If anyone’s reading, sorry! I completely missed Tuesday (well, not the whole day – mainly just my scheduled post!) but it looks like everyone else has taken a break too (Safari recovery, baby recovery etc.) so I can still post for Tuesday’s reading today…
Well it sounds like it won’t be long until the long-anticipated axe of God’s judgment falls on Jerusalem and its inhabitants. How does it make you feel reading of the impending judgment? Do you feel sorry for them?
I don’t. It seems right for God to judge, and it is. As Jeremiah 22:9 says,
“they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other Gods”.
And yet, even at this late point, God still shows mercy to any who would be willing to accept it, 21:8-9:
“See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death. Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague. But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; he will escape with his life.”
The same is true today. God’s judgment on unrepentant sinners will fall but there is a way out, through Jesus who has taken the judgment for us if we are willing to accept it. I couldn’t help thinking of the judgment that fell on Jesus as I was reading today’s passage (19:8):
“I will devastate this city and make it an object of scorn; all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds”
God is more merciful than me.
And that’s good news.