“Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11
Judah’s leaders had chosen corruption over compassion and justice. Their decisions were based on what was best for them and their desires over what was best others.
The judges, governors, and priests, who should have been administering the Law were actually the lawbreakers. They had the wealth and influence to get away with it.
They were living as we see many today: “Do as I say and not as I do.”
God called them to repent or suffer retribution. (vs. 23, 24)
All this abuse was rooted in pride and selfishness which are forbidden to the Christian according to Rom. 12:3, 10.
If we honor others more than self, we will defend and help the weak and needy. (Isa. 1:17)
To serve the Lord, we must choose to serve others.
Before his death, Moses challenged the children of Israel to choose between life and death. (Deut. 30:19)
Soon after the conquest of the Promised Land, Joshua issued the same challenge and announced his determination to choose for the Lord and life. (Josh. 24:15)
The same challenge stands before each of us.
We serve a God who calls for a choice.