Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?" An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?
Thus says the Lord: "Behold, a people is coming from the north country, a great nation is stirring from the farthest parts of the earth. They lay hold on bow and javelin; they are cruel and have no mercy; the sound of them is like the roaring sea; they ride on horses, set in array as a man for battle, against you, O daughter of Zion!"
When the times are good, we seem more likely to turn from God. Rather than praising God for what he has provided for us, we think that we are responsible for our success. We may not think so at the time, but we are putting ourselves above God. However, when things are bad or tragic, then we turn to God. It doesn't necessarily have to be considered as punishment, rather just the resistance we need to seek God rather than think we haves matters handled. We are like kites. We need a stiff wind in our face in order to soar.
Was the conquest of Judea by Rome necessary in order to create an environment where the Jews were turning to God and seeking the arrival of the Messiah?
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