13 Woe to them, because they have strayed from Me!
Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against Me!
I long to redeem them but they speak about Me falsely.
14 They do not cry out to Me from their hearts but wail on their beds.
They slash themselves, appealing to their gods for grain and new wine, but they turn away from Me.
Today, on Friday, we approach the end of this chapter with the same problem we saw yesterday in verses three through seven, pride and rebellion along with false penance. They not only stray from God, but rebel against Him. Some, in their pride and rebellion, will say what they are doing is not so bad, “It is really only a little thing.” But one little thing leads to another little thing and to another and another until they are in full rebellion against God. We are no different.
Our Heavenly Father remains unchanging and longs to redeem them and us – if we will but turn to Him and His Son. Instead those in rebellion speak falsely about God – then and now – increasing their rebellion against Him.
There is no submission to God, not from the hearts. Even their prayers for mercy only seek an increase for their lusts, grain and new wine, as they continue to turn away from Me. Take note of how personal this is to God in the use of from Me, against Me, about Me, from Me. He is revealing His heart throughout this book and incredibly so in the use of Me to show how their rebellion (our rebellion) affects Him, the One who longs to redeem.
They cry out in anguish, not in repentance and faith. Their straying or withdrawing from God results in full blown rebellion against Him. One insult follows another and still He loves them/us. He is waiting for them to show a desire to know Him once again to show conformity with the Divine will.
Rebellion and pride have to end if we want success against the devil and not only ‘things’ in this life. The only hope we truly have is to turn to God with all of our hearts, then as James says there will be success.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
It’s Friday and I hope you will have a Great Weekend part of which will be remembering to Go To Church! Go for the refreshing, the fellowship, and to be washed in the Word. Then put the words you hear into practice.
30 “As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’ 31 My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. 32 Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.