God's Strange Act
“The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon— to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.”
Isaiah 28:21 NIV
Mount Perazim and the Valley of Gibeon were both places where God executed justice upon evil. Only in response to the cancer of sin do we see anything but life flowing from our Heavenly Father. This is why scripture defines these acts of God as strange and alien. Before sin entered the universe God was known only as the sustainer of life and while God is not the author of death, he refuses to sustain evil. The boomerang of devastation evil cast at its inception will not be held in limbo forever. In the pouring out of the plagues of Revelation we see evil reaping just what it has sown.
God has stepped between sin and sinners with his own blood until all who desire it might accept his gift of eternal life. But God is too wise to allow sin to continue a moment longer than would serve the purposes of salvation. Wicked beings have no power to sustain their own existence, separated from God they perish. If God were to withhold the natural consequences of sin even when the possibility of salvation was past he would himself be guilty of unrighteousness.
The reason God's wrath is poured without mercy upon the unrepentant at the end is because mercy only serves righteousness when it is extended to those who might still turn from their evil course. When probation closes and everyone has made their final choice mercy can do no further good.
The universe will never again witness the strange act of God in fulfilling the justice of his perfect law against evil because evil will never again rise. All of the enemy's accusations against God's character will have been proven utterly baseless and the folly of selfishness will be abundantly clear. With renewed depth, all of creation will sing the praise of the one who eternally demonstrated his love in ways we will ever study but never fully comprehend.
Still Seeking His Face,