21:3-4 Tell her, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am your enemy, O Israel, and I am about to unsheath my sword to destroy your people-the righteous and the wicked alike. Yes, I will cut off both the righteous and the wicked! I will draw my sword against everyone in the land from south to north. This is somewhat of a frightening verse when you consider God slaying the righteous along with the wicked, but then I realized if He brings about a great battle or judgment against Israel, everyone would suffer together. Verse 13 gives a reason:
21:13 It will put them all to the test.
21:25-26 "O you corrupt and wicked prince of Israel, your final day of reckoning is here! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: "Take off your jeweled crown, for the old order changes. Now the lowly will be exalted, and the mighty will be brought down." In God's plan of the ages, He has chosen in the current age to allow the mighty to rule the lowly. But this order will be completely changed someday! This gives the overcomers the ability to "be weak" in the world's eyes, knowing that someday God will overturn the tables. It also makes me feel happy when I see people from other cultures who live a life of back-breaking quiet service for others. It makes me happy to think of them being exalted someday to positions of leadership where they are served.
21:27 Destruction! Destruction! I will surely destroy the kingdom. And it will not be restored until the one appears who has the right to judge it. Then I will hand it over to him. I don't know when God is talking about destroying the Kingdom, perhaps in the Tribulation. But I always love seeing the Messianic prophecies. I frequently come across skeptics who don't believe that Jesus is going to come back to earth to set up His Kingdom. I find verses all over the Bible about it! Plus, when you consider the big picture, it just makes sense in the purposes He has laid out, such as in 1 Cor. 15 in subduing all people under His rule.
22:30 "I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn't have to destroy the land, but I found no one." What a sad verse! Will you purpose to be the one to stand in the gap? Will I?
10:11-13 (NAS) Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. When will His enemies be made into a footstool? When they have been subjected to His rule, as we read in 1 Cor. 15:26-28:
"The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all."
10:16-17 (NAS) "THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM," He then says, "AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE." Paul once again mentions the New Covenant. I never realized until this year how many times this is referenced. Remember that in NAS the caps mean that the OT is being quoted.