Lord of the Angel Armies

This world our God created can be a devastatingly brutal place. Homicide, genocide, infanticide, suicide, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse, racism, sexism, agism, human trafficking, famine, disease, oppression, greed, destruction, selfishness and corruption are only a few of the injustices that run rampant in this world. Sometimes injustice comes with a shock like being doused with ice cold water. Sometimes it sneaks up on us like a cancerous growth we’ve ignored for far too long. But make no mistake, injustice touches each and every one of us.

Things are not the way things were meant to be. When the full impact of that truth settles down the natural human response is to cry out to God. Where is He? Does He see? Will He come? Can He even help?

Do not be deceived, our God is a just and jealous God. In His great mercy, He waits, but not forever. We must not fail to recognize God’s fierceness. And we must not, we dare not forget His majesty. But remember this, the weapons of God’s wrath were not meant to be wielded against you, but on your behalf. God has not forgotten you. Your cries have been heard. The injustice committed against you is of great concern to Him. Keep your hope in God. God has been fighting for you and He will continue ever faithfully to fight for you.

In the Psalms and in the book of Isaiah, God is called MELEKH, the King. Put aside for a moment the Western image of a pompous and impotent figurehead. Reach back to the mythical, powerful, majestic, king of your childhood fantasies. A true king and his subjects are bound by oaths of sacred honor. A true king’s subject serves with fealty freely sworn, bound to his king by a noble past, bound to his king by a glorious destiny. Our faithful and merciful King has set His heart to seek and rescue the weak and the oppressed. Listen to this:

Happy is the one who has the God of Jacob for a help…
the maker of the heavens and the earth,
the seas and all they contain,
the world’s true guardian,
who musters justice on behalf of the oppressed,
who gives bread to the hungry,
The ADVOCATE, who sets the captive free!
(Psalm 146 Kol Haneshamah)

And this God, this king of ours has power in abundance. His name is ADONAI-SABAOTH, “The Lord of Hosts”, or “Lord of the Angel Armies”. Perhaps you remember that God sent a single angel to drive out six nations from the land of Canaan. And God has armies of angels at his command. Listen to this:

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
         The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
     God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
         God will help her when morning dawns.
     The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
         He raised His voice, the earth melted.
     The LORD of hosts (ADONAI-SABAOTH) is with us;
         The God of Jacob is our stronghold.

The King is coming.  And like Robin Hood’s good King Richard when the good King comes He will bring the cruel autocrat to Justice and restore our freedom.

The King is coming.  And like Gondor’s good King Aragon when the good King comes He will turn the tide of the Battle and restore our hope.

The King is coming.  And like Lancelot’s good King Arthur when the good King comes He will fight for Beauty and restore our faith. 

The King is coming.

Listen to the fierce and majestic imagery of this description of our coming King.

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With Justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”  He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
       KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

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