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Those Who Will Not Bend Must Break  

"If men will not bend, they must break." - Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament  

"Oppressors have been great breakers, but their time of retribution shall come and they shall be broken themselves."

"Sin, Satan, and all our enemies must be crushed by the iron rod of King Jesus."

- both quotes are from Charles Spurgeon  

"The truth of Christ's destructive energy is too often forgotten, and when remembered, is too often thrown forward into another world."

- The Expositor's Bible 

"The slightest breath of God's displeasure is enough to destroy those against whom it is directed."

- Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament 

"...no combined power can stand it out against Omnipotence."

"How powerful Christ is and how weak the enemies of His kingdom are before Him; He has a rod of iron wherewith to crush those that will not submit to His golden sceptre; they are but like a potter's vessel before Him, suddenly, easily, and irreparably dashed in pieces by Him."

- both quotes are from Matthew Henry  

Psalm 2:9 says - "Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."

Psalm 72:4 says - "He shall judge the poor of the people, He shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor."

Job 34:24 says - "He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead."  

The God we serve has the absolute power to break all rebellious nations into pieces...punish all those who rise up against Him...and crush, subdue, punish, and restrain all of His foes.  His "rod of iron" is the sceptre by which He governs. All of the stubborn and rebellious ones are those who refuse to have Him reign over them...treat Him, His ways, and  His Word with utmost contempt...reject His government... despise His commands...and disobey His Gospel.  

He is the One Who - on the one hand - "saves the children of the needy" but - on the other hand - "breaks in pieces the oppressor" or the "mighty men without number."  

Despite their imperial strength, the nations of the world are compared to "a potter's vessel" which is easily dashed into a thousand pieces - especially when they come up against the "rod of iron" in the hand of the omnipotent Son of God. When they are shattered, they cannot be restored or mended ever again. They are irreparably ruined.

That destruction is best illustrated in the following Scriptures -  

Isaiah 30:14 says - "And He shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; He shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit."
Jeremiah 19:11
says - "And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again..."  

Revelation 2:27 says - "And He shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers..."  

The "mighty men" - those who are "mighty" in strength..."mighty" in power and authority as kings, princes, rulers, and governors...or "mighty" in wealth and riches - cannot stand before such a God. He is not intimidated by their wealth, rank, or number.  

This truth must never ever be forgotten. "As one breaketh a potter's vessel," God can and does break nations, cities, and people. Even the mightiest kingdoms become like the chaff of the summer threshing floor when He gets through with them. Their destruction usually comes suddenly.

 "If men will not bend, they must break."

Look around you at the people in your nation. Are they willingly serving the Lord Jesus? Are they submitting to His golden sceptre? What about you?  

Judging from what the Scriptures teach - what will be your final outcome if you do not repent of your sins and submit your life to the Lordship of Jesus?  

May God Bless His Word.


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