The headlines in the 7th century B.C. – nothing but doom from the North:
- “...out of the North shall a plague be spread upon all the inhabitants of the land” (Jeremiah 1:14, Geneva Bible).
- “...I will bring a plague from the North, and a great destruction” (Jeremiah 4:6).
- “Behold, waters rise up out of the North, and shall be as a swelling flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein, and the cities with them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl” (Jeremiah 47:2).
The reality in the 7th century B.C. – the Lord was coming from the North for His glory and the purification of His people:
- “It came to pass in the thirtieth year in the fourth month, and in the fifth day of the month (as I was among the captives by the river Chebar) that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God...the Word of the Lord came unto Ezekiel the Priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of Chaldeans, by the river Chebar, where the hand of the Lord was upon him. And I looked, and behold, a whirlwind came out of the North, a great cloud and a fire wrapped about it, and a brightness was about it...” (Ezekiel 1:1-4).
Lord, help us to keep our eyes on You as we read the headlines today. “...He governs all things to the good of His Church” (Baptist Confession of Faith 1689, 5.7).