I was noticing some common phrases in these chapters. Phrases like “declares the Lord”, or, “Thus says the Lord.” As I began looking at the passages I began to get a pretty good picture of what is going to happen to God’s chosen people. And the reasons are pretty evident as well. You see the words describing their behaviors such as, wicked, evil, forsaken, adultery, harlotry, etc.
I hope you caught verse 5 in chapter 5 “But they too, with one accord…” it would appear they all were together in their self destructing, evil behavior towards God.
I also found it interesting that in Lot’s time God would have saved/redeemed Sodom and Gomorrah for 10 righteous people – which of course were not found. Here in chapter 5 we see it stated that if one man; one man could be found then God would pardon the Israelites.
We also see God’s mercy in that He will keep His promise and a remnant will remain as God says in 5:18 “Yet even in those days,” declares the Lord, “I will not make you a complete destruction”.
Chapter 6 uses words like they don’t listen, their ears are closed, they cannot hear and then He goes on to say since you have not listened….
“If you will return, O Israel, “declares the Lord, “Then you should return to Me.” God is giving Israel the opportunity to avert destruction. All they need to is return to Him. And yet, they do not! How often when God is what I need to I return to everything but God. Sad, sad revelation, but then as I have stated before, I am not so different than those little ol self destructing children. Accept for the grace of God go I.
I can’t help but wonder if God was to look at our Country today, just how many He would find that have a true heart to follow Him. How many would He find whose ears are attentive to His voice? I can’t worry about them, but I sure best be making sure that I have a true heart and ears that are listening.
Until tomorrow – Be encouraged,