Today we read Jeremiah 5-6, Ezekiel 30-33. We are reminded that choosing foreign "gods" leads to defective ways (e.g., oppression) and ultimately to foreign lands and foreign people. God cannot allow evil to endure, especially if the people are claiming to bear His name in live in His land. The people are reminded of the risk they run in not listening to the watchman, the prophet, danger is coming. The story tells us, that the warnings are rejected and the people are given over the the Babylonians. Yet, more than once, the story reminds us, this exile would not destroy the people, completely. God's hope is that we run from sin, we repent, we return with our whole heart and regardless of our choice, His rescue mission is still on and He will continue to be faithful to His covenant.
Daniel I. Block. (1998). The Book of Ezekiel, Chapters 25-48. Eerdmans.
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