"Hear this word the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel - against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
'You only have I chosen
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
for all your sins.
Do two walk together
unless they have agreed to do so?
Does a lion roar in the thicket
when he has no prey?
Does he growl in the his den
when he has caught nothing?
Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground
where no snare has been set?
Does a trap spring up from the earth
when there is nothing to catch?
When a trumpet sounds in a city,
do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city,
has not the Lord caused it?
Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing
without revealing his plan
to his servants the prophets.
The lion has roared -
who will not fear?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken -
who can but prophesy?"
Think About It!!!
Even in anger, God is merciful;
he always warned his people through prophets
before punishing them.
Warnings about sin and judgment apply to us today
just as they did to Israel.
Because we have been warned about our sin,
we have no excuse when punishment comes.
God has warned his people through his prophets,
so they could not rationalize or complain
when God punished them for refusing to repent.
Do not take lightly the warnings
in God's Word about judgment.
His warnings are a way of showing mercy to you.