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Friday, May 24, 2013

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In this sad tale the words that jumped out at me the most—words that characterize so much sacred history—were found in verse 15: "The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through his messengers, again and again, because He had pity on his people and their dwelling place."  That is, amid the constant apostasy, heresy, idolatry, and sinfulness of those who should have known better, God still loved them and wanted to do all that He could to save them.


Unfortunately, we can't ignore the verse that follows, for that too characterizes so much sacred history as well.  "But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against His people and there was noremedy" (verse 18).


Interesting enough, the word translated "remedy" comes from a Hebrew root that means "healing."  Sin, and all its attendant evils, is really a kind of sickness, a moral disorder that we've all inherited from birth. No wonder, then, that Jesus said we must be "born again." While we can lament the sin around us, and even wonder if some of God's people still despise his words and "scoff at" the prophet, we still need to examine ourselves, as Paul said, to see if we are in the faith.  We have all been afflicted with the genetic disease of sin. But there is a "remedy." Jesus! We just need to give ourselves to Him, in faith and obedience, trusting in His love and claiming His grace for ourselves.  That is the only remedy.


Justin McNeilus
Generation. Youth. Christ.