Only a few more years remained until all of Judah would be taken to the land of desolation among their enemies. Being doers of evil against themselves, God’s people were devising ways to take advantage of each other, and the days seemed hopeless.
Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds!
When the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away:
So they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
God’s appeals went unheard and all seemed lost. Everywhere one would look, there was evil among God’s people. It was hard to even see, much less believe, that even among these a remnant would survive, remaining faithful unto the Creator and Sustainer of life. These people were urging everyone with peaceful warnings of reconciliation, even to the last voice of discontent, but none were heeded.The just would remain just and the unjust would remain unjust. The people and their lands would be turned over to the enemies of God.
When, in peaceful times, our relationship with God could be strengthened, and our relationships with each other could be righteous because of God living through us, we don’t seem to learn from the past. We fall into cycle after cycle of apostasy, ruin, destruction, repentance and restoration. Even when our families, friends, and communities are down to the last man, we do not yield.
What is God to do? Allow us to destroy ourselves unto oblivion? NO… He allows the consequences of our actions to take place as the result of sin, and when we finally realize our failure to accept the Life of the Son of God as our own, we then begin to grow stronger over the sin that besets us before the Father.
Becoming restored in the faith and made whole by the Divine presence, we are reconciled once again. The lands are fertile, the relationships are rebuilt, and the Community of God is restored and focused on the Great Sustainer of Faith, and the future of joy and gladness.
Present the Gospel Message in your life, in your words and in your soul, so that God will recognize you as a part of the remnant, down to the “very last man.”