God chose the nation of Israel as His people. He gave them specific instructions on how to live life. He explained to them the difference between righteousness and unrighteousness. He sent His Prophets to warn them.
They failed to listen. They chose to rebel against God. Jeremiah had the unenviable task of proclaiming the truth to them one more time. Israel refused to obey. Ultimately, the consequence was the destruction of the temple, Jerusalem, and 70 years in Babylonian captivity.
But as there are two sides to every coin, there is also two sides to every issue. What would have happened if Israel had obeyed?
What about the United States? What have we chosen to do? Follow God or follow this ungodly world?
3) Israel is not ashamed
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them. (Jeremiah 8:12-13)
United States is not ashamed to allow immorality, murder and killing innocent unborn babies. God will consume us.
4) Israel provokes God to anger
Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? (Jeremiah 8:19)
United States has provoked God to anger with worship of sports, recreation, power, toys.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001 email@example.com