… as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD. – Joshua 24:15b
Chapter 3 begins with frustration and head shaking. (My thoughts in bold.)
1)) What sorrow awaits rebellious,
the city of violence and crime!
Jerusalem may think that they can continue down a polluted, immoral, selfish path without consequences. God is clear, however, that they will not escape justice.
2)) No one can tell it anything;
it refuses all correction.
It does not trust in the LORD
or draw near to its God.
Sounds like what you may hear in school, in the workplace, propagated on TV shows. Those who are wise in their own eyes – Isaiah 5:21. They don’t know God, let alone have a relationship with Him.
3)) Its leaders are like roaring lions
hunting for their victims.
Its judges are like ravenous wolves
at evening time, who by dawn have
left no trace of their prey.
4)) Its prophets are arrogant liars
seeking their own gain. Its priests
defile the Temple by disobeying
Verses 3-4 describes the misguided leadership of the day. Leaders are supposed to guide, direct, help navigate people to safety and growth. Yet the leaders of the day did anything but that. Who are the leaders of our day? Music and movie/TV personalities, the “popular” kids at school? Who do we look up to? Who are we looking to when as we seek to know Truth? Are we complacent, satisfied with relative truth or do we seek and apply the absolute truth of God’s Word?