I read a little farther today as there was not much for me to comment on, in chapters 22 and 23, which we have not seen or heard before. In chapter 24 I did not get far. The key verse here, I believe, is 24:12 – “It (the Israelites – God’s chosen) has frustrated all efforts; its heavy deposit has not been removed, not even by fire.”
They had strayed so far that all efforts to clean them, to renew them, had failed and frustrated God.
I am glad I can only imagine how far a nation, a chosen people, would have to go to frustrate the heart of God. I look at this and I see a patient, faithful Father; even as I read the Old Testament I find myself saying, “You just aren’t getting it are you”. “Does a ton of bricks need to fall on your head before you do”? “I would have smote you a long time ago”! And then, I am reminded of me and my own stubbornness, my own way of going astray; I am reminded of what great lengths God has gone to be sure that we, you and me, are never in that situation again. Jesus – it was, it is Jesus!