From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 8/19:
Today the Lord says that the people are so persistent in their
unfaithfulness that “Even if these men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.” Basically, even these 3 great men of faith couldn’t intercede for the people at this point.
The Lord is sending “four judgments on Jerusalem – the sword and famine and wild beast and pestilence…Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters.”
The Lord compares Jerusalem to an unfaithful wife. God says He cared for her from her birth through His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and He raised her, clothing her in fine linens and jewels. However, Jerusalem is guilty of several things:
– “you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame”
– “you have slain My children and offered them up to [Molech] by causing them to pass through the fire”
– “you built for yourself a shrine, and made a high place for yourself on every street”
– “you multiplied your acts of harlotry as far as the land of the trader, Chaldea; and even then you were not satisfied”
God tells Jerusalem that she is worse than her older and younger sisters, Sodom and Samaria. But after her punishment, the Lord will restore Jerusalem as well as her sisters. The Lord is pointing to a future time when the Gospel will go out from Jerusalem to the Gentiles. “Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed, when you receive your older and your younger sisters; for I will give them to you for daughters, but not because of My covenant with you. And I will establish My covenant with you. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I provide you an atonement for all you have done.”
This new covenant and atonement is coming through the arrival of Jesus Christ so keep reading .