Perfect Skill in Terror
Consider the reign of terror God promises in Deuteronomy chapter 28, verses 15 through 63. Seen from a secular perspective, it is a quaint shopping list of bad old news never to be taken seriously. From the spiritual, supernatural perspective, God's promise of terrible things ought to engender some sense of terror. Example: (verse 22)
The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and
with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an
extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting,
and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
Such language ought to increase the pulse-rate of anyone who reads it. In a reasonably sensitive living Soul, the language is powerful enough to overcome the combined forces of doubt, agnosticism, atheism, humanism, socialism, secularism, communism, and capitalism. The person who remains unmoved after a reading of these horrors should check their vital signs. Incipient zombie-ism might have gotten a toehold.
Back in the days when Moses was laying down the The Law that God ordained between Himself and the 12 tribes of Israel, God was starting a new phase in His relations with the people of planet Earth. Throughout His earth-experience with the living Soul race of creatures, the record shows that God starts small and expands from there: the man and the woman in the Garden of Eden; Noah and his sons with their wives and a few animals.
Where the tribes of Israel are concerned, God started with Moses and expanded His influence through Moses into an unlikely group of Egyptian slaves. To-day (January 19th 2002 at this writing) God continues to expand His influence through His Christ-Spirit. Many people have contrary opinions. Every opinion contrary to God in Christ is basically worthless. No matter what people may think or say, God will always be God.
The terrifying language of Deuteronomy 28 is designed to make any normal, warm-blooded adult wide-eyed with awe and terror. It is Godly language. Secular scholars who think a human, unaided by the living inspiration of God, could produce such a litany of terror are quite mistaken.
It's easy to say, "Moses made it all up." But it takes a cold heart indeed to even try and believe that Moses was nothing but an ambitious oriental, determined to make a name for himself, and willing to do anything to serve his ambition.
So that leaves the living Soul not yet dead and the ancient language of Deuteronomy; along with the not-so-ancient language of God's Christ, Jesus of Nazareth. The ancient language is absolutely terrifying. The not-so-ancient language mixes the absolute assurance of God's power to comfort and heal the terror of bad news only.
To-day, terror lurks in the shadows of every passing instant. It is not the terror of God. It is the terror of people who refuse the comfort of God in Christ. Jesus of Nazareth is the only man to ever experience a full onslaught of God's perfect terror. Jesus made the way of escape for His people. People who refuse the comfort of God in Christ are subject to terrors beyond imagination. May God have mercy on their immortal Souls.
This page was created on January 20th 2002.