Stefan Johnson - 04-30-2023 // God Doesn’t Cry Wolf; Lamentations 2
Most of us are familiar with the fable of the boy who cried, "Wolf!" The phrase, "Crying Wolf," is understood as a call of warning for a danger that simply isn't present.
In both the ancient world of Israel, as well as in our own day, we often treat warnings from Scripture regarding God's coming judgment as crying wolf. Peter speaks of the scoffers that will come in the last days saying, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." (2 Peter 3:4, LSB).
But the teaching of Scripture is clear...God is faithful in ALL His promises, both the bless and to judge. So in Lamentations, as the prophet sees Jerusalem destroyed, he recognizes the hand of the Lord in executing His judgments upon a rebellious people. But this promise also leads us to the greater judgment for sin carried out upon the very Son of God, who took upon Himself our sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21 ).
Thank you for listening to today's teaching. We pray you will be convicted, blessed and encouraged by the teaching of God's Holy Word.