“Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord,
“Who take counsel, but not of Me,
And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit,
That they may add sin to sin;”
This verse saddens me.
The Lord is talking about His children – His people and the resistance to His authority.
He speaks of how they seek advice but not from Him.
“Who devise plans” in the King James is “that cover with a covering.” They made pacts and treaties with pagan nations, whose ceremonies included sacrificial offerings to pagan gods.
This all contributed to adding sin to sin.
I feel as if my country has done… is doing the same thing.
Many reject thought of one God and one Way to heaven, viewing it as intolerable.
Our model of government shifts toward failed democracies, godless dictators, or class-dividing social policies.
Some want to abandon the belief’s that held us together in strength and liberally open the door to any and all things in the name of some form of equality.
These same policies trickle into the church and water down the Gospel to nothing but good intentions and pleasantries. Long held doctrinal statements are shredded overnight to change with the tide of society.
Our sin continues to heap in both instances.
Captivity was the end result for Israel and Judah. The leaders, the people, their national treasures were hauled off by invaders that stripped bare the land of all life and freedom.
The land of Israel lay barren, with some of the poor, sick, and weak left behind.
The rest were probably led away like the Egyptians and Ethiopians – as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered. Isa 20:4
Repentance and a return to God is the only salvation for the nation, the church, and, indeed, for your own life.