23 See, the storm of the Lord will burst out in wrath,
a driving wind swirling down on the heads of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back until He fully accomplishes the purposes of His heart.
In days to come you will understand this.
The last two verses of this chapter are found above with the last one speaking of God’s heart, the purposes of His heart. Looking at all the versions of this last verse most use the word heart, some use mind, and a few only mention God’s purposes or intentions. The interlinear Bible gives a direct interpretation as heart.
So what are the intentions or purposes of God’s heart as noted above? Perhaps this is not difficult at all, for He intends grace and mercy for His people and wrath and vengeance on their enemies. This would go back to His covenant with Abraham when He said
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3
I would take the wicked in verse twenty-three above to be those who cursed Abraham or his seed – Israel. God will honor his covenant and promises to Abraham and we would do well in the days to come to understand this. Today we would do well to also remember Jesus’ answer to Thomas’ question about the way
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7