But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.
-2 Chronicles 36:16 NIV
The Israelites always wanted a king. God told them it was a bad idea, but they wanted a king just the same. These kings continually led the Israelites away from the LORD. They encouraged the people to worship idols, and the people were all too willing to obey their kings. God sent prophets to warn the kings and the Israelites to turn from their evil ways, “but they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words, and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.” As a result, the Israelites were taken captive to Babylon and the Nation of Israel would never be the same. Sadly, they had no one to blame but themselves. They mocked God until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against them and there was no remedy. NO remedy. Think about that. That’s a terminal diagnosis. No way to fix it. It’s over. There was no remedy for the Israelites under the Old Covenant, but God had promised a new one. He said, “I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah…I will forgive their wickedness, and remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31) God provided the Remedy. His name is Jesus. You and I have also disobeyed God, and ignored His calls to change our ways. His wrath was aroused against us, but there IS a remedy. Jesus died in our place. You are forgiven. Jesus is the Remedy. God could have punished you directly, but He doesn’t want to. God is love. God loves you, that’s why He punished His perfect, sinless son instead. God loves you. You’re forgiven. Now act like it.