“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.” (Jeremiah 5:1-2a)
How hopeless Israel had become. How separated from her God. This is such a sad picture. The characteristics that are to set God’s people apart from the world are absent.
Israel has succumbed to the evil and rebellion of the world. God is unable to find an honest person or one who truly seeks the truth. The people of Jerusalem are rotten through and through. God as parent is not only disappointed but angry at the state of His children. They are in total rebellion against Him. All is hopeless.
As we read the Old Testament we feel a gathering darkness. We feel that darkness that needs light. We begin to comprehend how far astray God’s human creation had wandered. There is no hope in this darkness.
There is only hope that God will do something about it – something that is not temporary but permanent. It is the same in our nation today. As long as politics is more important than truth our nation will live in darkness.
Thank God, He did help Israel and the world in sending His son, Jesus. He can help our nation if we turn to Him and uphold the truth. Without the New Testament the Old would be too depressing and disturbing because it is the story of us without the grace of God in Jesus for light and truth.
Heavenly Father, You are certainly opening our eyes to the rebellion of Your children. It is a sad picture to behold. It is unbelievably dark. Unbelief and rebellion is everywhere and that has not changed. We are the ones who are lost if not found by You. But thank You for finding us in Jesus.
Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness that loves us. Our life is not hopeless because of You. That is the real truth. Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and guest columnist.