“Now when you tell this people all these words, they will say to you, ‘For what reason has the Lord declared all this great calamity against us? And what is our iniquity, or what is our sin which we have committed against the Lord our God?’ Then you are to say to them, ‘It is because your forefathers have forsaken Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and have followed other gods and served them and bowed down to them; but Me they have forsaken and have not kept My law. You too have done evil, even more than your forefathers; for behold, you are each one walking according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart, without listening to Me. So I will hurl you out of this land into the land which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will grant you no favor.’
This is the great danger of practiced immorality – it blinds us to the very sin we are committing. Sin becomes normal and justified and when confronted by Father God, there is no conviction or remorse. The sinful calloused heart is simply surprised. Blindness has set in. Father God has no other choice at this point. He moves in a terrifying way against those who have pursued sin to the point of losing the distinction of sin. Death ensues amidst surprised cries of inequity. Even grace is withdrawn – ‘…for I will not grant you grace (favor).’
This is truly the last straw for those who have received the love, protection, salvation and blessing of God and yet have snubbed their nose at Him in rebellion, intentionally turning their backs on Him – the removal of grace and the destruction that results. The pride of rebellious, intentional sin leads to the limits of Father God’s patience, forgiveness and protection. He has no other choice in light of a Who He is – the God of Justice and Love. He must act for He is holy.
May our hearts that are prone to evil stay tender to the conviction of God’s Holy Spirit. May we never grow blind to the evil tendencies of the flesh and the extremes to which that evil leads. May God’s mercy never cease.