When God executes His judgments, they are so perfect that there are no collateral damages. Every death and destruction are no accidents. We are familiar with how God rescued Lot from the city of Sodom before He destroyed it. In this post, we will explore from Scripture how none of His judgments has any collateral damages.
Rahab and the wall of Jericho
Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall.Josh 2:15
The house of Rahab was on the city wall of Jericho. Since her window was on the wall, she let the spies down through a rope and made them escape.
So the men said to her: “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home.Josh 2:17-18
It was through this same window on the wall through which the spies escaped, Rahab must bind the line of scarlet cord for her to escape God’s judgment on Jericho.
So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.Josh 6:20
When God made the walls of Jericho fall flat, Rahab’s house which was on the wall was not destroyed as in Josh 6:20, 22-23. It was a flawless execution of God’s judgment with zero collateral damage.
The LORD marks before His judgment
.. the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. “Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” …Ezek 9:4-6
None of the deaths during God’s judgment is collateral damage. Even before God executes His judgments, He marks those who must not be touched. Then to the rest, He shows no mercy even to little children. If we want to be spared, we must cry out against the abominations like homosexuality and murders like abortions. If we don’t we receive no mercy from God, nor will He spare us on the day of His judgment on the city. Just as His judgment began in His sanctuary in ancient Israel, today it will begin with Christians who call upon His name yet don’t cry out against abominations.
There are no accidental deaths
There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”Luke 13:1-5
Jesus was informed about two events. The first was a murder by Pilate who mingled the blood of Galileans in their sacrifices. The second was an accident where 18 died as a result of the collapse of the tower in Siloam. Jesus never felt sorry for them. Instead, He warned those who told these to repent. Otherwise, they too will perish likewise showing there are no accidental deaths or collateral damages in God’s judgments. Immediately after He spoke of a parable in (Luke 13:6-9) to show how everyone’s grace is expiring and their time running out before they are cut off.
Just as Rahab’s house on the wall did not fall flat, God executes His judgments with precision. Even before God executes His judgments, He marks those who cry out and sigh against abominations like homosexuality and murders like abortions not to be harmed while the rest including their children have no mercy. There are no accidental deaths or collateral damages in God’s judgments and it begins with Christians. Are you marked to be spared from His judgments?