Seventy. Perfection’s number plus a zero.
Yes, even this banishment evidenced greater love on the part of their Savior.
Nothing He does is without purpose.
Yet because of the great knowledge He had given them, which they had spurned, their punishment must be in proportion.
What He longed for most was for this experience to act as a purging fire to purify them from all that has previously separated His adopted children from their Father’s side. For them to emerge from captivity rejoicing not only in physical freedom, but spiritual freedom in Him.
He desired perfection for His people more than anything else…
And the same is true for us today.
There is nothing that God desires more than for us, as His representatives, to become perfect through His strength.
And it doesn’t have to take seventy years…