1 “O Israel,” says the Lord,
“if you wanted to return to me, you could.
You could throw away your detestable idols
and stray away no more.
2 Then when you swear by my name, saying,
‘As surely as the Lord lives,’
you could do so
with truth, justice, and righteousness.
Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world,
and all people would come and praise my name.”
God is calling. Pleading, you could say. He adjures His people.
But there is another side as well.
God is not on His knees like a beggar. He is more like a loving father saying, "If you do this it will go well with you, if you do that it is not going to be pretty!"
Coming Judgment against Judah
3 "This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem:
“Plow up the hard ground of your hearts!
Do not waste your good seed among thorns.
4 O people of Judah and Jerusalem,
surrender your pride and power.
Change your hearts before the Lord,[a]
or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire
because of all your sins."
And He did.
Judgement came, just as God said it would.
Can we learn from the past?
Or do we want the same to happen to us...