You’re surrounded by evil people who commit great atrocities of war, greed and avarice. God’s fury is coming to them. Are you pleased to hear that news?
Now, your wayward brother, Judah…Those people have wandered away from what God explicitly taught them, just like their fathers. God is going to light a fire amongst them. Are you pleased to hear this?
Now…What about yourself?
You have experienced victories over your enemies recently. You have money and you prosper. But don’t be so quick to equate prosperity with blessing, or with divine approval.
Ask yourselves: how did we come by this wealth? Was it by obeying God’s laws of old? The sword of justice cuts both ways.
Don’t you know what God hates? He hates idolatry. He hates to see people flagrantly abusing the gift of sex. He hates injustice and self-satisfied iniquity. You witnessed God’s judgement on other nations for these things, but He saved you and showed you great patience. You have been a blessed people. But you have thrown that blessing in His face, and he will bring you low. Repent! Do you think He takes pleasure in seeing this happen to you?
You think that because of your name, the tides of invading empires have receded from you? Look farther out, you shortsighted fool, and see the tidal wave that is growing. God have given you ample warning. The tide? It obeys God! And it will sweep in and uproot you. Everything you enjoyed, everything you took pride in will be swept away. Everyone who thought they were secure will find themselves destroyed. Perhaps then you will see God for who he really is, in his holiness, standing beside His altar.
But look Israel, where the flood waters have receded, a verdant land will grow. God is a good God, and has a purpose which will not be upset by your failures.
Israel, be the people God intended you to be. Long for the day when your sins will be behind you, once and for all.