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eshua of Nazareth is, without adoubt, the best-known figure inhistory.Even today, 2,000 years after He washere, multitudes know Him as the Sav-ior, the Messiah, and the Son of God.In the pages of the New Testament(NT), He is revealed as Teacher, Rab-bi, Healer, and Creator of heaven andearth.Children were attracted to Him (Matt.19:13-14), which tells us somethingabout His personality and disposition. After all, little ones don’t generallygravitate to dour, stern-faced adults.But did you know that this gentle, lik-able Carpenter from Nazareth is alsoa destroyer?That’s right—Yeshua is a
.The Bible tells us that there are cer-tain things He has already or willsomeday destroy. You might say, “Wait a minute—Ithought the devil was the destroyer.” And you’re right—he is. In fact, oneof Satan’s biblical names is Apollyon,which means “destroyer” (Rev. 9:11).But the Lord Jesus (
)is also a destroyer. You might think that’s out of charac-ter for Him, but it’s really not.The divine personality—like the God-head itself—is multifaceted. Yes, He’sa loving and merciful God. But He’salso a God of justice and holiness—andthere are times when He moves swiftlyand unrelentingly against His enemies.Is this a sort of divine schizophrenia, assome skeptics claim?
Of course it’s not.It simply means that God adapts to dif-ferent circumstances and responds ac-cordingly. Sometimes we’re the sameway. Under normal circumstances, wemay be passive and gentle; but whenwe’re threatened, we adapt.It’s like the young, single mom whosestory appeared on a news programseveral years ago. She shot and killedtwo armed hoodlums who had brokeninto her house. Friends and familymembers said she was a mild-man-nered and soft-spoken woman; theywere amazed that she was capableof acting so quickly and aggressivelywhen she and her babies were threat-ened. They said it was a side of herpersonality that they had never wit-nessed before.The Lord, likewise, is normally kindand merciful. It’s His character to bethat way (Psalm 118:1-4). But whenHis loved ones are threatened, or Hisplan is otherwise placed in jeopardy,He can bring down judgment and de-struction unlike anything you couldever imagine.So, then, what does the Bible say aboutthe Messiah’s role as a destroyer? Whoor what are the targets of His wrath?
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