Posts Tagged "Judgment"

The Day of the Lord

The Day of the Lord

I am currently reading through the minor prophets in my daily Bible reading.  I noticed that the phrase “Day of the Lord” is a common theme in much of their writing, and I thought I would do a little study on the phrase to see if I could figure out what The Day of the Lord was really all about.  After each passage, I offer some conclusions about what the passage says about the Day of the Lord.

According to my ESV Study Bible, the earliest known usage of the phrase is in Amos 5:18-20:

“Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?” [Amos 5:18-20]

Amos invokes the term in describing the judgment against the Northern Kingdom at the hands of the Assyrians.  Amos rebukes those who desire the coming day of the Lord and asks “Why would you want that?”  The ESV study Bible postulates that perhaps the term had come into popular use at that time to symbolize that time when God would return and make Israel the head of all nations.  Amos warns that the coming day of the Lord is not a time of safety (as having escaped from a lion) but terror (as being consumed by a bear). 

Conclusion: The Day of the Lord is nothing to look forward to because it brings with it the darkness of judgment.

So, let’s see what the other prophets had to say about it.  Isaiah employs the term in prophecying the coming destruction of Babylon at the hands of the Medes and Persians in Isaiah 13:6-9:

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The Wrath of God

On July 8, 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached his most famous sermon ever at Enfield, Connecticut.  That sermon was based on Deuteronomy 32:35:

“Their foot shall slide in due time.”

In a day and age when one wells known preacher refuses to talk about hell because he doesn’t want to offend people, Edwards’ sermon seems particularly relevant.  As you read the sermon, replete with wonderfully written prose and the conviction of the Word of God, you can feel Edwards’ love for the people he was preaching to.  You sense that he is, with a great deal of urgency, pleading with his audience to embrace Jesus Christ as savior.  Perhaps we need more sermons like this in our day and age when so many people:

“…will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” [2 Timothy 4:3]

I will not post the entire text of the sermon here (I have included a link to it at the bottom of this post), but I will provide an outline along with some of the more memorable quotes from the sermon beginning with Edwards’ introduction:

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