IS THERE NOW NO REMEDY?

 

The Scriptural Books of Kings and Chronicles are filled with account after bleak account of Israeli kings who had led their people away from God into depravity and the worship of false gods. Time after time, God would send the wayward nations of Israel and Judah signals to show His displeasure with their behavior. These wake-up chastisements were often severe, but never so bad that their way of life was irrevocably gone. Knowing that they were loved by God, the people, from the king on down, assumed that their lives would continue in the stability they had come to take for granted.

Even after their northern neighbor Israel was sacked and its people carried off into distant locations, the people of Judah, with intervals of Godly behavior, continued their descent into perdition.

Until the time finally came, as noted in 2 Chronicles 36:9-17, that there was no remedy.

“Jehoichin was eight years old when he began o reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem; and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. And when the year was ended, King Nebudchadnezzar brought him to Babylon, with the precious vessels of the house of the Lord, and made Zedekiah, his brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem. Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah, the prophet, speaking from the mouth of the Lord. And he also rebelled against King Nebudchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God; but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the Lord God of Israel. Moreover,all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after allthe abominations of the nations, and polluted the house of the Lord which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up early and sending, because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place.

“But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.

“Therefore, he brought upon them the king of the Chaldeans, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him who stooped for age; he gave all into his hand.

“And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. And they burned the house of God, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all it precious vessels. And those who had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon, where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths; for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to full threescore and ten years.”

How far do you think our country has traveled down that same path? Political correctness has trumped the commandments of our God to the point where failing to heed the strident cry of those who claim to be victims of bigotry represents criminal behavior. This blatant disregard for the freedom of religion as originally intended no longer matters, as those of us who still consider the Judeo-Christian God to be ours are being marginalized to the point where our collective voice is of no consequence. Violence has come to Main Street in a multitude of forms. Drugs, alcohol and pornography are epidemic in our culture.

From what I’ve read of Scripture, God’s warning to other nations serves rather bluntly as an example to ours, which means that there will come a day of reckoning where God Himself perceives that there is no remedy for our behavior. From my perspective, that day may well be tomorrow.

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