Disobedient. Idolatrous. Defiant. Back-slidden. An abomination.
They didn’t deserve grace.
God had promised “to give everyone according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” And now His hand of judgment was raised.
Yet after listing all their sins and the punishments which were to be meted out, the tenor of His words change.
“I will bring them back again. I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be my people. I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way to know me forever. I will make an everlasting covenant with them. I will not turn away from them. I will put my fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from me. I will rejoice over them. I will plant them in this land with my whole heart and my whole soul.”*
I will. I will. I will.
Why is God so willing to do all these things for an ungrateful, contemptible nation?
I find only one answer.
Love always wins. Consequences may come, but Love will always prevail.