The thing that stood out for me from today's readings was the very last line:
I am the ; I have spoken, and I will do it.” (ESV)
“‘I, the , have spoken, and I will do what I said!’” (NLT)
I, , said it—and I did it.’” (Message)
There are two ways to take this:
1. God will always keep his promises and if He said it, it will come to pass.
2. God will always place judgement on those who disregard his word, and there will be consequences.
Today's reading is focused on the later. The judgement and punishment of people who turn from God and His commandments.
This commentary says:
We can take comfort in knowing God's word is truth. His promises are true. Also, His wrath for our disobedience is true. We cannot run from God and our actions contrary to His desire are not without consequence. We may possibly be able to avoid consequences on earth as we see people living in sin flourishing in the eyes of the world but consequences in eternity last forever.
However, we are not without hope. Even in the depths of sin, in a hole that seems too deep to get out of, God can and will retrieve us--if we desire that. There is always hope even in the darkest sin.
This commentary illustrates that:
Even the sinfulness of these people, and the punishment they deserved from their sinfulness, Jesus would be born from this legacy. There is hope in the hopeless. There is hope for redemption from the brokenness. We are redeemed through Christ who knows our sin and conquered it.
God said it and He did it.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Ezekiel 18-19