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  • Eric Kampmann

The Day of Reckoning

See Lamentations 5:14–18

Why has Jerusalem, David’s city, fallen into the hands of its enemies? The answer: “We have sinned!” This great city, so favored by God, has turned away in favor of corruption, violence, and strife. “Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets” (Psalm 55:11).

Isaiah had warned what would come: “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless” (Isaiah 10:1–2). To those who pervert justice he says, “What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?” (Isaiah 10:3).

The leaders of Jerusalem had abandoned their God given heritage. Through Moses, God provided a promise and a warning: “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. . . . This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life.” (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19–20).

When the Lord is cast aside, the city of God will become a city of man. When this happens, desolation, death, and exile cannot be far off.

–Eric Kampmann, Signposts

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