God is persistent and patient, hoping that people
will respond, but if there is no repentance, He will seek out
justice because He is obligated to mete out punishment. The holy
anger exhibited by God is just as intense as His love. The Lord
warned the tribe of Benjamin to flee from Jerusalem and likened
Judah to a fragile woman who depended upon others for support.
Judgment was coming for this woman and it would be fierce because
the leadership had lied to the people that peace would continue and
the people refused to listen to the Word of God. Judah was
sandwiched between Assyria and Egypt, two superpowers that had
dominated the area for hundreds of years. God would send another
superpower would come from the north to be His instrument of
judgment and the sword would follow the inhabitants wherever they
fled. This would be a time of great mourning as Babylon removed
their wealth and entertainment and replaced with another lifestyle.
If God didn't spare His own people and allowed them to be conquered,
what does that say about us today? We need to remember the lessons
of the past because God is not mocked and His love can turn to fury.