Both these texts follow directly from yesterday’s post and the commentary there applies. Gpd will not be mocked: what a man sows he shall reap. You become what you pay attention to, and retribution will find you, or death, which brings a final judgement.
Israel could not assume that they would remain in the favour of God because their fathers or grandfathers were righteous. Yes, there are faithful people at all times, but in times prior to destruction such are ignored.
And people believe convenient lies.
8 “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Because you have not obeyed my words, 9 behold, I will send for all the tribes of the north, declares the Lord, and for Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these surrounding nations. I will devote them to destruction, and make them a horror, a hissing, and an everlasting desolation. 10 Moreover, I will banish from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the grinding of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 Then after seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, declares the Lord, making the land an everlasting waste. 13 I will bring upon that land all the words that I have uttered against it, everything written in this book, which Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations. 14 For many nations and great kings shall make slaves even of them, and I will recompense them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.”
From the nation to us. We live in a society akin to a sewer, and we should not be shocked that our thoughts stink. The only approach to the current woke situation and the corporate influences that would encourage us into one trap after another is contempt. For the corporations.
We need to guard ourselves, for the leaven of wokeness seems reasonable, it means that we do not lose our businesses, and that we get appropriate politically correct credentials. At the cost of our spine and our souls. Our God did not call us to be jellyfish.
7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. 11 But if I, brothers,[a] still preach[b] circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offence of the cross has been removed. 12 I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!
The trouble is that many of the woke demand such. They will give an account. We should not be like them.