Whether We Admit it or Not, Sometimes It’s Just Too Late

Sometimes we go too far and there’s nothing left but recompense and judgment:

Zedekiah son of Josiah became king, succeeding Coniah son of Jehoiakim. Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had made him king of Judah. 2 But neither he nor his courtiers nor the people of the country paid any attention to the words Yahweh spoke through the prophet Jeremiah.

3 King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah to the prophet Jeremiah with this message, ‘Intercede for us with Yahweh our God.’ 4 Now Jeremiah was still moving freely among the people: he had not yet been put in prison. 5 Meanwhile Pharaoh’s army was on the move from Egypt and the Chaldaeans besieging Jerusalem had raised the siege when they heard the news.

6 Then the word of Yahweh came to the prophet Jeremiah as follows,

7 ‘Yahweh, God of Israel, says this, “To the king of Judah who sent you to consult me make this reply: Is Pharaoh’s army marching to your aid? It will withdraw to its own country, Egypt. 8 The Chaldaeans will return to attack this city; they will capture it and burn it down. 9 Yahweh says this: Do not cheer yourselves up by thinking: The Chaldaeans are leaving us for good. They are not leaving. 10 Even if you cut to pieces the whole Chaldaean army now fighting against you until there were only the wounded left, they would stand up again, each man in his tent, to burn this city down.” ‘ (Jeremiah 37:1-10 NJB)

The problem is, we never know how far is too far and we always assume we will never get there.

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