Victory Vitamin Blog – 2 Chronicles 36:16

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.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Judges 2:18-19

“Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived;

-Judges 2:18-19 NIV

 

At this point in Israel’s history, they had left Egypt, wandered in the wilderness, crossed into the Promised Land (modern day Israel/Palestine).  The LORD had instructed the Israelite army to destroy every living thing in the cities they conquered in the promised land.  That way they wouldn’t be tempted to follow the idol-worshiping ways of the previous inhabitants.  They disobeyed the LORD in that regard, and not surprisingly, the Israelites began worshiping false gods.  When they worshiped false gods, the LORD caused the Israelites to lose in battle and be oppressed by other nations.  When the Israelites repented, the LORD would send a “judge” who would lead the people back to the LORD, and back to victory in battle.  As it says above, this would last until that particular judge would die, then the Israelites would start the cycle of disobedience over again.  We’re not that different from the Israelites.  When life is good, we tend to drift away from God, neglect worship and His Word, pray less frequently.  When hardship strikes, suddenly we remember just how much we need God.  We can be thankful that just as God raised up judges to rescue His sinful Israelite people, so He has raised up a rescuer for us.  One who has delivered us from the enemies of sin and death.  We need not worry about our freedom lasting only as long as that judge lives.  Jesus lives forever.  He cannot die again.  Our victory in Him is eternal!