Do not IGNORE God’s WORD through His SERVANTS
May 13 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 34-36
"And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy." (2 Chron. 36:15-16)
The above scriptural passage depicts the beginning portion of the end of the second book of Chronicles, which describe the final fall of the city of Jerusalem including the destruction of the temple of God, the breaking down of the walls of Jerusalem and the burning of the gorgeous palaces that King Solomon had constructed in all its glory (36:19). In keeping with the purpose of writing the historical account in the first place, the chronicler tries to provide the reasons for the final Babylonian captivity of the kingdom of Judah.
It appears that the kingdom of Judah had proved to be no better spiritually than the kingdom of Israel that was overthrown by the Assyrians earlier (for details, see 2 Kings 17:19; Jer. 25:1–11). The core of the spiritual leadership, the chief of the priests, was extremely corrupt and they polluted God’s temple. Instead of grieving and repenting from their sins, they mocked the messengers of God (see Jer. 26:20; 32:2; 37:15; 38:6). These messengers of God were the prophets that God had been sending to His people from the beginning of Israel’s history. The people of Israel had also mocked, despised and scoffed at the prophets that God had sent in their midst, and had totally disregarded the fundamental truth: "Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper" (2 Chr. 20:20)
Now the time had come that God could no longer exercise mercy, but had to take drastic measures of judgment upon His people who persisted in sin. Just as the prophet Jeremiah had warned, the temple of God was destroyed completely and the people of Judah were taken captive to Babylon (2 Chr. 36:20-21). The only recourse for God was judgment since the people of Judah had disobeyed the Word of God in so many ways, including ignoring the sabbatical years (Lev. 25:1–7; 26:27–35).
Earlier, the word of God was very clear through the prophet Jeremiah that the people of Judah should not ignore God’s Word: “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand in the court of the Lord's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord's house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Do not diminish a word. Perhaps everyone will listen and turn from his evil way that I may relent concerning the calamity which I purpose to bring on them because of the evil of their doings.' And you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord: "If you will not listen to Me, to walk in My law which I have set before you, to heed the words of My servants the prophets whom I sent to you, both rising up early and sending them (but you have not heeded), then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth’” (Jer. 26:2-6).
As a spiritual application, we too should not ignore God’s Word at all. God speaks to us even today through His Word, through His people (in the form of preaching, prophecy, counsel, etc.), through the Holy Spirit within us, and through circumstances and events in our lives. We should not only listen carefully, but hide God’s Word in our hearts and obey it wholeheartedly. In fact, we should keep our hearts with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life (Prov. 4:23). It is possible that our carnal flesh and our enemy Satan will oppose the birthing of God’s Word in our lives through bringing doubt and unbelief (Heb. 3:19; Gen. 3:1).