Focus Verse: If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways. (13)
It has been said that “if only” must be the two saddest words in the world. Yet this is how God feels toward His people. If only my people would listen to me, then I would get rid of their enemies. If only my people would obey me, then I would bless them. God must feel this same way toward us sometimes. He desires to fill our lives with good things, but is unable to do so because we refuse to listen and submit to Him.
Focus Verse: “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? (2)
God will judge the judges of the earth – referred to in verse 1 as “gods” – for their failure to defend the weak, poor, and needy. Instead of defending the just, they stood up for the unjust and showed favor to those who were wicked.
Focus Verse: As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!” (13)
As if the judgments that the first four trumpets brought weren’t bad enough, a messenger in the form of an eagle warns that the next three trumpet judgments will be even worse.