The Westminster Shorter Catechism definition of God is “God is Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.” Because of God’s holiness, God hates sin. Because of God’s justice, God punishes sin. Because of God’s goodness, God shows mercy to those who repent and turn to Him. Because of God’s truthfulness, we can trust that He is sending a Savior to redeem His people as He promised. We see all of these characteristics of God in today’s reading.
The Israelites were living in total sin and rebellion against the Lord so “The Lord has swallowed up and has not pitied all the dwelling places of Jacob. He has thrown down in His wrath the strongholds of the daughter of Judah.” However, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the souls who seek Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
The Lord is working His plan to provide a way for our salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. “For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.”
Tomorrow someone kills the newly appointed governor of Judah. Keep reading.