Summary: To show that GOD does the avenging.
Can you avenge yourself?
No. Only GOD can avenge Me. GOD is the Avenger.
Romans 12:19 (Amplified Bible)
12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord.
Deuteronomy 32:35 (Amplified Bible)
32:35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense, in the time when their foot shall slide; for the day of their disaster is at hand and their doom comes speedily.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD does the avenging.
Deuteronomy 32:41 (Amplified Bible)
32:41 If I whet My lightning sword and My hand takes hold on judgment, I will wreak vengeance on My foes and recompense those who hate Me.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are the Avenger against my enemies.
GOD renders vengeance on His enemies
A. Name derived from: 2 Greek words: "deuteros" meaning second and "nomos" meaning law.
B. Author: Moses (commonly accepted)
C. Date written: 1407 - 1406 B.C.
D. Purpose: The former generation of Israel had died in the wilderness; hence it was important that the law should be repeated and expounded to the new generation before they entered the Promised Land.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
E. To whom written: The children of Israel, the generation which would enter and conquer the Promised Land.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Main Theme: A rehearsal of the laws proclaimed at Sinai, with a call to obedience, interspersed with a review of the experiences of the old generation.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Key word: Remember
H. Key verses:
Deuteronomy 6:1-4 (Amplified Bible)
6:1 NOW THIS is the instruction, the laws, and the precepts which the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land to which you go to possess it,
6:2 That you may [reverently] fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, and keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be watchful to do them, that it may be well with you and that you may increase exceedingly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
6:4 Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord [the only Lord].
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. GOD points His Sword and His Hand holds on judgement
"If I whet My lightning sword and My hand takes hold on judgment,"
Whet or "shanan" in Hebrew meaning:
1. to point
2. to pierce
3. to inculcate - to preach, persuade, press
4. prick, sharp (-en), teach diligently
Sword or "chereb" in Hebrew meaning:
2. destructive effect
3. axe, dagger, knife, mattock, sword, tool
Ezekiel 21:14-15 (Amplified Bible)
21:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and smite your hands together and let the sword be doubled, yes, trebled in intensity—the sword for those to be overthrown and pierced through; it is the sword of great slaughter which encompasses them [so that none can escape, even by entering into their inner chambers].
21:15 I have set the threatening and glittering sword against all their gates, that their hearts may melt and their stumblings be multiplied. Ah! It is made [to flash] like lightning; it is pointed and sharpened for slaughter.
Zephaniah 2:12 (Amplified Bible)
2:12 You Ethiopians also, you shall be slain by My sword.
Isaiah 66:6 (Amplified Bible)
66:6 [Hark!] An uproar from the city! A voice from the temple! The voice of the Lord, rendering recompense to His enemies!
Isaiah 59:18 (Amplified Bible)
59:18 According as their deeds deserve, so will He repay wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; on the foreign islands and coastlands He will make compensation.
In a place there's no drought, the wicked feels the dryness. While in a rich land, the wicked still feels the same. The righteous can give thanks to the LORD for everything. The wicked or unbelievers can't be content if they receive more money than righteous people.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (Amplified Bible)
5:18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
1 Timothy 6:6 (Amplified Bible)
6:6 [And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain.
B. GOD renders judgement and recompense on those who hate Him
"I will wreak vengeance on My foes and recompense those who hate Me."