It’s a scary thing to have God set His face against you. More than scary… It’s absolutely frightening.
Utter destruction, utter desolation was to be their just reward. Not a cheery prospect.
Yet one small glimmer of hope was still offered.
To those who escaped the sword and returned to Judah would be extended mercy.
Mercy again? Yes… My God delights to show mercy. There are qualifications though.
“Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”*
My mind instantly jumps to Revelation. It’s a similar expression.
“Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”**
Two simple things. In essence they sum up the entire plan of salvation. They are an indicator of our spiritual vitality.
When final destruction imperils the world, I want to be found eligible for mercy.
* Exodus 20:6
** Revelation 14:12