Saturday, August 11, 2007

No pity or mercy or compassion

Jeremiah 13:12-14 "Say to them: 'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Every wineskin should be filled with wine.' And if they say to you, 'Don't we know that every wineskin should be filled with wine?' then tell them, 'This is what the LORD says: I am going to fill with drunkenness all who live in this land, including the kings who sit on David's throne, the priests, the prophets and all those living in Jerusalem. I will smash them one against the other, fathers and sons alike, declares the LORD. I will allow no pity or mercy or compassion to keep me from destroying them.' "


The more I read these types of passages, the more I have to tell myself that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. He so loved the world. He so loved the world.


Anonymous said...

Passages like this always confused and upset me too. After reading through most of the Old Testament in a short period of time I was not struck by the harshness of God, but rather by his mercy. The Israelites were involving themselves in some dreadful things and absolutely refusing to repent. God longed to bless his people if they would only return to him. Try reading Joel 2, especially verses 12 and onward. I think that God only punished his people without pity because he had been trying to be merciful to them for so long and it just wasn't working.

Jason said...

To piggy-back off of Anon, the Old Testament can truly be viewed not for God's harshness, but for His mercy. If it is true that we deserve only one thing, death, then God is fair to let us have it. Yet Israel, who also deserved death, was shown mercy as an example. Israel is a broad example but by no means the only example of God's mercy in the Old Testament. Rahab is another example.

Rather than the idea that God put people into his judgment, consider that he took some out.

I believe this scripture is saying that God is fed up with these kings and is going to let them destroy themselves through their own wars. He will not intervene in what they do to themselves. Without God's mercy, I am sure we are all capable of unimaginable things.

Anonymous said...

Abe Lincoln stated as follows 600,000 lay dead who most believed in the same Bible and prayed to the same God. This along with tens of thousands wounded as busz ards flew over head to eat their bodies some still alive . Loving God ???