Could you imagine being in a city when it came under siege? Could you imagine the famine and the sickness that would break out? Could you imagine having children not knowing the future of their safety and if they would have any quality of life? Could you imagine what the scenes would be like when the enemy finally came through those walls and began invading your home? These final days of Jerusalem were probably filled with every horrible thought that entered your mind plus many more.
It is all the result of God’s decision to no longer offer forgiveness to His chosen people. God chose not to forgive. Read these words again … “Surly these things happened to Judah according to the LORD’s command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done, including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD was not willing to forgive.” (2 Kings 24:3-4 NLT). Those final words hit me hard today… the Lord was not willing to forgive. All the horrible images that filled your mind when Babylon came in and conquered was because God’s mercy and grace were not being poured out like they had been so many times before.
Passages and stories like today make me even more grateful for the cross and what it represents. Jesus died on that cross. God determined through Jesus that once and for all He was going to provide the ultimate forgiveness for our sins. No longer does God have to determine if He is going to forgive another time … He has done it, Jesus is our mediator! For that we can rejoice!!!