|@November 10, 2023||ESV (2016)||ESV Prophets Plan 2023|
- Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors
- Judgment on Judah
- Judgment on Israel
The remaining three judgments are pronounced, including Judah and Israel. While all of the nations are accused of crimes against humanity, Judah is charged with its unfaithfulness to its covenant. God recounts how He had given His people victory in the Canaanite conquest as well as the Egyptian exodus, but His people repaid this with apostasy and commanding His prophets not to prophesy. God will now enact judgment for their wickedness and the mighty and swift of foot will not be able to save his life.
I see so much of a Father’s heart in how Judah’s reason for punishment was very different from the other nations. These were God’s chosen people, His children, who had rejected Him and not kept His statutes. God had a covenantal intimacy with Judah, so their betrayal had greater weight. The wounds caused and grief felt are always deeper when they come by one you love.
In seeing this, we should be prompted to take notice of our own hearts and how they may be misaligned with our Greatest Love; asking Him through prayer to reveal anything keeping us from a fullness of relationship with Him.
Scripture Journal Notes
Commentaries & Resources Used
- ESV Study Bible. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008)
- Faithlife Study Bible (Lexham Press, 2016)
- Believer’s Bible Commentary (Thomas Nelson, 2016)
- CSB Study Bible Notes (Holman Bible Publishers, 2017)
- Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (Guardian Press, 1976)
- The Bible: A Reader’s Guide (Sterling Publishing, 2011)
- The Infographic Bible (Zondervan, 2018)
- ESV Digital Scripture Journal (Crossway, 2019)