“Because you have said, ‘We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have made a pact, the overwhelming scourge will not reach us as it passes by. For we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception.’ Therefore thus says the LORD GOD, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed… Your covenant with death will be canceled.'” (28:15-16; 18)
While this is a description of what had happened and was happening in Judah, the southern kingdom, it is also about God’s plan of our ultimate redemption, and it continues to apply.
We (humanity) are 100% responsible for the wickedness we’re surrounded by. As individuals, we take turns being various levels of inflicters and afflicted. We choose death all the time and then are super in denial about it, making falsehood a refuge. Then we turn around and shake our fists at God, threatening to not believe in Him if He’s not going to “be good”.
Then He offers us Jesus, a tested, costly cornerstone, firmly placed.
His love is amazing, that He would pay that costly price to save us from what we asked for, in the heat of our rebellion.
In that love, however, He does discipline to remove us from our “refuge of lies”. He starts describing the farming process, saying its not all fun and games, sometimes you’ve got to beat dill with a rod.
The point being, He’s good. His love is perfect. No matter what we perceive to be true, this is absolutely true. Take heart, dear friends, for our God has conquered death!