After pronouncing judgement on their neighbors, the LORD zeroes in on His beef with Judah, and finally, Israel.
“Thus says the LORD, “For three transgressions of Judah and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they rejected the law of the LORD And have not kept His statutes; Their lies also have led them astray, Those after which their fathers walked.” (2:4)
Judah abandoned truth, a truth meant to make them a light for the nations as they bore witness to the One True God.
“Thus says the LORD, “For three transgressions of Israel and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they sell the righteous for money And the needy for a pair of sandals.” (2:6)
Israel turned each other into slaves. This is not what the LORD brought them out of Egypt for. He didn’t free them just to watch them re-enslave themselves. He didn’t displace evil peoples just for His own to surpass the evil themselves.
Things are going very wrong. The purpose of their freedom and His promised blessing are grossly missed.
Which begs the question, what do we do with our freedom and His blessing?
The men of Israel were using their freedom to subjugate and assert power over others. How can we use our freedom to build each other up? How can we lay down our own lives for the sake of others?
The men of Judah were not only ignoring the blessing of knowing God’s Laws, but they were disobedient; exchanging those truths for lies. How do we steward our knowledge of God? How much authority do we give His Law?
What transgressions could the LORD find in you?