Day of the Lord will diminish the pride of man. “For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up and high; against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan; against all the high mountains and against all the lofty hills; against every high tower, and against every fortified wall; against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft.”
Has God rejected us? A plea for restoration.
Jerusalem, the rejected Bride-City
Israel’s Continuing Rebellion In the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month, certain elders of Israel came to consult the Lord, and sat down before me. […]
Jerusalem’s disobedience in the sight of surrounding nations that had always rejected God’s statutes receives a punitive sentence. “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are more turbulent than the nations that are all around you, and have not walked in my statutes or obeyed my rules, and have not even acted according to the rules of the nations that are all around you, therefore… Behold, I, even I, am against you. And I will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations.”
Jerusalem rejects God’s law, He promises destruction to the city. “I have made you a tester and a refiner among my people so that you may know and test their ways. They are all stubbornly rebellious, going about with slanders; they are bronze and iron, all of them act corruptly. The bellows blow fiercely, the lead is consumed by the fire; in vain the refining goes on, for the wicked are not removed. They are called “rejected silver,” for the Lord has rejected them.”
I open up to you | This love that makes me new | Oh may my heart receive | This love that carries me | From the head to the heart | You take me on a journey | Of letting go | And getting lost in you
Israel is judged guilty of two evils: forsaking God and making broken vessels for themselves to worship. ” What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?”
God’s steadfast love endures forever
A person is not saved by a good heritage nor condemned by a bad one; faith is more important than genealogy. Jesus still loves to bring the lost into his kingdom, no matter what their background or previous way of life. Through faith, the lost can be forgiven and made new.