Ezekiel 38:13-23 – The Sword of the Lord and of…?

Do you remember when Gideon was called to lead the army of Israel against the mighty Midianites?  Gideon and his outnumbered troops surrounded the massive army and blew trumpets, broke pitchers and cried out, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!”  God put fear in the hearts of the Midianite army and they killed each other and fled until Gideon could summon more troops to track them down to complete the victory.  God had given them that victory.  However, Gideon had some part in it as God’s servant…and the people would not let him forget it.  And, he didn’t.  Neither did his children.  Pretty soon it was hard to tell if Israel had remembered who had really won the battle.

Fast forward now to the future.  Magog (Russia) is coming down with a massive army and Israel awaits.  As Russia is coming to the land an earthquake hits, hail stones and fire come down from the sky, mountains and cliff fall, and the invading army is so bewildered and scared they begin to fight each other just as the Midianites had.  The difference is, this earthquake is worldwide, and there is no Gideon figure at the site of the battlefield.  There will be no man to praise, to rob God of His rightful place.  All the people who are on the face of the earth will quake at His presence.  God will vindicate His holiness before their eyes.

This same God who can shake the whole earth and remove entire armies to protect His people has commanded us to cast our cares/anxieties upon Him, because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7)  
Let’s put our trust in our omnipotent (all-powerful) God who loves us and desires for us to find rest in Him!

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