God is Patient With Rebellion
“...[Regarding]… the people of Judah…, [God]… waited for a harvest of sweet grapes, but the grapes that grew were bitter. …He expected… justice, but instead He found oppression. He expected… righteousness, but instead he heard cries of violence. …Why did My vineyard give me bitter grapes” (Isa 5:1-2, 7 & 4, NLT)? “Have [you] not cast out the priests of the Lord, …and have made you priests…” (2 Chron 13:9). “The Lord… says to [those idolatrous (2 Kings 23:4-5)] priests: ‘…You have shown contempt for my name…’” (Mal 1:6, NLT)! “My people are destroyed because they don’t know me, and it is all your fault, you priests, for you yourselves refuse to know me…” (Hos 4:6; Deut 31:9; 2 Kings 23:9, TLB). “Let the wicked change their ways and… turn to the Lord… for He will forgive generously” (Isa 55:7, NLT).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.