The destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of nearly the whole nation occurred in 586 BC. For nearly a millennia God had warned his people what would happen if they abandoned him and now the fullness of these consequences has come. A clear, tragic description of what happened is found in 2 Chronicles 36. We are told that God sent word to his people "again and again...but they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord aroused." We see God's perseverance in pursuing his people but their equal perseverance in mocking, despising, and scoffing at him. God calls us to a different response than Judah. Rather than mocking we need to take seriously the whole counsel of God, rather than despising we need to love God's truth, and rather than scoffing we need to delight in his revelation. The exile of Judah is a powerful example of what it looks like when a people rejects and turns from God. May that not be us.
Father God, help me to hear and respond to your word. Help me to walk in humility and obedience to all that you have commanded me. Amen.
Question: Do you see any traces of mocking, despising, and scoffing at God or his word in your life? How can we respond with grace and truth to people who respond to God with mocking, despising and scoffing of God?