Biblical history shows that the success of the wicked is only temporary.
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
WHY DO THE WICKED PROSPER?
As the Israelites were preparing to cross over the Jordan and into the Promised Land, Moses explained in graphic detail the promised blessings for obeying and the promised curses (Deut. 28) for disobeying God’s Covenant given at Mt. Sinai. Eight hundred years later, Judah was about to discover the consequences of her disobedience, especially her idolatry. In Jeremiah 11 we find God informing the prophet that He was going to bring disaster on the people of Judah. He would display His version of “what goes around comes around.” They would cry out to Him, but He wouldn’t listen. They would cry out to all their gods who were as numerous as their cities, but they, of course, wouldn’t listen either. Previously, the people had responded to the prophets’ warnings by killing the prophets. To add insult to injury, the greatest opposition came from the men of his hometown, Anathoth, and from his own family.
God tells Jeremiah that He is well aware of Jeremiah’s plight and is going to severely punish the people of Anathoth for their rebellion. The young men will die by the sword and their sons and daughters will die by famine. Not one person in the city will survive. While Jeremiah probably found some comfort in God’s words, he wasn’t satisfied. In Chapter 12 we find him pleading his case to God and asking the age-old question: Why do the wicked prosper? No doubt he was wondering how God could allow them and all the others in Judah to get away with such evil for so long, and why was all this happening to him? He was God’s prophet. He had remained blameless, but every time he obeyed God, things got worse.
AS I SEE IT
We all can relate to Jeremiah. We wonder why God is allowing all the evil around us. We wonder what’s going to happen to our nation and to us personally. We, however, have the benefit of the prophetic Word. While we don’t know the details, we know that things are going to get worse for us, too. All our plans are about to become irrelevant. The days we have been reading about are upon us. Most of us assumed that all these things were in the distant future, but guess what, that future has arrived. All the rules are changing, and our faith is about to be tested. We are about to discover where our hope really lies. What we believe is about to become really important.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
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