OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE
The Bible is replete with care students of God’s judgement freely meted out on those who disobey Him. It is only a life of obedience which pleases God and steers away His anger.
Our text, which exposes the spiritual wretchedness of Judah as they were apt to disobey God, declares God’s impending judgment on them. As they had little regard for Him, Jeremiah told them pointedly to be ready to go into exile. God had designed that their enemies would capture them because of their disobedience. He told them that God would throw them from their land like a rock from a slind.
But the people, instead of repenting of their sin, replied Jeremiah that they had been wounded and doomed to die. They equally stated that their hones had been destroyed and their children killed, lamenting that that no One was left to help them find shelter. Imagine their major concern Instead of pleading for God’s mercy!
Jeremiah equally blamed their predicaments on their leaders as they refused to listen to Lord. Those leaders, whom he described as failures, had caused God to scatter the people. After that, he prayed for God’s mercy and correction. He Also prayed that God should vebtbHis anger on their enemies who Had refused to submit to His worship or acknowledge His authority over them.
God’s punishment is always inflicted on disobedient people. The option available to those under chastisement is to return to God in repentance and not to continue to justify themselves. An unyielding life of disobedience will attract the wrath of God.