There was no remedy!

Scripture reading for May 1: 2nd Chronicles 33-36

“The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through His messengers again and again, because He had pity on His people and His dwelling place.  But they mocked His Words and scoffed at His prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against His people and there was no remedy.” 2 Chronicle 36:15-16

The period of the Kings and Chronicles ends with the declaration about the futile state of God’s people.  God had sent messengers again and again.  His mercy had suffered long with this people.  He had loved them and provided for them.  He had driven out their enemies and delivered them miraculously time after time.  He had given them His presence in their midst in the Temple and a way to return to Him.  But they mocked His Words and mistreated the prophets that were sent to them.  This aroused God’s anger and He decided to allow the consequences He had promised to fall upon them. There was no remedy! 

But God is faithful, even when we are faithless!  (2 Timothy 2:11-13)  God allowed the consequences of their own stubbornness to fall on them.  They would see the destruction of their temple and go into captivity.  The land would enjoy it’s sabbath rests that they failed to give in accordance with God’s Word.  (2 Chronicles 36:21)  Seventy years would pass in captivity as decreed by Jeremiah, the prophet.  (Jeremiah 25:11-12)  After this time of captivity and punishment, God would again restore the nation to their land and rebuild the temple.  Isaiah the prophet correctly named Cyrus as the ruler who would give the decree to rebuild Jerusalem more than 150 years before it happened! (Isaiah 44:28)  The Book of 2 Chronicles records the last Word of God concerning this rebuilding. It is as a word of hope to all who would trust God and follow Him through the captivity!  (2 Chronicles 36:23)

God is merciful even in judgment!  God has a plan and is working it out.  Another day is coming when there will be “no remedy” for those who reject Jesus Christ!  (Revelation 20:12-15) Have you applied God’s “Remedy” for sin in your own life? Are you listening to God’s messengers sent to call you to repentance?

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