If you are familiar with Israel’s relationship with God, you might have read these chapters and declared “FINALLY”. God is letting Israel have it! He uses graphic and severe language to tell them how deeply he loved them and how awful they’ve behaved in return. Although they are indeed paying for their sins and facing their consequences, chapter 16 ends with this:
“You will remember your sins and cover your mouth in silent shame when I forgive you of all that you have done. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”
When he forgives us. God is faithful to remember his covenant with his people, even when his people repeatedly rebel.
My heart tugged at the imagery of God comparing Israel to a helpless infant, that was abandoned and left to die (16:4-5). I have a newborn daughter and am (hourly) reminded how helpless she is and dependent on my care. Imagining God caring for his people the way a mother cares for her baby is beautiful. He isn’t a distant God, but instead a loving parent.
What part of this parable stuck out to you?