King Zedekiah ordered his people to free all of their Hebrew slaves. There were strict limitations defined in the Law of Moses which required the release of the Hebrew slaves after 7 years.
So the people let all of their Hebrews slaves go free and they went to the temple to renew their covenant with God. They promised.
They enslaved the Hebrews again causing God’s anger to burn. As a result of their disobedience, God told them he would give them over to their enemies and that their towns would be abandoned….a wasteland.
They made a promise but then they changed their minds pretty quickly, didn’t they? It sounds like they were barely back from the big ‘renewing our promise to God’ ceremony at the temple when they decided to break it.
Do you think it got a little difficult for them? They lost all of their Hebrew slaves – who was going to do all of the work?
Do it themselves?
I don’t think so.
They had made a huge commitment to God without really thinking it through. It looks like one of those ‘everybody is doing it’ scenarios which is followed by a ‘what have we done?’ reality.
Do we ever do this? Make big promises or commitments to God only to change our mind when it gets real and it gets tough?
God promises that he will be there for us when it gets real and it gets tough. He is our strength when we are weak. We just need to ask. We need to trust.
Nothing is impossible with God.
Thank you, dear Father.