I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them. (Zech. 10:6)
She knelt beside her errant toddler. She did not raise her voice or threaten him. She simply drew him close to her and gently gave him a choice between two consequences for his defiance. He made his choice. She kissed him softly, stood to her feet, and they walked toward the positive chosen consequence.
God repeatedly pulled the Israelites close and asked them to obey him and let him be their shepherd. They would promise to follow him and then wander into their selfish ways. Finally, the house of Judah (the southern kingdom) and the house of Joseph (the northern kingdom) were sent from the promised land into captivity and eventually scattered throughout the world. Zechariah 10:5–6 speak of the Lord their God fighting for them, defeating their enemies, and restoring them to their land. Some believe this was partially fulfilled when the nation of Israel was formed on May 14, 1948. However, when Christ returns, it will be fully accomplished. At that time, it will be as if he had not rejected them or, literally in Hebrew, as though he “had not loathed them.” God loathes sin. We often forget this and determine it is only a minor error. Because of his holiness God loathes all sins. His compassion or mercy draws us to him, and we can choose to ask forgiveness.
Let a genuine grasp of God’s holiness drive you to his mercy.
Gena Duncan is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan College. She and her husband reside in Naples, Florida, in the winter season.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.