Instead of consulting with their God, when the Israelites were weak, they turned to the Egyptians and trusted this pagan nation to be their strength. Egypt, however, found no gain in allying themselves with a people who over time did not profit their nation but merely sucked up resources. (vs. 2-7)
Among today’s believers are also rebellious children who, when they are struggling, turn to a pagan nation for help. They “take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin.”
That latter phrase is the why of our rebellion against God. It’s not that we have not heard his Word and have not known his ways. We just don’t want to hear it! And this increasingly pagan nation that we ally our thoughts with will not only permit us our sins, they will encourage them with philosophical thinking and smooth words.
And so we say, “Lie to me, Preacher!”
We choose churches that promote us even as they permit us our sins on the grounds that “we all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” We read the writings of modern-day prophets who confirm what we already want to believe… that God’s primary goal is to fill our bank accounts to overflowing. We watch Christian programming that reassures us we are to be happy Christians, not suffering ones.
And then to those who say, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” and “As our Lord was persecuted, so will we be persecuted,” to those who present sound doctrine and cry out “Repent!” we say,
“Lie to me, Preacher! Deceive me! Stop following the way of the Lord. You’re making me uncomfortable with the truth of the Word of God. Stop confronting me with the Holy One of Israel!” (vs. 9-11)
The Lord says this sin is like a high wall, bulging out. In his own time the Lord will break it, and all that we have leaned upon for strength will be gone.
But the wonderful thing about the Word of God is, whenever God speaks of judgment, he also speaks of redemption. Did we rebel because we were weak? Did we turn to the world because we were afraid?
vs. 15 – For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
It’s our choice. Verses 16 and 17 show God's people rebelling and fleeing, instead of returning and resting. But nevertheless, God is waiting for us.
vs. 18 – And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.