Join me in reading through the Bible in One Year! We will follow a reading plan together and go beyond just reading the Bible, to studying it. We will post about the passage and learn from each other as we grow in our walk with the Lord.
Join me in the pursuit of discernment!
Slaves have now become our masters; there is no one left to rescue us. We hunt for food at the risk of our lives, for violence rules the countryside. The famine has blackened our skin as though baked in an oven. Our enemies rape the women in Jerusalem and the young girls in all the towns of Judah. Our princes are being hanged by their thumbs, and our elders are treated with contempt. Young men are led away to work at millstones, and boys stagger under heavy loads of wood. The elders no longer sit in the city gates; the young men no longer dance and sing.
After reading this portion, the reality of the situation for the Israelites has become more real. They were starving, had been abused both physically and sexually, tortured and harshly worked. How could they have ignored God for so long? Did they think that God would never punish them?
Where are we on this scale, do we ignore God and continue to sin? Or have we realized that we are sinners and need to be forgiven by God, then live a changed life?