“As the thief is ashamed when he is found out,
So is the house of Israel ashamed;
They and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their prophets,
Saying to a tree, ‘You are my father,’
And to a stone, ‘You gave birth to me.’
For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face.
But in the time of their trouble
They will say, ‘Arise and save us.’
But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves?
Let them arise,
If they can save you in the time of your trouble;
For according to the number of your cities
Are your gods, O Judah.
“Why will you plead with Me?
You all have transgressed against Me,” says the LORD.
“In vain I have chastened your children;
They received no correction.
Your sword has devoured your prophets
Like a destroying lion.
My favorite line from Biology class was when my teacher told us that our DNA is 80-something percent the same as a bonobo monkey and 20 percent the same as a Christmas tree. The verse about saying to the tree ‘you’re my father’ reminded me of that.
God was asking where the gods and idols of Judah were now, and why they weren’t saving them. God knew the answer (they weren’t really gods!). Then He asks why Judah’s asking Him to help them. They sinned against Him, and they refused to stop even when He chastened them and sent prophets to them.
Our idols won’t save us when we’re in trouble. But God will.
Have a great week!
In His Service,