God Loves Your Enemies

In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border. And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. Then the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the LORD and perform it. And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the LORD, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.

In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:19-25)

God doesn’t just love us. He loves those who hate us, too. Egypt had enslaved the Israelites for more than four hundred years. Assyria was a brutal dictatorship, noted for its cruelty in war. Egypt became a picture of sin. The Exodus from Egyptian slavery became a picture of God’s salvation from sin. Assyria was a place of bondage and exile, too: a place destined to be judged by God for their mistreatment of his people.

But despite all that, God loved the Egyptians and the Assyrians no less than he loved anyone else. He offered forgiveness and salvation to them, just as he had offered it to his own people, the Israelites. Surprisingly, just like the Israelites, God announced that the Assyrians and the Egyptians would repent and become as much God’s people as the Israelites. The fulfillment of God’s words began with the spreading of the Gospel message beyond the borders of Palestine to the Gentiles. Those of us who are not Jewish by birth, have become one with all of God’s people thanks to Jesus. Even the enemies of God, the enemies of his people, were offered—and then granted—God’s love. We might as well love our enemies, since God already does—and who really wants to disagree with God?

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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