Good Enough to Brag
Again, there were no specific verses where God offers mercy for returning to Him. Just an observation. This chapter seems to deal mostly with the lying and deceit of the Israelites toward one another.
v9 – “Should I not punish them for this?” declares the LORD, “Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?”
** Like 5:28-29 except this time He has been talking about lying and deceitfulness in the preceding verses instead of oppression. When we lie to each other, God takes it personally also.
v14 – “…they have followed the Baals, as their fathers taught them.”
** This is a perfect text for why it is important for us to lead our families spiritually. The truth is, we are going to lead them either way – whether we try or not – so we had better be sure of what path we are taking.
v25-26 – “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh – Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert places…”
** Look at the company God places Judah in here. Although the Israelites are his chosen people, they are behaving no differently than anyone else. Honestly, American Christians fall into the same boat here.
v25-26 (part 2) – “For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.”
** God didn’t care for the physical act of circumcision. He wanted a people who were obedient. Religious ritual is meaningless if it does not impact your life.
v23-24 – This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.
** Big Idea: Be good enough to brag. God did not create us to be weak or timid. He wants us to be able to brag, but only about what really matters. Our wisdom, strength, or riches are meaningless when compared with what God says is important. These bible studies are intended to bring us to the point that we can brag about our understanding of God. Not just of the bible, but of God.