-8)
Umm… OK? And that means what again:
In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.
It isn’t necessarily “the Israelites” who are saved, but it’s “the Israelites” who are saved. It is God’s children who are saved, and they don’t have to be actual descendents of Abraham… OK sure, but why does the verse in Isaiah talk about birds?
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. (Matthew 3:16)
Oh, so that means that the verse in Isaiah is talking about the Holy Spirit. I know that I have the Holy Spirit because I accepted Jesus into my life. Does that mean that I am protected from God’s wrath? … Yes! Jesus took God’s Wrath upon himself on the cross, so that we wouldn’t have to bear it!
In short; because Jesus took God’s wrath on himself, and in doing so also gave us his spirit, we are protected from God’s wrath – there is none left! – and we are protected from the Devil. Thank you Jesus!
You are loved!