Summary of passage: The day of the Lord is near where every man will be in pain and terror. The land and sinners will be destroyed and no light will shine upon the Earth. The universe will tremble as man becomes scarcer than gold. No mercy will be shown the captors. The Medes (a group of people who occupied present-day Iran) will come against Babylon who will be overthrown. Man will no longer live in Babylon–only animals.
5a) The day of the Lord is near, the day of the Lord is coming, in the day of his burning anger
b) It will come as destruction. Every man will be afraid and be in pain. The land and the sinners will be destroyed. No light will shine upon the Earth. The universe will shake and man will be scarcer than pure gold.
6a) People don’t understand that God punishes His people who turn away out of his undying love and He alone has that right to judge evil-doers. Man against man does not. Man acts out of his selfish needs and pride–for his own purposes, not God’s.
b) His law is to not take revenge. God explicitly says it’s His job. God says to love your enemy as yourself and He will hand out punishments in the end.
Conclusions: To be honest, not much here today. After yesterday, this lesson was a let down. It took a fraction of the time (good in a sense because I have a lot to do today) but not good in the sense I didn’t get much from it. It’s back to gloom and doom, “You’d better watch out” stuff and a reminder of how judgment is God’s job.